Zambia national football team
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The Zambia national football team represents Zambia in men's international association football and it is governed by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ). During the 1980s, they were known as the KK 11, after founding president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda ("KK") who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991. After the country adopted multiparty politics, the side was nicknamed Chipolopolo, the "Copper Bullets"., The team has three Africa Cup of Nations final appearances to its credit, winning the 2012 tournament with victory over Ivory Coast in 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final, The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
|Nickname(s)||Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)|
|Association||Football Association of Zambia|
|Sub-confederation||COSAFA (Southern Africa)|
|Head coach||Milutin Sredojevic|
|Most caps||Kennedy Mweene (121)|
|Top scorer||Godfrey Chitalu (79)|
|Home stadium||National Heroes Stadium|
|Current||89 1 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)|
|Lowest||102 (February 2011)|
|Current||93 1 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||27 (6 April 1994)|
|Lowest||106 (October 2009)|
| Southern Rhodesia 0–4 Northern Rhodesia |
(Southern Rhodesia; 1946)
| Zambia 11–2 Swaziland |
(Lusaka, Zambia; 5 February 1978)
Zambia 9–0 Kenya
(Lilongwe, Malawi; 13 November 1978)
Zambia 9–0 Lesotho
(8 August 1988)
| DR Congo 10–1 Zambia |
(DR Congo; 22 November 1969)
Belgium 9–0 Zambia
(Brussels, Belgium; 3 June 1994)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||17 (first in 1974)|
|Best result||Champions, 2012|
After the departure of George Lwandamina in 2016, Wedson Nyirenda was appointed interim coach. In January 2017 Nyirenda was appointed on a permanent basis. On 6 July 2018, FAZ announced the appointment of Sven Vandenbroeck as their new coach. The 38-year-old Belgian replaced Nyirenda who resigned two months earlier to join South African side Baroka FC.
Gabon air disasterEdit
On 27 April 1993, a Zambian Air Force Buffalo DHC-5D which was carrying the team to Senegal for a 1994 World Cup qualification match crashed, killing all 30 passengers, including 18 players and a number of coaches.
World Cup recordEdit
When the former British colony of Northern Rhodesia, Zambia did not participate in World Cup qualification play until after its independence in 1964. The country's football association was formed in 1929 and joined FIFA in 1964.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1966||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1970||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||6||6|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|1957 to 1963||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1965||Did not enter|
|1970||Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not qualify|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|2004||Did not qualify|
|2017||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
|2023||To be determined|
|2025||To be determined|
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
|African Games record|
|1991–present||See Zambia national under-23 football team|
Gossage Cup / CECAFA CupEdit
|CECAFA Cup Record|
|1978||Did not enter|
|1985||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not enter|
|COSAFA Cup Record|
Recent schedule and resultsEdit
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss
|14 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Algeria||5–0||Zambia||Blida, Algeria|
Bounedjah 68' (pen.), 90'
|Stadium: Mustapha Tchaker Stadium|
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
|19 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Zambia||1–2||Zimbabwe||Lusaka, Zambia|
|18:00 UTC+2||Daka 20'||Billiat 11', 79'||Stadium: National Heroes Stadium|
|7 October 2020 Friendly||Zambia||1–0||Malawi||Lusaka, Zambia|
||Stadium: National Heroes Stadium|
Referee: Audrick Nkole (Zambia)
|9 October 2020 Friendly||Kenya||2–1||Zambia||Nairobi, Kenya|
||Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium|
Referee: Anthony Ogwajo (Kenya)
The following players were selected for a friendly match against Kenya 9 October 2020.
Caps and goals accurate following the match against Kenya.
The following players have been called up for Zambia in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Toaster Nsabata||24 November 1993||28||0||Zanaco||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|GK||Cyril Chibwe||17 June 1993||2||0||Polokwane City||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|GK||Lawrence Mulenga||21 August 1998||2||0||Power Dynamos||v. Benin, 13 October 2019|
|DF||Stoppila Sunzu||22 June 1989||79||5||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C.||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|DF||Isaac Shamujompa||12 October 1994||17||0||Buildcon||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|DF||Lawrence Chungu||11 October 1991||17||0||Zanaco||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|DF||Clement Mwape||28 February 1989||8||0||ZESCO United||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|DF||Adrian Chama||18 March 1989||33||0||Green Buffaloes||v. Benin, 13 October 2019|
|DF||Simon Silwimba||25 December 1991||19||1||ZESCO United||v. Benin, 13 October 2019|
|DF||Mwila Phiri||29 August 1994||11||1||ZESCO United||v. Benin, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Larry Bwayla||29 May 1995||6||0||Power Dynamos||v. Malawi, 12 March 2020|
|MF||Nathan Sinkala||22 November 1990||57||3||Stellenbosch||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|MF||Donashano Malama||1 September 1991||38||1||Black Leopards||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|MF||Salulani Phiri||10 April 1994||29||0||Polokwane City||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|MF||Augustine Mulenga||17 January 1990||28||5||Orlando Pirates||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|MF||Clatous Chama||18 June 1991||23||4||Simba||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|MF||Bruce Musakanya||23 February 1994||26||4||Red Arrows||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|MF||Enock Mwepu||1 January 1998||15||2||Red Bull Salzburg||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|MF||Paul Katema||19 September 1997||18||1||Red Arrows||v. Benin, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Amity Shamende||0||0||Green Eagles||v. Benin, 13 October 2019|
|FW||Justin Shonga||5 November 1996||27||13||Orlando Pirates||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|FW||Patson Daka||9 October 1998||23||3||Red Bull Salzburg||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|FW||Lazarous Kambole||20 January 1994||16||7||Kaizer Chiefs||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
|FW||Mwape Musonda||8 November 1990||7||2||Hatta||v. Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019|
- DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- PRE Preliminary Squad.
- RET Player has retired from international football.
- SUS Suspended from the national team.
- As of 25 November 2018
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
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