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Zambia national football team

The Zambia national football team represents Zambia in association football and 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".[3]

Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
AssociationFootball Association of Zambia
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachAggrey Chiyengi
CaptainKennedy Mweene
Most capsKennedy Mweene (121)
Top scorerGodfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadiumLevy Mwanawasa Stadium
FIFA codeZAM
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 81 Steady (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 94 Increase 4 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest27 (6 April 1994)
Lowest106 (October 2009)
First international
 Southern Rhodesia 0–4 Northern Rhodesia Northern Rhodesia
(Southern Rhodesia; 1946)
Biggest win
 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)
Biggest defeat
 DR Congo 10–1 Zambia 
(DR Congo; 22 November 1969)
 Belgium 9–0 Zambia 
(Brussels, Belgium; 3 June 1994)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances17 (first in 1974)
Best resultChampions, 2012

The team has three Africa Cup of Nations final appearances to its credit, winning the 2012 tournament with victory over Ivory Coast in the final.[4][5]

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.[6]

HonoursEdit

Africa Cup of Nations
Champions: 2012
Runners-up: 1974, 1994
COSAFA Cup
Champions: 1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019
Runners-up: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017, 2018
CECAFA Cup
Champions: 1984, 1991
Runners-up: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1988, 2006

Competitive recordEdit

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
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1966 Did not enter Did not enter
  1970 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 6 6
  1974 10 4 3 3 19 11
  1978 6 3 1 2 9 5
  1982 4 2 1 1 6 2
  1986 6 2 1 3 8 6
  1990 6 3 0 3 7 6
  1994 8 5 1 2 17 5
  1998 8 3 2 3 10 8
    2002 10 5 2 3 16 11
  2006 12 7 4 2 21 11
  2010 10 3 3 4 4 6
  2014 6 3 2 1 11 4
  2018 8 4 2 2 11 7
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 96 45 22 45 145 88

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
  1968
  1970 Did not qualify
  1972
  1974 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 9 7
  1976 Did not qualify
  1978 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 2
  1980 Did not qualify
  1982 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 3
  1984 Did not qualify
  1986 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4
  1988 Withdrew
  1990 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 3 2
  1992 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 0 2 1 2
  1994 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 7 2
  1996 Third place 3rd 6 4 1 1 15 6
  1998 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 4 6
    2000 13th 3 0 2 1 3 5
  2002 14th 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2004 Did not qualify
  2006 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2008 9th 3 1 1 1 5 6
  2010 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 5
    2012 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 3
  2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 3 0 2 2
  2015 13th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  2017 Did not qualify
  2019
  2021 To be determined
  2023 To be determined
  2025 To be determined
Total 1 Title 17/32 66 27 18 22 81 67

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Zambia national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier matches against Algeria and Zimbabwe on 14 & 18 November 2019.[7]

Caps and goals as of 13 October 2019, after the match against Benin.[8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 25) 25 0   Zanaco
1GK Sebastian Mwange (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 27) 6 0   Green Eagles
1GK Mwenya Chibwe 1 0   Polokwane City

2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 30) 78 5   Metz
2DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 27) 36 1   TP Mazembe
2DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 25) 16 0   Buildcon
2DF Lawrence Chungu (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 28) 14 0   Zanaco
2DF Clement Mwape (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 30) 6 0   ZESCO United
2DF Tandi Mwape (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 23) 4 0   TP Mazembe

3MF Nathan Sinkala (1990-11-22) 22 November 1990 (age 28) 55 3   TP Mazembe
3MF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 28) 37 1   Black Leopards
3MF Salulani Phiri (1994-10-04) 4 October 1994 (age 25) 28 0   Polokwane City
3MF Augustine Mulenga (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 29) 26 5   Orlando Pirates
3MF Clatous Chama (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 28) 22 4   Simba
3MF Bruce Musakanya (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 25) 21 4   Red Arrows
3MF Kelvin Kampamba (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 22) 9 1   Nkana
3MF Larry Bwayla (1995-05-29) 29 May 1995 (age 24) 4 0   Power Dynamos

4FW Justin Shonga (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 23) 25 13   Orlando Pirates
4FW Evans Kangwa (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 25) 24 4   Arsenal Tula
4FW Lazarous Kambole (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 25) 16 7   ZESCO United
4FW Mwape Musonda (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 (age 29) 5 2   Black Leopards

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Zambia in the last 12 months.[9]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Lawrence Mulenga (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Power Dynamos v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
GK Nkole Ngandu 0 0   National Assembly v.   South Africa, 7 September 2019
GK Allan Chibwe (1991-03-22) 22 March 1991 (age 28) 9 0   Power Dynamos v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
GK Charles Muntanga (1995-07-21) 21 July 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Nkwazi v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
GK Kennedy Mweene (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 (age 34) 124 2   Mamelodi Sundowns v.   Namibia, 23 March 2019

DF Adrian Chama (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 30) 33 0   Green Buffaloes v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Simon Silwimba (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 27) 19 1   ZESCO United v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Mwila Phiri (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 (age 25) 11 1   ZESCO United v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Luka Banda (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 24) 1 0   NAPSA Stars v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Ziyo Tembo (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 34) 24 0   Zanaco v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Shemmy Mayembe (1997-11-22) 22 November 1997 (age 21) 6 0   ZESCO United v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Kebson Kamanga 3 0   Nkwazi v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Moses Nyondo (1997-07-05) 5 July 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Nkana v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Paul Banda 1 0   Power Dynamos v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Gift Zulu (1992-11-06) 6 November 1992 (age 27) 1 0   Nkana 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Lyton Thole 0 0   Nkana 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE

MF Paul Katema (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 22) 18 1   Red Arrows v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
MF Kelvin Kapumbu 1 0   Zanaco v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
MF Amity Shamende 0 0   Green Eagles v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
MF Ernest Mbewe (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 25) 20 0   Zanaco v.   South Africa, 7 September 2019
MF Benson Sakala (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 23) 14 0   Power Dynamos v.   South Africa, 7 September 2019
MF Webster Muzaza (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Forest Rangers v.   South Africa, 7 September 2019
MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 14 2   Red Bull Salzburg v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
MF Emmanuel Banda (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 22) 7 0   AS Béziers v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
MF Kings Kangwa (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 20) 3 1   Arsenal Tula v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
MF Gamphani Lungu (1998-09-19) 19 September 1998 (age 21) 3 0   SuperSport United v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
MF Jackson Chirwa (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 24) 28 1   Green Buffaloes 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Austin Muwowo (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 23) 2 1   Forest Rangers 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Moses Phiri (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 26) 15 1   Buildcon 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE
MF Clement Mundia (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Kabwe Warriors 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE
MF Mike Katiba (1995-07-07) 7 July 1995 (age 24) 9 0   Green Buffaloes v.   Namibia, 23 March 2019

FW Emmanuel Chabula (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 21) 6 2   Nkwazi v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
FW Tapson Kaseba (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 26) 5 1   Green Eagles v.   South Africa, 7 September 2019
FW Twiza Chaibela 1 0   Kabwe Warriors v.   Botswana, 3 August 2019
FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 21) 22 2   Black Leopards v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
FW Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 22) 9 1   KV Oostende v.   Morocco, 16 June 2019
FW Chitiya Mususu (1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 (age 24) 2 0   Zanaco 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Lameck Silwamba 0 0   Buildcon v.   Namibia, 23 March 2019
Notes
  • 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.

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 25 November 2018[10]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Caps Goals
1 Kennedy Mweene 2004– 121 2
2 David Chabala 1983–1993 115 0
3 Godfrey Chitalu 1968–1980 111 79
4 Joseph Musonda 2002–2014 108 0
5 Christopher Katongo 2003–2016 105 23
6 Rainford Kalaba 2005– 104 15
7 Alex Chola 1975–1985 102 43
8 Elijah Tana 1995–2009 101 4
9 Derby Makinka 1985–1993 98 10
10 Kalusha Bwalya 1983–2004 87 39

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 25 November 2018
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Goals Caps
1. Godfrey Chitalu 1968–1980 79 111
2. Alex Chola 1975–1985 43 102
3. Kalusha Bwalya 1983–2004 39 87
4. Bernard Chanda 1971–1980 29 68
5. Christopher Katongo 2003–2016 23 105
6. Collins Mbesuma 2003– 22 65
7. Dennis Lota 1994–2002 21 78
8. Kenneth Malitoli 1988–1999 19 80
9. James Chamanga 2005–2015 17 63
10. Rainford Kalaba 2005– 15 104

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ "History of Zambian National Team". fazfootball.com. Football Association of Zambia. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ Hughes, Rob (13 February 2012). "Zambia Takes a Modest and Emotional Path to Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  5. ^ Jacob Steinberg (12 February 2012). "Ivory Coast v Zambia – as it happened | Football". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  7. ^ "EVANS KANGWA RECALLED, KALABA AND MWEENE SNUBBED AS CHIYANGI NAMES SQUAD FOR BACK TO BACK AFCON QUALIFIERS". Zambianfootball. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  8. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Zambia (2019)". National-football-teams.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  9. ^ "ZAMBIA PICKS 9 FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  10. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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