Zambia national football team

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Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Chipolopolo
(The Bullets)
Association Football Association of Zambia
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Honour Janza
Captain Christopher Katongo
Most caps David Chabala (108)
Top scorer Godfrey Chitalu (78)
Home stadium Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
FIFA code ZAM
FIFA ranking 84 Decrease 7 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 15 (February 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 101 (February 2011)
Elo ranking 84
Highest Elo ranking 27 (6 April 1994)
Lowest Elo ranking 99 (May 2004)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Southern Rhodesia 0–4 Northern Rhodesia Northern Rhodesia
(Southern Rhodesia; 1946)
Biggest win
Zambia Zambia 11–2 Swaziland 
(Lusaka, Zambia; 5 February 1978)
Zambia Zambia 9–0 Kenya 
(Lilongwe, Malawi; 13 November 1978)
Biggest defeat
 DR Congo 10–1 Zambia Zambia
(Congo-Kinshasa; 22 November 1969)
 Belgium 9–0 Zambia Zambia
(Brussels, Belgium; 3 June 1994)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 16 (First in 1974)
Best result Champions, 2012

The Zambia national football team represents the country of Zambia in the sport of association football and is governed by the Football Association of Zambia. During the 1980s, they were known as the KK 11 after founding president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda fondly called KK who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991. When the country adopted multiparty politics the side was nicknamed Chipolopolo (the Bullets[1]). The team has three Africa Cup of Nations final appearances to its credit. They were once holders of the Africa Cup of Nations, winning in the 2012 final against Ivory Coast.[2][3] In addition to this 2012 cup triumph, its other memorable moments include a 4–0 victory over Italy in the 1988 Olympic football tournament in Seoul, South Korea that saw Kalusha Bwalya score a hat-trick. The current manager of the team is Honour Janza.

Gabon air disaster[edit]

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.[4]

Honours[edit]

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

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

As 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.

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad has been selected for the international friendly against Japan on 6 June 2014.[5]
Caps and Goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 6 June 2014 after the game against Japan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Toaster Nsabata (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 24) 6 0 Zambia Nchanga Rangers
16 1GK Kennedy Mweene (Vice-captain) (1984-11-12) 12 November 1984 (age 29) 83 1 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
22 1GK Joshua Titima (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 21) 5 0 Zambia Power Dynamos
2 2DF Jimmy Chisenga (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 22) 28 2 Zambia Red Arrows
4 2DF Joseph Musonda (1977-05-30) 30 May 1977 (age 37) 107 0 South Africa Golden Arrows
5 2DF Hijani Himoonde (1985-06-15) 15 June 1985 (age 29) 40 2 Zambia ZESCO United
6 2DF George Chilufya (1978-03-28) 28 March 1978 (age 36) 0 0 Zambia Nchanga Rangers
13 2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 25) 44 3 France Sochaux
15 2DF Adrian Chama (1984-04-18) 18 April 1984 (age 30) 1 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes
18 2DF Emmanuel Mbola (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 21) 38 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
3 3MF Chisamba Lungu (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 23) 26 0 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
8 3MF Isaac Chansa (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 30) 57 1 India Shillong Lajong
10 3MF Felix Katongo (1984-04-18) 18 April 1984 (age 30) 62 5 Zambia Green Buffaloes
14 3MF Kondwani Mtonga (1986-06-14) 14 June 1986 (age 28) 19 0 India Shillong Lajong
17 3MF Lubambo Musonda (1995-00-00) 0 December 1995 (age 19) 1 1 Armenia Ulisses
19 3MF Nathan Sinkala (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 23) 24 2 Switzerland Grasshopper
21 3MF Justine Zulu (1989-08-11) 11 August 1989 (age 25) 6 0 Zambia ZESCO United
23 3MF Kennedy Mudenda (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 26) 23 1 Zambia Power Dynamos
7 4FW Jacob Mulenga (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 30) 41 9 Turkey Adana Demirspor
9 4FW Moses Phiri (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 21) 8 1 Zambia Zanaco
11 4FW Christopher Katongo (Captain) (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982 (age 31) 86 21 South Africa Bidvest Wits
12 4FW James Chamanga (1980-02-02) 2 February 1980 (age 34) 57 16 China Liaoning Whowin
20 4FW Emmanuel Mayuka (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 23) 49 10 England Southampton

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mangani Banda 0 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Japan, 6 June 2014 (preliminary)
GK Racha Kola (1987-06-04) 4 June 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Brazil, 15 October 2013
GK Danny Munyau (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Ghana, 6 September 2013
DF Davies Nkausu (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 28) 23 0 South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic v.  Japan, 6 June 2014 (injured)
DF Bronson Chama (1986-03-04) 4 March 1986 (age 28) 17 0 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Uganda, 5 March 2014
DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 22) 12 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Uganda, 5 March 2014
DF Christopher Munthali (1991-02-02) 2 February 1991 (age 23) 13 0 Zambia Nkana 2013 CECAFA Cup
DF Chintu Kampamba (1980-12-28) 28 December 1980 (age 33) 33 0 Zambia Kabwe Warriors v.  Ghana, 6 September 2013
DF Thomas Nyirenda (1986-02-28) 28 February 1986 (age 28) 26 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Zimbabwe, 24 August 2013
DF Fackson Kapumbu (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 23) 8 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Zimbabwe, 24 August 2013
MF Fwayo Tembo (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 25) 15 1 Unattached v.  Japan, 6 June 2014 (withdrew)
MF Mukuka Mulenga (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 21) 13 0 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns v.  Japan, 6 June 2014 (injured)
MF Rodrick Kabwe (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 21) 10 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Japan, 6 June 2014 (preliminary)
MF Shadreck Malambo (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Japan, 6 June 2014 (preliminary)
MF Rainford Kalaba (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 28) 70 10 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Uganda, 5 March 2014
MF Sydney Kalume (1988-01-10) 10 January 1988 (age 26) 10 0 Zambia Nkana 2013 CECAFA Cup
MF Misheck Chaila (1990-11-13) 13 November 1990 (age 23) 9 0 Zambia Konkola Blades 2013 CECAFA Cup
MF Julius Situmbeko (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 20) 8 0 Zambia Power Dynamos 2013 CECAFA Cup
MF Stanley Nshimbi (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Zambia ZESCO United 2013 CECAFA Cup
MF Noah Chivuta (1983-12-25) 25 December 1983 (age 30) 29 2 Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima v.  Egypt, 14 November 2013
MF Bruce Musakanya (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 20) 10 3 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Egypt, 14 November 2013
FW Patrick Ngoma 0 0 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Japan, 6 June 2014 (preliminary)
FW Rodgers Kola (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 25) 17 2 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.  Uganda, 5 March 2014
FW Evans Kangwa (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 20) 6 3 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana v.  Uganda, 5 March 2014
FW Festus Mbewe (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 26) 15 5 Zambia Nkana 2013 CECAFA Cup
FW Bornwell Mwape (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 22) 13 3 Zambia Nchanga Rangers 2013 CECAFA Cup
FW Alex Ng'onga (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 22) 11 1 Zambia Nchanga Rangers 2013 CECAFA Cup
FW Ronald Kampamba (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 (age 22) 8 3 Zambia Nkana 2013 CECAFA Cup
FW Collins Mbesuma (1984-02-03) 3 February 1984 (age 30) 47 18 South Africa Orlando Pirates v.  Egypt, 14 November 2013
FW Reynold Kampamba (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Zambia Nkana v.  Egypt, 14 November 2013

Results and Fixtures[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Clement Ruffelle Scott, A Cyclopaedic Dictionary of the Mang'anja Language (Foreign Mission Committee of the Church of Scotland, 1892), p. 90: "Chipolopolo, 4, A bullet."
  2. ^ Hughes, Rob (13 February 2012). "Zambia Takes a Modest and Emotional Path to Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  3. ^ Jacob Steinberg (12 February 2012). "Ivory Coast v Zambia - as it happened | Jacob Steinberg | Football". London: theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Patrice names 30 for Japan preparations". Football Association of Zambia. 27 May 2014. 

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