Zambia national football team

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Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Chipolopolo
(The Copper Bullets)
Association Football Association of Zambia
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Patrice Beaumelle
Captain Christopher Katongo
Most caps David Chabala (120)
Top scorer Godfrey Chitalu (78)
Home stadium Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
FIFA code ZAM
FIFA ranking 67 Increase 4
Highest FIFA ranking 15 (February 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 101 (February 2011)
Elo ranking 74
Highest Elo ranking 28 (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 Winners, 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. Before independence, 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 is nicknamed Chipolopolo (the Copper bullets) as copper is one of the nation's main exports. 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.[1][2] 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 Frenchman Patrice Beaumelle.

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.[3]

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 Uganda on 5 March 2014.[4]

Caps and Goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Kennedy Mweene (Vice-captain) (1984-11-12) 12 November 1984 (age 29) 83 1 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
1 1GK Toaster Nsabata (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Zambia Nchanga Rangers
22 1GK Joshua Titima (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 21) 5 0 Zambia Power Dynamos
4 2DF Joseph Musonda (1977-05-30) 30 May 1977 (age 36) 103 0 South Africa Golden Arrows
13 2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 24) 43 3 France Sochaux
18 2DF Emmanuel Mbola (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 20) 37 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
6 2DF Davies Nkausu (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 28) 23 0 South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic
5 2DF Bronson Chama (1986-03-04) 4 March 1986 (age 28) 17 0 Zambia Red Arrows
12 2DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 22) 12 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
2 2DF George Chilufya (1978-03-28) 28 March 1978 (age 36) 0 0 Zambia Nchanga Rangers
17 3MF Rainford Kalaba (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 27) 70 10 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3 3MF Chisamba Lungu (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 23) 25 0 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
21 3MF Kennedy Mudenda (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 26) 23 1 Zambia Power Dynamos
19 3MF Nathan Sinkala (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 23) 23 1 France Sochaux
23 3MF Rodrick Kabwe (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 21) 10 0 Zambia Zanaco
14 3MF Shadreck Malambo (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Zambia Red Arrows
15 3MF Adrian Chama (1984-04-18) 18 April 1984 (age 30) 0 0 Zambia Riflemen
7 3MF Lubambo Musonda (1995-00-00) 0 December 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Zambia Power Dynamos
11 4FW Christopher Katongo (Captain) (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982 (age 31) 85 20 South Africa Golden Arrows
20 4FW Emmanuel Mayuka (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 23) 48 10 France Sochaux
9 4FW Rodgers Kola (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 24) 17 2 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
8 4FW Moses Phiri (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 20) 8 1 Zambia Zanaco
10 4FW Evans Kangwa (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 19) 6 3 Zambia Nkana

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 Racha Kola (1987-06-04) 4 June 1987 (age 26) 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
GK Davy Kaumbwa (1987-02-05) 5 February 1987 (age 27) 3 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes v.  Zimbabwe, 28 April 2013
GK Rabson Mucheleng'anga (1989-09-14) 14 September 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Zambia Nchanga Rangers v.  Zimbabwe, 28 April 2013
DF Jimmy Chisenga (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 22) 27 2 Zambia Red Arrows 2013 CECAFA Cup
DF Christopher Munthali (1991-02-02) 2 February 1991 (age 23) 13 0 Zambia Nkana 2013 CECAFA Cup
DF Hijani Himoonde (1985-06-15) 15 June 1985 (age 28) 40 2 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Egypt, 14 November 2013
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 Felix Katongo (1984-04-18) 18 April 1984 (age 30) 61 5 Zambia Green Buffaloes 2013 CECAFA Cup
MF Kondwani Mtonga (1986-06-14) 14 June 1986 (age 27) 18 0 Zambia ZESCO United 2013 CECAFA Cup
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 Justine Zulu (1989-08-11) 11 August 1989 (age 24) 7 0 Zambia ZESCO United 2013 CECAFA Cup
MF Stanley Nshimbi (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 21) 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
MF Fwayo Tembo (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 24) 15 1 Unattached v.  Egypt, 14 November 2013
MF Mukuka Mulenga (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 20) 13 0 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns v.  Ghana, 6 September 2013
MF Maybin Mwaba (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 26) 1 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Namibia, 25 May 2013
FW Festus Mbewe (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 25) 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 21) 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
FW James Chamanga (1980-02-02) 2 February 1980 (age 34) 57 16 China Liaoning Whowin v.  Brazil, 15 October 2013
FW Jacob Mulenga (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 30) 40 9 Netherlands Utrecht v.  Brazil, 15 October 2013
FW Kangwa Chileshe (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Zimbabwe, 28 April 2013

Results and Fixtures[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]


Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zambia Takes a Modest and Emotional Path to Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  2. ^ Jacob Steinberg. "Ivory Coast v Zambia - as it happened | Jacob Steinberg | Football". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Beaumelle names 23 for Uganda friendly". Football Association of Zambia. 4 March 2014. 

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