Wisdom Mumba Chansa

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Wisdom Mumba Chansa
Personal information
Full name Wisdom Mumba Chansa
Date of birth (1964-04-17)17 April 1964
Place of birth Zambia
Date of death April 28, 1993(1993-04-28) (aged 29)
Place of death Atlantic Ocean, off Gabon
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Rhokana United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Rhokana United
1985–1989 Power Dynamos
1989 Pomir Dushanbe 3 (0)
1990–1993 Power Dynamos
1993 Dynamos
National team
1985–1993 Zambia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wisdom Mumba Chansa (April 17, 1964 – April 28, 1993) was a Zambian football player who died in the 1993 air crash off the coast of Gabon that killed 18 players of the Zambian national team.[1]


Chansa began his career with the youth team of Rhokana United, before moving to city rivals Power Dynamos in 1986 and quickly established himself in their side as an out-and-out striker before he adapted himself to a deeper lying role as second striker. Chansa became the first African, along with Pearson Mwanza and Derby Makinka, to play in the Soviet Top League when they all signed for Pomir Dushanbe in 1989 after being spotted during their 4-0 win over Italy at the 1988 Olympics.[2] Chansa's debut came on 2 October 1989 in an away match against Torpedo Moscow, before appearing twice more, against Rotor Volgograd and Metalist Kharkiv, before leaving at the conclusion of the 1989 season. Chansa returned to Power Dynamos following his Soviet experience, and was made captain before Power Dynamos became the first Zambian club side to win a continental cup when they beat Nigeria's BCC Lions in the 1991 African Cup Winners' Cup final over two legs. In 1993 Chansa had signed for Dynamos in South Africa before his death.

International career[edit]

Chansa made his international debut at junior level when he was instrumental in the Zambia's cup success in the regional U-20 COSAFA Cup in 1983. Chansa made his debut for Zambia in 1985, was called up to the squad for the 1988 Summer Olympics,[3] and was a permanent feature in the Zambian side till his death.[4]


  1. ^ See "The night the team went down" in the Times South Africa (Apr 20, 2008)
  2. ^ "Future looks black". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Wisdom Chansa Biography and Statistics". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  4. ^ "Gabon disaster: 20yrs on, Zambia still mourns". Daily Mail Zambia. Retrieved 5 February 2014.

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