Zambia national football team

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Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
AssociationFootball Association of Zambia
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachMilutin Sredojevic
CaptainKennedy Mweene
Most capsKennedy Mweene (121)
Top scorerGodfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadiumNational Heroes Stadium
FIFA codeZAM
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 88 Steady (17 September 2020)[1]
Highest15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 96 Decrease 2 (14 October 2020)[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 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".,[3] 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).

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 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, 2019
Runners-up: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017, 2018
CECAFA Cup
Champions: 1984, 1991
Runners-up: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1988, 2006

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

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
Uruguay 1930 to England 1966 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 6 6
West Germany 1974 10 4 3 3 19 11
Argentina 1978 6 3 1 2 9 5
Spain 1982 4 2 1 1 6 2
Mexico 1986 6 2 1 3 8 6
Italy 1990 6 3 0 3 7 6
United States 1994 8 5 1 2 17 5
France 1998 8 3 2 3 10 8
South Korea Japan 2002 10 5 2 3 16 11
Germany 2006 13 7 4 2 21 11
South Africa 2010 10 3 3 4 4 6
Brazil 2014 6 3 2 1 11 4
Russia 2018 8 4 2 2 11 7
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 97 45 22 30 145 88

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 to Ghana 1963 Not affiliated to CAF
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970 Did not qualify
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 9 7
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify
Ghana 1978 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 2
Nigeria 1980 Did not qualify
Libya 1982 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 3
Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify
Egypt 1986 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4
Morocco 1988 Withdrew
Algeria 1990 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 3 2
Senegal 1992 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 0 2 1 2
Tunisia 1994 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 7 2
South Africa 1996 Third place 3rd 6 4 1 1 15 6
Burkina Faso 1998 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 4 6
Ghana Nigeria 2000 13th 3 0 2 1 3 5
Mali 2002 14th 3 0 1 2 1 3
Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Egypt 2006 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Ghana 2008 9th 3 1 1 1 5 6
Angola 2010 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 5
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 3
South Africa 2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 3 0 2 2
Equatorial Guinea 2015 13th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Gabon 2017 Did not qualify
Egypt 2019
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Guinea 2025 To be determined
Total 1 Title 17/32 66 27 18 22 81 67

African Games[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 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

Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup[edit]

CECAFA Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Uganda 1973 Group Stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 6
Tanzania 1974 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3
Zambia 1975 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 7
Zanzibar 1976 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
Somalia 1977 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
Malawi 1978 Did not enter
Kenya 1979 Fourth Place 4th 4 0 2 2 3 8
Sudan 1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Tanzania 1981 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 9
Uganda 1982 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 1 2 3 8
Kenya 1983 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 6
Uganda 1984 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 4
Zimbabwe 1985 Did not enter
Ethiopia 1987 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 2 3
Malawi 1988 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 3
Kenya 1989 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 0 1
Zanzibar 1990 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 3 5
Uganda 1991 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 4 7
Tanzania 1992 Group Stage 8th 4 1 0 3 2 14
Kenya 1994 Did not enter
Uganda 1995 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 5 4
Sudan 1996 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Rwanda 1999 Group Stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 3
Uganda 2000 Did not enter
Rwanda 2001 Group Stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 8
Tanzania 2002 Group Stage 7th 4 1 1 2 1 3
Sudan 2003 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 6
Ethiopia 2004 Group Stage 7th 4 1 0 3 7 11
Rwanda 2005 Third Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 7 6
Ethiopia 2006 Group Stage 9th 2 0 1 1 0 4
Tanzania 2007 Quarter-Finals 7th 3 1 2 0 5 3
Uganda 2008 Group Stage 8th 4 1 1 2 3 5
Kenya 2009 Third Place 3rd 6 2 2 2 6 3
Tanzania 2010 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 3
Tanzania 2011 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 4
Uganda 2012 Third Place 3rd 6 1 4 1 5 6
Kenya 2013 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Ethiopia 2015 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Kenya 2017 Runners-Up 2nd 6 3 2 1 9 6
Total 34/38 1 Title 121 29 31 61 99 181

COSAFA Cup[edit]

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
South Africa 2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zambia 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Recent schedule and results[edit]

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

2019[edit]

9 November 2019 FriendlyNamibia 0–2 ZambiaKatutura, Namibia
Stadium: Sam Nujoma Stadium
14 November 2019 2021 AFCONQAlgeria 5–0 ZambiaBlida, Algeria
20:00 Bensebaini Goal 44'
Bounedjah Goal 68' (pen.)90'
Belaïli Goal 75'
Soudani Goal 86'
Stadium: Mustapha Tchaker Stadium
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
19 November 2019 2021 AFCONQZambia 1–2 ZimbabweLusaka, Zambia
18:00 UTC+2 Daka Goal 20' Billiat Goal 11'79' Stadium: National Heroes Stadium

2020[edit]

7 October 2020 FriendlyZambia 1–0 MalawiLusaka, Zambia
15:00 UTC+2
Stadium: National Heroes Stadium
Referee: Audrick Nkole (Zambia)
9 October 2020 FriendlyKenya 2–1 ZambiaNairobi, Kenya
15:00 UTC+2
Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium
Referee: Anthony Ogwajo (Kenya)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected for a friendly match against Kenya 9 October 2020.

Caps and goals accurate following the match against Kenya.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sebastian Mwange (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 28) 8 0 Zambia Green Eagles
1GK Jackson Kakunta (1998-10-24) 24 October 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Zambia Power Dynamos
1GK Lameck Siame (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Zambia Kabwe Warriors

2DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 28) 39 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
2DF Godfrey Ngwenya (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 24) 8 0 Zambia Power Dynamos
2DF Tandi Mwape (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 24) 7 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
2DF Zakaria Chilongoshi (1999-10-27) 27 October 1999 (age 20) 4 0 Zambia Power Dynamos
2DF Luka Banda (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 25) 4 0 Zambia NAPSA Stars
2DF Dominic Chanda (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Zambia Kabwe Warriors
2DF Kondwani Chiboni Unknown 1 0 Zambia Power Dynamos

3MF Lubambo Musonda (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 25) 26 2 Poland Śląsk Wroclaw
3MF Benson Sakala (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 24) 19 0 Zambia Power Dynamos
3MF Kelvin Kampamba (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 23) 14 1 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Collins Sikombe (1997-06-19) 19 June 1997 (age 23) 8 2 Zambia NAPSA Stars
3MF Kelvin Kapumbu (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 24) 5 0 Zambia Zanaco
3MF Kings Kangwa (1999-04-06) 6 April 1999 (age 21) 4 1 Russia Arsenal Tula
3MF Leonard Mulenga (1997-11-26) 26 November 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes
3MF Chaniza Zulu (1996-07-27) 27 July 1996 (age 24) 3 0 Zambia Lumwana Radiants

4FW Evans Kangwa (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 26) 27 4 Russia Arsenal Tula
4FW Emmanuel Chabula (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 22) 11 7 Zambia Nkwazi
4FW Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 23) 10 1 Belgium KV Oostende
4FW Gamphani Lungu (1998-08-19) 19 August 1998 (age 22) 4 0 South Africa SuperSport United
4FW Edward Chilufya (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Zambia in the last 12 months.[5]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 26) 28 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
GK Cyril Chibwe (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 27) 2 0 South Africa Polokwane City v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
GK Lawrence Mulenga (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Benin, 13 October 2019

DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 31) 79 5 China Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C. v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 26) 17 0 Zambia Buildcon v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
DF Lawrence Chungu (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 29) 17 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
DF Clement Mwape (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 31) 8 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
DF Adrian Chama (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 31) 33 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Simon Silwimba (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 28) 19 1 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Mwila Phiri (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 (age 26) 11 1 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Benin, 13 October 2019

MF Larry Bwayla (1995-05-29) 29 May 1995 (age 25) 6 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Malawi, 12 March 2020
MF Nathan Sinkala (1990-11-22) 22 November 1990 (age 29) 57 3 South Africa Stellenbosch v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 29) 38 1 South Africa Black Leopards v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Salulani Phiri (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 (age 26) 29 0 South Africa Polokwane City v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Augustine Mulenga (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 30) 28 5 South Africa Orlando Pirates v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Clatous Chama (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 29) 23 4 Tanzania Simba v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Bruce Musakanya (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 26) 26 4 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 22) 15 2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Paul Katema (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 23) 18 1 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
MF Amity Shamende 0 0 Zambia Green Eagles v.  Benin, 13 October 2019

FW Justin Shonga (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 23) 27 13 South Africa Orlando Pirates v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 22) 23 3 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
FW Lazarous Kambole (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 26) 16 7 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
FW Mwape Musonda (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 (age 29) 7 2 United Arab Emirates Hatta v.  Zimbabwe, 18 November 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.

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

As of 25 November 2018[6]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Caps Goals
1 Kennedy Mweene 2004– 124 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 goalscorers[edit]

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

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  3. ^ "History of Zambian National Team". fazfootball.com. Football Association of Zambia. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  5. ^ "ZAMBIA PICKS 9 FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  6. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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