Zambia national football team

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Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
Association Football Association of Zambia
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coach Wedson Nyirenda
Captain Rainford Kalaba
Most caps David Chabala (115)
Top scorer Godfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadium Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
FIFA code ZAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 88 Steady (12 January 2017)
Highest 15 (February–May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest 102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 94 (23 January 2017)
Highest 27 (6 April 1994)
Lowest 99 (May 2004)
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)
Zambia Zambia 9–0 Lesotho 
(August 8, 1988)
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 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".[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.

After the departure of George Lwandamina in 2016, Wedson Nyirenda was appointed interim coach. As of 29 October, Nyirenda is reportedly being considered for promotion to permanent head coach.[4]

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.[5]

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]

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.

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

  • 1957 to 1968 – Did not enter
  • 1970 – Did not qualify
  • 1972 – Did not qualify
  • 1974 – Second place
  • 1976 – Did not qualify
  • 1978 – Group Stage
  • 1980 – Did not qualify
  • 1982 – Third place
  • 1984 – Did not qualify
  • 1986 – Group Stage
  • 1988 – Withdrew
  • 1990 – Third place
  • 1992 – Quarter-finals
  • 1994 – Second place
  • 1996 – Third place
  • 1998 – Group Stage
  • 2000 – Group Stage
  • 2002 – Group Stage
  • 2004 – Did not qualify
  • 2006 – Group Stage
  • 2008 – Group Stage
  • 2010 – Quarter-finals
  • 2012 – Champions
  • 2013 – Group Stage
  • 2015 – Group Stage
  • 2017 – Did not qualify

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Cameroon on 12 November 2016. Caps and Goals updated as of 12 November 2016 after the game against Cameroon.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kennedy Mweene (vice-captain) (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 (age 32) 109 2 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
1GK Jacob Banda (1988-02-11) 11 February 1988 (age 29) 28 0 Zambia ZESCO United
1GK Allan Chibwe (1991-03-22) 22 March 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Zambia Power Dynamos

2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 27) 63 4 Russia Arsenal Tula
2DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 25) 28 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
2DF Fackson Kapumbu (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 26) 17 0 Zambia Zanaco
2DF Adrian Chama (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 27) 16 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes
2DF Ziyo Tembo (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 31) 3 0 Zambia Zanaco
2DF George Chilufya (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 30) 0 0 Zambia Zanaco

3MF Rainford Kalaba (captain) (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 30) 101 13 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3MF Nathan Sinkala (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 26) 51 3 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3MF Chisamba Lungu (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 26) 47 1 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
3MF Kondwani Mtonga (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 33) 36 1 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Rodrick Kabwe (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 24) 14 0 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Misheck Chaila (1990-11-13) 13 November 1990 (age 26) 13 0 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Charles Zulu (1996-01-02) 2 January 1996 (age 21) 10 1 Zambia Zanaco
3MF Simon Silwimba (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 25) 4 0 Zambia ZESCO United

4FW Collins Mbesuma (1984-02-03) 3 February 1984 (age 33) 59 21 South Africa Highlands Park
4FW Fwayo Tembo (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 27) 24 1 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
4FW Rodgers Kola (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 27) 20 2 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
4FW Ronald Kampamba (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 (age 25) 16 5 Zambia Nkana
4FW Evans Kangwa (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 24) 16 3 Turkey Gaziantepspor

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up



Results and fixtures[edit]

Managers[edit]

Records[edit]

Caps and goals correct as of March 27, 2016.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Zambian National Team". Football Association of Zambia. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  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. ^ "FAZ ponders Wedson's elevation". Zambia Daily Mail. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  6. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 

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