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 Kennedy Mweene (116)
Top scorer Godfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadium Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
FIFA code ZAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 78 Increase 18 (14 September 2017)
Highest 15 (February–May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest 102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 94 Increase 1 (7 May 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]

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, 2017
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

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 33 players have been selected in the pre-squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier matches vs. Algeria (2 September 2017) and (5 September 2017).[6]

Caps and goals as of 10 June 2017, after the match vs. Mozambique.[7]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Kennedy Mweene (vice-captain) (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 (age 32) 116 2 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
1 1GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 23) 8 0 Zambia Zanaco
1GK Allan Chibwe (1991-03-22) 22 March 1991 (age 26) 3 0 Zambia Power Dynamos

15 2DF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 26) 23 0 Zambia Nkana
2DF Boston Muchindu (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Zambia Nkana
2DF Moses Nyondo (1997-07-05) 5 July 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Zambia Nkana
13 2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 28) 70 4 Russia Arsenal Tula
6 2DF Simon Silwimba (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Zambia ZESCO United
20 2DF Fackson Kapumbu (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 26) 19 0 Zambia ZESCO United
19 2DF Ziyo Tembo (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 32) 5 0 Zambia Zanaco
2DF Billy Mutale (1993-06-21) 21 June 1993 (age 24) 3 0 Zambia Power Dynamos
2DF Mwila Phiri (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Zambia Green Eagles
21 2DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Zambia Nchanga Rangers
2DF Webster Mulenga (1993-06-27) 27 June 1993 (age 24) 4 0 Zambia Forest Rangers
4 2DF Adrian Chama (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 28) 17 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes

11 3MF Chisamba Lungu (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 26) 48 1 Turkey Alanyaspor
23 3MF Kondwani Mtonga (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 33) 42 1 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Clatous Chama (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 24) 10 0 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Misheck Chaila (1990-11-13) 13 November 1990 (age 26) 13 0 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF John Ching'andu (1993-12-11) 11 December 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Zambia Zanaco
2 3MF Ernest Mbewe (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 22) Zambia Zanaco
3MF Fwayo Tembo (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 28) 27 1 Zambia Power Dynamos
17 3MF Augustine Mulenga (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 28) 2 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
5 3MF Roderick Kabwe (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 28) 19 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
3MF Emmanuel Banda (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Belgium Oostende
10 3MF Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Russia Spartak-2 Moscow
3MF Edward Chilufya (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Egypt Misr Lel-Makkasa
14 3MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Austria FC Liefering

12 4FW Justin Shonga (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 28) 2 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
3 4FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Austria FC Liefering
22 4FW Brian Mwila (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 23) 2 1 Zambia Green Buffaloes
9 4FW Alex Ng'onga (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 25) Zambia Power Dynamos
4FW Martin Phiri Zambia Power Dynamos

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
GK Jacob Banda (1988-02-11) 11 February 1988 (age 29) 28 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
GK Charles Mweemba (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Zambia Lumwana Radiants v.  South Africa, 13 June 2017
GK Kevin Malunga 0 0 Zambia Nkana v.  Gabon, 4 June 2017

DF George Chilufya (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 30) 2 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
DF Taonga Bwembya (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
DF Lawrence Chungu (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 25) 4 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  South Africa, 13 June 2017
DF Godfrey Ngwenya 3 0 Zambia Kabwe Warriors v.  South Africa, 13 June 2017
DF Eric Chomba (1988-07-11) 11 July 1988 (age 29) 1 0 Zambia Nkwanzi v.  South Africa, 13 June 2017
DF Jubell Sakala 0 0 v.  South Africa, 13 June 2017
DF Moonga Chilimba 0 0 Zambia Kabwe Warriors v.  Gabon, 4 June 2017
DF Richard Kasonde (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Zimbabwe, 26 March 2017
DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 25) 28 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Cameroon, 12 November 2016
DF Emmanuel Mbola (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 24) 55 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana v.  Kenya, 4 September 2016

MF Rainford Kalaba (captain) (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 31) 107 15 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Lubambo Musonda (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 28) 20 2 Armenia Gandzasar Kapan v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Salulani Phiri (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 28) 16 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Stanley Nshimbi (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 25) 6 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Collins Sikombe (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 33) 2 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Paul Katema (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 20) 18 1 Zambia Red Arrows v.  South Africa, 13 June 2017
MF Nsofwa Mwansa 2 0 Zambia Kabwe Warriors v.  South Africa, 13 June 2017
MF Lubinda Mundia 1 1 Zambia Red Arrows v.  South Africa, 13 June 2017
MF Jonas Sakuwaha (1983-07-22) 22 July 1983 (age 34) 25 2 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Gabon, 4 June 2017
MF Jackson Chirwa (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 22) 14 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes v.  Gabon, 4 June 2017
MF Kelvin Mubanga (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Zimbabwe, 26 March 2017
MF Isaac Chansa (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 33) 68 2 Zambia Zanaco v.  Cameroon, 12 November 2016
MF Charles Zulu (1996-01-02) 2 January 1996 (age 21) 12 1 Zambia Zanaco v.  Cameroon, 12 November 2016
MF Nathan Sinkala (1990-11-22) 22 November 1990 (age 26) 51 3 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Nigeria, 9 October 2016
MF Felix Katongo (1984-04-18) 18 April 1984 (age 33) 76 6 Zambia Green Buffaloes v.  Kenya, 4 September 2016

FW Collins Mbesuma (1984-02-03) 3 February 1984 (age 33) 65 22 South Africa Highlands Park v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Ronald Kampamba (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 23) 19 5 Egypt Wadi Degla v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Jackson Mwanza (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 24) 16 0 Turkey Gaziantepspor v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Dave Daka (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 28) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Ignatius Lwipa (1986-03-04) 4 March 1986 (age 31) 17 5 Zambia Nakambala Leopards v.  Gabon, 4 June 2017
FW Evans Kangwa (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 23) 24 4 Turkey Gaziantepspor v.  Cameroon, 12 November 2016
FW Rodjers Kola (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 28) 20 2 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana v.  Cameroon, 12 November 2016
FW Winston Kalengo (1985-08-29) 29 August 1985 (age 32) 22 8 Republic of the Congo AC Léopards v.  Nigeria, 9 October 2016
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 July 9, 2017[8]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Caps Goals
1. Kennedy Mweene 2004– 116 2
2. David Chabala 1983–1993 115 0
2. Godfrey Chitalu 1968–1980 111 79
3. Joseph Musonda 2002–2014 110 0
4. Rainford Kalaba 2005– 107 15
5. Christopher Katongo 2003– 104 23
6. Alex Chola 1975–1985 102 43
Elijah Tana 1995–2009 102 4
7. Derby Makinka 1985–1993 98 10
8. Kalusha Bwalya 1983–2004 87 39
9. Kaiser Kalambo 1973–1982 82 1
10. Kenneth Malitoli 1988-1999 80 19
11. Dennis Lota 1994–2002 78 21
12. Felix Katongo 2004– 76 6
13. Jani Simulambo 1971–1981 75 7
14. Dickson Makwaza 1965–1975 71 0
15. Stoppila Sunzu 2008– 70 4
16. Bernard Chanda 1971–1980 68 29
Boniface Simutowe 1967–1978 68 15
Isaac Chansa 2004– 68 2
17. Collins Mbesuma 2003– 65 22
18. James Chamanga 2005– 63 17
18. Emmanuel Mayuka 2007– 61 12

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of July 9, 2017
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– 23 104
6. Collins Mbesuma 2003– 22 65
7. Dennis Lota 1994–2002 21 78
8. Kenneth Malitoli 1988-1999 19 80
9. James Chamanga 2005– 17 63
10. Rainford Kalaba 2005– 15 107
Boniface Simutowe 1967–1978 15 68
11. Emmanuel Mayuka 2007– 12 61

Managers[edit]

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. ^ http://www.afrik-foot.com/zambie-la-liste-pour-l-algerie-sans-kalaba
  7. ^ http://national-football-teams.com/country/207/2017/Zambia.html
  8. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 

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