Zambia national football team
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|Nickname(s)||Chipolopolo (The Bullets)|
|Association||Football Association of Zambia|
|Sub-confederation||COSAFA (Southern Africa)|
|Head coach||George Lwandamina|
|Most caps||David Chabala (115)|
|Top scorer||Godfrey Chitalu (79)|
|Home stadium||Levy Mwanawasa Stadium|
|Current||91 3 (11 August 2016)|
|Highest||15 (February 1996)|
|Lowest||101 (February 2011)|
|Current||81 (31 March 2015)|
|Highest||27 (6 April 1994)|
|Lowest||99 (May 2004)|
| Southern Rhodesia 0–4 Northern Rhodesia
(Southern Rhodesia; 1946)
| Zambia 11–2 Swaziland
(Lusaka, Zambia; 5 February 1978)
Zambia 9–0 Kenya
(Lilongwe, Malawi; 13 November 1978)
Zambia 9–0 Lesotho
(August 8, 1988)
| DR Congo 10–1 Zambia
(Congo-Kinshasa; 22 November 1969)
Belgium 9–0 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 the country of Zambia in the sport of association football and is governed by the Football Association of Zambia. During the 1980s, 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 was nicknamed Chipolopolo (the Bullets). 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. 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 George Lwandamina.
Gabon air disaster
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.
- Africa Cup of Nations
- COSAFA Cup
- CECAFA Cup
World Cup record
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
The following 23-man squad has been selected for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match squad on June 13, 2015. Caps and Goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 11 October 2015 after the game against Egypt.
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
Results and Fixtures
|21 January 2013 AFCON 2013||Zambia||1–1||Ethiopia||Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela, South Africa|
|25 January 2013 AFCON 2013||Zambia||1–1||Nigeria||Mbombela Stadium, South Africa|
|29 January 2013 AFCON 2013||Burkina Faso||0–0||Zambia||Mbombela Stadium, South Africa|
|24 March 2013 2014 FIFA WCQ||Lesotho||1–1||Zambia||Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho|
|4 June 2013 2014 FIFA WCQ||Zambia||1–1||Sudan||Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Zambia|
|14 July 2013 2013 COSAFA Senior Challenge||Zambia||3–1||Mozambique||Nkana Stadium, Kitwe, Zambia|
|17 July 2013 2013 COSAFA Senior Challenge||South Africa||0–0 (a.e.t.)
|Zambia||Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Zambia|
|20 July 2013 2013 COSAFA Senior Challenge||Zimbabwe||0–2||Zambia||Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Zambia|
|27 July 2013 2014 CHANQ||Botswana||1–1||Zambia||Molepolole Stadium, Molepolole, Botswana|
|14 August 2013 Friendly||Zambia||1–1||Senegal||Stade Municipal, Saint-Leu-La-Forêt, France|
|6 September 2013 2014 FIFA WCQ||Ghana||2–1||Zambia||Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana|
|15 October 2013 Friendly||Brazil||2–0||Zambia||Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China|
|6 November 2013 Friendly||Jordan||1–0||Zambia||Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan|
|28 November 2013 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge||Tanzania||1–1||Zambia||Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, Kenya|
|1 December 2013 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge||Zambia||1–0||Burundi||Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, Kenya|
|4 December 2013 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge||Somalia||0–4||Zambia||Afraha Stadium, Nakuru, Kenya|
|8 December 2013 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge||Zambia||0–0 (a.e.t.)
|Burundi||Mombasa Municipal Stadium, Mombasa, Kenya|
|10 December 2013 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge||Zambia||1–2 (a.e.t.)||Sudan||Mombasa Municipal Stadium, Kenya|
|12 December 2013 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge||Tanzania||1–1 (a.e.t.)
|Zambia||Nyayo National Stadium, Kenya|
|29 March 2015 Friendly||Zambia||2–0||Rwanda||Lusaka, Zambia|
|2||0||Stadium: Gabon Disaster Heroes National Stadium
|11 October 2015 Friendly||Zambia||0–3||Egypt||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|0||3||Stadium: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium
Caps and goals correct as of March 27, 2016.
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