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 91 Increase 3 (24 November 2016)
Highest 15 (February–May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest 102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 81 (31 March 2015)
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 23-man squad has been selected for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match squad on June 13, 2015.[6] Caps and Goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 11 October 2015 after the game against Egypt.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kennedy Mweene (Vice-captain) (1984-11-12) 12 November 1984 (age 32) 106 2 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
1GK Jacob Banda (1988-02-11) 11 February 1988 (age 28) 18 0 Zambia ZESCO United
1GK Danny Munyao (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 29) 15 0 Zambia Red Arrows

2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 27) 56 4 France Lille
2DF Emmanuel Mbola (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 23) 54 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
2DF Davies Nkausu (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 30) 33 0 South Africa University of Pretoria
2DF Christopher Munthali (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 22) 30 2 Zambia Power Dynamos
2DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 24) 22 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
2DF Fackson Kapumbu (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 26) 12 0 Zambia Zanaco
2DF Donashano Malama (1987-07-01) 1 July 1987 (age 29) 12 0 Zambia Nkana
2DF Aaron Katebe (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 24) 9 2 Morocco Moghreb Tétouan

3MF Rainford Kalaba (Captain) (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 30) 93 12 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3MF Nathan Sinkala (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 25) 41 3 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3MF Chisamba Lungu (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 25) 40 0 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
3MF Given Singuluma (1986-07-19) 19 July 1986 (age 30) 34 6 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3MF Kondwani Mtonga (1986-06-14) 14 June 1986 (age 30) 32 1 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Kennedy Mudenda (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 28) 28 1 Zambia Power Dynamos
3MF Mukuka Mulenga (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 23) 25 1 South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic
3MF Allan Mukuka (1984-04-18) 18 April 1984 (age 32) 19 3 Zambia Green Buffaloes
3MF Lubambo Musonda (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 21) 12 2 Armenia Gandzasar Kapan

4FW Emmanuel Mayuka (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 26) 60 12 Egypt Zamalek
4FW Evans Kangwa (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 22) 18 4 Turkey Gaziantepspor
4FW Bornwell Mwape (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 25) 17 6 South Africa AmaZulu

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Joshua Titima (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 24) 7 0 Zambia Power Dynamos 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Toaster Nsabata (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 26) 7 0 Zambia Nchanga Rangers 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad

DF Bronson Chama (1986-03-04) 4 March 1986 (age 30) 21 0 Zambia Red Arrows 2015 COSAFA Cup
DF Joseph Zimba (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 28) 1 0 Zambia Red Arrows 2015 COSAFA Cup
DF Boyd Mkandawire (1994-02-17) 17 February 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Zambia NAPSA Stars v.  Rwanda, 29 March 2015
DF Billy Mutale (1993-06-21) 21 June 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Rwanda, 29 March 2015
DF Rodrick Kabwe (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 24) 16 0 Zambia Zanaco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Nyambe Mulenga (1987-08-27) 27 August 1987 (age 29) 40 0 Zambia ZESCO United 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad

MF Jackson Mwanza (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 19) 10 0 Zambia ZESCO United 2015 COSAFA Cup
MF Justine Zulu (1989-08-11) 11 August 1989 (age 27) 9 0 Zambia ZESCO United 2015 COSAFA Cup
MF Mwape Musonda (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 24) 1 0 South Africa Orlando Pirates 2015 COSAFA Cup
MF Shadreck Malambo (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 24) 6 0 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Rwanda, 29 March 2015
MF Bruce Musakanya (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 23) 18 3 Zambia Red Arrows 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Spencer Sautu (1994-10-05) 5 October 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Zambia Green Eagles 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

FW Jimmy Ndhlovu (1992-12-18) 18 December 1992 (age 23) 4 0 Zambia Power Dynamos 2015 COSAFA Cup
FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 18) 4 0 Zambia Nchanga Rangers 2015 COSAFA Cup
FW Paul Katema (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Zambia Red Arrows 2015 COSAFA Cup
FW Patrick Ngoma (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Egypt Ittihad 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Ronald Kampamba (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 (age 24) 15 5 Egypt Wadi Degla 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW James Chamanga (1980-02-02) 2 February 1980 (age 36) 63 17 China Liaoning Whowin 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad

Results and Fixtures[edit]

Results as of October 9, 2016.

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

Managers[edit]

Records[edit]

Caps and goals correct as of March 27, 2016.[7]

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. ^ "Kalaba to lead Zambia at Nations Cup". bbc.com. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 

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