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 coachSven Vandenbroeck [1] Kampamba Chintu Nico Labohm
CaptainKennedy Mweene
Most capsKennedy Mweene (124)
Top scorerGodfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadiumNational Heroes Stadium and Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
FIFA codeZAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current82 Decrease 5 (29 November 2018)[2]
Highest15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current101 Decrease 20 (6 December 2018)[3]
Highest27 (6 April 1994)
Lowest99 (May 2004)
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 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".[4]

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.[5][6]

After the departure of George Lwandamina in 2016, Wedson Nyirenda was appointed interim coach. In January 2017 Nyirenda was appointed on a permanent basis.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

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.

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 12 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 96 45 22 45 145 88

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sudan 1957 to
Ethiopia 1968
Did not enter
Sudan 1970 to
Cameroon 1972
Did not qualify
Egypt 1974 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 9 7
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify
Ghana 1978 Group Stage 1st Round 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 1st Round 3 0 1 2 2 4
Morocco 1988 Withdrew
Algeria 1990 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 3 2
Senegal 1992 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals 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 1st Round 3 1 1 1 4 6
Ghana Nigeria 2000 3 0 2 1 3 5
Mali 2002 3 0 1 2 1 3
Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Egypt 2006 Group Stage 1st Round 3 1 0 2 3 6
Ghana 2008 3 1 1 1 5 6
Angola 2010 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals 4 1 1 2 5 5
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 3
South Africa 2013 Group Stage 1st Round 3 0 3 0 2 2
Equatorial Guinea 2015 3 0 2 1 2 3
Gabon 2017 Did not qualify
Cameroon 2019 Did not qualify
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023 To be determined
Total 1 Title 17/31 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

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[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 and 5 September 2017).[10]

Caps and goals as of 10 June 2017, after the match vs. Mozambique.[11]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Kennedy Mweene (vice-captain) (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 (age 33) 116 2 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
1 1GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 25) 8 0 Zambia Zanaco
1GK Allan Chibwe (1991-03-22) 22 March 1991 (age 27) 3 0 Zambia Power Dynamos

15 2DF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 27) 23 0 Zambia Nkana
2DF Boston Muchindu (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Zambia Nkana
2DF Moses Nyondo (1997-07-05) 5 July 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Zambia Nkana
13 2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 29) 70 4 Russia Arsenal Tula
6 2DF Simon Silwimba (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 23) 5 0 Zambia ZESCO United
20 2DF Fackson Kapumbu (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 28) 19 0 Zambia ZESCO United
19 2DF Ziyo Tembo (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 33) 5 0 Zambia Zanaco
2DF Billy Mutale (1993-06-21) 21 June 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Zambia Power Dynamos
2DF Mwila Phiri (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Zambia Green Eagles
21 2DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Zambia Nchanga Rangers
2DF Webster Mulenga (1993-06-27) 27 June 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Zambia Forest Rangers
4 2DF Adrian Chama (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 29) 17 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes

11 3MF Chisamba Lungu (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 27) 48 1 Turkey Alanyaspor
23 3MF Kondwani Mtonga (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 34) 42 1 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Clatous Chama (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 26) 10 0 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Misheck Chaila (1990-11-13) 13 November 1990 (age 28) 13 0 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF John Ching'andu (1993-12-11) 11 December 1993 (age 24) 3 0 Zambia Zanaco
2 3MF Ernest Mbewe (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 24) 5 0 Zambia Zanaco
3MF Fwayo Tembo (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 29) 27 1 Zambia Power Dynamos
17 3MF Augustine Mulenga (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 29) 2 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
5 3MF Roderick Kabwe (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 29) 19 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
3MF Emmanuel Banda (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Oostende
10 3MF Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Russia Spartak-2 Moscow
3MF Edward Chilufya (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF
14 3MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Austria FC Red Bull Salzburg

12 4FW Justin Shonga (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 29) 2 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
3 4FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Austria FC Red Bull Salzburg
22 4FW Brian Mwila (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 24) 2 1 Zambia Green Buffaloes
9 4FW Alex Ng'onga (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 26) 13 1 Zambia Power Dynamos
4FW Martin Phiri 4 1 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 30) 28 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
GK Charles Mweemba (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 23) 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 32) 2 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
DF Taonga Bwembya (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
DF Lawrence Chungu (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 27) 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 30) 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

MF Rainford Kalaba (captain) (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 32) 107 15 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Lubambo Musonda (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 29) 20 2 Armenia Gandzasar Kapan v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Salulani Phiri (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 (age 24) 16 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Stanley Nshimbi (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 26) 6 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Collins Sikombe (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 34) 2 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Paul Katema (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 21) 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 35) 25 2 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Gabon, 4 June 2017
MF Jackson Chirwa (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 23) 14 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes v.  Gabon, 4 June 2017

FW Collins Mbesuma (1984-02-03) 3 February 1984 (age 34) 65 22 South Africa Highlands Park v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Ronald Kampamba (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 24) 19 5 Egypt Wadi Degla v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Jackson Mwanza (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 26) 16 0 Turkey Gaziantepspor v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Dave Daka (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana v.  Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Ignatius Lwipa (1986-03-04) 4 March 1986 (age 32) 17 5 Zambia Nakambala Leopards v.  Gabon, 4 June 2017
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 November 25, 2018[12]
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 Rainford Kalaba 2005– 110 15
5 Joseph Musonda 2002–2014 108 0
6 Christopher Katongo 2003–2016 105 23
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 November 25, 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– 15 110

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  4. ^ "History of Zambian National Team". fazfootball.com. Football Association of Zambia. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  5. ^ Hughes, Rob (13 February 2012). "Zambia Takes a Modest and Emotional Path to Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  6. ^ Jacob Steinberg (12 February 2012). "Ivory Coast v Zambia - as it happened | Jacob Steinberg | Football". theguardian.com. London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  7. ^ http://dailysportsng.com/news/detail.php?news=5088&title=FAZ-appoint-Nyirenda-permanently&scid=News
  8. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44737762
  9. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  10. ^ "Zambie : la liste pour l'Algérie sans Kalaba ! - Afrik-foot.com : l'actualité du football africain". Afrik-foot.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  11. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Zambia (2017)". National-football-teams.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  12. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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