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The Zambia national football team represents the country of Zambiamarker and is governed by the Football Association of Zambia. Before independence in 1964 they were known as the Northern Rhodesia national football team. The side is nicknamed Chipolopolo (the Copper Bullets) as copper is one of the south central African nation's main exports. The team has two African Nations Cup final appearances to its credit and among its most memorable moments is a 4-0 victory over Italy in the 1988 Olympic football tournament in Seoulmarker, South Koreamarker that saw Kalusha Bwalya score a hat-trick.

Zambia all time record against all nations

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
12 3 2 7 5 12 -7
13 5 6 2 13 8 +5
1 0 0 1 0 9 -9
2 0 1 1 1 4 -3
12 7 3 2 17 2 +15
5 3 1 1 11 4 +7
2 0 1 1 3 4 -1
11 3 4 4 20 20 0
2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
10 7 2 1 22 8 +14
/ 22 8 9 5 31 27 +4
4 3 0 1 4 1 +3
2 0 0 2 1 5 -4
16 3 4 9 16 28 -12
12 7 4 1 19 8 +11
4 2 0 2 6 4 +2
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
5 2 0 3 6 7 -1
4 2 0 2 8 10 +2
1 0 0 1 1 7 -6
1 0 0 1 2 3 -1
2 2 0 0 5 2 +3
23 15 3 5 42 15 +27
2 1 0 1 3 6 -3
1 0 0 1 1 2 -1
6 4 2 0 13 3 +10
2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
4 2 1 1 9 6 +3
12 8 1 3 21 10 +11
63 34 14 15 120 56 +64
4 2 2 0 8 3 +5
8 6 2 0 17 6 +11
15 5 1 9 14 18 -4
11 9 2 0 24 7 +17
7 4 3 0 14 4 +10
14 5 4 5 19 13 +6
3 0 2 1 1 3 -2
6 4 1 1 8 4 +4
5 1 1 3 5 6 -1
11 3 5 3 8 5 +3
3 2 1 0 7 1 +6
2 1 1 0 4 0 +4
3 3 0 0 14 3 +11
14 4 6 4 15 14 +1
15 7 3 5 23 17 +6
7 4 2 1 16 3 +3
22 10 7 5 33 20 +13
7 3 0 4 8 11 -3
11 3 2 6 10 16 -6
29 13 6 10 39 35 +4
1 0 1 0 2 2 0
32 10 19 3 38 28 +10
Total 487 224 129 134 738 491 +247


Gabon air disaster

A tragedy befell the Zambian national football team when the military plane (Zambian Air Force Buffalo DHC-5D, reg: AF-319) carrying the team to Senegalmarker for a 1994 World Cup qualification match crashed in the late evening of 27 April 1993. The journey required two refuelling stops and at the first stop in Congomarker engine problems were noted. Despite this, the flight continued and a few minutes after taking off from a second stop in Libreville, Gabonmarker one of the engines caught fire and failed. The pilot, who was tired from already having flown back from Mauritiusmarker earlier that day, then shut down the wrong engine, causing the plane to lose all power during the climb out of Libreville Airport and fall into the water 500m offshore.

All 30 passengers and crew, including 18 players, as well as the national team coach and support staff, were lost in the accident. The Chipolopolo's captain and later national team coach, Kalusha Bwalya, was not aboard the ill-fated flight as he was in the Netherlandsmarker playing for PSV at that time and had made separate arrangements to make his own way to Senegal to take part in the qualifier match.

Aftermath of the tragedy

A new side was quickly assembled, and led by Bwalya, faced up to the difficult task of having to complete Zambia's World Cup qualifiers and then prepare for the upcoming African Nations Cup which was only months away.

The resurrected team's final World Cup qualifier pitted them against Morocco in Casablancamarker in a match requiring the Chipolopolo to come away with at least a tie in order to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Their qualification run ended with a 1-0 defeat after a controversial call by the referee in the closing moments of the game that denied Zambia a penalty shot that could have led to the crucial draw.

At the 1994 African Nations Cup, the new Chipolopolo squad defied the odds, and displaying an offensive playing style, they reached the final against Nigeria. They took the lead in the first half, but the Super Eagles quickly equalized and followed up with the winner in the second half. In spite of the loss, the Zambian side returned home as national heroes.

List of players killed in the 1993 air disaster



Also among the deceased were National Team managers Godfrey "Ucar" Chitalu and Alex Chola.

Honors

COSAFA Cup
: Champions: 1997, 1998, 2006:: Runners-up: 2004, 2005, 2007
CECAFA Cup
: Champions: 1984 ,1991, 2006
: Runners-up: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1988, 2006
African Nations Cup
: Runners-up: 1974, 1994


World Cup record

As the former British colony of Northern Rhodesiamarker, 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 FIFAmarker in 1964.



African Nations Cup record

   


Current squad

The following players were called for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Rwanda on November 14, 2009 in kigalimarker, Rwandamarker.

Recent call-ups

Upcoming Fixtures and Results

Date Tournament Location Home Team score Away Team Scorers
31 May 2008
World Cup Qualifier
Ohene Djan Stadiummarker Accramarker Togo
1 - 0
Zambia
Adekanmi Olufade
15 June 2008
World Cup Qualifier
Somhlolo National Stadiummarker Lobambamarker Swaziland
0 - 0
Zambia
21 June 2008
World Cup Qualifier
konkola Stadiummarker chililabombwemarker Zambia
1 - 0
Swaziland
Christopher Katongo 85'
10 September 2008
World Cup Qualifier
Konkola Stadiummarker chililabombwemarker Zambia
1 - 0
Togo
Felix Katongo 32'
25 May 2008
International Friendlies
Azadi Stadiummarker Tehranmarker Iran
3 - 2
Zambia
Clifford Mulenga (60th) Roger Kola(62nd) Gholamreza Rezaei(35th) Javad Nekounam (12th) Hadi Aghili (P.K.) (87th)
22 May 2008
International Frendlies
June 11 Stadiummarker Tripolimarker Libya
2 - 2
Zambia
Emmanuel Mayuka, Lyianga Chiwanki
30 March 2008
2009 African Championship of Nations
Somhlolo National Stadiummarker Lobambamarker Swaziland
1 - 1
Zambia
William Njovu
2 May
2009 African Championship of Nations
Botswana National Stadiummarker Gaboronemarker Botswana
1 - 0
Zambia
O.G (Own Goal)
15th May
2009 African Championship of Nations
Konkola Stadiummarker chililabombwemarker Zambia
3 - 0
Botswana
Rodgers Kola 6th' ,Rainford Kalaba, Emmanuel Mayuka
12 April 2008
African Championship of Nations
Woodlands Stadiummarker Ndolamarker Zambia
3 - 0
Swaziland
Roger Kola,Kennedy Mudenda(Brace)
28 December 2008
2009 African Championship of Nations (Qualifiers)
Estádio da Cidadelamarker Luandamarker Angola
0 - 1
Zambia
Given Siguluma 26th
27 July 2008
2008 COSAFA Cup
Independence Stadiummarker Lusakamarker Zambia
0 - 0
Zimbabwe
Zambiamarker 5 - 4 Zimbabwemarker (Penalties)
30 July 2008
2008 COSAFA Cup
Thulamahashe Stadium Secundamarker South Africa
1 - 0
Zambia
3 August 2008
2008 COSAFA Cup
Thulamahashe Stadium Secundamarker Madagascar
0 - 2
Zambia
Emmanuel Mayuka 56' ,Francis Kombe
29 March 2009
World Cup Qualifier
Cairo Stadiummarker Cairomarker Egypt
1 - 1
Zambia
Amr Zaki 27' ,Francis Kasonde 56'
6 June 2009
World Cup Qualifier
Chililabombwe Stadiummarker Chililabomwe Zambia
1 - 0
Rwanda
20 June 2009
World Cup Qualifier
Chililabombwe Stadiummarker Chililabomwe Zambia
0 - 2
Algeria


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