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Zambia National Football Team

Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
AssociationFootball Association of Zambia
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Head coachAggrey Chiyengi
CaptainKennedy Mweene
Most capsKennedy Mweene (121)
Top scorerGodfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadiumLevy Mwanawasa Stadium
FIFA codeZAM
FIFA ranking
Current 81 Steady(24 October 2019)[1]
Highest15 (February - May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 94 Increase 4 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest27 (6 April 1994)
Lowest106 (October 2009)
First international

(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".[3]

The team has three Africa Cup of Nations final appearances to its credit, winning the 2012 tournament with victory over Ivory Coast in the final.[4][5]

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

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.[6]

Honours

Africa Cup of Nations
Champions: 2012
Runners-up: 1974, 1994
COSAFA Cup
Champions: 1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019
Runners-up: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017, 2018
CECAFA Cup
Champions: 1984, 1991
Runners-up: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1988, 2006

Competitive record

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.

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

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 to Ghana 1963 Not affiliated to CAF
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970 Did not qualify
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 9 7
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify
Ghana 1978 Group stage 5th 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 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4
Morocco 1988 Withdrew
Algeria 1990 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 3 2
Senegal 1992 Quarter-finals 7th 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 10th 3 1 1 1 4 6
Ghana Nigeria 2000 13th 3 0 2 1 3 5
Mali 2002 14th 3 0 1 2 1 3
Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Egypt 2006 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Ghana 2008 9th 3 1 1 1 5 6
Angola 2010 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 5
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 3
South Africa 2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 3 0 2 2
Equatorial Guinea 2015 13th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Gabon 2017 Did not qualify
Egypt 2019
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Guinea 2025 To be determined
Total 1 Title 17/32 66 27 18 22 81 67

African Games

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

COSAFA Cup

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zambia 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018

2019

Players

Current squad

The following players were selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier matches against Algeria and Zimbabwe on 14 & 18 November 2019.[7]

Caps and goals as of 13 October 2019, after the match against Benin.[8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 25) 25 0 Zambia Zanaco
1GK Sebastian Mwange (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 27) 6 0 Zambia Green Eagles
1GK Mwenya Chibwe 1 0 South Africa Polokwane City

2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 30) 78 5 France Metz
2DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 27) 36 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
2DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 25) 16 0 Zambia Buildcon
2DF Lawrence Chungu (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 28) 14 0 Zambia Zanaco
2DF Clement Mwape (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 30) 6 0 Zambia ZESCO United
2DF Tandi Mwape (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 23) 4 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe

3MF Nathan Sinkala (1990-11-22) 22 November 1990 (age 28) 55 3 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
3MF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 28) 37 1 South Africa Black Leopards
3MF Salulani Phiri (1994-10-04) 4 October 1994 (age 25) 28 0 South Africa Polokwane City
3MF Augustine Mulenga (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 29) 26 5 South Africa Orlando Pirates
3MF Clatous Chama (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 28) 22 4 Tanzania Simba
3MF Bruce Musakanya (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 25) 21 4 Zambia Red Arrows
3MF Kelvin Kampamba (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 22) 9 1 Zambia Nkana
3MF Larry Bwayla (1995-05-29) 29 May 1995 (age 24) 4 0 Zambia Power Dynamos

4FW Justin Shonga (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 23) 25 13 South Africa Orlando Pirates
4FW Evans Kangwa (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 25) 24 4 Russia Arsenal Tula
4FW Lazarous Kambole (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 25) 16 7 Zambia ZESCO United
4FW Mwape Musonda (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 (age 29) 5 2 South Africa Black Leopards

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for Zambia in the last 12 months.[9]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Lawrence Mulenga (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
GK Nkole Ngandu 0 0 Zambia National Assembly v.  South Africa, 7 September 2019
GK Allan Chibwe (1991-03-22) 22 March 1991 (age 28) 9 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
GK Charles Muntanga (1995-07-21) 21 July 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Zambia Nkwazi v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
GK Kennedy Mweene (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 (age 34) 124 2 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns v.  Namibia, 23 March 2019

DF Adrian Chama (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 30) 33 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Simon Silwimba (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 27) 19 1 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Mwila Phiri (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 (age 25) 11 1 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Luka Banda (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Zambia NAPSA Stars v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Ziyo Tembo (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 34) 24 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Shemmy Mayembe (1997-11-22) 22 November 1997 (age 21) 6 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Kebson Kamanga 3 0 Zambia Nkwazi v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Moses Nyondo (1997-07-05) 5 July 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Zambia Nkana v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Paul Banda 1 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
DF Gift Zulu (1992-11-06) 6 November 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Zambia Nkana 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Lyton Thole 0 0 Zambia Nkana 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE

MF Paul Katema (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 22) 18 1 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
MF Kelvin Kapumbu 1 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
MF Amity Shamende 0 0 Zambia Green Eagles v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
MF Ernest Mbewe (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 25) 20 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  South Africa, 7 September 2019
MF Benson Sakala (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 23) 14 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  South Africa, 7 September 2019
MF Webster Muzaza (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Zambia Forest Rangers v.  South Africa, 7 September 2019
MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 14 2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
MF Emmanuel Banda (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 22) 7 0 France AS Béziers v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
MF Kings Kangwa (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 20) 3 1 Russia Arsenal Tula v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
MF Gamphani Lungu (1998-09-19) 19 September 1998 (age 21) 3 0 South Africa SuperSport United v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
MF Jackson Chirwa (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 24) 28 1 Zambia Green Buffaloes 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Austin Muwowo (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 23) 2 1 Zambia Forest Rangers 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Moses Phiri (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 26) 15 1 Zambia Buildcon 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE
MF Clement Mundia (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Zambia Kabwe Warriors 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE
MF Mike Katiba (1995-07-07) 7 July 1995 (age 24) 9 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes v.  Namibia, 23 March 2019

FW Emmanuel Chabula (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 21) 6 2 Zambia Nkwazi v.  Benin, 13 October 2019
FW Tapson Kaseba (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 26) 5 1 Zambia Green Eagles v.  South Africa, 7 September 2019
FW Twiza Chaibela 1 0 Zambia Kabwe Warriors v.  Botswana, 3 August 2019
FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 21) 22 2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
FW Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 22) 9 1 Belgium KV Oostende v.  Morocco, 16 June 2019
FW Chitiya Mususu (1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Zambia Zanaco 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Lameck Silwamba 0 0 Zambia Buildcon v.  Namibia, 23 March 2019
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

Most capped players

As of 25 November 2018[10]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Caps Goals
1 Kennedy Mweene 2004- 121 2
2 David Chabala 1983-1993 115 0
3 Godfrey Chitalu 1968-1980 111 79
4 Joseph Musonda 2002-2014 108 0
5 Christopher Katongo 2003-2016 105 23
6 Rainford Kalaba 2005- 104 15
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

As of 25 November 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- 15 104

Managers

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "History of Zambian National Team". fazfootball.com. Football Association of Zambia. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Hughes, Rob (13 February 2012). "Zambia Takes a Modest and Emotional Path to Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ Jacob Steinberg (12 February 2012). "Ivory Coast v Zambia - as it happened | Football". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "EVANS KANGWA RECALLED, KALABA AND MWEENE SNUBBED AS CHIYANGI NAMES SQUAD FOR BACK TO BACK AFCON QUALIFIERS". Zambianfootball. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Zambia (2019)". National-football-teams.com. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "ZAMBIA PICKS 9 FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS". Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia - Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2016.

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