REMEMBERING THE ZAMBIAN SOCCER NATIONALTEAM THAT PLAYED IN KAMPALA AND PERISHED IN 1993 PLANE CRASH

The 1993 Zambia national football team air disaster occurred in the late evening of 27 April 1993 when a Zambian Air Force crashed into the Atlantic Ocean offshore from Libreville, Gabon. The flight was carrying  the Zambian national football team to a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Senegal in Dakar. It had ealier played the Uganda Cranes in Kampala

 All 25 passengers and five crew members were killed. Following players and crew  lost their lives; Colonel Fenton Mone (pilot),Lt Colonel Victor Mubanga (pilot), Lt Colonel James Sachika (pilot) and Major Edward Nhamboteh (Flight Engineer).

The footballers were , Efford Chabala (goalkeeper), John Soko (defender) ,Whiteson Changwe (defender), Robert Watiyakeni (defender), Eston Mulenga (defender), Derb,y Makinka, (midfielder),  Moses Chikwalakwala (midfielder), Wisdom Mumba Chansa (midfielder)

Kelvin “Malaza” Mutale (striker) ,Timothy Mwitwa (striker), Numba Mwila (midfielder)

Richard Mwanza (goalkeeper), Samuel Chomba (defender), Moses Masuwa (striker)

Kenan Simambe (striker), Godfrey Kangwa (midfielder) Winter Mumba (defender) and Patrick “Bomber” Banda (striker).

Coaching staff included ,Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu (coach) ,Alex Chola (assistant coach).

The only  team member of 1993 Chipolopolo to survive the crash were  Charlie Musonda and Kalusha Bwalya (the captain). The two were joining the rest of their teammates from Europe.

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