Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
AssociationFootball Association of Zambia
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachAljoša Asanović
CaptainEnock Mwepu
Most capsKennedy Mweene (122)
Top scorerGodfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadiumLevy Mwanawasa Stadium, Heroes National Stadium
FIFA codeZAM
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 88 Decrease 1 (23 June 2022)[1]
Highest15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
First international
 Southern Rhodesia 0–4 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 
(Botswana; 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)
African Nations Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2009)
Best resultThird place (2009)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances19 (first in 1997)
Best resultChampions (1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019, 2022)

The Zambia national football team represents Zambia in men's international association football and it 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. The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals.[4]

History

Early years (1929–1970)

Zambia's first official match, following their acceptance into FIFA, was played on July 3, 1964, at home against Tanzania, which ended with a victory for the Chipolopolos 1–0. "Chipolopolos" is the nickname of the Zambian team, which means "Copper Bullets" due to the abundance of copper in Zambia. During the match, Zambia was not yet independent as Zambian independence from the United Kingdom occurred on the October 24, 1964. On November 22, 1969, Zambia suffered one of the two biggest defeats in its history against DR Congo 10–1. Since the 1970 World Cup qualifiers, Zambia has failed to qualify for a World Cup finals tournament.

African Cup of Nations 1974

After two previous attempts to participate in the African Cup of Nations, the Zambia national football team succeeded in qualifying for the first time in 1974. In the first round, they beat Côte d'Ivoire (1–0, goal from Simon Kaushi), lost against Egypt (1-3, goal from Godfrey Chitalu) and beat Uganda (1–0, goal from Obby Kapita), finishing second in the group and qualified for the semi-finals, where they beat Congo (4–2, a Bernard Chanda hat-trick and Joseph Mapulanga's goal). In the final, Zaire and Zambia drew 2-2 (goals from Simon Kaushi and Brighton Sinyangwe) and had to have a replay for the title but, two days after the first match, Zambia lost 2-0 and saw their title aspirations disappear. However this was viewed with great pride considering it was their first participation in the tournament.

1974–1993

After their appearance in the final in 1974, the Zambian football team failed to qualify for the following tournament in 1976. In 1978, Zambia was eliminated in the first round with a single victory (2–0 against Burkina Faso, goals from Patrick Phiri and Bizwell Phiri), a draw (0–0 against Nigeria) and a defeat (1–2 against Ghana, goal from Obby Kapita). In 1980, they failed to qualify; but in 1982 they again reached the semi-finals and took third place, beating Algeria, having lost to Libya in the semis. In 1984, Zambia did not qualify; in 1986, they reached the first round with a point collected against Algeria (0–0). In 1988, they did not qualify. In 1990, after finishing first in the group, Zambia lost in the semi-finals against Nigeria, but beat Senegal (1–0, goal from Webster Chikabala) to collect third place. In 1992, Zambia was beaten in the quarters by Côte d'Ivoire (0-1). This period shows that Zambia is a good footballing power but it shows irregularity in a few first rounds and non-qualifiers.

Zambian Air Force Flight 319

Main article: 1993 Zambia national football team air disaster

Tragedy struck the Zambian team when the military plane (REG: AF-319) transporting the team to Senegal for a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier crashed late in the evening, on April 27, 1993. Three stops were planned for re-fuelling, but at the first stop, in Brazzaville, engine problems were noted on the Buffalo DHC-5D of the Zambia Air Force. Despite this, the flight continued and a few minutes after take-off from Libreville, Gabon, where the second stopover had taken place, one of the engines caught fire and stopped. The pilot, who had already made a flight from Mauritius the day before, accidentally shut down the engine, which was still running. The loss of power, during the climb after take-off, caused the plane to fall and crash into the water 500m off the coast. All 30 passengers and crew, including 18 players, were killed in the accident.[5]

Team captain and coach Kalusha Bwalya was not on board. Held in the Netherlands for a match with his club, PSV Eindhoven, he was to join Senegal separately for the qualifying match. A new team was quickly created, coached by Kalusha: he had the difficult task of leading Zambia through qualification for the FIFA World Cup and then preparing for the qualifications for the next Africa Cup of Nations. It was probably an impossible mission and Zambia did not qualify for the World Cup.

List of players killed in the 1993 plane crash

Goalkeepers: David Chabala and Richard Mwanza.
Defenders: Kenan Simambe, Winter Mumba, Samuel Chomba, Whiteson Changwe, Robert Watiyakeni and John Soko.
Midfielders: Eston Mulenga, Derby Makinka, Moses Chikwalakwala, Wisdom Mumba Chansa, Godfrey Kangwa and Numba Mwila.
Forwards: Kelvin Mutale, Timothy Mwitwa, Moses Masuwa and Patrick Banda.
Coaches: Godfrey Chitalu, Alex Chola and Wilson Sakala.
Also on board were the two pilots, the flight crew, the FAZ chairman, a ZANA journalist and a public servant from the Ministry of Sport.[6]

African Cup of Nations 1994

In 1994, after a draw against Sierra Leone (0–0), Zambia beat Côte d'Ivoire (1–0, goal from Kenneth Malitoli) and finished first in the group. In the quarterfinals, they beats Senegal (1–0, goal from Evans Sakala), then in the semi-finals, Zambia beat Mali (4–0, goals from Elijah Litana, Zeddy Saileti, Kalusha Bwalya and Kenneth Malitoli). In the final, in Tunis, they faced Nigeria and despite the opening goal of Elijah Litana in the 3rd minute, Nigeria won 2–1.

1994–2012

On June 3, 1994, in Brussels, the Zambian football team succumbed to one of its worst losses in its history against Belgium, losing 9–0. At CAN 1996, they finished first in the group with two victories (5–1 against Burkina Faso, goals from Kenneth Malitoli, double from Kalusha Bwalya, goals from Dennis Lota and Johnson Bwalya); 4–0 against Sierra Leone (a hattrick from Kalusha Bwalya and goal from Mordon Malitoli) and a draw (0–0 against Algeria), beat Egypt (3–1) in the quarterfinals and loses in semis against Tunisia (2–4) but took third place over Ghana (1–0, goal from Johnson Bwalya). Kalusha Bwalya was the best in the competition with 5 goals. From 1998 to 2006, Zambia did not pass the first round, except in 2004 when they failed to qualify. On September 3, 2006, at home, Zambia achieved the biggest victory in its history against Djibouti, winning 10–0. During the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Zambia finished third in the group with a 3–0 victory against Sudan (goals by James Chamanga, Jacob Mulenga and Felix Katongo), a draw (1–1 against Egypt, goal from Chris Katongo) and loss (1–5 against Cameroon, goal from Chris Katongo). In 2010, Zambia finished first in her group and faced Nigeria in the quarter-finals where she lost on penalties. Jacob Mulenga and Emmanuel Mbola were included in the tournament's Best XI.[7]

COSAFA Cup

The Zambia national football team has participated in the COSAFA Cup in all its editions, and has won it five times in 1997, 1998, 2006, 2013 and 2019) and a six-time losing finalist in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017 and 2018. In 2005, Collins Mbesuma was the competition's top scorer with 4 goals.

African Cup of Nations 2012

The football team Zambia finished 1st in their group as they beat Senegal (1-2, goals from Emmanuel Mayuka and Rainford Kalaba) then they shared the points with Libya (2-2, goals from Mayuka and Christopher Katongo) and finally they beat Equatorial Guinea (0-1, goal from C. Katongo). In the quarter-finals, Zambia eliminated Sudan (3-0, goals from Stoppila Sunzu, C. Katongo and James Chamanga). In the semi-finals, Zambia eliminated Ghana 1–0, Emmanuel Mayuka scoring the only goal of the game. In the final, Zambia held Côte d'Ivoire in check (0–0) and won on penalties (8–7) Watch

At the end of this 28th edition of the African Cup, captain Chris Katongo finished best player in competition as well as joint-top scorer with Emmanuel Mayuka for Zambia.

2013–present

In 2013, Zambia was eliminated in the first round of CAN 2013 without losing a single match (three draws). Two years later, after complicated qualifiers, Zambia qualifies once again for AFCON but is again eliminated in the first round. Zambia failed to reach the finals for the first time in 13 years for the 2017 competition and losing out to Guinea-Bissau. For CAN 2019 qualification, the Chipolopolos again failed to progress, finishing last with 7 points, one point less than Namibia, in 2nd, and two points fewer than Guinea-Bissau who finished top of the group. It is a huge disappointment for Zambia which misses a 2nd consecutive CAN even though it had won the competition 7 years earlier and was seeded at the time of the draw. The qualifying for the CAN 2022 were also difficult for Zambia, finishing 3rd and a point off of Zimbabwe who occupied the final qualification spot.

Kit provider

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas 1993–1996
Germany Puma 1997–2000
Italy Diadora 2001–2002
England Umbro 2003
United States Nike 2004–2015
Italy Kappa 2016
Singapore Mafro 2017
Zambia KoPa 2018–present

Recent schedule and results

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

3 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Mauritania  1–2  Zambia Nouakchott, Mauritania
16:00 UTC±0
  • Niass 69'
Report
Stadium: Stade Olympique de Nouakchott
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
7 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Zambia  0–2  Tunisia Ndola, Zambia
15:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Equatorial Guinea  2–0  Zambia Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Hélder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)
10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Zambia  1–1  Equatorial Guinea Lusaka, Zambia
18:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: National Heroes Stadium
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
13 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Zambia  4–0  Mauritania Lusaka, Zambia
15:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: National Heroes Stadium
Referee: Mahmood Ali Mahmood Ismail (Sudan)
16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Tunisia  3–1  Zambia Radès, Tunisia
Report
Stadium: Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)

2022

18 March Friendly Iraq  3–1  Zambia Baghdad, Iraq
Stadium: Al-Madina Stadium
Attendance: 25,237
25 March Friendly Zambia  3–1  Congo Antalya, Turkey
15:00
Report
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
27 March Friendly Zambia  1–2  Benin Antalya, Turkey
Report
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
Referee: Batuhan Kolak (Turkey)
3 June 2023 AFCON qualification Ivory Coast  3–1  Zambia Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
19:00
Report
Stadium: Stade de Yamoussoukro
Referee: Dahane Beida (Mauritania)
7 June 2023 AFCON qualification Zambia  2–1  Comoros Lusaka, Zambia
15:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: National Heroes Stadium
Referee: Samuel Uwikunda (Rwanda)
12 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Zambia  1–1
(5–4 p)
 Botswana KwaMashu
  • Mangolo 52'
Stadium: Princess Magogo Stadium
15 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Zambia  4–3  Senegal Durban
Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium
17 July COSAFA F Namibia  0–1 (a.e.t.)  Zambia Durban, South Africa
Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium
September 2023 AFCON qualification Zambia  v  Lesotho Zambia
--:-- UTC+2 Report
September 2023 AFCON qualification Lesotho  v  Zambia South Africa
--:-- UTC+2 Report

2023

March 2023 AFCON qualification Zambia  v  Ivory Coast
March 2023 AFCON qualification Comoros  v  Zambia

Managers

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Ivory Coast and Comoros on 3 and 7 June 2022.[8]

Caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2022, after the match against Comoros.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 28) 34 0 South Africa Sekhukhune United
18 1GK Cyril Chibwe (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 29) 4 0 South Africa Polokwane City
16 1GK Charles Kalumba (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 26) 1 0 Zambia Red Arrows

3 2DF Benedict Chepeshi (1996-06-10) 10 June 1996 (age 26) 27 0 Zambia Red Arrows
6 2DF Tandi Mwape (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 25) 20 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
15 2DF Dominic Chanda (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 26) 18 1 Zambia Kabwe Warriors
23 2DF Shemmy Mayembe (1997-11-22) 22 November 1997 (age 24) 10 0 Zambia ZESCO United
4 2DF Frankie Musonda (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 (age 24) 4 1 Scotland Raith Rovers
5 2DF Miguel Chaiwa (2004-06-07) 7 June 2004 (age 18) 1 0 Switzerland Young Boys

8 3MF Lubambo Musonda (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 27) 41 2 Denmark AC Horsens
13 3MF Rodrick Kabwe (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 29) 34 0 South Africa Sekhukhune United
7 3MF Kelvin Kampamba (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 25) 32 4 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Spencer Sautu (1994-10-05) 5 October 1994 (age 27) 31 3 Zambia Power Dynamos
11 3MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 24) 24 6 England Brighton & Hove Albion
17 3MF Kings Kangwa (1999-04-06) 6 April 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
3MF Emmanuel Banda (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 24) 14 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF
19 3MF Prince Mumba (2001-03-24) 24 March 2001 (age 21) 9 1 Zambia Kabwe Warriors
21 3MF Larry Bwalya (1995-05-29) 29 May 1995 (age 27) 7 0 Tanzania Simba
14 3MF Edward Chilufya (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 22) 6 0 Denmark Midtjylland
9 3MF Lameck Banda (2001-01-29) 29 January 2001 (age 21) 4 0 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva

20 4FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 23) 31 9 England Leicester City
4FW Evans Kangwa (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 29) 31 4 Russia Arsenal Tula
10 4FW Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 25) 19 6 Scotland Rangers
22 4FW Gamphani Lungu (1998-08-19) 19 August 1998 (age 23) 15 0 South Africa SuperSport United
2 4FW Ricky Banda (2001-03-03) 3 March 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Zambia Red Arrows

Recent call-ups

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 Lawrence Mulenga (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Benin, 27 March 2022
GK Kelvin Malunga (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 28) 0 0 Zambia Nkana v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
GK Gregory Sanjase (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Zambia Young Green Eagles v.  Tunisia, 16 November 2021
GK Charles Muntanga (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Zambia Nkwazi v.  Mauritania, 13 November 2021 PRE
GK Lameck Siame (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 25) 1 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Equatorial Guinea, 10 October 2021

DF Prosper Chiluya (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 24) 9 0 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Benin, 27 March 2022
DF Aimé Mabika (1998-08-16) 16 August 1998 (age 23) 1 0 United States Inter Miami CF v.  Benin, 27 March 2022
DF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 30) 38 1 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
DF Simon Silwimba (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 30) 24 1 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
DF Solomon Sakala (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 25) 12 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
DF Jack Ngulube (2002-01-14) 14 January 2002 (age 20) 17 0 Zambia Green Buffaloes v.  Tunisia, 16 November 2021
DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 27) 17 0 Zambia Buildcon v.  Tunisia, 16 November 2021 PRE
DF Luka Banda (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 27) 12 0 Zambia NAPSA Stars v.  Mauritania, 13 November 2021 PRE
DF Boyd Musonda (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 25) 2 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Tunisia, 7 September 2021

MF Clatous Chama (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 31) 30 5 Tanzania Simba v.  Benin, 27 March 2022
MF Harrison Chisala (1997-08-04) 4 August 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Zambia Nkana v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
MF Joshua Mutale (2002-01-24) 24 January 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
MF Chanda Mukuka (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
MF Dickson Chapa (1991-10-24) 24 October 1991 (age 30) 5 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Tunisia, 16 November 2021
MF Kelvin Kapumbu (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 26) 15 0 Zambia Zanaco v.  Tunisia, 16 November 2021
MF Benson Sakala (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 25) 32 0 Zambia Power Dynamos v.  Tunisia, 7 September 2021
MF Ngosa Sunzu (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 24) 1 0 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv Bat Yam Training camp, 21–31 August 2021

FW Alex Ngonga (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 29) 20 1 Zambia Nkana v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
FW Albert Kangwanda (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 23) 3 2 Zambia Kafue Celtic v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
FW Patrick Gondwe (2002-06-05) 5 June 2002 (age 20) 2 0 Zambia Nkana v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
FW Derrick Bulaya (2003-03-08) 8 March 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Zambia Green Eagles v.  Iraq, 18 March 2022
FW Moses Phiri (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 29) 19 2 Zambia Zanaco v.  Tunisia, 16 November 2021
FW Brian Mwila (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 28) 20 10 Zambia Buildcon v.  Equatorial Guinea, 10 October 2021
FW Jimmy Mukeya (2002-02-23) 23 February 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Zambia NAPSA Stars v.  Equatorial Guinea, 10 October 2021
FW Felix Bulaya (1996-12-18) 18 December 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Tunisia, 7 September 2021

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

As of 14 July 2021[9]
Players in bold are still active with Zambia.

Competitive record

FIFA 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 13 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 6 2 1 3 8 9
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 103 47 23 33 153 97

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations record
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
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Guinea 2025
Total 1 Title 17/33 66 27 18 22 81 67

African Games

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.

See also: Zambia national under-23 football team

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

Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup

Main article: CECAFA Cup

CECAFA Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Uganda 1973 Group Stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 6
Tanzania 1974 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3
Zambia 1975 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 7
Zanzibar 1976 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
Somalia 1977 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
Malawi 1978 Did not enter
Kenya 1979 Fourth Place 4th 4 0 2 2 3 8
Sudan 1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Tanzania 1981 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 9
Uganda 1982 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 1 2 3 8
Kenya 1983 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 6
Uganda 1984 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 4
Zimbabwe 1985 Did not enter
Ethiopia 1987 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 2 3
Malawi 1988 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 3
Kenya 1989 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 0 1
Zanzibar 1990 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 3 5
Uganda 1991 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 4 7
Tanzania 1992 Group Stage 8th 4 1 0 3 2 14
Kenya 1994 Did not enter
Uganda 1995 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 5 4
Sudan 1996 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Rwanda 1999 Group Stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 3
Uganda 2000 Did not enter
Rwanda 2001 Group Stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 8
Tanzania 2002 Group Stage 7th 4 1 1 2 1 3
Sudan 2003 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 6
Ethiopia 2004 Group Stage 7th 4 1 0 3 7 11
Rwanda 2005 Third Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 7 6
Ethiopia 2006 Group Stage 9th 2 0 1 1 0 4
Tanzania 2007 Quarter-Finals 7th 3 1 2 0 5 3
Uganda 2008 Group Stage 8th 4 1 1 2 3 5
Kenya 2009 Third Place 3rd 6 2 2 2 6 3
Tanzania 2010 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 3
Tanzania 2011 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 4
Uganda 2012 Third Place 3rd 6 1 4 1 5 6
Kenya 2013 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Ethiopia 2015 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Kenya 2017 Runners-Up 2nd 6 3 2 1 9 6
Total 34/38 1 Title 121 29 31 61 99 181

COSAFA Cup

Main article: COSAFA Cup

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 1st 5 3 2 0 11 4
1998 1st 5 3 2 0 5 2
1999 Semis-Final 2 0 1 1 1 2
2000 Quarter-Finals 2 1 1 0 3 0
2001 Semis-Final 3 1 2 0 3 2
2002 Semis-Final 2 1 0 1 3 1
2003 Semis-Final 2 1 1 0 5 3
2004 2nd 3 2 1 0 3 1
2005 2nd 4 2 1 1 7 3
2006 1st 4 4 0 0 8 1
2007 2nd 2 1 1 0 3 0
South Africa 2008 3rd 3 1 1 1 2 1
Zimbabwe 2009 2nd 3 2 0 1 4 3
Zambia 2013 1st 3 2 1 0 5 1
South Africa 2015 Plate final 3 1 1 1 3 1
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 - - - - - -

Honours

Champions:
Gold medal africa.svg
2012
Runners-up:
Silver medal africa.svg
1974,
Silver medal africa.svg
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

References

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