Zambia national football team

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Zambia
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Nickname(s) Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
Association Football Association of Zambia
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachVacant
Captain Enock Mwepu
Most caps Kennedy Mweene (122)
Top scorer Godfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadium Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Heroes National Stadium
FIFA code ZAM
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FIFA ranking
Current 88 Decrease2.svg 1 (6 October 2022) [1]
Highest15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
First international
Flag of Southern Rhodesia (1924-1964).svg  Southern Rhodesia 0–4 Northern Rhodesia  Flag of Northern Rhodesia (1939-1964).svg
(Southern Rhodesia; 1946)
Biggest win
Flag of Zambia (1964-1996).svg  Zambia 11–2 Swaziland  Flag of Eswatini.svg
(Lusaka, Zambia; 5 February 1978)
Flag of Zambia (1964-1996).svg  Zambia 9–0 Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
(Lilongwe, Malawi; 13 November 1978)
Flag of Zambia (1964-1996).svg  Zambia 9–0 Lesotho  Flag of Lesotho (1987-2006).svg
(Botswana; 8 August 1988)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Congo-Kinshasa (1966-1971).svg  DR Congo 10–1 Zambia  Flag of Zambia (1964-1996).svg
(DR Congo; 22 November 1969)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 9–0 Zambia  Flag of Zambia (1964-1996).svg
(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". [2] 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. [3] But the team is still striving to appear on the biggest soccer event as they look forward to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

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

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. [4]

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. [5]

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. [6]

COSAFA Cup

The Zambia national football team has participated in the COSAFA Cup in all its editions, and has won it a joint record six times in (1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019 and 2022) 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

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Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1993–1996
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1997–2000
Flag of Italy.svg Diadora 2001–2002
Flag of England.svg Umbro 2003
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2004–2015
Flag of Italy.svg Kappa 2016
Flag of Singapore.svg Mafro 2017
Flag of Zambia.svg 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

7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Equatorial Guinea  Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg2–0Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
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  • Nsue Soccerball shade.svg88'
Report Stadium: Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Hélder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)
13 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Zambia  Flag of Zambia.svg4–0Flag of Mauritania.svg  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  Flag of Tunisia.svg3–1Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Radès, Tunisia
Report
Stadium: Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)

2022

18 March Friendly Iraq  Flag of Iraq.svg3–1Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Baghdad, Iraq
Stadium: Al-Madina Stadium
Attendance: 25,237
25 March Friendly Zambia  Flag of Zambia.svg3–1Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo Antalya, Turkey
15:00
Report
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
27 March Friendly Zambia  Flag of Zambia.svg1–2Flag of Benin.svg  Benin Antalya, Turkey
Report
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
Referee: Batuhan Kolak (Turkey)
12 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Zambia  Flag of Zambia.svg1–1
(5–4 p)
Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana KwaMashu
Stadium: Princess Magogo Stadium
17 July COSAFA F Namibia  Flag of Namibia.svg0–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Durban, South Africa
Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium
23 September Friendly Mali  Flag of Mali.svg1–0Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Bamako, Mali
Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars
26 September Friendly Mali  Flag of Mali.svgvFlag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Bamako, Mali
Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars

2023

March 2023 AFCON qualification Zambia  Flag of Zambia.svgvFlag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho Zambia
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March 2023 AFCON qualification Lesotho  Flag of Lesotho.svgvFlag of Zambia.svg  Zambia South Africa
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Managers

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Mali on 23 and 27 September 2022. [7]

Caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2022, after the match against Namibia.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 28)340 Flag of South Africa.svg Sekhukhune United
1 GK Charles Kalumba (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 26)40 Flag of Zambia.svg Red Arrows
1 GK Lawrence Mulenga (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 24)00 Flag of Zambia.svg Power Dynamos

2 DF Benedict Chepeshi (1996-06-10) 10 June 1996 (age 26)330 Flag of Zambia.svg Red Arrows
2 DF Dominic Chanda (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 26)231 Flag of Zambia.svg Kabwe Warriors
2 DF Tandi Mwape (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 26)201 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Mazembe
2 DF Shemmy Mayembe (1997-11-22) 22 November 1997 (age 24)110 Flag of Zambia.svg ZESCO United
2 DF Luka Chamanga (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 31)50 Flag of Zambia.svg Power Dynamos
2 DF Allan Kapila (1995-06-04) 4 June 1995 (age 27)50 Flag of Zambia.svg Red Arrows
2 DF Frankie Musonda (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 (age 24)41 Flag of Scotland.svg Ayr United
2 DF Miguel Chaiwa (2004-06-07) 7 June 2004 (age 18)10 Flag of Switzerland.svg Young Boys

3 MF Kelvin Kampamba (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 25)376 Flag of Zambia.svg ZESCO United
3 MF Rodrick Kabwe (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 29)340 Flag of South Africa.svg Sekhukhune United
3 MF Clatous Chama (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 31)305 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba
3 MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 24)246 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion
3 MF Kings Kangwa (1999-04-06) 6 April 1999 (age 23)153 Flag of Serbia.svg Red Star Belgrade
3 MF Emmanuel Banda (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 25)140 Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgårdens IF
3 MF Edward Chilufya (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 23)60 Flag of Denmark.svg Midtjylland
3 MF Joshua Mutale (2002-01-24) 24 January 2002 (age 20)60 Flag of Zambia.svg Power Dynamos

4 FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 23)319 Flag of England.svg Leicester City
4 FW Evans Kangwa (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 29)314 Flag of Russia.svg Arsenal Tula
4 FW Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 25)196 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
4 FW Ricky Banda (2001-03-03) 3 March 2001 (age 21)51 Flag of Zambia.svg Red Arrows

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Cyril Chibwe (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 29)120 Flag of South Africa.svg Polokwane City 2022 COSAFA Cup
GK Kelvin Malunga (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 28)00 Flag of Zambia.svg Nkana v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
GK Gregory Sanjase (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 25)00 Flag of Zambia.svg Young Green Eagles v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 16 November 2021
GK Charles Muntanga (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 25)10 Flag of Zambia.svg Nkwazi v. Flag of Mauritania.svg  Mauritania , 13 November 2021 PRE
GK Lameck Siame (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 25)10 Flag of Zambia.svg Zanaco v. Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea , 10 October 2021

DF Prosper Chiluya (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 24)120 Flag of Zambia.svg Red Arrows v. Flag of Benin.svg  Benin , 27 March 2022
DF Aimé Mabika (1998-08-16) 16 August 1998 (age 24)10 Flag of the United States.svg Inter Miami CF v. Flag of Benin.svg  Benin , 27 March 2022
DF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 31)381 Flag of Zambia.svg ZESCO United v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
DF Simon Silwimba (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 30)241 Flag of Zambia.svg ZESCO United v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
DF Solomon Sakala (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 25)120 Flag of Zambia.svg ZESCO United v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
DF Jack Ngulube (2002-01-14) 14 January 2002 (age 20)170 Flag of Zambia.svg Green Buffaloes v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 16 November 2021
DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 27)170 Flag of Zambia.svg Buildcon v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 16 November 2021 PRE
DF Luka Banda (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 27)120 Flag of Zambia.svg NAPSA Stars v. Flag of Mauritania.svg  Mauritania , 13 November 2021 PRE

MF Lubambo Musonda (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 27)412 Flag of Denmark.svg AC Horsens 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Spencer Sautu (1994-10-05) 5 October 1994 (age 28)344 Flag of Zambia.svg Power Dynamos 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Prince Mumba (2001-03-24) 24 March 2001 (age 21)111 Flag of Zambia.svg Kabwe Warriors 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Larry Bwalya (1995-05-29) 29 May 1995 (age 27)70 Flag of Tanzania.svg Simba 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Lameck Banda (2001-01-29) 29 January 2001 (age 21)40 Flag of Italy.svg Lecce 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Harrison Chisala (1997-08-04) 4 August 1997 (age 25)20 Flag of Zambia.svg Nkana v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
MF Chanda Mukuka (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 22)00 Flag of Zambia.svg ZESCO United v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
MF Dickson Chapa (1991-10-24) 24 October 1991 (age 30)60 Flag of Zambia.svg ZESCO United v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 16 November 2021
MF Kelvin Kapumbu (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 26)200 Flag of Zambia.svg Zanaco v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 16 November 2021

FW Gamphani Lungu (1998-08-19) 19 August 1998 (age 24)150 Flag of South Africa.svg SuperSport United 2022 COSAFA Cup
FW Alex Ngonga (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 30)201 Flag of Zambia.svg Nkana v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
FW Albert Kangwanda (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 23)72 Flag of Zambia.svg Kafue Celtic v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
FW Patrick Gondwe (2002-06-05) 5 June 2002 (age 20)70 Flag of Zambia.svg Nkana v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
FW Derrick Bulaya (2003-03-08) 8 March 2003 (age 19)10 Flag of Zambia.svg Green Eagles v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 18 March 2022
FW Moses Phiri (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 29)192 Flag of Zambia.svg Zanaco v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 16 November 2021
FW Brian Mwila (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 28)2010 Flag of Zambia.svg Buildcon v. Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea , 10 October 2021
FW Jimmy Mukeya (2002-02-23) 23 February 2002 (age 20)40 Flag of Zambia.svg NAPSA Stars v. Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea , 10 October 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 [8]
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
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 to Flag of England.svg 1966 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Did not qualify210166
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 104331911
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 631295
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 421162
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 621386
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 630376
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 8512175
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1998 8323108
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 105231611
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 137422111
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 1033446
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 6321114
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 8422117
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 621389
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
Total0/2210347233315397

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Sudan (1956-1970).svg 1957 to Flag of Ghana.svg 1963 Not affiliated to CAF
Flag of Tunisia.svg 1965 Did not enter
Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974).svg 1968
Flag of Sudan (1956-1970).svg 1970 Did not qualify
Flag of Cameroon (1961-1975).svg 1972
Flag of Egypt (1972-1984).svg 1974 Runners-up 2nd530297
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg 1976 Did not qualify
Flag of Ghana.svg 1978 Group stage5th311132
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1980 Did not qualify
Flag of Libya (1977-2011).svg 1982 Third place3rd530273
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 1984 Did not qualify
Flag of Egypt.svg 1986 Group stage7th301224
Flag of Morocco.svg 1988 Withdrew
Flag of Algeria.svg 1990 Third place3rd531132
Flag of Senegal.svg 1992 Quarter-finals7th310212
Flag of Tunisia.svg 1994 Runners-up 2nd531172
Flag of South Africa.svg 1996 Third place3rd6411156
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg 1998 Group stage10th311146
Flag of Ghana.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg 2000 13th302135
Flag of Mali.svg 2002 14th301213
Flag of Tunisia.svg 2004 Did not qualify
Flag of Egypt.svg 2006 Group stage11th310236
Flag of Ghana.svg 2008 9th311156
Flag of Angola.svg 2010 Quarter-finals7th411255
Flag of Gabon.svg Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2012 Champions 1st651093
Flag of South Africa.svg 2013 Group stage12th303022
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2015 13th302123
Flag of Gabon.svg 2017 Did not qualify
Flag of Egypt.svg 2019
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2021
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 2023 To be determined
Flag of Guinea.svg 2025
Total1 Title17/33662718228167

African Games

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
YearResultGPWDLGSGA
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg 1965 -000000
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1973 -000000
Flag of Algeria.svg 1978 -000000
Flag of Kenya.svg 1987 -000000
1991–presentSee Zambia national under-23 football team
Total4/4000000

Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup

CECAFA Cup Record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGA
Flag of Uganda.svg 1973 Group Stage5th200206
Flag of Tanzania.svg 1974 Third Place3rd210133
Flag of Zambia (1964-1996).svg 1975 Group Stage6th200217
Flag of Tanzania.svg 1976 Group Stage6th310214
Flag of Somalia.svg 1977 Group Stage6th310214
Flag of Malawi.svg 1978 Did not enter
Flag of Kenya.svg 1979 Fourth Place4th402238
Flag of Sudan.svg 1980 Group Stage5th310225
Flag of Tanzania.svg 1981 Group Stage8th300339
Flag of Uganda.svg 1982 Fourth Place4th411238
Flag of Kenya.svg 1983 Group Stage8th301236
Flag of Uganda.svg 1984 Group Stage8th300314
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg 1985 Did not enter
Flag of Ethiopia (1987-1991).svg 1987 Fourth Place4th512223
Flag of Malawi.svg 1988 Group Stage7th310213
Flag of Kenya.svg 1989 Group Stage6th302101
Flag of Tanzania.svg 1990 Fourth Place4th511335
Flag of Uganda.svg 1991 Group Stage7th300347
Flag of Tanzania.svg 1992 Group Stage8th4103214
Flag of Kenya.svg 1994 Did not enter
Flag of Uganda.svg 1995 Champions1st531154
Flag of Sudan.svg 1996 Group Stage5th311133
Flag of Rwanda (1962-2001).svg 1999 Group Stage10th201113
Flag of Uganda.svg 2000 Did not enter
Flag of Rwanda.svg 2001 Group Stage10th200208
Flag of Tanzania.svg 2002 Group Stage7th411213
Flag of Sudan.svg 2003 Group Stage5th201126
Flag of Ethiopia.svg 2004 Group Stage7th4103711
Flag of Rwanda.svg 2005 Third Place3rd632176
Flag of Ethiopia.svg 2006 Group Stage9th201104
Flag of Tanzania.svg 2007 Quarter-Finals7th312053
Flag of Uganda.svg 2008 Group Stage8th411235
Flag of Kenya.svg 2009 Third Place3rd622263
Flag of Tanzania.svg 2010 Quarter-Finals7th412143
Flag of Tanzania.svg 2011 Quarter-Finals7th411254
Flag of Uganda.svg 2012 Third Place3rd614156
Flag of Kenya.svg 2013 Group Stage9th310236
Flag of Ethiopia.svg 2015 Group Stage10th310236
Flag of Kenya.svg 2017 Runners-Up2nd632196
Total34/381 Title12129316199181

COSAFA Cup

COSAFA Cup Record
YearRankPldWDLGFGA
1997 1st5320114
1998 1st532052
1999 Semis-Final201112
2000 Quarter-Finals211030
2001 Semis-Final312032
2002 Semis-Final210131
2003 Semis-Final211053
2004 2nd321031
2005 2nd421173
2006 1st440081
2007 2nd211030
Flag of South Africa.svg 2008 3rd311121
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg 2009 2nd320143
Flag of Zambia.svg 2013 1st321051
Flag of South Africa.svg 2015 Plate final311131
Flag of Namibia.svg 2016 0000000
Flag of South Africa.svg 2017 0000000
Flag of South Africa.svg 2018 0000000
Flag of South Africa.svg 2019 0000000
Total0/19------

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 , 2022
Runners-up: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017, 2018
CECAFA Cup
Champions: 1984 , 1991
Runners-up: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1988, 2006

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