Zambia national football team

The Zambia national football team represents Zambia in men's international association football and it is governed by the Football Association of Zambia. During the 1980s, they were known as the KK 11, after founding president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991. After the country adopted, the side was nicknamed Chipolopolo, the "Copper Bullets"., The team has three Africa Cup of Nations final appearances to its credit, winning the 2012 tournament with victory over Ivory Coast in 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final, The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football.
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.


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.

Africa Cup of Nations record

African Games

Gossage Cup / CECAFA Cup


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.



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.
Caps and goals as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Zimbabwe.

Recent call-ups

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


Most capped players

#NameInternational CareerCapsGoals
1Kennedy Mweene2004–1242
2David Chabala1983–19931150
3Godfrey Chitalu1968–198011179
4Joseph Musonda2002–20141080
5Christopher Katongo2003–201610523
6Rainford Kalaba2005–10415
7Alex Chola1975–198510243
8Elijah Tana1995–20091014
9Derby Makinka1985–19939810
10Kalusha Bwalya1983–20048739

Top goalscorers