Remembering Zambia s national football team ( Chipolopolo) that perished in 1993 plane disaster.
The day almost a whole national soccer squad perished
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 most of the Zambian national football team to a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Senegal in Dakar. All 25 passengers and five crew members were killed.
Following people lost their lives
Colonel Fenton Mone (pilot)
Lt Colonel Victor Mubanga (pilot)
Lt Colonel James Sachika (pilot)
Major Edward Nhamboteh (Flight Engineer)
Efford Chabala (goalkeeper)
John Soko (defender)
Whiteson Changwe (defender)
Robert Watiyakeni (defender)
Eston Mulenga (defender)
Derby 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)
Patrick "Bomber" Banda (striker)
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 coming from Europe to come and Join the team mates.
Rest in peace. You died heroes, and you remain heroes. You will always be in our thoughts.