Godfrey Kangwa ‘Ucar’ Chitalu, the former Kitwe United and Kabwe Warriors’ hit-man, holds the record of having scored the most goals in the league in any season since the topflight was established in 1962 under the National Football League (NFL). His 49 goals scored during the 1972 season, is the standing record, a world record for that matter.
Elsewhere, Godfrey Chitalu is the only player to have won the Footballer –of-the-Year award the most times at five – in 1968 and 1970 with Kitwe United and in 1972, 1978 and 1979 with Kabwe Warriors. The only other player to have won the prestigious individual award more than once is Mufulira Wanderers’ Ashols Melu. The former club and country captain was victorious in 1983 as a striker and in 1987 as a defender.
Christopher Katongo was named African Cup of Nations’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament at the 2012 African Cup of Nations, co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
Emmanuel Mayuka emerged top-scorer of the 2012 edition of the continental showpiece, whose final was staged in Libreville, a place where Zambia lost 18 top players and two coaches in the Gabon air disaster on 28 April 1993.
Striker and Chipolopolo Captain Christopher Katongo, defender Stophilla Sunzu and goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene made the final cut in the 2012 African Cup of Nations Best XI Team of the Tournament as selected by the Technical Study Group (TSG). Midfielder Rainford Kalaba was part of the Super-subs’ bench of 11.
Kalusha Bwalya has scored in all of the six AfCON tournaments where he made appearances for Zambia: 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002, scoring 10 goals in total to rank among the top ten scorers of all time of the continental showpiece alongside Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba and Zaire’s (DR Congo) Mulamba Ndaye.
Dickson Makwaza and his son Linos, are the only special case of like father and son to have ever played at the African Cup Finals in Zambian AfCON history; Dickson, a defender, played in the 1974 competition as captain of his country and Linos, a striker, played in three tournaments -- in 1992, 1994 and 1996.
The April 28, 1993 Gabon disaster remains the most tragic experience in the Zambian game. On this day Zambia lost an entire national team, technical bench, crew members, a FAZ president and journalist. The team was off to Senegal to fulfil a USA 94’ World Cup qualifying fixture.
It was a team every Zambian believed was on its way to fulfilling a dream world cup appearance. The Zambia Air Force plane the team was on blew up a few minutes after take-off in Libreville where they had made a stop-over to refuel.
Over the years, Zambians have religiously paid homage to the fallen heroes that lie at the Heroes Acre behind the old Independence Stadium. The technical bench comprised some of Zambia’s accomplished stars of yester-years including the 107 goals man Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu who was head coach alongside the ‘Computer’ Alex Chola.
The team’s stock had been rising having finished third at the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations and exited the 1992 tournament at the quarterfinal stage to eventual winners Ivory Coast.
Prior to the Dakar mission, Zambia had just demolished Mauritius 3-0, courtesy of a Kelvin ‘Malaza’ Mutale hat-trick in Port Louis.
There was every reason to believe the dawn of World Cup qualification was on the horizon.
Zambia continues to celebrate the lives of the team dubbed KK11 for its selfless service to the game.
Efford Chabala (Mufulira Wanderers), Richard Mwanza (Kabwe Warriors)
John Soko, Eston Mulenga (both Nkana), Whiteson Changwe (Kabwe Warriors), Robert Watiyakeni (Dynamos FC-RSA), Winter Mumba (Power Dynamos), Samuel Chomba (Dynamos-RSA)
Derby Makinka (El Tiffaq-Saudi Arabia), Moses Chikwalakwala, Numba Mwila (both Nkana), Wisdom Chansa (Dynamos FC-SA), Godfrey Kangwa (Olympique Casablanca-Morocco)
Kelvin ‘Malaza’ Mutale (El-Tiffaq-Saudi Arabia), Timothy Mwitwa (Nkana), Moses Masuwa (Kabwe Warriors), Kenan Simambe (Nkana), Patrick ‘Bomber’ Banda (Profund Warriors)
Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu (coach), Alex Chola (assistant coach), Wilson Mtonga (doctor), Wilson Sakala
Michael Mwape (FAZ Chairman), Nelson Zimba (public servant), Joseph Bwalya Salim (journalist)
Colonel Fenton Mhone (pilot), Lt Colonel Victor Mubanga (pilot), Lt Colonel James Sachika (pilot)
Warrant Officer Edward Nambote (fitter), Corporal Tomson Sakala (steward)
|Players Name||Playing Position||Club|
|Banda Jacob||Goalkeeper||Zesco United|
|Bwalya, Kalusha||Midfielder/Striker||PSV Eindhoven|
|Chabala, Efford||Goalkeeper||Mufulira Wanderers|
|Chalwe, Sashi||Defender||Lusaka Dynamos|
|Chama, Bronson||Defender||Red Arrows|
|Chama, Bronson||Defender||Red Arrows|
|Chama, Dick||Defender||Green Buffaloes|
|Chilengi, Jones||Defender||Green Buffaloes|
|Chipeta, Juma||Defender||City of Lusaka|
|Chitalu, Godfrey||Striker||Kitwe United|
|Chongo, Kabaso||Defender||TP Mazambe|
|Kalaba, Rainford||Midfielder||TP Mazembe|
|Kalambo, Kaizer||Defender||Ndola United|
|Kamwanga, Allan||Defender||Mufulira Wanderers|
|Katongo, Christopher||Striker||Henan Construction|
|Katumba, Kampela||Defender||Green Buffaloes|
|Litana, Elijah||Defender||Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)|
|Lungu, Misheck||Midfielder||Green Buffaloes|
|Makwaza, Dickson||Defender||Mufulira Wanderers|
|Malama, Donashano||Defender||Nkana FC|
|Malitoli, Kenneth||Striker||Nkana FC|
|Melu, Ashols||Defender||Mufulira Wanderers|
|Mfune, Buchizya||Defender||Green Buffaloes|
|Mtonga, Kondwani||Defender||Zesco United|
|Musenge, Ackim||Defender||Mufulira Wanderers|
|Musonda, Emmy||Defender||Green Buffaloes|
|Musonda, Joseph||Defender||Golden Arrows|
|Musonda, Michael||Defender||Power Dynamos|
|Mwandila, Noel||Midfielder||Green Buffaloes|
|Mweene, Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Free State Stars|
|Mwewa, Jones||Defender||Power Dynamos|
|Mwila, Freddie Sr.||Midfielder||Rhokana United|
|Ndhlovu, Samuel||Striker||Mufulira Wanderers|
|Phiri, Willie||Midfielder||Nchanga Rangers|
|Sichone, Moses||Defender||Nchanga Rangers|
|Simukonda, Fighton||Defender||Nkana Red Devils/Nkana|
|Simulambo, Jani||Midfielder||Green Buffaloes|
|Sinkala, Nathan||Midfielder||TP Mazembe|
|Sinyangwe, Mark||Defender/Midfielder||Nkana FC|
|Sunzu, Stophilla||Defender||TP Mazembe|
|Tana, Elitana||Defender||Nchanga Rangers|
|Tembo, Ziyo||Defender||Zanaco FC|