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27 Years Since Zambia Lost its National Team, Officials in an Aircraft Crash. See what happened.

On Tuesday, April 27, 1993, the Zambia Air Force Buffalo DHC-5D, which was carrying most of the Zambia national football team to a FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Dakar against Senegal, caught fire and burst into the Atlantic Ocean about 500 meters offshore near Libreville, Gabon. hit.Image result for zambia airbus crushed 1994e

The plane refueled in Libreville on its way to Dakar. All 30 passengers died, including Zambia's best generation of football players. A Gabon official investigation into the accident concluded that the pilot turned off the wrong engine after a fire. The investigation determined that pilot fatigue and an instrument error contributed to the accident.

Kalusha Bwalya, the team's sniper, escaped death as he decided to join them in Senegal from Belgium. The Copper Bullets 'Chipolopolo' honor fallen heroes when they beat Ivory Coast on penalties to win the Equatorial Guinea/Gabon African Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy.

We wanted to honor the players who died and that made us stronger. Our first match was against Senegal and the team was going to Senegal for the match when the plane crashed. The plane crashed in Gabon and we won the final in Gabon. "After Zambia lifts the trophy, it's a sign of destiny," said Zambia coach Herve Renard.Image result for zambia airbus crushed 1994e

Let's remember the lost souls. 'Rest in peace'.

Gone but not forgotten Footballers

Efford Chabala (goalkeeper)

John Soko (defender)

Whiteson Changwe (defender)

Robert Watiyakeni (defender)

Eston Mulenga (midfielder)

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 (defender)

Godfrey Kangwa (midfielder)

Winter Mumba (defender)

Patrick 'Bomber' Banda (striker) Coaching staff

Godfrey 'Ucar' Chitalu

Alex Chola

Wilson Mtonga (doctor)

Wilson Sakala Others

Michael Mwape (FAZ Chairman)

Nelson Zimba (public servant)

Joseph Bwalya Salim (journalist) Crew

Colonel Fenton Mhone (pilot)

Lt Colonel Victor Mubanga (pilot)

Lt Colonel James Sachika (pilot)

Warrant Officer Edward Nambote (fitter)

Corporal Tomson Sakala (steward)

SOURCE: Today In History: Zambia players killed in air crash (

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