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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”. 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 finals.

Chambeshi tips technical bench

By GODFREY DUBE – FORMER Chipolopolo coach Beston Chambeshi says there is need for the technical bench to select players with the character and willingness to work hard for the team ahead of the Morocco 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.And FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said quality preparations will be key for the team […]

Micho mourns ‘remarkable’ Shonga

By RONALD CHAWE – FORMER Zambia and Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević has paid glowing tribute to his former striker Justin Shonga who died suddenly on Monday.Micho said he cherished every moment he spent with the forward both at Chipolopolo and Orlando Pirates.“Dear Justin, in the name of us that had the privilege to […]

‘It’s frustrating!’

By Shamaoma Musonda at Levy Mwananwasa Stadium –Zambia 0-1 TanzaniaZAMBIA coach Avram Grant says it is frustrating to play well and create the scoring chances but still end up on the losing side.Grant also admitted that Zambia’s World Cup qualification was in tatters after yesterday’s Group E defeat to Tanzania in the 2026 qualifying race.But […]

Chipolopolo, Atlas Lions clash as Grants demands respect for Zambia

By RONALD CHAWE – CHIPOLOPOLO coach Avram Grant says his team deserves a lot more respect than it is getting ahead of this evening’s crucial 2026 World Cup qualifier against World Cup semi finalist Morocco.Speaking in a pre-match interview, yesterday, Grant said the Chipolopolo was bigger on the continent than it was looked at and […]

‘Create safe spaces for athletes’

By SHAMAOMA MUSONDA – THE row between striker Fashion Sakala and Chipolopolo coach Avram Grant over alleged favouritism in national team player selection is an opportunity to fully implement the safeguarding measures, a trained safeguarding officer says.According to Zambian Clean Sports Ambassador Nchimunya Mweetwa, who is also an International Olympics Committee (IOC)-trained safeguarding officer, said […]

‘It’s all lies!’

By RONALD CHAWE – ZAMBIA coach Avram Grant has labelled the allegations brought against him by Chipolopolo striker Fashion Sakala as baseless and has vowed to make himself available during the investigations.Speaking during a media briefing at Football House yesterday ahead of the two upcoming FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifiers, Grant said the job of […]

Cheap defeat – Grant

By SANDRA MWILA – ZAMBIA coach Avram Grant says the Chipolopolo conceded easy goals as he picks positives from the Four-Nations match draw against Zimbabwe which eventually saw the team lose on penalty shootouts.Grant said in a post-match interview after his side squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-all before losing 6-5 on penalties at […]

FIFA cracks whip

By SANDRA MWILA – THE world football governing body, FIFA has placed a restriction on the Football Association of Zambia’s (FAZ) right to receive a percentage of development funding following failure to pay former Chipolopolo coach Aljoša Asanović his dues.FIFA had ordered FAZ to pay the Croatian over US$1 million for firing him barely eight […]

‘Zambia’ll win AFCON soon !’

By SHAMAOMA MUSONDA – FORMER Zambia coach Sven Vandenbroeck believes the Chipolopolo will win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFON) in a few years, as long as the current team and coach are maintained.Speaking in a special interview on a ZNBC programme at the weekend, the Belgian tactician said he was impressed with the team […]

We shall deliver– Grant

By ELIAS CHIPEPO In San Pedro – CHIPOLOPOLO coach Avram Grant says his side cannot change what happened in the previous match but his players will give their all when they play one of the tournament favourites, Morocco in the final Group F match at the ongoing Ivory Coast 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).Grant […]

It was a great performance defensive-wise – Daka

By SHAMAOMA MUSONDA – ZAMBIA forward Patson Daka has hailed the Chipolopolo defensive performance against DR Cong on Wednesday night describing it ‘great’.Speaking in an interview with FAZ Media, The Leicester City forward said coming off with a point in a game Zambia hardly created scoring opportunities was a good thing.“I would say it was […]

Chipolopolo in ‘tasty’ opener

By ELIAS CHIPEPO – ZAMBIA coach Avram Grant says the Chipolopolo will go into the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as a team and believes he has a strong enough side to see off the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) tonight.Speaking in a post-match interview ahead of tonight’s game which kick-off at 22:00 hours […]

Kopa replica sales boom – FAZ

By SANDRA MWILA – THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) says the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has seen a boom in sales of the Kopa replica kit for the national men’s football team.Speaking in an interview, FAZ general secretary Reuben Kamanga said individuals and institutions have purchased the Kopa jersey and many other […]

FAZ assures of adequate AFCON preparations

By SANDRA MWILA – FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga says everything possible is being done to adequately prepare the Chipolopolo for the delayed Ivory Coast 2023 Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) that kicks off this Saturday.Kamanga adds that FAZ has already sent an advance party to Ivory Coast ahead of the tournament […]

Chipolopolo off in batches

By SANDRA MWILACOACH Avram Grant yesterday took the players through a gruelling session before their departure to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for a pre-Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) training camp.Ivory Coast will host the delayed 2023 AFCON finals kicking off on January 13.The team was expected to fly out last night in batches for Saudi Arabia […]

We’ll do our best – Klings

By SANDRA MWILA – ZAMBIA midfielder Klings Kangwa says the team will do its best to meet the expectations of the soccer fans that are excited with the return of the Chipolopolo at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) that kicks off on January 13 in Ivory Coast.Kangwa said in an interview yesterday as the […]

Chipolopolo to face Lions

By SANDRA MWILA – AS kick-off to the delayed 2023 Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals fast approaches, the Chipolopolo will tune up with five-time African champions Cameroon in Saudi Arabia on January 9 with another match against a yet-to-be-named opponent secured for the Avram Grant side.Kamanga says the country has every reason […]

‘Riotous’ players arrested

By RONALD CHAWE – GOLDEN ticket winner Joseph Mwale who will be part of African and Chipolopolo Legends says there is a need to engage former footballers regularly to learn more from them.Speaking after receiving a golden ticked at Zamtel House yesterday, Mwale said interaction matches against Legends should be staged often.‘I feel honoured, thanks […]

Govt assures on $5,000 AFCON bonus after players’ boycott threat

By SANDRA MWILA – GOVERNMENT has assured the Chipolopolo that the Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) qualification bonus will be paid before Friday as a rumour mill went into overdrive yesterday suggesting that the players are threatening to boycott the opening Group E 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Congo Brazzaville.Sports Minister Elvis Nkandu said […]