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Zambia commemorates Gabon disaster

The football family will look back to that moment 24 years ago when an entire Zambia national team, technical staff, officials, crew members and a journalist perished off the coast of Gabon.

It has been a painful 24 year journey that has often left soccer fans wondering what could have been had that team of highly talented footballers lived to see off the world cup journey they had started.

The team had been riding high having seen off Mauritius 3-0 courtesy of a Kelvin Mutale hat trick in an Africa Cup qualifier with attention shifting to the 1994 USA World Cup qualifier against Senegal in Dakar.

But on the night of April 27, 1993 the plane crashed soon after takeoff wiping off the entire team and everyone else on board.

The team lies at the Heroes Acre just next to the Independence Stadium where the team so often gallantly fought for glory.

THE SQUAD:

David Efford Chabala (goalkeeper)

John Soko (defender)

Whiteson Changwe (defender)

Robert Watiyakeni (defender)

Eston "King Yellowman" 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 (midfielder)

Technical bench

Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu (Head Coach)

Alex Chola (Assistant coach)

Medics

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)

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA

PROGRAMME OF THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS AND OFFICIALS OF THE GABON DISASTER TO BE HELD ON THE MEMORIAL SITE ON FRIDAY 28TH APRIL 2017

11:00 HOURS ARRIVAL OF FAMILY MEMBERS

11:30 HOURS OPENING REMARKS BY THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES

12:00 HOURS MEMORIAL SERVICE LED BY PASTOR MAKEMBO

1ST READING

SERMON

BLESSINGS

12:30 HOURS LAYING OF WREATHS

FAZ PRESIDENT

FAMILY MEMBERS

13:00 HOURS CLOSING CEREMONY







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