National Team

Goalkeeper

Defender

Midfielder


Felix Katongo
Midfielder
18 April 1984
Mufulira
160
60
Felix is an exceptional talent, a powerhouse, the cog that drives a team’s engine.

His pace, massive dribbling skills and ball juggling wizardly with an eye for special goals has set Felix Katongo as Zambia’s leading player as the Chipolopolo attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

A darling of the fans for his fighting spirit, skill and great technical sense of positioning, football fans have called him many names for his football heroics. Call him “Jet Li” for his acrobatics, Zola, after the Italian player for his mastery with the ball and pay-master for his eye for goals, Felix is today as one of the best attacking midfielders/wing players on the continent.

At the halfway stage on the road to South Africa 2010, Felix has established his credentials as a terror to defences, a match maker and engine on which the Zambia team can power its way to the FIFA World Cup finals.

Born 18 April 1984 in Mufulira, Felix has campaigned in Zambia, Angola and over the last two seasons in France for Châteauroux where he played on loan from Rennes.

Katongo has played in Zambia for giants Green Buffaloes, in South Africa for Jomo Cosmos, and in Angola for Petro Atlético and Primeiro de Agosto. His older brother is Chris Katongo, the captain of the Zambia National Team.

At the start of the 2009/20109 season, Felix has signed for South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Felix is an exceptional talent, a powerhouse, the cog that drives a team’s engine.

His pace, massive dribbling skills and ball juggling wizardly with an eye for special goals has set Felix Katongo as Zambia’s leading player as the Chipolopolo attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

A darling of the fans for his fighting spirit, skill and great technical sense of positioning, football fans have called him many names for his football heroics. Call him “Jet Li” for his acrobatics, Zola, after the Italian player for his mastery with the ball and pay-master for his eye for goals, Felix is today as one of the best attacking midfielders/wing players on the continent.

At the halfway stage on the road to South Africa 2010, Felix has established his credentials as a terror to defences, a match maker and engine on which the Zambia team can power its way to the FIFA World Cup finals.

Born 18 April 1984 in Mufulira, Felix has campaigned in Zambia, Angola and over the last two seasons in France for Châteauroux where he played on loan from Rennes.

Katongo has played in Zambia for giants Green Buffaloes, in South Africa for Jomo Cosmos, and in Angola for Petro Atlético and Primeiro de Agosto. His older brother is Chris Katongo, the captain of the Zambia National Team.

At the start of the 2009/20109 season, Felix has signed for South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns.


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History of Zambian National Team
The Zambia national football team represents the country of Zambia and is governed by the Football Association of Zambia. The side is nicknamed Chipolopolo (the Copper Bullets) as copper is one of the southcentral African nation's main exports.

The team has two African Nations Cup final appearances to its credit and among its most memorable moments is a 4-0 victory over Italy in the 1988 Olympic football tournament in Seoul, South Korea that saw Kalusha Bwalya score a hat-trick.

Nickname(s) Chipolopolo
(The Copper Bullets)
Association Football Association of Zambia
Confederation Caf (Africa)
Acting Head Coach - Wedson Nyirenda
Assistant Coach - Aggrey Chiyangi
Assistant Coach - Chintu Kampamba
Goalkeeper Coach - Davies Phiri
Technical Advisor - Danny Kabwe
Acting Team Manager - Stanley Kaseko
Team Doctor - George Magwende
Physiotherapist - Davies Mulenga
Physiotherapist - Gibson Chaloba
Most caps Kalusha Bwalya
Top scorer Godfrey Chitalu
Home Stadium - Levy Mwanawasa Stadium (41,000)
Fifa ranking 71
Highest Fifa ranking 15 (February 1996)
Lowest Fifa ranking 80 (May 2004)
Elo ranking 70
Highest Elo ranking 28 (April 1994)
Lowest Elo ranking 99 (May 2004)

SOCCER’S DARKEST DAY: The loss of a generation of talent

The Gabon Air Disaster

When reports filtered through local and international news-wires that a Buffalo military plane and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the ill-famed coast of Libreville, it not only changed the course of Zambian football history. A great football generation was lost, dreams shattered, and a nation wept.

The global football family could only moan in distress and horror as shocking and horrifying images flashed across the television screens and newspaper pages relieving the horror of the scenes on the shores of the Gabon coastline as 18 players, two Football Association of Zambia officials, a journalist and the Zambia Air Force crew perished following the DHC-5 Buffalo, AF-319 – plunge into the cold Atlantic.

What today is the most horrible tragedy to befall Zambian football still lingers on the face of Zambian football and the campaign for a FIFA World Cup finals appearance continues.

FIFA WORLD CUP DREAM

What has come to be known as the Gabon Disaster happened April 28 1993 shortly after the Military plane the Zambia national soccer team was using to fly to a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal. Shortly after a refueling stop in Libreville on their way to Senegal for a 1994 World Cup qualifier, the Buffalo went down killing all on board. Zambia’s darkest hour!!!

An official report into the 1993 plane crash blamed a mechanical fault in the left engine. The first report, released - 10 years after the national tragedy indicated that then the pilots switched off the still functioning right engine by mistake because of a "poor indicator light bulb" causing the plane to lose all power and crash. The report, released in parliament by then Vice President Nevers Mumba, said that the loss of power and lift indicated the failure of both engines but said the government may have wished to have this confirmed it by experts.

THE OFFICIAL REPORT

The report also said that the pilot was tired, having just flown back from Mauritius the previous day. The Zambian national football team had to play a World cup qualification match against the Senegal national team.

The DHC-5 Buffalo, AF-319, had not been flying from December 21, 1992 to April 21, 1993 so test flights were carried out on April 22 and April 26.

The Buffalo departed Lusaka, for Dakar with planned intermediate stops at Brazzaville, Libreville and Abidjan. After refueling at Libreville, the aircraft took-off at 22:44 hours, one hour and 45 minutes late.

THE CRASH

Shortly afterwards the left engine failed. The plane headed out over sea and lost altitude until it struck the water 500m offshore. An investigation conducted by the Gabonese Ministry of Defence suggested that the pilot shut down the remaining right-hand engine causing the plane to lose all power. The report, released in November 2003, also said that the pilot was tired, having just flown back from Mauritius the previous day.

According to Aviation Safety Network, an exclusive service of Flight Safety Foundation, the Buffalo departed Lusaka, for Dakar with planned intermediate stops at Brazzaville, Libreville and Abidjan. After refueling at Libreville, the aircraft took-off at 22:44 hours, one hour and 45 minutes late. Shortly afterwards the left engine failed. The plane headed out over sea and lost altitude until it struck the water 500m offshore. An investigation conducted by the Gabonese Ministry of Defence suggested that the pilot shut down the remaining right-hand engine causing the plane to lose all power. The report, released in November 2003, also said that the pilot was tired, having just flown back from Mauritius the previous day.

The Network summarised the crash as follows:

Status:
Date: 27 APR 1993
Time: 22:45
Type: de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo

Operator: Zambia Air Force

Registration: AF-319
C/n / msn: 69
First flight: 1975
Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers: Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Total: Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Airplane damage: Written off
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Atlantic Ocean, off Gabon (Gabon)

Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Libreville Airport (LBV/FOOL), Gabon
Destination airport: Abidjan-Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport (ABJ/DIAP), Cote d'Ivoire

April 28 2008 marked a bitter 15th anniversary of the Gabon air disaster where the entire Chipolopolo squad perished.

THE HEROES

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)
The two coaches: Godfrey Chitalu and Alex Chola

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