As one of Africa’s most consistent sides over the last three decades, Zambia must feel that the time is right for them to finally reach the FIFA World Cup™. Zambia were a point away from USA 94, and it was during that campaign that an airplane tragedy killed most of the national team. Since then, they have always been in the mix without ever getting to the brink of the finals. In 2006, they impressed in the midst of a two-horse race, finishing four points off of Togo’s pace and two behind Senegal. Four years ago, the Copper Bullets came back from a slow start to top their opening group ahead of the Togolese. In the final round, they ended up eight points behind Egypt and Algeria, who famously ended up even atop the table.
The current crop
With a strong batch of players under the age of 30, Zambia have been patiently building their team through 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Full of speed, power and growing in experience, they always promise to be a handful.
The key players
Joseph Musonda is an experienced defender, while Isaac Chansa and Rainford Kalaba control midfield. The attacking force made up of Chris Katongo, Given Singuluma and Collins Mbesuma is sure to cause headaches.