Qualification history
As one of Africa’s most consistent sides over the last three decades, Zambia must feel that the time is right for them to reach the FIFA World Cup™. They were a point away from USA 1994, 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, losing out to Togo, Egypt, Algeria and Ghana over the years.

The team
The Chipolopolo currently do not have a player of the stature of former African Footballer of the Year Kalusha Bwalya, but they draw strength from their unity and often flamboyant talent. Several of their players have been signed by big-spending TP Mazembe and are gaining valuable experience in the CAF Champions League.

The coach
Honor Janza was previously the Technical Director at the FA, but he was known to have worked closely with French coaches Herve Renard and Patrice Beaumelle when the southern African country won their first CAF Africa Cup of Nations title in 2012. Janza took the team to the 2015 AFCON finals, but the side crashed out in the group phase without winning a game.

The stat
Russia 2018 will take place a quarter of a century after the Zambian air disaster in which 18 international players and a dozen others were killed.

The former stars

Kalusha Bwalya, Dickson Makwaza, Christopher Katongo, Joseph Musonda, Charles Musonda