Zambia legends clean up heroes acre ahead of anniversary

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Zambian football legends took time off their busy schedule on Tuesday to clean up the Heroes Acre where the fallen heroes are buried ahead of the 28th anniversary of the Gabon Air crash.

The legends have also come up with an exhibition match between members of the KK11 and the Chipolopolo side that will be played at Heroes Stadium today at 13h00.

KK11 Captain and 1988 African Cup of Nations Footballer of the Year Kalusha Bwalya is expected to lead the veterans while CAF 2012 Africa Cup of Nations captain Chris Katongo will guide the Chipolopolo side which should feature a host of members from Herve Renard’s winning side.

During the late evening of Tuesday 27 April 1993 the Zambian Air Force Buffalo DHC-5D carrying most of the Zambian national football team to a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Senegal in Dakar caught fire and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 500 metres offshore near Libreville, Gabon.

The plane had made a refueling stop in Libreville en route to Dakar. All 30 passengers died, among them most of the finest generation of footballers Zambia had ever ­produced.

Footballers

Efford Chabala (goalkeeper), 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)

Coaching staff

Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu, Alex Chola, Wilson Mtonga (doctor), Wilson Sakala

Others

Michael Mwape (FAZ Chairman), Nelson Zimba (public servant), Joseph Bwalya Salim (journalist)

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By Ofhani Munyai

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