26 Years On: The Day Zambia Mourned

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Gabon disaster funeral

On Sunday, April 28. 2019, Zambia will mark the 26th anniversary of the Gabon Disaster that perished an entire team and technical staff.

Eighteen players, technical staff, a FAZ chairman, crew members and a journalist died off the coast of Gabon in Libreville on their way to fulfilling USA 1994 World fixture against Senegal in Dakar.

Widely acknowledged as the finest talents Zambia has ever produced and were poised for a debut World Cup appearance, the team’s departure remains one of the most painful memories in the history of the Zambian game.

Family members, fans, officials and ordinary citizens will make the annual pilgrimage to the Heroes Acre on Sunday to pay homage to the celebrated heroes.

Government has directed that an official ceremony will held every five years with last year’s event marking the first of the five year cycle.
However, as per tradition, there will be a remembrance ceremony at Heroes Acre.
How do you remember the fallen heroes?

Full List of Fallen Heroes 
(GOALKEEPERS)
Efford Chabala (Mufulira Wanderers), Richard Mwanza (Kabwe Warriors)

(DEFENDERS)
John Soko, Eston Mulenga (both Nkana), Whiteson Changwe (Kabwe Warriors), Robert Watiyakeni (Dynamos FC-RSA), Winter Mumba (Power Dynamos), Samuel Chomba (Dynamos-RSA)

(MIDFIELDERS)
Derby Makinka (El Tiffaq-Saudi Arabia), Moses Chikwalakwala, Numba Mwila (both Nkana), Wisdom Chansa (Dynamos FC-SA), Godfrey Kangwa (Olympique Casablanca-Morocco)

(STRIKERS)
Kelvin ‘Malaza’ Mutale (El-Tiffaq-Saudi Arabia), Timothy Mwitwa (Nkana), Moses Masuwa (Kabwe Warriors), Kenan Simambe (Nkana), Patrick ‘Bomber’ Banda (Profund Warriors)

Coaching staff

Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu (coach)
Alex Chola (assistant coach)
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)

MENTION: FAZ Media

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