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Gabon Disaster: 23 Years on, fondly remembered and never forgotten

Late on the evening of April 27, 1993, the  Zambian Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo (registration AF-319) carrying the Zambia national team crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 500 metres (550 yards) offshore from Libreville, Gabon.

All the 25 passengers and crew on board died in the crash. This included 18 Zambia national soccer team players.

The team had only arrived in the country two days earlier on the same Buffalo plane after a successful outing in Mauritius where they beat that country 3 – 0 in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The mission now was to tackle Senegal in Dakar in the World Cup qualifiers. Unfortunately the journey came to a disastrous grinding halt before they even reached their destination.

Gone but never forgoten,its 23 years now

KK11 PlayersGabon Disaster Summary

Efford Chabala (goalkeeper) John Soko (defender) Whiteson Changwe (defender) Robert Watiyakeni (defender) Eston Mulenga (defender) Derby Makinka (midfielder) Moses Chikwalakwala (midfielder) Wisdom Mumba Chansa (midfielder/striker) Kelvin “Malaza” Mutale (striker) Timothy Mwitwa (striker) Numba Mwila (midfielder) Richard Mwanza (goalkeeper) Samuel Chomba (defender) Moses Masuwa (striker) Kenan Simambe (striker) Godfrey Kangwa (midfielder) Winter Mumba (defender) Patrick “Bomber” Banda (striker)

Technical Staff

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

Other Staff

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

ZAF Crew

Colonel Fenton Mhone (pilot) Lt Colonel Victor Mubanga (pilot) Lt Colonel James Sachika (pilot) Warrant Officer Edward Nambote (fitter) Corporal Tomson Sakala (steward)

The ZAF Buffalo Plane

The ZAF Buffalo Plane






7 Comments to Gabon Disaster: 23 Years on, fondly remembered and never forgotten

  1. Mambwe ZimaNdola says:

    Darkest day of Zambian football.

  2. jbs SIMUBERNARD says:

    Still remembering you!we love you

  3. Kiwanga says:

    The darkest hour on the continent. Wishing their loved ones the strength to withstand the agony caused by this unfortunate incident. Still fresh in our memories. Tears drop any time we remember these gallant men. We shall overcome ,

  4. Positive Thinking says:

    Won’t forget

  5. Sibs says:

    Memories still Fersh. Irreplaceable talent lost. To make matters worse for me I lost my mum a day later after this plane crush.
    For Ever Be Heroes. 🙌🏾🙌🏾

  6. ZAMSQUARED says:

    Memories still fresh.the way I feel awe kwena lesa mukulu

  7. Ghana Paradox says:

    Still fresh in our minds. A loss to the motherland. Families, friends & all football lovers shall forever remember you, guys. Time cannot separate you from us. We love you all dearly.

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