Zambian Sports – Football Is The Number One!

When you talk about Zambian sports, to a Zambian, you actually talking about Zambian football!

Sports organization Controlling Zambian Sports

All individual sporting clubs are affiliated to their respective sports associations. The country has about 18 active national sports associations. These associations are responsible for the rules and regulations of the sports they govern.

All the individual associations fall under the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ).The NSCZ is the mother body of all sporting activities in the country. In order to compete at international level, the individual sports associations need to be members of international sporting bodies like FIFA (International Federation of Association Football), IOC (International Olympic Committee), IBA (international boxing association), IAAF (the International Amateur Athletic Federation), which is the international governing body for track and field and other similar international associations.

FIFA governs soccer competition worldwide by registering players and overseeing national soccer federations. The IOC delegates such functions as determining the site of the Olympic Games, holding the Olympic Games and the establishment of worldwide Olympic policies.

In fact Zambia's favorite sport, soccer (football) has a huge following. The football association of Zambia (FAZ) oversees the running of football in the country.

Zambian Sports And The Gabon Crush

In 1993, the soccer fraternity was devastated when the entire national soccer team perished in a plane crash.

But the nation got together and came up with another team which surprised many by coming up second best at the African Nations Cup (ANC), a continental championship.

Other Zambian sports disciplines like boxing, tennis, basketball, golf, rugby and cricket are also popular. Motor sport has equally some following. Water sports are also popular especially among tourists down the Zambezi River or on the Kariba dam.

The country has been on the international sporting scene for decades now, and there have been some achievements in several sporting disciplines. Of course there have been some disappointing results here and there, but the sports men and women have managed to collect and still continue to collect trophies and medals at various competitions on the international arena.

Generally, Zambians enjoy playing sports. Young men and children play sports activities at any empty space. Learning institutions also offer students sports like athletics, softball, volleyball, netball, and soccer. Sporting activities are concentrated along the line of rail, the rural areas engage in fewer sports activities due to poor or lack of infrastructure.

So, in order of popularity, Zambia sports comprises of…


Soccer is the most popular sport and the nation's flag carrier and it enjoys a big following. There are a lot of clubs all over the country which are mostly sponsored by various companies and by the community or even individuals in some cases. Every weekend, soccer fans meet at the playing grounds (or stadiums) of their team to cheer them to glory.

Zambian Sports And Football Clubs

The country's biggest football clubs are Power Dynamos FC of Kitwe, Nkana FC also of Kitwe, ZANACO FC (Lusaka), Kabwe Warriors FC (Kabwe), and Mufulira Wanderers FC (Mufulira). At club level, Power Dynamos are the only club to have won a continental championship.

On the other hand, the national team, nick named 'chipolopolo', has come runners up twice in the Africa Cup of Nations, in 1974 in (Egypt), and twenty years later in Tunis, the Tunisian capital. The 'chipolopolo' (Zambia national soccer team) stunned the Italians when they won against their soccer team during the 1988 Olympics.

2013 COSAFA Cup

The 2013 COSAFA Cup is being hosted by Zambia from 06 July to 20 July 2013. The tournament is being played at three venues; Kitwe, Ndola and Lusaka.

2013 Africa Cup Of Nations

2013 Africa Cup Of Nations-Zambia, as the defending champions, failed to qualify for the quarterfinals!

2012 Africa Cup Of Nations

Zambia Versus Senegal on 21st January 2012, in Equatorial Guinea.

Zambia Versus Libya at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on 25th January 2012.

Zambia Versus Equatorial Guinea at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on 25th January 2012.

Zambia Versus Sudan at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on 4th February 2012.

Zambia Versus Ghana at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on 8th February 2012.

Zambia Versus Ivory Coast – Zambia, The African Champions!


Boxing has undergone some resurgence especially after the oncoming of Esther Phiri on the scene. The female boxer is currently holding two international boxing titles. She's emulating local boxing legends like Lottie Mwale (the late light heavyweight Commonwealth champion), Charm Chiteule and Chisanda Muti.

In recognition of tremendous progress Zambian boxers have made lately, the Armature Boxing Union have promised to help the country revamp its boxing standards. The African Boxing Union (ABU) had promised to assist in staging both local and international fights.


Zambia has some fine golf courses; among them are the Lusaka golf club, Chainama Hills golf club and the Chilanga golf club. There are a number of tournaments held annually. The Zambia open is the most popular tournament. It is traditionally held at the Lusaka Golf club. Established in 1972, the tournament attracts participants from all over the world. It has been part of the sun shine tour since 1996.

Past winners of the Zambia open includes Ian Woosman, (former champion of the Masters tournament), Christy O'Connor jnr and Brian Barnes. There are other tournaments sponsored by a number of companies and institutions which are basically meant for the local upcoming golfers.

So, next time when you are faced with the big question – Zambian sports – what would your answer be?


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