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COUNT DOWN: MEMORIES OF THE GABON DISASTERZambia commemorates the 25th Gabon Memorial anniversary on April 28, 2018. On that day in 1993, a Zambia Air Force d

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COUNT DOWN: MEMORIES OF THE GABON DISASTER

Zambia commemorates the 25th Gabon Memorial anniversary on April 28, 2018. On that day in 1993, a Zambia Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo plane (registration AF-319) crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 500 metres offshore from Libreville, Gabon.

The flight was carrying most of the Zambia national football team players to a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Senegal in Dakar.
Eighteen Zambia players, two coaches, a five-man Zambia Air Force crew perished in the accident.

The list of players that perished were Efford Chabala, John Soko, Whiteson Changwe, Robert Watiyakeni, Eston Mulenga, Derby Makinka, Moses Chikwalakwala, Godfrey Kangwa, Kelvin Mutale, Wisdom Chansa and Timothy Mwitwa.

The rest of the players were Richard Mwanza, Winter Mumba, Samuel Chomba, Moses Masuwa, Patrick Banda, Kenani Simambe, Numba Mwila, and coaches Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu and Alex Chola.

Crew members were Phenton Mhone (head pilot), James Sachika (co-pilot), Victor Mubanga (co-pilot), Edward Nambote (flight planner) and Thomson Sakala (steward).

Others who died were Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Michael Mwape, executive member Wilson Sakala, team medic Wilson Mtonga, deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sport Nelson Zimba and Joseph Salim (journalist).

Share with us your favourite memory of the fallen heroes or leave a word for the men regarded as the finest the country’s has ever produced!

NOTE: This year marks 25 years since the team perished with the football family expected to honour the memory of the fallen heroes at a special function on Saturday that will be preceded by a church service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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