Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Zambia remembers 1993 crash victims this Sunday with a friendly match against Zimbabwe.


In memory of the very harsh tragedy that occurred 20 years ago in which Zambia lost its National team, on April 28, (this Sunday), Zambia will play against Zimbabwe in a friendly and as reported; proceeds from the match will go to families of the 1993 Gabon air crash national team victims.

On April 27th 1993, Zambia's football dreams were doused by genuine tragedy. 
A Zambian Military plane carrying most of their National team crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after taking off from Libreville in Gabon, the plane crash claimed all 30 lives on board including some of Zambia's most talented players.
They were buried just outside Independence Stadium in Lusaka, at a special monument called "Heroes' Acre.”
They were headed to Senegal for a World Cup qualifier which they were expected to win.

To mark the tragedy, Zambia has invited Zimbabwe for a benefit friendly at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka to be played on the same dates.

Football Association of Zambia President Kalusha Bwalya said the match was being held in honor of the tragic incident and that proceeds from the game will be going to the families of the crash victims.
"The proceeds will be donated to the families of the disaster. 
"We hope that the current generation keeps going and realizes the World Cup dream." Sunday’s game is expected to the culmination of commemorations that will start with a ceremony earlier at the heroes’