The Zambian team's plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off from Libreville, Gabon. They were aiming to attend a Fifa World Cup Qualifier against Senegal in Dakar.
All 25 passengers and five crew members passed away. Kalusha Bwalya led the surviving members of Chipolopolo forward in the years to come, and here he is paying tribute to his former teammates.
On behalf of Goal, we also remember one of Africa's most talented squads in history!
Today I decided 2 go give homage 2 my fallen team mates a day earlier.A day does not go by that I don’t think about my family that I lost off the coast of Gabon in 1993. 25 years later my heart is still broken. A team that could have gone so far. #KK11 #chipolopolo #Zambia #gabon pic.twitter.com/IoJqvZO5aq — Kalusha Bwalya (@KalushaPBwalya) April 26, 2018
We are always with you and your teammates in spirit -may all of them continue to rest in perfect peace — Anthony Baffoe (@AnthonyBaffoe) April 26, 2018
I was a teenager then, and I still remember that day clearly. I cannot imagine the pain you went through as a person and a nation. I shed a tear when the quickly assembled team lost the finals to Nigeria. You're still a strong footballing Nation.
May God keep comforting you guys. — Gerald Waimiri (@GeraldWaimiri) April 26, 2018
Wasn't born by then though i had a glimpse of kalu on the field but that's the importance of history have read,heard about that team it was a great team....God bless you king kalu for alwaus remembering family... — eric mwenya (@mwenya_eric) April 26, 2018