In Zambia, the sport football is run by the Football Association of Zambia. The association administers the national football team, as well as the Premier League. The side is nicknamed Chipolopolo (the Copper Bullets) as copper is one of the South Central African nation's main exports. The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) is the governing body of football in Zambia, it was founded in 1929 and affiliated with FIFA in 1964. It is also a member of the Confederation of African Football and the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations. It organizes the Zambian Premier League and the national team. From the huge crowds in Zambia's stadiums to the ones in the bars in the city, you have got to give Zambian football the respect that all Zambians give it!
Football in Zambia
Football was first introduced in Livingstone and now has become popular throughout the country, it's even common to find streets empty and businesses at a standstill when an important match involving Zambia is being played. Everywhere you go in Zambia you'll see young boys kicking around a football. Sometimes the ball will be made of plastic bags with string wrapped around it, sometimes it will be made of crumpled up paper, as long as it can be kicked, there will be a game.
Football is Zambia's most entertaining sport, the country always looks forward to watching a football match where Zambia is participating. Zambians go in great numbers to watch and support their local teams either at stadiums or places like bars. You will definitely have the experience to remember when you join Zambians as they come together to cheer on and support their local team. The atmosphere will be live and great fun so make sure you join the crowd!
Zambia national football team
Zambia's national football team represents Zambia in association football and is governed by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ). During the 1980s, they were known as the KK 11, after founding President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda ("KK") who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991. After the country adopted multiparty politics, the side was nicknamed Chipolopolo. The team has three Africa Cup of Nations final appearances to its credit. They were once holders of the Africa Cup of Nations, winning in the 2012 final against Ivory Coast.
Zambia women's national football team
Zambia’s women’s national football team is called The She-polo polo. Women’s football in Zambia was formally organized by the Football Association of Zambia in 1983. Since then, Zambia has created a women’s senior national team and an under-20 team. Women’s football in Zambia continues to be supported by the national federation. Zambia has established a national women’s league along with regional and school competitions.
Some of Zambia's football clubs include:
CAF Confederation Cup
The CAF Confederation Cup, officially named Total CAF Confederation Cup is an international club association football competition run by the Confederation of African Football. Selected club sides from Africa's football leagues are invited to participate in this competition, which is the second club football competition in the continent behind the CAF Champions League.