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Zambia won both of the first two editions
of the Cosafa Castle Cup, but it took until 2006 for them to claim their third
regional title. This is despite a formidable record, having lost just four
times in 36 Cosafa Castle Cup/Senior Challenge appearances, not counting defeat
in post-match penalty shootouts.
It was the annual southern African
championship that in 1999 forced Zambia to give up their 15-year unbeaten
record at Lusakas Independence Stadium when Angola surprised them in the
The same happened again in 2001, albeit
only after a post-match penalty shootout and again in the 2004 final.
Zambias first two Cosafa Castle Cup
victories were achieved away from home, drawing in Windhoek with Namibia in
1997 to win the mini-league and beating Zimbabwe in Harare a year later. Their
triumph in 2006 was, however, in front of their own fans in Lusaka.
In 2007 they lost on penalties to South
Africa, while the South African Presidents XI knocked them out of the
competition in the semifinals in 2008.
The Zambians would go on to beat Madagascar
2-0 in the third-place play-off.
They were finalists in 2009 in Zimbabwe,
but ended up losing the decider 3-1 to their hosts.
The country has also won two titles won in
the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup in 1984 and 1991.
Chipolopolo have qualified for 12 African
Nations Cup finals tournaments and finished as runners-up twice. They are also
the only southern African country to have produced an African Footballer of the
Year Kalusha Bwalya in 1988.
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