ZAMBIA is marking the 28th anniversary of the plane crash that killed its entire national football team.
The players were travelling to Senegal for a 1994 World Cup qualifying match when their military plane blew off after a refuelling stop in Gabon.
All the people on board, including 18 players, died.
To mark the day, retired players have this week been cleaning up the burial site of their heroes in Lusaka.
Zambian football legend and 1988 African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, tweeted his tribute:
28 years ago today, Zambia lost it’s gallant men off the coast of Gabon. #Chipolopolo . Special memories. Always in our hearts #gonebutnotforgotten pic.twitter.com/cYTpphd58Q— Kalusha Bwalya (@KalushaPBwalya) April 28, 2021
A commemorative match of retired players also took place on Wednesday.