Zambia's three European-based players were not on the flight: Kalusha Bwalya of PSV Eindhoven, Charles Musonda of Anderlect and Johnson Bwalya of the Swiss club, Bulle. Among the 18 players lost was Kelvin Mutale, who scored a hat-trick in Zambia's 3-0 win in an African Nations' Cup qualifier in Mauritius last weekend.
The Zambians were favoured to claim one of Africa's three places at next year's World Cup finals. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, they produced one of the results of the tournament: a 4-0 win over Italy. Some of the players from that game were on the lost flight.
World football's governing body, Fifa, expressed 'immense sorrow' at the disaster and asked all countries playing World Cup matches this week to observe a minute's silence. Sunday's match in Dakar has been 'postponed for an indefinite period'. A spokesman for the Confederation of African Football said: 'Zambian football has been tragically ruined. It has lost its elite. It is a terrible catastrophe for all the continent's football.'Reuse content