Zambian players to honour 1993's fallen heroes

For it was in Libreville, the Gabonese capital, where the Zambian team's Air Force plane last refuelled before it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean enroute Senegal for a World Cup qualifying match. Every member of the squad perished bar Kalusha Bwalya who had flown direct from his Dutch base to Dakar.   It's a memory that most members of the present team hold dear and they will be drawing on it for strength when they commence their campaign against the Terenga Lions on January 21.   “Most of us were in primary school when the crash happened, but Kalusha remembers it vividly and has encouraged us to keep those who perished in our minds whenever we fight for our country," goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene told Cafonline.com.   And the players have determined to make it count during this charge at another Afcon following the near miss of 1994's inspirational silver winning team.   "The best way to honour the Zambian stars who died off the coast of Gabon is by doing well at this Cup of Nations," said midfielder Isaac Chansa.   That enthusiasm is also reflected on the bench where Frenchman Herve Renard presides.   "It is my dream to win the Cup of Nations in Libreville because a great part of Zambian football history was written there," said Renard.   "Imagine if we could lift the trophy it would be a fantastic way to honour the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the land they loved.   "I am going to central Africa with footballers who are committed to fighting for their country and not just themselves. We will be proud ambassadors of Zambia. We will respect all our opponents, but we will fear none of them."   Zambia are drawn into Group A alongside co-hosts Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and Libya.   "We are not among the favourites, but my team can win this Cup. All we need is hard work and commitment," Renard added. 

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