Efford Chabala’s heroics against Ghana in 1987 during an Olympic Games qualifier helped secure Zambia a slot at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Zambia had won their home leg 2–0 and travelled to Accra with the home fans expecting their team to carry the day.

Ghana attacked from the word go, throwing everything at the Zambians who despite conceding a first half goal by Tony Yeboah, held on to qualify 2–1 on aggregate with man of the match Chabala pulling out all the stops, including saving a penalty from Emmanuel Quarshie.

After the game, the Ghanaian goalkeeper ran over to Chabala and asked him what his secret was and Chabala’s bemba reply became legendary in Zambian football circles – “Kuiposafye (You just have to throw yourself)

At the Olympic Games, Zambia recorded some impressive results with Charles Musonda pulling the strings in midfield and Kalusha Bwalya in devastating form, drawing with Iraq 2–2 and brushing aside Italy and Guatemala by 4–0 scorelines to progress to the quarter finals. However, disaster struck in the quarter-final match against West Germany when Zambia was trounced 4–0, with Jürgen Klinsmann in fine form.

Chabala died with his teammates in the 1993 Gabon Air Disaster at the age of 33.


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