Five players of Chilondo Football Club fondly known as Barcelona among locals in Chiengi district of Luapula Province have died after being struck by lightning.
The five were cultivating a field to raise money for the team when they were struck.
Three other players who were also present survived the strike.
Police acting spokesperson Danny Mwale confirmed the incident.
“The deceased were identified as Jackson Kabwe aged 20, Seleman Kapembwa aged 19 and Joe Chansa aged 19. Others are Mpundu Nasri and Joe Katai aged 16 and 17 respectively,” Mwale revealed.
“Before they finished working, rain started and the Eight players went to seek refuge under a mango tree were lightening struck killing the five on the spot,” he said.