Air ‘Chipolopolo’ heads to Gabon

All roads lead to Gabon

A GROUP of soccer enthusiasts has chartered a 160-seater Boeing 737 aircraft to ferry fans to Gabon to cheer the Zambia national soccer team as they take on Ivory Coast in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final game in Libreville on Sunday.

This brings to three the number of aircrafts that have been chartered to fly fans to Gabon.

The plane, which is being branded Zambia Chipolopolo in South Africa, will leave Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 08:00 hours on Sunday and arrive in Libreville four hours later. It will return in the evening the same day.

Southern Province Minister Miles Sampa, one of the organisers, said there is need to have a strong contingent of Zambians in the stands as the Chipolopolo boys take on Ivory Coast at the Stade de L’Amitie in Libreville.

He said an economy return air ticket is going at US$1,500 while a business class one is fetching US$3,100.

Mr Sampa said the air fares are inclusive of a shuttle to and from the stadium in Gabon and the ticket to watch the match.

“This is a memorable final and we urge Zambians to come in numbers so that we can cheer our brothers,” Mr Sampa said.

He said the contact person is Andrew Ndhlovu of Zambian Legends Travel Agency in Lusaka’s Rhodespark. Mr Ndhlovu can be reached on 0977- 696009 or 250937.

Mr Sampa appealed to the fans interested in travelling to Gabon to put on Zambian colours or replica jerseys for the national team which he said can be bought at Football House in Lusaka.

A Lusaka entrepreneur has also chartered two Boeing 737 aircrafts to ferry fans to Libreville.

“The Chipolopolo boys have done an amazing job so far – and they’re going to win the cup,” said Jo Pope, a member of the Zambia Tourism Board marketing committee, the woman behind Robin Pope Safaris and director of Proflight.

“We feel there must be a strong contingent of Zambian fans at the match to cheer them on. It’s a matter of national pride,” she said.

Pope has teamed up with Richard Sheppard of tour operators African Horizons to offer the special fans’ package to the game on Sunday.

Only 200 seats will be available. A special hotline has been set up for the tickets on 0976-324350. The return fare is US$2,050

And Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) have chartered a Boeing 737-200 to facilitate the return of the national soccer team from Gabon after it plays the final game against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

“The company is now facilitating the travel of senior Government officials and soccer fans, including KCM employees, to cheer and support our team to victory in the final on Sunday. The same aircraft will also carry the Chipolopolo back home,” KCM chief executive officer Jeyakumar Janakaraj said in a statement issued by public relations manager Joy Sata yesterday.

Janakaraj said KCM is thrilled with the impressive achievement of the Chipolopolo at the Africa Cup of Nations.

“I would like to congratulate the Zambia national team for qualifying to the final. They have done us proud, especially that they defeated the bookmakers’ favourites, Ghana. The solid performance of Zambia at the Africa Cup is testimony that the local game has taken a turn to greater heights,” Janakaraj said.

He said KCM will remain a seasoned and committed sponsor of football, the reason why it decided to facilitate the team’s warm-up matches in India in November last year.
[Zambia Daily Mail]


  1. I love the excitement and the hype! Let us just pray for our team and all the supporters that God may grant them travelling mercies and they may return home safely! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  2. KCI
    Why do you have that devilish and negatuve about an exciting moment like this, all efforts people are making is to ensure that they go and support the National Team and you are wishing them death??? what do you profit from that.

    I listened to UNZA radion this morning and one caller suggested that Government sends Dennis Liwewe to go and provide his last commentaries on the game. Please, people in the media houses advocate for that and let us have Dennis join the hard working media personnel and give us that broadcast.

    All we need is to check his BP before departure and ensure that he benefits from his life-long work of seeing Zambia succeeed.

  3. God speed! May you go in God’s travelling mercies…. I wish you would also organise T-shirts with the Faces of the beloved players and officials who died in Gabon to crown the moment, especially when Chris lifts the CUP for Mother Zambia, we can then show the world why Gabon is an emotional destination. Chipolopolo we love you!

  4. this is truly inspiring… the last time the entire country was this happy was after the elections. right now things like barosteland agreement, zamtel and DC appointments are temporarily irrelevant. Go Zambia, Go… if i had money i would have travelled there!!!

  5. Mr Sata also promised to “support and facilitate” Zambia soccer fans to visit Libreville if we made it to the final so what is GRZ doing about this?

    …more donchi kubeba I bet. 

  6. Great social responsibility…you need to put money and effort in issues that affect your local market…lets even go way past football and help Zambia build just institutions to improve the flourishing lives in our land…well done!

  7. Whoa abaleya abaleya! The Elephant can never survive a bullet fired from AK 47(Katongo; Mayuka; Kalaba) Go Chipolopolo! May God bless the team!

  8. My appeal is for all those that can fast and pray for the zambia national team. if you can miss a meal fine, if its a day that too is fine and lets be on our knees, the battle belongs to the Lord. The race is not for the swift nor the battle for the strong but time and chance happens to all. Some of us have started fasting and praying today, some can do it tomorrow others on sunday. If God be for us who can be against us. All those that are speaking ill of Zambia should know that who is it that speaks and it comes to pass unless the Lord has spoken it. Unless the Lord builds they that build build in vain. FATHER WE LOOK TO YOU ONLY, AMEN!!!

  9. Dennis should go and be given an opportunity to comment on ZNBC. We need live radio commentry from this Dennis Liwewe. ZNBC should move very quicly so that by tomorrow they can establish themselves in Gabon for a Live Radio broadcast with Dennis. GO Zambia GOOOOOOOO.

  10. Am not going to watch the game i will jst be waitin for the cup at the airport.go Chipolopolo united beat up the elephants.The elephant is so huge bt cnt kill a single bullet bt a single bullet can do it.remmeber u jst killed a lion.all the best will meet @ the airport

  11. Chi KCI you are a let down and i think you are a devil worshiper leave us alone who are travelling to support our team. mwe bantu please leave dennis out of this let him follow what the doctors are saying.

  12. #5, I too say Amen! The Lord watch over our people in this year of our favour before him.

    May he watch over our rising up and our sitting down, may he preserve our lives and give us peace – so that we can celebrate together and praise his great name.

  13. abaleya abaleya..chipolopolo!!!! on the flight guys…all my savings gone but no regrets! no matter the outcome, just getting there and redeeming our honour by getting to the final is a victory.

  14. If it were Zambia in the final we would win but unfortunately it is the Donchi Kubeba Eleven. To win you need the entire nation to be behind you and not only those that enjoy Donchi Kubeba celebrations. IF ONLY WE HAD NOT POLITICISED THIS CURRENT FOOTBALL TEAM.

  15. Air Mkwayi will be flying to Gabon on sunday, captain Nswiba from Mununga on the controls in the cockpit..air hostesses from Chilubi Island….come in your birthday suit… boarding time 1 minute before kick off!

  16. May GOD ‘s favour shine upon the team and all who travelling their going out and their coming in.may his mercy be upon them in jesus name.we cover them in the blood of jesus.lets stand together and pray for our nation.


  18. Once again the Zambian team will rise above every obstacle (like the eagle) and triumph over their opponent to win the victory.I have a feeling this is going to be a draw with Zambia scoring more penalties than Cote D’Ivoire.As much as we honour the fallen let us desist from praying to them because we have been commanded never to consult the dead!!!May the good Lord forgive us for the times our people have looked up to the dead for strength but we lift up our eyes unto the hills.From where cometh our help?OUR HELP COMETH FROM THE LORD.

  19. I too am chartering a 20 seater Lear Jet from London with 19 of my fellow Zambians!!!..we shall make that stadium jump to the tunes of CHIPOLOPOLO!!!!!!

  20. Zambians don’t listen to negative minded people. This is time enjoyment and not for politicing. Go zambia go! We love you here in SAC because you have done us a beauty!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. By wishing death on others, # 2 may it bounce back to you for every life you wished ill on. Zambian Watchdog, please introduce some criteria for bloggers that will ensure evil people, children, immature people, brainless vessels, illiterate fools etc are kept out; all descriptive of # 2; we need to keep out people that add minimal value to issues surrounding us.

  22. Nevers Mu mba is a lia r and a mon ey lau ndering ma chine

    Him and the de puty Mr Nz oya are ste aling tax pa yers money. They had fired Mr Tem bo beca use he knew about this sc am and was aga inst it. They also have a office slut , Caro lina Rod- riguez who is also abus ing the money. The Ottawa Zam bian mis sion are th ieves

  23. This is all r.u.b.b.ish to me. Spending so much money when farmers have not been paid their money, children dying in hospitals due to lack of medicine, people in rural areas have no health posts, children drop out of schools because there is no one to support them and yest government and business huouses can afford to waste money on leisure i am very at this. I dont care what your resonse is but this is sin at its peak. Shame indeed. My wish is that Zambia should lose by 4-0 so that further waste of money is avoided through sinful and senseless excitement. i am really dissapointed with this behaviour. When will the country focus on real development?

  24. Good…but what’s with this business class its a waste of space given that you are all football fans…no wonder the no-frills airlines like Ryan Air and Southwest wouldn’t dare invest in Africa, everything is just too expensive…£600-700 for an Air ticket this is the same as London to KK airport on KLM or Emirates…you can get a holiday in Gambia for that price for 7 days stay. 

  25. Can some people buy coffins in advance cos as an insurer will tell you, were are about see dearth in Zambia, win or loose

  26. @ # 45 I don’t know what to say,but u are one of HH’s chap how can u say such stupid things u have no sense of patriotism,u know what zambia doesn’t need chaps like u must go to hell and hey don’t worry we are winning the trophy is ours u feel me hater..?

  27. imwe ba no. 45, i thing u should know which time to say what…right now the nation is united as always, about one thing, you, are saying something else, that needs to be said at an appropriate time….u can cry about hospitals, schools etc now, people are the ones offering to chater planes and not government…..its not a campaign time…


  29. H. H. should just keep quiet, we all know that Zambia National team is for us but the song should not disturbing him. Players can celebrate by using the song of the moment it does not mean there are PF or abused No.

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