Chipolopolo has been challenged to qualify for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup to honour the 1993 Gabon crush team.
18 players, crew and officials perished on April 28, 1993 off the coast of Gabon in an air crush en route to Senegal to play a 1994 World Cup qualifier.
Sports minister Vincent Mwale said on Thursday at the heroes acre in Lusaka to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the event that the onus was on George Lwandamina’s team to make their debut World Cup appearance in two years time.
“Chipolopolo should keep in mind as they play that they have an opportunity to honour the fallen heroes,” Mwale said.
“If we qualified to that World Cup it would be the best gift to the fallen heroes, They died fighting to go to the World Cup, they were a team that could have taken us to the World Cup.
“For us to achieve that dream, it will make them happy wherever they are.”
Zambia will know their opponents when the group draws for the Africa zone qualifiers are made on June 24 in Cairo.
20 teams will be place in five groups of four sides to battle for Africa’s five World Cup slots.