Zambia is on Friday marking the 24th anniversary of the Gabon Air Disaster that killed the Senior National Soccer Team in 1993.

The fallen heroes were on the way to Senegal for a 1994 World Cup qualifier match when their plane plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Libreville, Gabon.

Family members and fans are expected to lay wreaths at the Heroes Acre located outside the old Independence Stadium.

The Zambia Under-20 squad is also scheduled to join the ceremony by laying wreaths at the Gabon Disaster Memorial Park.

FAZ announced on Thursday that this year’s commemoration would not be an official function.

“As announced at last year’s event the commemoration will not be an official function but football and family members are encouraged to join at the event at the Heroes Acre in Lusaka,” FAZ spokesperson Desmond Katongo stated.

“FAZ wishes to re-enforce their desire to mark the 25th anniversary with a grand memorial,” Katongo said.

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  1. May the souls of the football greats continue to RIP. I wish the government can declare 27 April a public holiday.

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  2. Lusaka Times please correct error. The 25th Anniversasy is next year 28 April, 2018 . They died 28April,1993. I guess you may not have read the FAZ statement the story appear contradictory by FAZ saying 25th anniversay will be grand occasion and at same time this year’s is not official!

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  3. It is sad that after 25 years Zambia has been taken back to dictatorship under illegal lungu. Am sure the players are turning in their graves. Their families have been left to suffer while lungu travels aimlessly

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  4. All our compatriots were recovered at sea and buried while others such as the ones on alaysia Airlines Flight 370, Ethiopian Airlines B-767 was hijacked and crushed into the Indian Ocean, killing 125 people

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  5. All our compatriots were recovered at sea and buried while others such as the ones on alaysia Airlines Flight 370 have not been recovered

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  6. It is the 24th Anniversary. Who is the editor of Lusaka Times? 24 years down the line we still just know that “it was plane crash”. What caused it? is still the unanswered question. So we take it that the ill-fated buffalo plane was either shot down or not serviced at all.

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