Zambia celebrates the title of the African Cup of Nations in 2012. Zambia, before the historic win against Italy in the 1988 Olympics. Five weeks after the tragedy, Zambia beat almighty Morocco 2-1 against some 50,000 fans who filled Independence Stadium with excitement.. After a draw and a landslide path (4-0) against Senegal, Kalusha and his boys needed a draw in Morocco to seal their ticket to the USA 1994. In a heart attack game, where they got to put two balls to the crossbar and complained about a bad refereeing by Gabonese referee Jean-Fidel Diramba, the Zambian heroes ended up falling 1-0, with a goal by Laghrissi in 62 ‘, which qualified Morocco for the World Cup.But the history of overcoming this team had not reached the end. Just two months before the start of the 1994 World Cup, Kalusha and his boys filled Zambia with pride again when they reached the final of the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia, when they lost to the Nigerian super team, with Okocha, Finidi, Amuneke, Amokachi and company.It would not be until 2012, with the conquest of Africa in Gabon, that Zambia He was finally able to celebrate the continental title and dedicate it to the 30 victims of that tragedy of April 28, 1993. 27 years ago the african football she lived a tragedy. The April 28, 1993 the plane that carried the best generation of players in the history of Zambia and from the mainland, rushed into the atlantic ocean, off the coast of Gabon, killing the 30 passengers, among them 18 international, in addition to coaches and the president of the country’s Federation. There was not a survivor and that terrible tragedy has marked forever the sport of the African continent and the life of this country.The dream was real. Zambia could feel the sensation of going to their first World Cup. A dream that had begun in the Seoul Olympics in 1988, when a team of strangers seemed to be just one more guest to the soccer tournament, unable to compete against the big favorites. But before the Italy of Tassotti and Ferrara, Zambia presented itself to the world with a landslide (4-0) and a hat-trick from Kalusha Bwalya, who from Korea went directly to the Netherlands, sign with PSV. The midfielder, 25, he surpassed Roger Milla, Rabah Madjer and George Weah and was chosen the best African footballer of the year. An achievement that opened the way for the best generation of footballers that the country had produced in its history. Than stayed one game away from qualifying for the 1990 World Cup in Italy but he had matured and he lived his best moment in the classification for the USA 1994. Six of the players who were in Seoul were part of the team that in 1993 passed through Madagascar, Namibia, Tanzania and Burkina Faso in the group stage. Five of them they entered that plane bound for Dakar, to face Senegal, in the final phase of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup.“There are no words to define the devastating feeling that the country took that day”, Kalusha said in an interview with FIFA in 2018, who survived the tragedy because he traveled to Senegal on another flight, direct from Europe, because he could not appear due to calendar commitments with PSV. “There was so much hope, so much joy around our team that we spent days crying, it was devastating for our people,” he explains. the former player, who showed his face in the rest of the playoffs leading a team full of youth and he was one game away from achieving what would have been the most incredible classification in the history of sport.