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.
Traffic collisions were up Monday, likely due to the slippery conditions caused by rain, the California Highway Patrol reported. “Last Monday, there were about 16” crashes, said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos. “It’s pretty much doubled.” About 34 collisions occurred between 5 and 9a.m. Monday on freeways patrolled by the Baldwin Park and Santa Fe Springs offices of the CHP, Villalobos said. None of the wrecks resulted in serious injuries. Local police agencies reported few collisions on city streets related to rainy weather. Neighborhood Watch to meet WHITTIER – The Telechron Neighborhood Watch group will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at Telechron Elementary School, 11200 Telechron Ave. All residents of the area are welcome to come and voice their concerns and get involved in making their community a better place to live. For more information, call (562) 698-7645. Hearing loss topic of lecture WHITTIER – Are you not hearing as well as you used to? Do people seem to mumble a lot more than they used to? Is background noise starting to really bother you? If so, Presbyterian Hospital is presenting a lecture on hidden hearing loss from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center, 12401 Washington Blvd. Participants can find out the many options for solving the problems and find 10 easy free steps to improve your hearing without a hearing aid. Space is limited so resevations are recommended. For more information or to make a reservation, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444. Free movie set at local hospital MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital will present a free screening of the film “The Devil Wears Prada” at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Tower Basement Meeting Room, 309 W. Beverly Blvd. The comedy-drama stars Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep about a college graduate who goes to work for a famous fashion magazine and finds the boss from hell. The film is rated PG-13 and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call (800) 618-6664. STD hot line is revitalized LOS ANGELES – To mark National Condom Week, the county Department of Public Health re-launched an expanded version of its Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hotline. The hot line is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week and gives callers instant information about all STDs in English and Spanish. It also gives callers access to free condoms and contact information to 50 free or low-cost STD and HIV test sites throughout the county. For more information, call (800) 758-0880. AVID honors Santa Fe High SANTA FE SPRINGS – Santa Fe High School has been recognized by the Advancement Via Individual Determination Center in San Diego, a program that supports the college aspirations of students who are under-represented on college campuses. “We’re very proud of the accomplishments of our students and the staff who support their achievement through AVID,” said Santa Fe High Principal Monica Oviedo. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!