Anniversaries | 13 years since Zambian air crash

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Ndola, Zambia | Columnist Christeter Macha of the Times of Zambia finds that Africans of many stripes remain scarred by the 28 April 1993 Buffalo CT 15 crash that killed 30 off the coast of Libreville, Gabon, including 18 players of Zambia’s national team. Booksellers, filling-station attendants and journalists testify that the effects of the disaster spread beyond Zambia. In Libreville, Joe Ombuor writes in The Nation (Nairobi),

The swish of the water lapping on the shore a few metres away from the pillow on which my head rested as I slept at night constantly reminded me of the tragedy to the extent that my very dreams contained clips of the plane going down with the players in its belly.

The government and football association have been trying to lobby for a more upbeat tone to remembrance services, but they face opposition from relatives. “No one should dictate to us ways of remembering our people,” widow Joyce Chabala tells BBC Sport.

About the Author

John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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