Forest Rangers Football Club (Zambia)

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Forest Rangers Football Club
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Full nameForest Rangers Football Club
Nickname(s)Fole Malembe
Founded1975
Ground Levy Mwanawasa stadium, Ndola, Northern Zambia
Ground Capacity49,800
ManagerZambia Perry Mutapa
LeagueZambian Super League
20179th

In 1975, Forest Rangers Football Club started as Community Football Team at Dola Hill Forest Station in Ndola and joined the Ndola District Amateur League in 1976. After a period of 3 years, the club got promoted to Division 3 under the Copper belt Amateur League up to the end of the 1988 soccer season. The club played Division 1 football from 1989 to 1991. During the 1991 soccer season, the club finished as runner’s up in the independence Cup Competition after losing 5-1 to the then Football kings of Zambia, Nkana Football Club. This was after the club had eliminated Mufulira Wanderers Football Club in the Semi-final by a lone goal at Nkana Stadium. At the end of the same soccer season, the Club won promotion to the Super league Division. The Club stayed in the Super League Division up to the end of the 1994 soccer. During the 1994 season, the Club finished among the top eight clubs of the Super League Division. In 1995, the sponsors (ZAFFICO Limited) under the cost saving measures policy disbanded the team. In 1998, the team was revamped through social football. In 1999, the team merged with strike Rovers Football club and played Division 1 Football under the club name of Forest Strikes Football Club up to 2000. In 2001, the club retained the name of Forest Rangers Football Club when ZAFFICO limited became the sole sponsors of the club. The Club’s Premier League Football performance since 2002 has been as follows:

2002 Played Supper League Football 2003 Played Division 1 Football 2004 Played Super League Football 2005 Played Division 1 Football 2006 Played Super League Football and finished among the top eight 2007 Played Super League Football 2008 Played Supper Division 1 Football 2009 Played Supper League Football and finished among the top eight 2010 Played Supper League football 2011 Played Super League Football 2012 Played Super League Football 2013 Played Super League and got relegated to Division 1 Football 2014 Played Division 1.Won the League and promotion to Super League Football

Forest Rangers Football Club has been very instrumental in football talent identification and development through urban and rural football. So far, the club has produced the following notable players: 1993 – 2001 Kellies Mwamba Musole Sakulanda, Joe Kabemba, Aston Mbewe and John Mubanga 2002 to date Felix Katongo, Nyambe Mulenga, Zebron Njovu, Nasha Kaya, Osward Kalamba, Sebastian Mwansa, Lwipa Juma, Floyd Phiri, Daudi Musekwa, Christopher Musonda, Kelvin Kanyenga, Allan Chibwe, frazer Mwewa, Prince Mubita, Bizwell phiri, Michael Phiri and Kennedy Chansa Mpoya, Walter Bwalya Binene Sabwa, Dieugo Apanane, Fred Tshimenga

Team Profile

NICK Name : Fole Malembe Formed : 1975 Sponsors :Zambia Forestry and Forest industries Corporation (ZAFFICO) Ltd

Team Colours : Green and Yellow

Home Ground : Levy Mwanawasa Stadium

Local League Honours : Nil

Local Cup Honours : 1991 Independence Cup Runners Up 2005 Coca Cola Cup Champions 2006 Charity shield Runners Up 2006 Coca Cola Cup Runners UP

Colors

Traditionally, Forest Rangers have always worn yellow and green home kits, with green and white as their away and third colors respectively.

Achievements

2005

Current squad

Daniel Mutshinemu Arafat Ilunga Kateta Patrick Ilongo Ngasanya Benson Chali James Kachinga Masauso Zimba Gift Zulu Ephraim Tusanile Crispin Mulenga Kobe Chipeta Ronald Chibwe Emmanuel Kalala Nawa Nawa Fiston Bonyami Jairus Mulenga Nsiku Mambweni Gireese Douglas Muwowo Webster Muzaza