Ucar Chitalu’s challenge to Messi goes international

International media has taken very seriously revelations that Lionel Messi’ scoring record was broken in 1972 by Zambia’s Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu.

And the  Football Association of Zambia means business to give Chitalu the honor and respect he rightly deserves. The Chitalu story is leadheadline on Yahoo and Euro Sports. Follow the story and global debate here

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97 Responses to "Ucar Chitalu’s challenge to Messi goes international"

  1. Logical Thinker  December 14, 2012 at 19:30

    Welcome to Illuminatti sponsored football! wake up and smell tha cappuciono!

  2. Logical Thinker  December 14, 2012 at 18:26

    Just look at the insert picture where your Ucar is running with the ball.The terraces are devoid of fans who may be called upon to further confirm this highly improbable feat. Now contrast this with the picture right next to Ucar’s showing Messi playing hugh flight football with a couple of thousand fans to testify to his greatness. Was your Ucar scoring these goals during traing sessions or what?

  3. watchtower  December 13, 2012 at 13:16


  4. Kuyumayuma  December 13, 2012 at 11:06

    Chitalu still remains the all great record goals scorer, period!

  5. brian  December 13, 2012 at 10:58

    mercy maybe a good player but Chitalu scored twice more.eh eh eh eh weaker opponents think again.its during this same time that we smashed teams like Italy 3:0 and Germany included.RACISM

  6. Umkonto We Sizwe  December 13, 2012 at 09:23

    Why was Zambia not achieving so much with all those goals? I think there is something wrong here. Google Messi and you will see for yourself.

    • Hlubi  December 13, 2012 at 17:09

      Why hasn’t Argentina been achieving anything with all Messi’s goals?

  7. nchimunya  December 13, 2012 at 09:10

    All these 40 years why did you not challenge the Gerd record? Until Messi did the needful.

    • Pachilata  December 14, 2012 at 14:47

      Who said we didn’t. Chitalu’s record has been there for those who have eyes to see.

  8. watchtower  December 13, 2012 at 09:00

    thats the problem with europeans u are human if u play in europe and half human if u play outside europe. football is football regardless the location.viva ucar chitalu uve made us proud .

  9. Eli Cool  December 13, 2012 at 08:50

    This is rubbish,no sense at all,after all these years where were they? how come now…Messi is the best and we cant not run away from the fact.nichani Imwe

    • Hlubi  December 13, 2012 at 17:11

      The best doesn’t mean the highest scorer. Messi can still be the best (for you) BUT the record remains with Ucar

  10. Zambian Pele  December 13, 2012 at 08:42

    You can not compare Ucar Chitalu’s record to Messi’s because Ucar’s 107 goals were scored in ONE FOOTBALL SEASON in Zambia whereas Messi’s 86 goals were scored in ONE CALENDER YEAR in 2012. Logically, a football season does not have the same time span as a calendar year.

  11. Joseph Mumba  December 13, 2012 at 08:40

    The facts about Chitalu scoring 107 goals have not been revealed now that Messi has scored 86 goals, far from it! Records have always been there. Even on the lips of young boys in Zambia, you will hear 107 goals. When Chitalu’s record was read after his death in Gabon in 1993, the goals he scored were heard the whole world, atleast the world that cared to listen as fallen heroes were burried.

    It may seem that the intensified revelations are ill-timed, but truth be told this issue had to be mentioned now. There is an AFRICAN PROVERB that goes “When an Egwe (Village Headman) dies, the story on the lips of every villager is the death of the Egwe”. So may this issue be settled now that Messi has stirred up the debris at the base of the well. True Zambia may not have known how to go about recognising Chitalu’s goals with FIFA but did FIFA take an interest into the affairs of a member nation as it does today?

    True, the whole issue may not have been as expertly documented as the developed world would have it, but Chitalu scored those goals against his oppostion. This is Africa! Bumpy pitches! Second hand soccer nets!Water logged pitches due to lack of proper drainage! Chitalu defied all these odds and soared in the heights of Zambian Football. We are proud of this son.

    I personally dont think FIFA will be moved to award the record-holding feat to Chitalu posthumously. So why dont we drop the issue and hold our Chitalu in high esteem within the bounds of our mother Zambia. Pressing-on with the issue may solicity comments that will even demean the achievements of this legend.

    Finally whether the facts are verified as true to FIFA or not, it will change nothing about the opinion of the Zambian people about this true son of Africa. If the world can’t recognise his achievements, let FAZ work-out something to recognise the great Ucar! In this day the business world have used Herve Renard, Katongo, Mweene to propel their business one hand and honouring the players on the other. We should have done this with Chitalu.

    Bravo Godfrey “UCAR” Chitalu !!!

  12. adestone Nigeria  December 13, 2012 at 06:52

    Godfrey “UCAR” Chitalu was a Zambian footballer who
    holds a record Lionel Messi will never have. Don’t even talk about the calibre of team he scored against! The fact is “he scored those goals” in football matches. To me Messi is just an overated player! i mean if he was to be given the best player of all time, he would play in some major leagues too and not just stay in laliga to claim that. He was given the ballon’d’or in 2010 despite not winning the champions league or fifa world cup, i mean he didn’t even score a goal in the fifa world cup. This is shit! No Zambia footballer was even nominated in caf award list, this is another shit! I’m not a Zambian, I’m a Nigerian so I’m not bias. It’s just a fact

    • mapenzi muZambia aya kumbele  December 13, 2012 at 16:09

      i totally agree with u!

  13. KAMBILO  December 13, 2012 at 06:24

    Unless one was born in the eighties, Chitalu’s exploits including the 107 goals he scored have always been known. I do not agree with the notion that he played against weaker opposition unless one claims that Chitalu came from some outer space.Scoring goals in Europe should not define one’s greatness. The Zambian league at that time was sufficiently competitive Fact is, he scored those goals and every well meaning Zambian should be proud.

  14. stoner-J  December 12, 2012 at 23:49

    Wow!!!…107 goals against weak a## opponents, that’s really a great accomplishment to boast about. No disrespect to Godfrey but Messi has just broken a record that many thought was once impossible to break and now people are trying to take that away. Why didn’t Zambia’s FA mention this years ago or before Messi broke the record?- surely the media brought up the topic of Muller’s record months ago for Bwalya or FAZ to notice – Wait i know why, it’s because they are trying to steal the spotlight. Aint that classified as “unprofessional a#@&*#&”..I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Kalusha Bwalya’s idea because he’s a d#&@, straight up. He’s one of SuperSport’s football analysts, a position he doesn’t deserve due to the fact that his english sucks balls and has the most retarded opinions…Anyway back to the topic, Muller’s record deserved to be noted simply because of the opposition he faced, domestically and internationally. The same can be said of Pele although i would only take his international goals into account. To cap this lengthy comment off, it’s just totally absurd and ridiculous that Kalusha Bwalya and FAZ are trying to deprive Messi of an extraordinary feat, the more humane act FAZ could have done was to appreciate his accomplishment and Bwalya could have stopped being the d#&@ he is..Oh yeah another thing, my uncle scored 108 goals during a season, the record belongs to him now;)

    • zed woman  December 13, 2012 at 10:07

      Stoner you are trying to bring out a valid argument about why Muellers record was not vetoed, and why only now that Messi has it should there be objection. I hear you on that and so do many other people.
      However the fact that you are mixing your intelligent facts with not so intelligent childish attacks on Personalities takes away value from your comment.
      By being personal you just come out like a hater of Kalusha and not a good contributer of an intelligent observation.

      • Joseph Mumba  December 13, 2012 at 12:15

        Surely whether Kalusha deserves to be on the Supersport panel of analysts or not has totally nothing to do with this conversation.

    • JM  December 13, 2012 at 15:14

      it is so sad to note that you could be this jealousy of the achievement of Kalusha Bwalya. honestly speaking he is one of the finest analysts you see on suppersport. learn to appreciate other people’s achievements

    • Pachilata  December 14, 2012 at 11:39

      Kalu hater you must be one of those who lost the FAZ elections. You envy him so much your arse itches every time you see him succeeding and since his successes are very public it really gets to your balls. Kalu’s grammar is very good and his analyses are good otherwise Supersport would have fired him. Stop glorifying whiteys when we have black heroes. Chitalu holds the record period

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