Zambia’s five most capped players

By Jerry Muchimba

Countries with well organised Football Associations have official records of all matches played by their national team and record holders for appearances and goals scored can be easily identified.

Unfortunately, this is not the case in Zambia. No official record of all national team matches has ever been made public so people can only guess as to who the record holders are.

At first I was under the impression the football authorities or some soccer analyst would publish a detailed list of official Zambia national team games but as time went on I realised that such a list may not be produced and we would never know for sure.

Although I had a fair idea which players were contenders for both records, research needed to be carried out to back up any claims and bring to light the exploits of Zambia’s most celebrated players.

The absence of information prompted me to embark on research which involved combing through newspaper reports of Zambian games from 1964 to the present time, as well as getting some details not found in newspapers from a variety of sources.

Though some match reports of recent games are available on the internet, these are only a fraction of the games played by Zambia. From the same source, I found excellent lists of Zambian games from the FIFA website, The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) and other websites although these were not exhaustive.

In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Zambia played a number of games against club sides from Europe and South America, as well as several other sides which do not count as national teams. This led me to exclude some matches from the consideration of national team records:

Matches against local clubs, Zambia ‘B’ or Midlands/Copperbelt Select sides do not count as these are more of training matches.

In September 1973, Zambia sent a ‘B’ side to the CECAFA tournament in Uganda as the main team was preparing for the World Cup series against Morocco and Zaire.

Likewise, Zambia was represented by ‘B’ sides at CECAFA 1980 and the preliminary matches of the SADCC Cup in Maputo in 1990. The games involving the Zambia ‘B’ team have been left out as these are not recognized as “A” international matches.

Matches against foreign clubs do not count. The same for foreign Select sides as these do not have the status of their country’s national team.

Matches against foreign ‘B’ sides and other countries’ U-20 or U-23 sides do not count such as the two games Zambia played against Zimbabwe U-23 in January 2000 while preparing for CAN 2000.

According to FIFA, African Nations Championships (CHAN) matches also do not count as full international matches as they are not contested by senior national teams.

Matches which are designated as non-full internationals such as the Nigeria game in June 2010 and the match against South Africa in January 2012 which was termed a training match.

And as a general rule, all Olympic Games qualifying and finals matches are notregarded as full internationals by FIFA so this would affect Zambia’s most famous victory at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Although Olympics matches up to that point are regarded as official in Zambia, they do not count towards official appearance and goals records and FIFA have not even included them on their list of Zambia’s matches as the world football governing body only recognises matches played in the Olympic Football Tournaments and Olympic qualifiers as “A” international matches up to and including 1948.

This article therefore looks at players who have a claim to being record holders for Zambia in international games. Presently, the world record for appearances is held by Ahmed Hassan of Egypt who has featured 184 times as of June 2012 while Iran’s Ali Daei is the record goal scorer with 109 international goals in 149 appearances.

Although some of the information is from actual match reports, most of the information is based on newspaper reports, so corrections and clarifications are expected to be made to some of the records, which are presented as of November 2012.

Before independence, Zambia played a number of international games as Northern Rhodesia mostly against Southern Rhodesia and select sides from the Congo. Most of these games were made up of all white teams and played before segregated crowds. Details of these games are rather sketchy and only matches from the time of Zambia’s affiliation to CAF and FIFA have been considered.

The first match Zambia played was against Tanzania on 3rd July 1964 in Zomba when they travelled to Malawi for the Mufulu (Freedom) Cup which they won 3-0 with goals from Willie Kunda, Jackie Sewell and Ginger Pensulo. The victory qualified Zambia to meet Malawi at the Central Stadium in Blantyre in a match which was the highlight of the Independence celebrations. Zambia beat the hosts 5-0 to lift the Mufulu Cup.

Zambia then hosted an Independence tournament in October of that year and lost all three games 0-2, 2-3 and 3-4 to Uganda, Kenya and Ghana respectively. The tournament was won by Ghana though this was a second string side as the Black Stars were competing at the 1964 Olympics in Japan.

Most Capped Players

From the records available, 5 players were found to have made at least a hundred appearances on Zambia. These are Joseph Musonda, Alex Chola, Elijah Tana, Godfrey Chitalu and Efford Chabala.

Joseph Musonda

Golden Arrows Defender Musonda was born on 30th May 1977 in Kalulushi and incidentally shares the same name as another defender Joseph ‘Kanono’ Musonda of Mufulira Wanderers who played for Zambia in the sixties.

Musonda has played for Nkana FC, ZESCO United, Zanaco and Free State Stars and he made his international debut under coach Patrick Phiri on 06/07/2002 in a COSAFA Cup tie against Mozambique in Lusaka and has been a model of consistency for 10 years.

He has featured in 4 AFCON tournaments and was part of the victorious Zambian squad that won the trophy in February 2012 in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. In the final against Cote d’Ivoire he won his 100th game for Zambia though he had to go off with an injury after 11 minutes. However, one game against Nigeria on 06/01/212 appears not to qualify towards his overall appearances as it was termed a training match meaning Musonda has 101 full international appearances with his last coming against South Korea in a friendly match this year.

He is the most capped active player.

Alex Chola

‘Master Dribbler’ Alex Chola was born on 6th June 1956 and made waves at Mufulira Blackpool.

Nicknamed ‘The Computer,’ Chola was Zambian Footballer of the Year in 1976 and was a regular for Zambia till 1983. Not only was he a creative genius, he was also a great goal-scorer and many Zambian players listed him as their favourite.

In 1979, Chola left Blackpool for the emerging Kitwe side Power Dynamos where he would team up with Peter Kaumba to devastating effect.

In 1983 Chola and Kaumba left for professional careers with Africa Sports in the Ivory Coast but they returned after a year and Chola made a comeback in the national team when coach Brightwell Banda, needing a playmaker, called on him to help negotiate Zambia past Nigeria and qualify for CAN 1986. The ‘computer’ made his last appearance in Zambian colours in a 3-0 loss to Uganda at CECAFA 1985. That match was his 100th game for Zambia.

Upon retirement, Chola took up coaching and was voted 1992 Coach of the Year. Later that year, he was appointed Assistant National team coach and was in the team that perished in the Gabon disaster in April 1993.

Of Chola’s appearances, 13 were Olympics matches leaving him with 88 full international appearances

Elijah Tana

Elijah Tana was born on February 28, 1975 in Luanshya and first turned out for Roan United, before switching to Nchanga Rangers.

He made his debut for Zambia at the 1995 President’s Cup in South Korea against the hosts and then did not feature for Zambia until 1997. Although he was called to the Burkina Faso CAN team in 1998, he missed the tournament due to an ankle injury. His consolation was a league championship medal for that year with Rangers.

Tana was a permanent fixture under Ben Bamfuchile as Zambia qualified to the CAN 2000 with the best record and he made his second CAN appearance at Mali 2002 and also captained the team to CAN 2006 in Egypt.

His defensive abilities saw him signing for Mexican club Tolouca, Petro Atletico in Angola, Al Jazeera of the UAE and El Merreikh of Sudan. Tana then missed what would have been his fourth CAN tournament in 2008 when he was dropped for missing the flight to Ghana.

He returned to Nchanga Rangers before the 2009 CHAN tournament and was again late in joining up with his team-mates although this time he did feature for Zambia after which he was on the move again when he signed for another Angolan side Recreativo de Caala.

After the CHAN tournament Zambia coach Herve Renard did not call up Tana for the next game against Egypt in a CAN/World Cup Qualifier meaning Tana made a total of 107 appearances of which 5 were African Championship of Nations (CHAN ) matches leaving him with 102 full international appearances.

Godfrey Chitalu

Godfrey Chitalu was born on November 22, 1947 in Luanshya and is regarded by many as the greatest player in Zambian soccer history. Nicknamed ‘Ucar,’ Chitalu’s name is legendary in Zambian soccer circles his amazing feat of 107 goals in the 1972 season and he was voted Zambian Footballer of the Year a record 5 times in 1968, 1970, 1972, 1978 and 1979.

Chitalu joined Kitwe United in 1965 and made his full international debut in June 1968 in a 2-1 over Uganda in Lusaka and at the end of the year, he won the inaugural Footballer of the Year award. In 1971 he moved to Kabwe Warriors for the then record fee in Zambian football and two years later Warriors swept all the silverware on offer with Chitalu scored an outrageous 107 goals in all competitions – a record that still stands to this day.

Chitalu featured for Zambia at the 1974 Nations Cup and scored a goal against Egypt in a 3-1 loss. Zambia reached the final which they lost to Zaire after a replay. In April 1975, he was dropped from the national team and he watched the action from the sidelines for almost two years. He made a comeback when Lieutenant Colonel Brightwell Banda took charge of the team, coming off the bench to score two goals in a crucial World Cup tie against Uganda on February 27, 1977 in Ndola in a 4-2 victory.

He repeated the feat five months later in a Nations Cup Qualifier against Algeria with Zambia trailing 2-0 from the first leg in Algiers. He scored a brilliant brace to force a 2-2 draw and Zambia prevailed 5-4 on penalties. In the month when he turned 30, Chitalu scored 5 goals in the CECAFA Cup which Zambia lost in the final to Uganda on spot-kicks. His efforts were rewarded at the end of the year with the Sportsman of the Year award although he narrowly missed out on the Footballer of the Year award.

The following year, Chitalu made another impression at the CECAFA Cup in Malawi where he finished top scorer with 11 goals, including 4 in a 9-0 thrashing of Kenya. Zambia unfortunately lost to Malawi 3-2 in the final.

He became the first player to win the Footballer of the Year award in two consecutive seasons in 1978-79 and in 1980, he represented Zambia at the Moscow Olympic games, scoring a goal against the mighty Soviet Union in a 3-1 defeat.

After retirement, Chitalu coached Warriors and was crowned 1991 Coach of the Year. He became the national team coach in 1992 and was in charge when the entire team perished off the Gabonese coast in the horrific air disaster in April 1993.

Chitalu made 108 appearances for Zambia and is also the country’s record goal scorer with 78 goals. Of these, 5 were in Olympics-related matches in which he scored 4 goals leaving him with 74 goals in 103 full international appearances.

Efford Chabala

Efford Chabala was born on February 2, 1960 in Mufulira and first established himself at Mufulira Wanderers before succeeding Ghost Mulenga as number one in the Zambian goal.

His assured performances between the posts won him many admirers and were soon noticed by national team coaches who gave him his full national team debut on 10th April 1983 in an African Nations Cup qualifier against Sudan in Khartoum, which Zambia lost 2-1. From then on, Chabala was a permanent fixture in the Zambian goal for the better part of 10 years.

He was instrumental in Zambia’s first-ever East and Central Africa Challenge Cup success when he saved three penalties in Zambia’s 3-0 shoot-out victory over Malawi at the 1984 tournament after a 0-0 stalemate at full time. The following year, Chabala was named Zambia’s Sportsman of the Year.

His heroics against Ghana in January 1988 during an Olympic Games qualifier in Accra helped secure Zambia a slot at the Seoul Olympic Games. Leading 2-0 from the first leg in Lusaka Zambia travelled to Accra and weathered the Ghanaian storm with man of the match Chabala pulling out all the stops, including saving a penalty by Emmanuel Quarshie.

At the Olympic Games, Zambia recorded some impressive results with Kalusha Bwalya in devastating form, drawing with Iraq 2-2 and brushing aside Italy and Guatemala by 4-0 scorelines to make the quarter finals of the Olympic Games soccer tournament. Disaster struck in the quarter final match against West Germany when Zambia was trounced 4-0.

Chabala captained Zambia to a third place finish at the 1990 African Cup of Nations in Algeria and was voted best goalkeeper at the tournament by a panel of journalists. In 1991, he had a short-lived career with Argentinos Juniors but returned to Wanderers after a season. His last appearance at the CAN was in 1992 in Senegal where Zambia yet again underachieved, falling 1-0 to eventual winners Ivory Coast in extra time at the quarter-final stage.

When Zambia lost a World Cup qualifier to Madagascar 2–0 in December 1992, Chabala was left out of the team but soon regained his place and in April of 1993, he captained Zambia to a 3-0 win over Mauritius in Port Louis. From there, the team made its way to Senegal for the first of their World Cup qualifying games in the group stage but after refuelling in Libreville, their ZAF plane plunged into the sea on 27th April 1992 killing all 30 people on board including crew members and FAZ President Michael Mwape.

Chabala made a total of 120 appearances for Zambia. 12 of these were in Olympics related matches leaving him with a record 108 appearances for Zambia.

Other most capped players

Kalusha Bwalya has made 88 appearances and of the current team, Chris Katongo, Kennedy Mweene and Rainford Kalaba are not far from joining Musonda on a century of appearances.

Top Goalscorers

Below is the list of top 5 goal scorers for Zambia. Figures are as at 30th June 2012 and include goals scored in Olympics-related games.


Player Goals

1 Godfrey Chitalu 78

2 Alex Chola 43

3 Kalusha Bwalya 39

4 Bernard Chanda 28

5 Dennis Lota 22

As mentioned above, Chitalu’s tally of 78 includes 4 scored in Olympics matches while Chola scored 7 in Olympics matches. Bwalya’s 39 goals include 7 goals scored in Olympic Games matches.

Of the active players, leading scorers are Christopher Katongo on 18 goals and James Chamanga on 17 goals while Collins Mbesuma has 14.

Information sources:

Times of Zambia
Zambia Daily Mail


Zambia reports

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69 Responses to "Zambia’s five most capped players"

  1. Lawyer  November 22, 2012 at 20:51

    iwe ati shani? Chalo chesu ichi.ulekwata umuchinshi star nyoko.wa tambila noko indofu. star…noko ekala pandofu sulu nyoko!

  2. No Name  November 22, 2012 at 15:46

    Record baba is very vital, keep it up.

  3. maguys  November 21, 2012 at 15:55

    Its a well documented reseacrh ,those who are claimimng that it was not done properly are just their to criticise for the sake

  4. Youngster!  November 21, 2012 at 15:50

    Zambia should seriously consider putting up stadiums in Livingstone and quickly finish the 2 in Lusaka so we can Bid to contest the 2017 tournament. Hosting these tournaments not only bring in revenue but also increase the chances of winning the tournament. RSA is again hosting because of infrastructure, yet they are not as talented as our players to win the tournament!

  5. Youngster!  November 21, 2012 at 15:36

    Hi – they have Companies like Opta that are contracted to provide match statistics just like Getty Images do provide static graphics for most media houses ie Sky,CNN etc…

  6. Kp  November 21, 2012 at 13:47

    Seleni twibe. This is what u mean u PF chaps

  7. Pompizo  November 21, 2012 at 11:24

    At least the author made an effort at digging and compiling statistics. Its been a problem in many areas in Zed. Posterity will surely love it. Failure to document tribal movements (by lack of interest or illitracy)has led some to believe they are the owners of this land called Zambia.

  8. DJ Mbwibwi  November 21, 2012 at 11:05

    Do not drag in issues that are not related to the research

  9. buudu  November 21, 2012 at 10:39

    what happened to zed sailet mwabantu?

  10. Sebotech  November 21, 2012 at 10:29

    Messi 80 goals in one year. Ucar chitalu 107 in one season. Lets be rise & counted.

  11. from nsengaland with love  November 21, 2012 at 10:17

    No one is saying Kalu didn’t achieve anything. He did. But its just the way some of you short sighted fans who want to portray him as the greatest ever. There you have it. Even when he played alongside the likes of makinka, wizzy, melu, malaza etc it wasn’t all eyes on him. He had competition. He only became captain following the demise of that talented group. So who is the greatest? It can only be Ucar!!!

  12. Dodo Extinct  November 21, 2012 at 09:54

    Right Kalu is great, he may not have the Afcon as player or coach, but has won it as an FA President, African footballer of the year the only one in Southern Africa, 12th best player in world 1996,second top scorer seoul olympics 1988, top scorer africa cup 1996,voted one of the 50 legends in africa, Fifa technical committee member, Caf member, played in all four continents, africa, asia, america and europe.

    in Liberia, they will tell u that George Weah is their greatest player, he has never won the afica cup or any other regional trophy, but world player of the year.

    “we” may not like him as some zambians, but hey! he is liked all over the world. So appreciate your own.

  13. shilesa  November 21, 2012 at 09:38

    the title nd some paragraphs of this article has been edited to make it neutral. thanx to the publisher taking into account the critque and thereby removing some lingering values. the article can now be debated on its own merit.

    fellow bloggers note that some comments below were based on the earlier version of this article. they will therefore look out of context.

  14. Observer  November 21, 2012 at 09:28

    This article is misleading as it does not consider the fact that some players left our shores and went on to play international soccer. So their achievement is not captured by this ‘research’. I do not know what the agenda of the writer is, but I hope it is not to discredit some players. This article just proves one thing to me, that an individual can take data and interpret it according to what he wants. You do not need rocket science to know who the greatest soccer players are in Zambia. Just take a walk to Soweto Market and speak to any old person and they will tell you.

    • Kp  November 21, 2012 at 13:49

      Carry out your own research che.

    • Villager  November 21, 2012 at 14:32

      You sound like that stubborn spokesperson at FAZ. Appreciate what others do – no one is discrediting the other here.

  15. Ronald  November 21, 2012 at 09:28

    You have forgeten Ashous Melu.He scored 41 goals in one season,I think in 1984

    • Siye  November 21, 2012 at 09:54

      Capping here friends means having played for the national team not Mighty Muvulila Wanderers

  16. bwalyab  November 21, 2012 at 09:25

    Lets give this Muchimba a bit of praise that he can at least put up some history on Zambian football and not very far from the truth. We all know that Kalu stands out as the great player and internationaly recognised at CAF/FIFA and international media. Those of us who think we have the best information please write about it and send to one of the online or print media. But the greatest team to come out of Zambia is the current Katongo led team. However we must recognise that the foundation was laid by the great old players including the Malitoli brothers, Late Harison Chongo, Zoom ETC.So much to write about. Keep up the good work Muchimba

  17. blago  November 21, 2012 at 09:21

    Good job Muchimba! Why don`t you do a book on Zambia Football?
    Good luck!

  18. Wisdom  November 21, 2012 at 09:13

    This research is very good based on His Statistics.
    Look at the African footballer of the year selection, Zambia are the current African Champs but we only have Chris in the Box of top 10 because there selection is based on what they have on the table and not what we think.

    South Africa are doing very fine on preps & they even have better pitches but check out their stand on the African football list, they cant even play well against Zambia at home yet they were victorious verbally and upto now fans can’t understand why.
    enjoy wisely

  19. so chabe  November 21, 2012 at 09:06

    This is refreshing at least someone has made an effort to bring out statistics to support there report.This is what we call investigative reporting not reporting based anonymous sources.This is really a breath of fresh air keep those reports coming my brother based on verifiable data.Am truly loving this type of informative reporting first i have seen on Zambian football in a long time.

  20. ABENA DIGGERS TOWN  November 21, 2012 at 08:49

    A colleague of mine from Ghana was asked me a question to say.why do you Zambians call Kalusha Bwalya as Great King Kalu?
    I answered him to say Kalusha has been a great player and the only Zambian and the first player in the southern Africa region to be crowned African Football of the year in 1988.
    Then he went to ask me a second question.Has Kalusha Bwalya won the Africa Cup before as a Player?
    My answer was a big NO.
    He told me that in his native country Ghana,they only call or refer to Players that have won the Africa,World Junior Cup,Olympic cup and the team that reached the World Cup quarter final stage South Africa 2010 as great players.And Abedi Pele is the great of all for being crowned African Footballer of the year three times.

    • Luapula Bize  November 21, 2012 at 11:21

      …and you were shut down just like that?

    • Commander Zero  November 21, 2012 at 15:27

      But kwena mulichipuba tata…but speaking of Ghana, I have many friends there and I will tell you that Kalu and KK are amongst the most recognised personalities in Ghana……in fact Ghanaians have as much respect for Kalu as for Abedi.

    • Sempa  November 21, 2012 at 16:48

      But ofcourse Zambia is not Ghana and we do not necessarily have to do things their way.

  21. pwetetete  November 21, 2012 at 08:44

    nice article… well researched…

  22. Mr Kiss  November 21, 2012 at 08:43

    Very good article man,keep it up.thats why am beginning to love WD more and more

  23. ScottishMan  November 21, 2012 at 08:27

    Kalusha played for the national team for over twenty years and this Joseph Musonda has played for like 10 years.Given that Kalusha was a regular from 1982 till he played as player coach,i do not see how he could have played 88 appearances.I doubt the stats.I think,there’s a lot more players that can be included.How can Efford have more caps than Kalu,yet the two entered the national team at the same time and the fact that in 1993 Efford died and Kalusha continued playing many games thereafter…some one make me understand the logic here!!

    • Vinjeru  November 21, 2012 at 11:38

      Walasa! The research is either incomplete or has a biase towards certain players.

    • mopao mukonzi  November 21, 2012 at 15:01

      listen kalu mainly played in africa cup games and few oualifies he was busy in euroupe.but these guys played every game.they cud have even featured in the freindly aganist ghana in london were students earned 1 cap for zambia, yaba

  24. dr jet  November 21, 2012 at 07:27

    And the only player to have won African Footballer of the year is Kalusha Bwalya and was shortlisted for World Footballer of the year. That is an achievement.

  25. Jarapigo  November 21, 2012 at 07:14

    I can’t see where the writer has writen an nagative about Great Kalu.

  26. Suggestor  November 21, 2012 at 07:10

    In life its very important to be thankful, and the truth is that Kalusha did his service very well for mother zambian with dedication and distinguished honour. No player was perhaps more influential than him and it is evidenced by the fact that his reign on the pitch was unprecedented in influence, leadership and technique. Sad truth is that while we zedians as our usual pitiful selves are busy being ungrateful, africa and indeed in other countries worldwide kalusha is appreciated for his role played with distinction. Shame on us.

    • Tombisto  November 21, 2012 at 08:42

      Kalu missed a penalty….nonsense!!!

      • Luapula Bize  November 21, 2012 at 11:29

        …looks like you are bitter over kalu’s achievements. Are you telling me you’ve never seen world class players miss a penalties. Chikubaba eve ali peeeeee…..Lol!

        • Luapula Bize  November 21, 2012 at 11:45

          ment to write ‘world class players miss penalties’

  27. Sheikh Mohamed  November 21, 2012 at 07:06

    These Idiots,Kalu is the most capped player In Zambia period.these trainer journal thinks that when they do their course it means that they have even played soccer more than the players themselves when in actual sense they have never even kicked the ball and they don’t know what it means to run on the pitch.please give us a will continue losing elections with this behavior

  28. Kgalema  November 21, 2012 at 06:35

    Facts are stubborn. Don’t expect the author to come up with statistics about Kalusha Bwalya which do not exist! Objectivity triumphs over subjectivity!

  29. real analyst  November 21, 2012 at 06:21

    Some fools are really fools. What is malicious about this article? Do u really know what research is and its objective? This person merely satisfied his questions by undertaking an investigation and there is nothing malicious about it…Shame on all critics…All u wanted was to here th@ Kalusha is the most capped? Anyway, kudos to the informant

  30. papaya  November 21, 2012 at 04:19

    The most useless research i have ever seen in many years

    • Be Serious  November 21, 2012 at 07:19


    • NEVERMIND  November 21, 2012 at 08:59


    • blago  November 21, 2012 at 09:17

      Most useless comment i have ever seen!

    • Leautenant Mwamba  November 21, 2012 at 09:34

      Most useless comment I have ever seen

  31. Dr No  November 21, 2012 at 03:28

    Great sport research and well written. There it is people, eat humble pie if your boy is a distant 3rd.

  32. Chipasha  November 21, 2012 at 02:54

    Like many have written,title of your poor essay did not fit into the story.Has Kalusha ever claimed that he had made the mark you wish to impress on him?What is the objective/rationale of your research?
    You need not discredit a person who will not defend himself.I have known Kalusha and his family for years,back in Mufulira and I believe that all you have for pr against him takes nothing to what he has achieved for Zambian football.
    Objectivity is a rule in real research.I lack it!

  33. shilesa  November 21, 2012 at 02:16

    The quesition is in the headline. If you happen to be a researcher research and put your findings across. But if research is to challenge tthe standing of any personality then you immediately raise the inevertible quesition of your motive.

    Is it not enough to say so and so scored 39 goals for zambia and that their career was such and such. than to say am suprised he/she is not in the Top 3 or 4 or whatever. This makes your research biased and time wasted.

    Those who watched zambian football know the legends of this game.
    PHD, I like these initials.

  34. shilesa  November 21, 2012 at 01:54

    Who wants to waste their time Answering the quesition about where kalusha is? May be Chishimba Kambwili can.

  35. GENERAL DONKOLA  November 21, 2012 at 01:43

    playing is one thing but the question is how you played.does it make people to remember you? Kalusha played well, scored nice goals, nyunyad well and we remember him as someone who worked well for mother zambia.the research is biasly yours.theflavour is ours.Jelous down.

  36. MUTA  November 21, 2012 at 01:37


  37. panono panono  November 20, 2012 at 23:27

    Researcher my foot!! Wen did this failed banker become a researcher!! The chap is jst some unemployed chap who had a failed career with barclays til he was laid off. Seleni tubombeko atase!!!

    • kamoni Iwee!!!!!!!!!!!!  November 21, 2012 at 11:46

      hahahahaha he does not work but you’re jealous Panono panono,yabaaaaaa!!!

      We should learn encourage such……seper sport where are you,we need this friend to update us on bola yapa zed.

      You now panono that it is easy for him to get a job…..learn to say thank you to people that are inovative.

    • Luapula Bize  November 21, 2012 at 11:55

      …but why r you mad/annoyed.. there is no point to do that. And why pull down someone like that? Has he spoiled your family? You might have a worse of trail of life than him. Lets be sober.

  38. Owu mulola wendi?  November 20, 2012 at 23:15

    Where is Kalusha your hero??? Even Christopher Katongo is a by far better hero than Kalusha.

  39. Stand and sing of....  November 20, 2012 at 22:34

    Very educative indeed!!! Many thanks!

    Sadly, “youngsters” are probably more concerned about ‘manchester united’ and Zambian music running off recycled instrumentals…

  40. Sasha  November 20, 2012 at 22:23

    Privilaged to have watched most of the stars in the 70s and 80s. Sad thing is that ZNBC does not have the footage because they used to erase and reuse the tapes for political coverage. The only consolation is that some of it, such as the Africa Cup Final 1974 and indeed Lottie Mwale’s gallant fights, are available on youtube. Spare a thought for those who can’t access such media.

    • Lorna  November 21, 2012 at 09:33

      Thanks for that info I have just been watching Lottie and Chisanda Mutti’s videos

  41. Steve  November 20, 2012 at 22:16

    Pull Him Down (PHD)? Always jealousy of one another. The same so called Simuchimba,I have never read about anything he has achieved in life.

    • mungu  November 21, 2012 at 04:52

      Such a massive research is an achievement in itself. You can only manage to write one or two sentences as a blogger who can’t even research before you comment.

  42. matamando  November 20, 2012 at 22:14

    We’ll articulated!have leant a lot.

  43. com  November 20, 2012 at 21:36

    Mulomo nafuti has a very intresting story on you that you meet your backers to attack matani

  44. com  November 20, 2012 at 21:33

    So what if he did appear in your list

  45. Lorna  November 20, 2012 at 21:20

    Muchimba thanks a trillion for a well researched story we lack such information in Zambia and it is abreath of fresh air to have this. Could others with information also add add, subtract or edit this brilliant article. meanwhile I am enjoying Juve vs. Chealsea

  46. shilesa  November 20, 2012 at 21:19

    “Surprisingly Kalusha Bwalya doesn’t make it into the top 5 cap”. What is so suprising about this, I can’t get it. Is it that kalusha is supposed to be in the top 5 cap? Or are you one of those who have nothing to say? Don’t you think that only 5 people ought to be in the top 5 cap? Why should it be kalusha to suprise you not samuel zoom ndhlovu or fred mwila, vincent chileshe, kapambwe mulenga, jonstone bwalya etc

  47. Mpongwe  November 20, 2012 at 21:10

    For scholars maybe. An academic execise, that’s all. Atleast for us who had the previlleage of watching some of these players we value them not for the goals but for their contribution to Zambian football………

    • mambala  November 20, 2012 at 21:50

      Mpongwe ua wrong, such records are needed for posterity. Posterity will need to know how things evolved with time.

  48. mambala  November 20, 2012 at 21:08

    Jerry Muchimba, this is good. I cant comment on the accuracy of the info but want to say that you have touched an important point. Zambia as a whole is very poor in record keeping in all areas. We are really behind in this area.

    • Mulenga  November 22, 2012 at 15:13

      Great men

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