Lameck Golden Banda, from a boy with a big dream to a Nakambala captain and coach

Born on 2nd April 1985 and like a lot of other boys, Lameck Banda started playing Football on the streets of Kalingalinga just for fun after school to pass time.

As time went by, his desire and passion for soccer increased rapidly and found himself playing for Makumbi Stars in the amateur ranks before being lured by Coach Robin Munsaka ( now at Zanaco) to Chiparamba Great Eagles(academy) in 2002.

While at the academy, Lameck developed gradually with confidence after spending time with the academy earning his place as a regular attacking midfielder in the teams first eleven, Banda also made a cut for the 18 man squad that was chosen to represent the country in Denmark(Dana cup) and Sweden( Gothia World youth cup).

At the tournament, Lameck played all the games and was vital in Chiparamba’s winning the Dana Cup and minting gold medals.

For the young dreamer, opportunities kept knocking as a week later after collecting a gold medal with Chiparamba Great Eagles, he was voted as the best-attacking midfielder of the tournament and found himself in the All-Star team(Best eleven players of the tournament) after a tremendous performance in a game were Chiparamba Great Eagles beat Afrisport in an all Zambian affair 1-0 through a Gerald Simfukwe goal at Eden grounds, Gothenberg in Sweden to knock out Afrisport as Chiparamba cruised to the pre-quarterfinals at the tournament.

Afrisport had the likes of Rainford Kalaba, Jacob Mulenga, MacDonald Munsha to mention a few. Chiparamba had Rabson Muchelen’ganga, Given Singuluma, Mwape Mwelwa, Mwelwa Sakala, Dominic Yobe, Davies Nkausu, Clifford Mulenga and many others in their ranks.

The All-Star comprised of Tiago Lima Leal(Brazil), Natus Lonnie (Sweden), Sergie-Junior Ngovali(Vastra Frolunda IF, Sweden), Axel Wibran(Orgryte IS, Sweden), Christian Westerberg (Vastra Frolunda IF, Sweden), Joshimar(AD Cantolao, Peru), Lameck Banda,(Chiparamba Great Eagles, Zambia), Daniel Larson, (BK Hacken, Sweden), Zalif Sener(IF Brommapojkarma, Sweden), Eric Lind(IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden).

This was an Experience that turned his approach towards soccer in a positive direction and now believed it was his calling and wanted more challenges as a young man, after returning back home Elite Lusaka Dynamos offered the midfielder his first professional career a chance he took with both hands and ended up playing for Lusaka Dynamos for 7 seasons.

While at Lusaka Dynamos, Lameck Banda made his debut for Elite in a game against Lusaka Tigers(Division One South) a game that the Elite won 4-0 at Queensmead Stadium in 2004.

In 2005 KCM Super League game Kabwe Warriors versus Lusaka Dynamos at Railway grounds in Kabwe, his first top-flight game, blessed with the opportunity to start, Lameck Banda scored his debut goal for the Elite.

In the Year 2008, he won the Barclay’s Top 8 Gold Medal with the Elite after they beat Zesco United 0-1 at Nchanga Stadium in Chingola.

In 2009, He was called to the National team but later dropped. At Elite, he played alongside Mohammed Seedat, Royd Mumba, Done well Yobe, Lameck Njobvu, Geoffrey Hamakwenda, Thomas Mulenda, Sashi Chalwe, Dan Munyau among others Lameck left Lusaka Dynamos in 2010 with 14 goals to his name.

A new challenge at Nakambala in 2011 awaited him as he turned into a Leopard in the sweet town of Mazabuka.

The hard-working Lameck Banda quickly made his mark and was chosen as the captain if the Sugar Boys under different coaches like Wilson Mwale, Chris ‘Gaza’ Tembo, Dick Ngwenya, Patrick Phiri and Mathews Phiri.

He won the top-scorer award in 2013 with 11 goals the year Nakambala Leopards won promotion back to the Super League. In 2016, he won the most disciplined player award.

The attacking midfielder scored 20 goals with Nakambala Leopards in total before he was appointed second assistant Coach at the club in 2018.

Banda holds FAZ D and CAF C Licenses and a certificate in Sports Psychology. While academically he holds a Certificate in Electrical engineering, a certificate in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship.

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