Part 1: Who is Zambia’s G.O.A.T?

When it comes to the Greatest Of All Time, four names will come to many Chipolopolo faithful’s minds?

CHRIS KATONGO

He is the only Zambian captain to have ever lifted an African Cup of Nations trophy and brought it home in 2012. And was voted the player of the tournament, a feat that no other Zambian player has achieved!

The Warrant class officer is the only player from Eastern and Southern Africa to have been named as the BBC African Player of the Year.

In a career which started at Butondo Tigers in Mufulira to successful spells in South Africa, Denmark and Germany, Tsunami as he was known in his playing career deserves his name in the hall of fame.

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He also played in Greece and China.

Katongo finished as top scorer with 15 goals in the South African PSL despite leaving half way through the campaign.

KALUSHA BWALYA

‘I saw Kalusha play’ is what this author will tell his children and grand children.

Another Mufulira native on the list.

Great Kalu or King Kalu is arguably one of Africa’s best jersey no.11 known.

Who would forget about the hatrick he scored against Italy in the Olympics in 1988?

What about the injury time goals he scored at independence Stadium to send Gate D into rupture of chorus of ‘Lwisha Lwisha?’

Aged 41 years old, King Kalu came off the bench to score a stunning free kick against Liberia.

After his exploits at Mufulira Wanderers, Kalusha joined Belgian side Cercle Brugge before he left for Dutch side PSV where he was coached by the late Sir Bobby Robson.

It was at PSV where he played with Brazilian legend Romario and a young Ronald in the early 90s.

He remains still the only player from Eastern and Southern Africa to have been named as the CAF African Footballer of the year in 1988.

*P.S. Next week we will look at the other two G.O.A.Ts

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