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Blog: Zambia National Team Appearance and Scoring Records

January 14, 2013


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Football researcher and archivist Jerry Muchimba takes a look at the top five Zambian capped players and goal scorers.

Surprisingly Kalusha Bwalya doesn’t make it into the top 5 capped players but there’s place for him in the top scorers chat ahead of Dennis Lota.  In the current Chipolopolo set up, Joseph Musonda who is believed to have won his 100th cap against South Korea in there alongside former Chipolopolo defensive king pin Elijah Tana.

Below is an article 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.

Ucar the goal king

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:

  1. Matches against local clubs, Zambia ‘B’ or Midlands/Copperbelt Select sides do not count as these are more of training matches.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Ucar Chitalu scored 107 goals in one season

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 been capped more than 100 times

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.

Elijah Tana was a rock for the national team

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.

Ucar was the wonderboy of Zambian football in the 70s and 80s

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.

There has been reports that Great Kalu had scored 50 goals in 100 international caps.

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.





Godfrey Chitalu



Alex Chola



Kalusha Bwalya



Bernard Chanda



Dennis Lota



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.


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49 Comments on "Blog: Zambia National Team Appearance and Scoring Records"

  1. positive thinking on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 2:52 pm 

    wow…what a brilliantly written and researched article

  2. Dojo Do on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 3:00 pm 

    No wonder my late father never entertained any name in Zambian football except Ucar…and i thought he was misplaced upstairs! Great article, totally enjoyed it…but i still must say Kalu was Ucar’s young brother…a lovely player of my time…

  3. ndasheny on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 3:02 pm 

    very interesting article

  4. Mozal Tov on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 3:13 pm 

    How can someone score 107 goals in one season? They still played 30 games per season then, it means the guy scored on an average of a hat trick per game!!! Now is that really possible???

  5. UNCLE BOBS on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 3:59 pm 

    Mozal, at the time we would have like 20 teams. But you need to have watched UCAR to believe in his capability and would BREAK THROUGH defenders like a hot knife does through butter. Personally i always doubted that Great Kalu held the titles for most games and goals as UCAR at the 1978 East and Central Africa Cup (Fore-runner to the CECAFA Cup) scored 5 goals in one match against Kenya although we lost in the final against a brilliant Malawi side featuring the likes of John Dzimbiri, Stock Gandize, Harry Waya, Jack Chamangwana etc). That said, Great Kalu still outstrips all in terms of personal achievements, most goals at AFCON tournaments, 1988 accolade although if Katongo gets the 2012 player title, Great Kalu will face a worthwhile challenge having not won the AFCON. Francis (Zamfoot) and Jerry good show for taking that introduction at Imboela Stadium to fruition-kekekekekeke

  6. Dihno on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 4:12 pm 

    I enjoyed reading the article, its interesting and entertaining. Job well do. I cän love watch ucher chitalu.

  7. nicoblezz on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 4:19 pm 


  8. MAN.U, T.P.MAZEMBE, NKANA & ZAMBIA on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 4:30 pm 

    @mozaltov i have always thought so as well. maybe enzo dyela mpemba. i thought it was older people telling us stories like that of a boxer called ‘use your left’. they said his left arm would be tied with a chain then his wife would shout use your left!! then he would nock his opponents dead. but this guy never existed. its like the story of ghost mulenga against zaire when he was seing two balls and the one he dives for is a wrong one or the ball had a knife and when he held it, he died hence the name ‘kafwa nayo’ and he was burried in the centre of the field.

  9. Big Steve 4rm SA on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 4:40 pm 

    I remember Kalu announcing that he has 100 caps and 50 goals for zambia. Was he dreaming up these figures? This was just after coming out of retirement and playin for zambia again. Where did he get those numbers. Very good article but can for very obvious reasons be queried but I like that the author has made a concieted effort to advise source and cover as much area as he could possibly cover on information validity

  10. gb on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 4:51 pm 

    Good article! FAZ needs to employ either an ARchivist, Records Manager or a Librarian to keep track of such official records. Also the website should be well maintained as clubs do in RSA. The other night I was wtaching Mpila Zambia, Dennis Lota says he has never been honoured by Zambia as Orlando pirates did by honouring the 75 best legends at pirates.

  11. Chipolopolo Die Hard on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 5:08 pm 

    Nice article. Can a book be published please. It can sale like a hot cake i can assure you.

  12. Brave Nchanga Rangers on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 5:19 pm 

    Godfrey Ucar Chitalu was the man! I wonder why pipo even question his ability to score so many goals in one season. What if Kabwe Warrios were winning by big margins and he was scoring like more than seven goals by game. Warrios that time had dangerous players like Gibby Zulu (if my memory serves me right) and that combination was so lethal. Almost all old folk that time including my late dad were Warriors supporters, it did not matter where someone grew up from but Kabwe Warrios was the team to beat. Thats why they scooped all silver ware in one season, and perhaps this is the season that Ucar scored those seven goals. Gentlemen lets call a spade a spade, Ucar deserves to be called the greatest footballer ever to have come out Pa Zed. His behavior was not all that good but he was an exceptional one, and he scored goals when it mattered most just like great Kalu. He had speed and agility when on the ball and he driblled defenders like noones business. He is a legend and no footballer can ever beat his record.

  13. Anonymous on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 5:19 pm 

    Lame article. lame research. CHAN is contested by seniours. take for example harry milanzi, even at 45 he is eligible to play for zambia as long as hes local. and lier- kalu has more than 38 goals. youve done zambias present generation goal king an injustice. you should have taken more time to research this stub of an article.

  14. Brave Nchanga Rangers on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 5:31 pm 

    And tell me guys, which player now or in future will ever score 78 goals for the National team? The players we have in the present team the highest is Chris Katongo with 17 and he is about to hang up them boots. Mbesuma would have made a difference but discpline has let him down big time.

  15. Brave Nchanga Rangers on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 5:36 pm 

    Ba Anonymous naimwe muletasha fimo. This guy took time and researched a lot before coming up with such an article. Do your own research and let us see what you can come up with.

  16. Seen from afar on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 6:02 pm 

    Great sutff guys, this is what want! Clear, well researched records. Well done Jerry Muchimba.

  17. Mabbwana on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 7:29 pm 

    Lol! @ManU,TP,Nkana, I also remember that those interesting stories on ‘use your left; Ghost Mulenga etc…. very funny!

    @BigSteve, I am also wondering were Kalu’s detail came from. According to him, he should have retires at about 102 appearances with 51 goals if I am not mistaken.

    Great piece Jerry!

  18. Seen from afar on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 11:19 pm 

    It’s NOT upto FIFA to investigate Zambia’s history, they will never do it. I’m pleased we have this start of a SERIOUS record, it’s upto Zambians and FAZ have to be interested in keeping this information stored and available for all time.

  19. Seen from afar on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 11:22 pm 

    Even the legend and stories should be recorded because although facts and figures are what are needed. The stories are a big part of bringing the history alive.

  20. Soccerguru on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 11:52 pm 

    Great Kalu!!

  21. Kasama boy on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 12:49 am 

    Interesting Article and, well researched. Forget the ditractors, they will always be there.
    Kabwe Warriors at that time had Ucar, Boniface Simutowe, Sandy Kaposa, Burton Mugala, Richard Stevenson, Gibby Zulu, inter alia. Yes Ucar did score 107 (in the same year the legendary Pele scored 105) and Walya walya were unstoppable. They were later to be stoned after white washing a Malagasy (madagascari) team (forte majur, if I recall bwino bwino) about 9-0 in Lusaka and by half time they were leading by 7-1 in malagasy. The Newspapers later carried a photo of Boniface Simutowe with a bucket over his head running around the pitch which had been invaded by fans(check the lump at the back of his head etulya utusote ba Dr Fumanchu). Dennis Liwewe ran and hid in a toilet where he continued commenting from and peading with Zambia Airforce to send jet fighter to rescue Kabwe Warriors.
    The Kafwa nayo legend has just been changing format, we found it in the 60s, ifwe as we grew up in Abercon we were told that Dennis Liwewe had a mouth in his armpit. So pakulumba he used to put the mike under his armpit. Now remember that TV was then only on the CB and Lusaka and even then a preserve of the very rich. Newspaper yaleisa when Zambia Airways weekly flight to Nairobi yapita through Mbala to collect our Vegetables (we were then too rich to grow our own vegetables and fruits, we imported from Nairobi).Mudal would send me to town from location to buy the paper. So even if I had long discarded the myth, by seeing his photos on newspapers and watching TV, I was still curious to talk to him when he came to UNZANDO and found kids playing ichimpombwa pa Kashoki grounds, and immediately launching into a commentary by the side of his Peugeot 504. To the embrassment of his daughter Linda. This was 2 years before Ponga appreared at Campus. Again as someone says ifwe in the 60s we were told that Sonny Liston had one bone on the left Urna and his left hand was always tied at the back. Because of this Cassius Clay (M. Ali) beat him badly eventually his wife shouted use your left, He broke the ropes and unleashed his lethal left which Ali dodged and he hit the corner ring post bending it, and that is how Ali won the World Heavy weight title fight. In Europe I rushed to buy the Video ‘The Greatest’ and went straight to see how this happened, I saw Ali literary running around the ring, throughout the fight but scoring and running until one so called use your left started failing to keep pace with the retreating Ali. He was knocked out without anyont shouting any using of lefts. The I realised that Ali actually win his World Title from Garry Cooper a Briton by deceit.
    Legends are fascinating and intriguing, because Ghost Mulenga was a goal keeper of the late 70s with Johnson Katowando, Obby Kapita and the like. I can even picture his Afro and Table cut.

  22. jema on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 1:14 am 

    First of all the researcher is dull,you expect the FAZ to publis such details in the press,i wonder wat kindof reseacher are you,You can easly go to fax and get records

  23. mulondwe muzungu on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 6:07 am 

    I sure do know that Ghost Mulenga is not a legend. He was Zambia’s goal keeper in the 60′s or 70′s somewhere. The “kamfya Nayo” story most likely is fictitious. But the Zaire team which beat us in the 70′s to lift the AFCON was highly skilled and talented with the likes of Mulamba Ndaye. The man is still alive and now lives in South Africa. He holds a record for the most number of goals scored at a single AFCON tournament. In that same year Zaire became the first African team to play at the world cup!

  24. Punch on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 8:00 am 

    @ Jema. Why would you think that the researcher would go through so much trouble? Have you yourself been to FAZ to see if the records you talk about are there? Talking with baseless facts. The Researcher is Brilliant. Its not easy to research from the 60s to dateon something that you are not even going to get paid for. If you have nothing positive to say just keep quiet!

  25. Lundazi Dweller on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 9:05 am 

    Well done. Great article.

  26. Kay on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 10:15 am 

    nice one Kasama Boy

  27. ZamFoot on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 10:55 am 

    @Kasama boy, that makes interesting reading.

  28. Peter Mpande on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 11:20 am 

    I am truly impressed that someone would take the trouble to dig up our disorganised records and come up with such a well-researched and well-written article. Brilliant.

    It would appear that some of our fellow readers do not know much about the presentation of research articles.

    The author makes clear that while we will ordinarily count all matches labelled “Zambia vs …… certain of those matches are excluded because technically, they do not qualify as full or proper international matches by the FIFA definition.

    Therefore, while Great Kalu may count ALL his international appearances and goals he scored in all those matches, some of those matches and goals he scored are discounted or excluded from the tally because those matches do not qualify as full internationals; for instance, his four appearances and six (6) goals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics do not count. You could add the 2 consecutive COSAFA U20 titles which Kalusha won for us – they don’t count in this tally, either.

    At my age and as an established Buchi boy, I have the pleasure of saying I watched nearly all of the matches Ucar Godfrey Chitalu played at Buchi and KPF for Kitwe United, before he was stolen from us by the Legendary Kabwe Warriors Chairman Mr Eliya Mwanza. I also had the great pleasure of witnessing the emergence of former Mufulira Blackpool players Alex Chola and Kalusha Bwalya, two of our greatest ever. Then there were the Roan striking legends Boniface “Killer” Chanda and Jack Chanda.

    Augustine “Ghost” Mulenga was no legend; he was the real-life goal keeper for Zambia Air Force (Red Arrows) and was the stand out goalie at the Libya AFCON in 1982 with Nkana defender John “Libya” Kalusa.

    I think this is a brilliant article, written in true football tradition and appropriately annotated by the author who states clearly that his information is subject to correction.

    Any doubters can post the correct(ed) information for our benefit. Well done!

  29. Brave Nchanga Rangers on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 12:16 pm 

    @Punch spot on thats an upper cut you hit there and TKO. @Kasama Boy U HAVE BEEN AROUND! Problem with born free generation is that they think that Zed futball revolves around great Kalu only. Yes he is a legend but what of those other great players like Ricahrd Stephenson, Kapela Katumpa, Kapambwe Mulenga, Jani Simulambo, Simutowes, Bernard Chanda, Timothy Mwiitwa, Frijo Mulenga, Edwin Mbaso, Chileshe(GK, cant recall 1st name) etc etc. But this article brings out revelations that nobody knew and it takes time and patience to go through all those records. Perhaps the writter had to go through old archives at Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail in order to fish out pictures we are seeing here. I also believe the nkafwa naiyo is just a meth after Zaire game perhaps this Ghost Mulenga guy was indeed seeing two balls and he caught the right one which amazed those Zaireans, thus nkafwa nayo. That great team that perished in Librevile(Properly pronounced by VJ Mwaanga with his scintilating and very sexy voice) would have brought honours to our nation but was delayed till 2012. They would have made it to our maiden W/C appearnce and we would be singing other songs here. Ucar Geodfrey Chitalu would have been the first Coach to take us there with Computer Alex Chola. They would have rightfully been the first guys to lift AFCON on our great soil.

  30. Walya Nganga on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 12:27 pm 

    Nice on Kasama boy. On goalkeepers mwashapo Mathew Bwalya of City of Lusaka. Kale daiva ukulingama na crossbar!

  31. Anonymous on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 12:41 pm 

    Jerry and Kasama boy, you guys jus made my day. The use your left story continued even us growing up in the 80s found it. I grew up in the village and every december holidays around christamas my cousins from ‘beg’ (Lusaka) would visit and they wud shine by tellin stories and the most dorminant one was ‘use your leeeeeft!’…and I belived it jus as i did the kafwa nayo story!

  32. Mphatso on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 12:42 pm 

    the last post was me..

  33. ROK on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 2:17 pm 

    @ Brave Nchanga Rangers the first name of the goalkeeper Chileshe was Vincent. To your list, I would not leave out the two brothers, Emmanuel and Ken Mwape.
    Kasama Boy I have liked your recollection of the stonning of Kabwe Warriors in Malagasy and till about a year ago, I had that picture where the Warriors players helplessly gathered at the centre circle whilst misiles of all sorts rained on them. Yes Borniface Simutowe protected himself with a pail.
    The article by the author is well-researched contrary to those who are saying he should have checked records at FAZ. Does one need to obtain a record from FAZ to write on, for instance, the stonning of Warriors when it was in black and white for all to see? For those who might fell Great Kalu has been dwarfed by Ucar’s and Computer Ale Chola’s records, it should be noted here that in the table the author has compiled, Ucar, Chola and Bomber (Benard Chanda) belonged to the earlier generation of footballers whereas Kalu and Lota came later. Actually, when Kalu emerged on the local scene ( I have handled a number of games featuring Kalu before he went to Belgium), at one stage he said Alex Chola was his model. The author has ably qualified his article by citing games and competitions he has not covered, not because they never existed but perhaps on account of time or some other factors.
    My only contribution is that people like the author and other stakeholders should pierce together such pieces of work and come up with a correct history of Zambian soccer history. The History on Wikipedia is highly inaccurate and in any case, Wikipedia is not a credible source of any information. The article is sketchy ( I believe the author did not have time to cover all tournaments) but can be enrichened by an addition of more pictures and information. I also expected it to make mention of our 15 year unbeaten history at Independence Stadium.Late Ridgeway Liwena has published a book or two which are worthy looking at. Let us team up and compile a more comprehensive book on Zambian soccer history by, inter-alia, interviewing living ex players and officials such as Jerico Shinde, Dickson Makwaza, Simutowe, Peter ‘King’ Mhango, Peter Kaumba, Kalu, Stone Chibwe, Kaiser Kalambo, Manfred Chabinga, John Kaunda, Ackim Musenge, Patrick Phiri, Dennis Liwewe, etc (my apologies if I have accused any dead person of still living). The ground work have been set by Jerry Muchimba and let us build on it instead of unduly criticising it. In any case, the author has said his article is subject to correction. Let those who do not agree with it make corrections to it.
    @ Kasama Boy, from your writing, I notice you must have been about a year ahead of me at UNZANDO. I was one of the three football referees UNZANDO had the other two being Mutale-Wa-Mutale (Edward Mutale former ZANACO Chairman) and one Nyirenda.

  34. Amos Mumba on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 2:17 pm 

    Great article indeed.I watched Chitalu during my teens and i have yet to see a Zambian striker play with such force and passion .I rate his style to that of George Weah.Of course we had great players like Bizwell Phiri from Lusaka Tigers ,Kaimana and Obby Kapita from GBFC.Brings so many good memories.

  35. ROK on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 2:19 pm 

    Should have read…. said Alex Chola was his idol….

  36. michael kors bags on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 6:41 pm 

    I’d have to settle with you on this. Which is not something I typically do! I really like reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to speak my mind!

  37. mwine mushi on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 10:51 pm 

    Those of us that witnessed UCar Godfrey Chitalu at his best in the 70s witnessed something that will never be repeated again. There wil’ never be a player like him again. I witnessed a game were Warriors beat a team 11-0 and UCar scored 8 goals. In another game were Warriors played Chipate selected,Warriors won by 26-0 and Car again scored over 11 goals. He was a player that could beat any defender. He was a big man with exceptionally powerful legs. The only defenders that gave him problems were the Nkole brothers from Mufulira Wonderers, especially Patrick Nkole who seemed to have a personal vendetta against Car. The Warriors team of 1972 was probably the best team the Zambian league will ever have. Ernest Katongo in goals, Sandford Mvula, Peter Nyongani, Edward Musonda, Richard Stevenson, Gibby Zulu, Borniface Simutowe, Ucar Godfrey Chitalu, Sunday Kaposa

  38. Rememberporterfield on Sun, 11th Nov 2012 11:50 pm 

    Uncle bobs could please clear the cloud abt the ghost mulenga story ? Is it true or not ?

  39. Rememberporterfield on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 3:43 am 

    And who remember s players like Webby Chikabala? Ackson”scud missile” shimbala? Labani Chishala? Henry Malambo ?

  40. Vinobs on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 11:23 am 

    Good indeed, but the big question is these records are still scatered in various publications no one person can claim to have the authetic correct statistics on Zambian footbal. Wish FAZ would make a deliberate move to autherticate some of these statistics and move on updating the current ones with each game played.

  41. Brave Nchanga Rangers on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 12:52 pm 

    @Mwine Mushi thanks a lot for the clarification and the elaborate 1st eleven for Warriors, that shows we have big madalas on the site!!! ROK thanks also Vincent Chileshe was a good GK. i Remember a game between GBFC and Brave in which he made daring saves that made Dennis Liwewe crazy in the commentary box.

  42. UNCLE BOBS on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 1:40 pm 

    Ba Vinobs-believe you me Jerry has done his homework. Get in touch i connect you to him. Another place is the UNZA library underground that has all newspapers from the 60s. When i was there, i used to peruse through to catch up on old games. Jerry is a guy that will tell you even Jericho Shinde’s debut game for Zambia being the 0-1 game qualifier to the 1982 Africa Cup with Zambia winning the return leg 2-0 at Independence and Peter Kaumba scoring one of the goals. Whatever verification is done or if the all games including friendlies are used, UCAR shall always become number 1. Come to think of it that UCAR wasn’t even Ante Buselic’s first choice striker (like happens to JONAS SAKUWAHA now) who favoured a Bernard Chanda (one i rate as the MOST COMPLETE striker ever and the reason i am a Kalampa to date (like i rate JONAS today) and Simon Kaudi Kaushi. But UCAR was to reincarnate after both Simon and Bernard had gone of the scene although Chanda did make an appearance against Egypt at Independence in the late 80s at Independence.

    Ba ROK-Jerry actually wants his treatise published as a book.

    Ba Rememberporterfield-GHOST Mulenga came on the scene way after the Kafwanayo story. If you recall Zamfoot did publish a Zambia 1981 Squad with Ghost as Keeper that beat Morocco 2-0 at independence (1. Ghost Mulenga-Arrows 2. Milton Muke-GBFC 3. Kaiser Kalambo-Ndola Utd who Ba Muzo met at Sunset on Saturday 4. Emmy-Musonda GBFC 5. Michael Musonda-Power 6.Willie Phiri-Bravo 7-Jack Chanda-Roan later Nkana and Warriors 8. Jani Simulambo-GBFC and i think Warriors at the time 9.Fanny Hangunyu-Arrows Danny’s father 10.Alex Chola-Power 11.Peter Kaumba-Power).

    Come to think of it that Messi only last night beat PELE’s 75 goals record for club and country in a calendar year and now only has Gerd Muller’s (West Germany and Bayern Munich) 85 goals. Why can’t they say Ucar’s 107-pictures don’t lie and it’s there above for all to see?

  43. DaMwiinger on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 1:45 pm 

    Good to be back on the forum. Great article Jimmy, well done!!! I did watch Ghost Mulenga during my young days as a Red Arrows fan-the man was a legend with his distinctive Afro and beard.

    One aspect the article missed was Efford Chabala’s career at Mighty. Late on in his career, he played as a striker and banged in some goals for the club-what a talent!!! I also remember the stories of how he apparently dismissed his penalty saving heroics in the East and Central Africa cup final as “Kuiposa fye”.

  44. DaMwiinger on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 1:46 pm 

    Sorry Jerry for calling you Jimmy, my bad!!!!

  45. eryq on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 6:03 pm 

    u-car was the greatest player ever lived,dats y even FIFA awarded him with goals scorer of the millenium of which Pele protested @ the ceremony.bu the award went to the later u-car.rest in peace

  46. Andrew Kamanga on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 11:56 pm 

    This is a well researched article. We actually have these files and photos at Kwfc library. Look out for the 50 Years of Kabwe Warriors Magazine available next month.
    Players come at different times that is why Kalu is “Great” and Ucar remains the “Greatest”. Some of us watched Ucar even during training from 1973 till 1981.
    Kalu equally left a lasting impressive when Mighty visited Railway Ground in a midweek fixture in 1983. warriors were leading 2- 0 with ten minutes to go. As they said then ” Maite iwine chungulo” Kalu scored one of the best goals for Mighty and at full time it ended 2-2.

  47. Andrew Kamanga on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 11:59 pm 

    Lasting impression

  48. sting copper bullet the giant killer on Fri, 18th Jan 2013 12:17 am 

    Ndeloleshafye, I use to hear from my grandfather and my father that we had legends, indeed these are legends. I admire u all who where there. Chipolopolo iyeee

  49. kasonde on Fri, 18th Jan 2013 1:03 pm 

    Big steve,when KALU said he has played 100 games and scored 50 goes,he considered all the games ,be it a frindly(not fifa sanctioned) or friendly with a club for as long as it was zambia playing for him it counted.But the writer here has excluded such games and he has given reasons for that.