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kalu.jpgThe newly appointed president of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), Kalusha Bwalya, has been congratulated by World Soccer Governing body (FIFA) boss Sepp Blatter.

The Swiss assured the African Legend of FIFA’s support in his new role as head of Zambian football.

According to reports from, Sepp Blatter in a congratulatory letter challenged the former African Footballer of the Year award recipient to fully utilize his vast experience as player, coach and administrator in lifting Zambian football, and said he was looking forward to discussing relevant development projects with Kalusha and his new Executive grouping soon.

Blatter also added that the new FAZ boss now had in his hands a complex but exciting task of turning around the fortunes of Zambian football.

“Your incredible experience as a player who played all around the world, as a coach of the national team and as a FAZ vice-president represents an amazing asset for the achievement of your new mission which is the fulfillment of the dreams of millions of football lovers in Zambia,” Blatter said

“You now have in front of you the complex but exciting task to help the football in your country to reach new heights and to regain the international recognition it deserves, and in the task you can rely on my support and on FIFA assistance.”

Kalusha was last weekend appointed as the new FAZ President, defeating the incumbent President Teddy Mulonga in a landslide victory.

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South Africa’s 2010 ambassador, Kalusha Bwalya has declared his candidature for the Football Association of Zambia presidency.

Kalusha, who last year lost the bid to become COSAFA president, hopes to cap his illustrious football career with the highest office in national football administration.

Kalusha, who is currently the FAZ vice-president, is the country’s most successful footballer and holds many posts both at continental and global level and, now believes time has come for him to add more value to Zambian football.


At a media briefing at Lusaka’s Taj Pamodzi Hotel yesterday, Kalusha who is Fifa’s stadiums’ safety sub-committee vice-chairman and a member of the technical committee, said time had come for him to make FAZ a financially-viable association.Kalusha reflected with regret his four years as FAZ vice-president, saying people’s views were suppressed while some people had become more important than the association.

He said there was need to change the approach and be more tolerant and inclusive.

“The sport is too big for the few to administer,” Kalusha said.

His four years in office was climaxed by a stand-off with FAZ president Teddy Mulonga.

The former Zambia captain and coach, said he had a strong conviction that FAZ was capable of sustaining itself through maximising on its marketing potential to develop the game and rehabilitate former footballers who are now languishing.

He noted with regret that while he had earned his livelihood all his life, some players he shared glory with have been floundering and can barely survive.

“It makes me sad to see to see former national team players cast aside when their playing days come to an end and sacked every so often when they try to earn a livelihood as coaches,” Kalusha said.

While keeping his broader vision close to his chest, Kalusha said he would ensure returned players are trained in either business enterprises or form a trust fund to assist them.

“These people brought joy and glory to a lot of hearts, some long gone but yet we are the first to laugh in their hour of need,” Kalusha said.

Kalusha has played professional football in all continents bar Australia, with his peak being at PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, a team he joined after leaving his first station in Europe – Cercle Brugge of Belgium which he joined at the end of 1985 when he left Mufulira Wanderers.

His football skills also took him to Mexican giants Nexaca, Correcaminos and Vera Cruz when he made an impact with his wizardly left foot.


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By Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka

Image of the proposed stadium in Ndola

Teams might train in the stadium ahead of the 2010 World Cup

The Zambian and Chinese governments have signed an agreement for the construction of a 40,000-seater stadium in northern Zambia.

The signing ceremony follows a visit by a Chinese delegation to carry out feasibility studies at the construction site.

Delegation leader Zhang Zijun and Bizwayo Nkunika, the permanent secretary in Zambia’s ministry of works and supply, signed on behalf of the two governments.

The stadium, which will be constructed in Ndola in the Copperbelt province, will cost an estimated $70 million.

Sports minister Gabriel Namulambe said the country’s biggest-ever arena will be ready before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“The signing ceremony marks the beginning of the construction works,” he announced at the signing ceremony in Lusaka.

“This country will benefit from South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup if the stadium is completed.

“I am calling upon the private sector to come on board because we need a five-star hotel next to the stadium.”

Chinese ambassador to Zambia Li Qiangmin assured that the construction of the stadium would be completed before 2010.

But the signing ceremony will do little to cushion the nation’s current stadium crisis.

Zambia may play home matches away

Fifa has declared the Independence Stadium in Lusaka unfit to host matches, and Zambia may have to play their 2010 World Cup home qualifiers outside the country.

A parliamentary committee has also recommended the razing down of the stadium.

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Government salutes Chipolopolo boys

By James Muyanwa and Brenda Katongola

frontpic.jpgTHE Government has congratulated the Zambia national soccer team for qualifying to the 2008 African Cup of Nations finals after Sunday’s 3-1 win over South Africa and challenged them to bring the continental title back home following their splendid performance.

Chief Government Spokesperson, Mike Mulongoti said in Lusaka yesterday that the qualification was a surprise and a consoling victory especially coming barely three days after the burial of the late former national team player, Chaswe Nsofwa, who died in Israel last week after collapsing during a training session for his Division Two side Happoel Beersheba.

Mulongoti, who is Information and Broadcasting Services minister, said to ensure that the Chipolopolo brought the Africa Cup to Zambia for the first time, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) should start preparations for the Ghana finals now and the Government was expecting the association to draw up a budget for the preparations which it would look at.

He pledged the Government’s continued support to the sport and called on all stakeholders to rally behind the team and support it financially and otherwise saying that the responsibility was not just for the Government alone.

When asked if the Government was considering honouring the Chipolopolo players in any way, Mulongoti said that he could not commit himself to that but that Cabinet would look into the matter.

Asked if it was necessary to engage an expatriate coach after the team qualified under the guidance of a local one, Mulongoti said that the Government would continue to listen to those who were for and those who were against the idea before declaring its stance.

And soccer fans have continued to congratulate the national team for qualifying to the 2008 Ghana MTN-sponsored Africa Cup of Nations after defeating South Africa ’s Bafana Bafana 3-1 on Sunday in Cape Town .

FAZ treasurer, Rix Mweemba hailed the team for the good result and for making it to Ghana saying, South Africa have tested the bitterness of the loss that Zambia suffered in October last year in the first leg when they beat the chipolopolo boys 1-0 at Independence stadium in Lusaka.

In a repeat of the African qualifying competition, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles had too much experience for their Zambian opponents, the Copper Bullets, who battled bravely before going down to a 2-1 defeat.

The eagerly-anticipated all-African showdown, taking place on 12 July in Ottawa, did not take long to get going. Nigeria, runners-up at Netherlands 2005, struck the first blow after just three minutes, a powerful header from Uwa Echiejile doing the damage.

Zambia, meanwhile, appeared somewhat out of their depth, keeper Jacob Banda having to be at his agile best to prevent the Flying Eagles extending their lead. However, a moment’s indecision in the Nigerian backline let in Emmanuel Mayuka, who crossed for Rodgers Kola to level the game on the 33-minute mark.

The stormy conditions that had plagued the first half eased after the interval, the sun finally emerging from behind the clouds. And with it came the decisive goal, Chukwuma Akabueze powering home a strike on 57 minutes worthy of winning any game. The scoreline would stay that way, despite the host of clear-cut chances that fell to both sides before the 90 minutes were up.

Next up for the Flying Eagles is a trip to Montreal, where they will face either Chile or Portugal in the quarter-finals. The Copper Bullets, for their part, can make the long journey back to Zambia with their … I guess the Nigerians had a lot of help from the North Koreans, thanks a trillion

Just how can the North Koreans teach our U-20 Chipolopolo Boys umupila? But that’s what we are being told they br-01-2.jpgwill offer expertise in. The North Koreans are nowhere in Canada where the best of the best have just advanced to the semi-finals and they will come to Zambia to offer technical expertise in “sports” we are told. Zambia beat Uruguay by 2 to nothing having drawn with Jordan earlier.


Our lads are doing just fine and thanks for asking but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it; so do the Texans say and I don’t think we need our cheer leaders from somewhere else because our Chipolopolo fans did a fabulous job both in Vancouver and Toronto.

What we need is to shun these North Koreans at all costs and our good top diplomat Honorable Lupudo Mwape can just tell them that we ain’t looking for new friends we are doing just fine with the ones we got …

We would hate to wake up some day and the world has been embroidered in a nuclear holocaust with North Korea at the helm using Zambian uranium … thanks a trillion

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr. 

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle 

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