Thursday, August 29, 2019
- One of the football icons in Africa and Zambia, Kalusha Bwalya was born on August 16, 1963 in Zambia.
- In 1979, he started his career playing for the national club Mufulira Blackpool for one season and then joined the national club Mufulira Wanderers for two seasons.
- He then started his journey in Europe playing for the Belgian Cercle Brugge for four seasons.
- Then he joined the Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for four years, till he moved to the Mexican side America. In Mexico, he also played for Irapuato, Veracruz and Correcaminos.
- With Zambia national team, Bwalya participated in the 1988 Olympic Games, making a stunning performance against Italy, scoring a hat-trick in Zambia’s 4/0 win.
- Fortunately, Bwalya was not on the ill-fated plane of the Zambia’s national team that crashed into the Atlantic in 1993, killing the entire team and management.
- However, Kalusha Bwalya re-built the national team of Zambia and led them to the AFCON finales in 1994 before losing to Nigeria.
- In the next tournament in 1996, Zambia finished three and Bwalya won the Golden Boot Award as the top scorer.
- He coached Zambia’s team in the 2006 AFCON in Egypt, but resigned after they were eliminated from the first round.
- He was elected president of the Football Association of Zambia from 2008 till 2016 and currently he is a standing member of both the FIFA and the CAF.
- In 1988, the French Magazine France Football picked him as the African Footballer of the Year and in 1996, he was voted the 12th best player in the FIFA World Player of the Year.