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Kalusha Bwalya
Kalusha Bwalya
Kalusha Bwalya
zam Zambia
Past Teams
Mufulira Blackpool, Mufulira Wanderers, Zambia
August 16, 1963

Kalusha Bwalya born on the 16th August 1963 in Mufulira, Kalusha Bwalya was named African Footballer of the Year in 1988 by France Football Magazine and was voted 14th in the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards.

Kalusha Bwalya was part of the Olympic team that emerged famous in Korea in 1988. He scored the famous hat trick and his team Zambia went on to beat Italy 4-0. Great Kalu is the most capped Zambia national team player. He appeared in 147 international matches and scored 100 goals from 1983 to 2004.

From 2003 he was appointed as head coach for the Zambian team. After 2006 leaving the coach position Kalusha would become FAZ President the position he only lost in 2016.

Read More: What led to Kalusha Bwalya Lose as FAZ President

Bwalya played in six African Cup of Nations and was the Zambian coach for the 2006 edition. He currently serves as a standing committee member at FIFA, the Confederation of African Football.

However in August 2018 Kalusha Bwalya was slapped with a two year ban from all football activities.

The FIFA adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee found him guilty of having violated article 16 (Confidentiality) and article 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) of the FIFA Code of Ethics. Its alleged that Kalu received monies as a gift from the Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam.

Kalusha has played for some of the best clubs in the world and has achieved  Africa’s most prestigious Football Award of the ‘African Footballer of the Year’. He rebuilt the Zambian National Team after losing all his team mates in the Gabon Crash.

He captained his National team as well as coached it from 2003 – 2006. During his coaching the Zambia national men’s team climbed FIFA rankings by 11 points.

Also during his captainship marked some of the years Zambia was ever best ranked at FIFA World Ranking. FIFA/Coca Cola world ranking put Zambia at 21 both in 1994 and 1997. And 20th position gotten in 1996 still stand as the best ranking Zambia has ever achieved.


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