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Rapid striker Fashion Sakala scored his third goal in the Scottish cup on his third appearance in the competition to honor Zambia’s fourth republican President Rupiah Banda who died on Friday last week after battling colon cancer.

On Saturday, Sakala sent his Messege of condolences to the Banda family and his fellow Zambians .

“My deepest sympathy go out to the of a fantastic role model and great leader of our nation HIS EXCELLENCE MR RUPHIAH BAND. May God grant the family of our leader strength and comfort.”

President Ruphiah Banda who died at age 85 , was a staunch soccer fan and once served as chairman for the football Association of Zambia before he became president.

Ruphiah Banda (on the far left) looks on as the then incumbent President Micheal Sata lifts AFCON trophy in 2012. (PHOTO COURTESY: Lusaka times)

In 2012 when the chipolopolo boys reached the final of the Africa cup for the first time, the former President requested the then incumbent president Micheal sata to include him on the delegation that went to libravile , Gabon to cheer the boys who eventually won the biggest African football trophy for the first time in the country’s history.

Ruphiah Banda being presented his Rangers jersey gift from Fashion Sakala.

When Sakala moved to Rangers fc, he gifted the former President of Zambia , a Rangers fc jersey to honor his undying support for Zambian football players.

Sakala has continued his fine form at Rangers as he has now better three goals in three matches of the Scottish cup for the Rangers side that have since qualifiers to the semi finals after thumping Dundee 3-0.

He scored the third goal of the match after coming on as a second half substitute to seal Ranger’s victory in the cup game.

Published by Calvin Kaumba Chikenge

I am a journalist. passionate about culture , sports and developmental story writing.

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