Bafana Bafana-the hope of Southern Africa

The Bafana Bafana of South Africa is the only southern African nation in the 2022 Qatar FIFA world cup qualifiers that is still UNBEATEN.

Against all odds , south African is one leg into the playoffs of the qualifiers following their impressive run under new coach Hugo Broos who has changed the look and performance of the team after struggling in the Afcon qualifiers .

Broos who was appointed as head coach for the Bafana Bafana shortly after the nation’s failure to qualify to next year’s Africa cup of nations , has since started rebuilding the team by putting trust in young players majority of whom from the u23 team that represented the country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Yesterday South Africa thumped their neighbors and fellow southerners Zimbabwe by a goal to nil to extend their lead in group G with 3 points ahead of second placed Ghana who drew with Ethiopia to earn a point and sit at 10 points.

South Africa drew 0-0 with Zimbabwe in their group opener, thumped Ethiopia home and away and defeated Ghana at home to maintain a 100% UNBEATEN run in Group G.

They will now look to seal their qualification to the next round of the qualifiers this Sunday when they clash second placed Ghana in Kumasi in a match that is predicted by many as a mouth-watering encounter.

South Africa need only a point to proceed to the last 10 playoffs while Ghana will need maximum three points to stand a chance of remaining in the race to Qatar.

GERRALD BIDS FAREWELL TO SAKALA

Former England and Liverpool central midfielder Steven Gerrald has left Scottish champions Rangers fc to join premier league side, Aston villa on a 3- years contract.

Gerrald who joined Rangers as coach in 2018 and has won the premiership once has taken over from Dean Smith who was sacked last week following a poor streak of results recorded in five successive premier league matches.

While at Rangers, Gerrard signed Zambian rapid forward Fashion Sakala from Belgian club Kv Oostende during the last transfer window and described him as a “massive talent” who was going to help him achieve his project at the club.

Sakala went on to score five(5)goals in twelve (12) matches for Rangers and instantly won the English manager’s heart earning him a first eleven position in the team.

Sakala scored his first goal under Steven Gerrald against Spanish giants Real Madrid during a pre-season match which received massive accolades from accross the globe.

It arguably was the turning point for the 24-year Zambian who since that time has shown hunger to score goals every time he’s been on the pitch for Rangers.

While still under Gerrald Sakala also went on to score his first career club hatrick in the Scottish premiership and broke the record of the first Rangers FC player to reach the landmark since 2016.

It is a love story cut short for Gerrard and Sakala. Will this chemistry continue ?

“We’re both from the village but we’re here”- Sakala and Zambian president toast

sakala hands over a signed Rangers jersey to president Hichilema

Rangers fc weekend hattrick hero Fashion Sakala jr met newly elected Republican President of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema who is on a working visit in Glasgow , Scotland and shared a light moment together.

The President congratulated Sakala who banged a hattrick in Rangers’ 1-6 away thumping of Motherwell in the Scottish premiership and encouraged the 24-year old rapid striker to invest his finances.

The Zambian president emphasized on the need to invest their money and encouraged Sakala to continue working hard and inspire other talented young Zambians.

“The country and all of us a proud of you and wish you the very best. I lived around here and we always admired Glasgow rangers, they have always been a very good team, you joined the right team.

“Keep on working hard; hard work pays and manage your finances well, invest because days are not the same, some day you score goals but 10-15 years you may not do the same so you can always change things- investing is a good idea, look after your money and your money will look after you, thats how it works.”

-President Hakainde Hichilema

“The boy from the village has met the president, its an honor for me and I am proud of you Mr President.

“Looking at your life, you are a hero. When I saw about your history , its almost like mine. You are a big example to many Zambians that nothing is impossible.

“You lost many times but never gave , you believed in God and thats what is important. You are an inspiration to many of us who come from the village but now we are here.”

-Fashion sakala

Sakala later presented a signed Rangers fc jersey, scurf and many other gifts to the President for sparing time out of his busy schedule to appreciate his talent.

“We’re both from the village but we’re here”- Sakala and Zambian president toast

sakala hands over a signed Rangers jersey to president Hichilema

Rangers fc weekend hattrick hero Fashion Sakala jr met newly elected Republican President of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema who is on a working visit in Glasgow , Scotland and shared a light moment together.

The President congratulated Sakala who banged a hattrick in Rangers’ 1-6 away thumping of Motherwell in the Scottish premiership and encouraged the 24-year old rapid striker to invest his finances.

The Zambian president emphasized on the need to invest their money and encouraged Sakala to continue working hard and inspire other talented young Zambians.

“The country and all of us a proud of you and wish you the very best. I lived around here and we always admired Glasgow rangers, they have always been a very good team, you joined the right team.

“Keep on working hard; hard work pays and manage your finances well, invest because days are not the same, some day you score goals but 10-15 years you may not do the same so you can always change things- investing is a good idea, look after your money and your money will look after you, thats how it works.”

-President Hakainde Hichilema

“The boy from the village has met the president, its an honor for me and I am proud of you Mr President.

“Looking at your life, you are a hero. When I saw about your history , its almost like mine. You are a big example to many Zambians that nothing is impossible.

“You lost many times but never gave , you believed in God and thats what is important. You are an inspiration to many of us who come from the village but now we are here.

-Fashion sakala

Sakala later presented a signed Rangers fc jersey, scurf and many other gifts to the President for sparing time out of his busy schedule to appreciate his talent.

Zambian Celebrity singer goes ‘Gaga’ over Daka,Banda goal celebrations.

Zambian singer Wezi mhone alas @Weziheartsound has taken to social media to recreate the trending goal celebrations of in-form chipolopolo players Patson Daka of Leicester city and Midfielder Emmanuel Banda of swedish club Djurgardens IF.

The singer who has now earned herself recognition as Zambian footballers’ top fan has recreated the goal celebrations as a way of showing support to the Zambian players who are exploding in Europe scoring goals week-in-week-out.

Patson Daka who scored a record four goals in his last UEFA Europa league match and Zambia’s first goal in the English premier league , explained his goal celebration which has now gone viral among european fans as “the full armor of God” that shields him from evil scemes.

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And recently, Daka’s chipolopolo teammate whom they won the 2017 U20 Africa cup of nations together also displayed his new goal celebration which is similar to the red-hot Leicester city striker.

The Djurgardens IF Midfielder took time to explain his goal celebration on Facebook after scoring a winning goal for his club over the weekend.

The Zambian singer once again took to her social media account to hype the young Midfielder who has regained form and taking the Swedish league by storm.

It’s safe to say, the singer is arguably the biggest fan of Zambian super stars in Europe as evidenced by her unediting support for the boys on her social media accounts.

DAKA WINS EUROPA LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD

Zambian and Leicester city red-hot striker Patson Daka has been voted UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE player of the week following his electric performance in Leicester’s 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow in Russia on Thursday.

The fast rising striker scored a haul for the Leicester side that came from two goals down to thump Spartak Moscow 2-4 away from home.

Barely days after after he became the first Zambian to score in the premier league when he netted his debut league goal in Leicester colours, Daka also became the first Zambian to score a hatrick in any major European competition excluding qualifiers.

The former Power dynamos and kafue Celtics player also became the first Leicester city player in 63 years to score four goals in one match a landmark which was last achieved by Derek Hines.

The 23-year old who rose through the ranks from Austrain giants Red bull Salzburg now holds the record for the fastest hattrick in both the Austrian Bundesliga (11 minutes) and the Europa League (9 minutes).

Meanwhile, his Cameroonian counterpart Karl Ekambi who was also nominated for the Uefa europa league player of the week awards, has been voted number three in the polls.

Ekambi who plays for French club, Lyon FC netted brace last night in the Europa league and is the leading goal scorer in the competition.

The history of Zambian players in England

The weekend left debates among Zambians following Leicester city striker Patson Daka’s debut premier league goal which has been widely recognized as Zambia’s first goal in the English top flight league.

BUT WHO WAS THE FIRST ZAMBIAN TO PLAY IN ENGLAND ?

The first Zambian players to play in England were Freddie Mwila and Emment Kapengwe who were signed by Aston villa fc after impressing in the United States at Atalanta chiefs fc.

Mwila caught the eye of Aston villa after he scored three goals for Atlanta chiefs against Manchester city in two consecutive friendly matches.

Kapengwe played just three games in claret and blue and Mwila only one as Villa were relegated to Division 3 for the first time. Both returned to Zambia at the end of the 1969/70 season, nine months after arriving in England.

The two never played in the English top flight league as they only featured for Aston villa in the lower tier.

WHO THEN WAS THE FIRST ZAMBIAN TO PLAY IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?

NIEL Gregory who was born in Ndola city on the Copperbelt province of Zambia in 1972 from English parents is recognized as the first Zambian to play in the premier league.

Gregory is the first player with Zambian descent to play in the English Top flight league with Ipswich city in 1991/1990 season.

Gregory in action against Sunderland.

He made three appearances for Ipswich city and never scored or assisted in the Premier league.

Collins Mbesuma during his debut appearance

On 12th July, 2005 then Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin was spotted a young Collins Mbesuma who was in his prime in the south African league banging goals week in week out. He signed him for a three-year deal but did not join the English immediately following work permit issues due to low ranking of the Zambia National Soccer Team until late into pre-season.

Mbesuma only made four appearances , all coming from the bench as he never started a match for Portsmouth in the 2005–06 season premier league.

Mbesuma is however, the first Zambian to play in the English premier league since the country got her independence in 1964 .

Emmanuel Mayuka in action for Southampton in the premier league

Emmanuel Mayuka was the third Zambian to play in the premier league after he joined Southampton in 2012 following his brilliant performance at the 2012 African cup of Nations.

Mayuka made 16 appearances for Southampton but never scored all assisted in any of the matches and only two non-competitive goals for the club.

On 30 July 2015, manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that Mayuka ‘had no future at Southampton’, and he was removed from the first-team, having failed to score in any of his 16 league appearances for Southampton.

Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu

After over a decade, Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu became the fourth and firth Zambian players to play in the Premier league.

Mwepu and Daka made their debuts this season after they were both signed from Red Bull Salzburg by Brighton and Hove Albion fc and Leicester city fc.

Patson Daka celebrates after scoring against Manchester united fc.

With Daka’s goal against Manchester united fc on Saturday when Leicester city thrashed united 4-2 at the king power , he became the first Zambian to score in the premier league.

Vardy proud of Daka, Sends him message

Zambian forward Patson Daka on Saturday became the first Zambian in football history to score in the English premier league when he opened his Leicester city deadlock against Manchester United.

The 24-year old Leicester city summer signing who has now scored 28 goals in 30 league appearances for both his former Club Red Bull Salzburg and Leicester city went in the history books as the first Zambian to ever find the back of the net in the English top flight league.

Daka scored the fourth goal in additional time from a Youri Tielesman free kick as he beat Manchester’s Harry Maguire to bake a soft tap-in behind the back of the net in the right corner after being introduced in the 77th minute as Leicester city thumped United 4-2 at the king power stadium.

He is only the firth  player from his country to take part in the competition, after Neil Gregory (Ipswich Town), Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton)  Collins Mbesuma (Portsmouth) and Enock Mwepu who currently plays for Brighton Hove and Albion.

Other Zambians that featured for English clubs include Fred Mwila and Emenet Kapengwe who both played for Aston Villa in the lower division of English football for only a season.

The former Zambian super league side Kafue Celtics and power Dynamos player, has also made his team mates send him congratulatory messeges on his achievement with the notable one being Jarmie Vardy who is seen as his predecessor in the next coming seasons at the club.

Vardy Congratulates Daka on his Instagram story.

The English red hot striker Vardy, took to his social media platforms to congratulate Daka who was signed as his long term successor and also told the press how he was “over the moon” for him.

Vardy comments on DAKA’s goal- courtesy of Football Daily

“It’s brilliant for him (Daka) , he’s been working so hard in training and he knows that when he comes in , it’s about making an impact and you’ve seen what it meant for him with the celebration.”

-Jarmie Vardy on Daka’s debut premier league goal.

Vardy who also scored his seventh league goal yesterday to get tied with Mohammed Salah as league top scorer , confessed that he was over the moon for Daka.

“I am absolutely over the moon for him and there will be more that will come from Patson I am sure. “

-Jarmie Vardy

According to Patson Daka, his goal was only a dream come true and he is looking forward to scoring more. He added that it was good for his confidence as he continues to adapt in the premier league.

New season , Same Nkana, Likulu ku Wire

The Zambian super league kicked off this weekend with ten matches played. However, the super league’s record winners Nkana football club lost their first league match at home  to Nkwazi football club who beat them by three goals to two. 

Nkwazi opened their score line in the 3rd and 7th minutes through Christopher Zulu and Nelson Mwila before Alex Bazo Ngo’nga pulled one back for Kalampa in the first half, sending the Zambia Police side in the lead at the break.


In the second half Nkana’s Ngo’nga scored again to complete his brace in the 71st minute to make it two all draw but it was in vain as Steven Matuma made it three for the Zambia police sponsored side to end the game 3-2. 

It was a horrible debut for Zambian legendary goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene’s nephew Brandley Mweene who was newly singed by the Kitwe giants from Portugal as he conceded three goals in his first match for the club.

Nkana last season nearly got relegated from the Zambian top flight league and only survived on D-Day. However , it seems as though the Zambian giants will again be bullied in the super league this season.

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