CAF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER, African soccer icon Kalusha Bwalya and FIFA Football consultant Emy Casaletti Bwalya have joined thousands of people to witness the inauguration ceremony of President Elect Edgar Chagwa Lungu

By Mphatso Tembo

FOOTBALL administrator Simataa Simataa says Zambia has lost a hero in Kalusha Bwalya who has entangled himself in football politics.

Commenting on Kalusha’s decision to give Chipolopolo skipper Rainford Kalaba the least votes during last week’s CAF footballer of year awards for African-based players, Simataa said he had for a long time feared for the former FAZ president’s fate in football administration, hence his advice to the 1988 African footballer of the year not to entangle himself in football politics.

He said the decisions Kalusha was making were taking away his achievements.

“…He was this country’s legend once upon a time but today, half the people don’t want to see him because of his political decisions he made. Today in the game of football, there are very few people who would look at him eye to eye over the decision he made over Kalaba,” Simataa said.

“That was my fear in 2003 before he joined football administration. I advised him when he consulted me that the country was going to lose a legend. Now, look at what we are discussing? Are we going to say ‘look at Kalusha but don’t look at his administration’?”

He added that Kalusha was not aware that the voting patterns would be made public.

“I don’t think he was aware that these votes would be publicised. In one of the newspapers, he tipped Kalaba to win but his actions did not support his words and he goes to vote for Kalaba as number three,” wondered Simataa.

Kalusha has not been available for comment as he has not responded to text messages sent to him


  1. Nobody is ever going to stop me from calling Kalu Great Galu.Haters suck my dick.Galu was African footballer of the year 1988,why can’t he swallow his pride and crown Kalaba?We have alot of respect for Kalu for putting Zed on the world map,but if he’s financialy retarded politics aint his thing.

  2. Kalu can not be call great becoz he has never won any africa cup or a champion league with any club.Kalaba has achved a lot than Kalu,just why he is not happy over Kalaba’s achvement.

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