REMINISCENCE FOOTBALL MEMORIES..

FRIDAY JUNE 14 2019

DENNIS LOTA (OF BLESSED MEMORIES)*

Born 8th November 1973 in Kitwe, Copperbelt Province of Zambia. Started his professional career with Zanaco Football club in 1989 before leaving for Nchanga Rangers at the beginning of the 1991 season where he played as a midfielder.

Later on he left Nchanga Rangers to join Kabwe Warriors after a failed attempt to rejoin Zanaco. Just after one season in kabwe, he left to Join Konkola Blades after never Settling at Kabwe Warriors.

It was at Konkala Blades where he was transformed from a midfielder to a lethal striker who went on to win the Golden boot in 1995 and later became an Attractive target for international clubs.

Dennis Lota then Joined Orlando Pirates where he became an accomplished Striker in front of goal and particularly his celebration (rubbing his palms against each other), earned him the nickname “Chesa Mpama” amongst the Pirates supporters (loosely translated as “hot slap” in Zulu, one of the 11 official languages in South Africa.

He went on to win the prestigious Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot in the 1999/00 Season Whilst playing for the Buccaneers.

He was part of the Zambia National Teams Africa cup of Nations in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002 and at the 2002 African Cup of Nations, Dennis played alongside his brother Charles Lota in a very deadly Zambian attack formation.

Between 1994–2002 during his National team career playing for Zambia,he made a total of 78 Appearances and Scoring 21.

The Late great Former Zambian International played over a hundred games for Orlando Pirates between 1998 and 2002 and also had spells at a number of other South African clubs including Moroka Swallows, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Witbank Aces, FC AK, Amazulu and Dangerous Darkies.

In 2011, Moroka Swallows elevated him from their reserve side to the first team as one of the assistant coaches. Dennis Lota was last on the Moroka Swallows bench in a mid week match against Kaizer Chiefs which Swallows lost to Chiefs 2-0.

The Late Great Former Zambia international At his time of death was Moroka Swallows assistant coach. Dennis Lota was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital after what initially looked like a minor illness but passed on in the early hours of Tuesday 4th February 2014 at age 40.

“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?,heroes never Die…There is no death anywhere. People die only when we forget them,’ ‘If you can still remember them, they will be with us always.”

1 COMMENT

  1. Denis what a striker! You forgot to say he was the first Zambian to score in the European Champions League when he had a short stint with Swiss side Sion before going back to SA! May He Rest in Blissful Peace. . . . .

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