Charles Musonda was born on August22, 1969 in Mufulira. To many he is regarded as the greatest attacking midfielder Zambia has ever produced. At Anderlecht he became to be known as champagne Charly because of his champagne football and master class passes he produced while in Zambia he known as Charlie Cool.
During his days at mighty Mufulira wanderers, he played alongside 1988 African footballer of Year Kalusha Bwalya, Emmanuel Munaile (Malole MP, 2006- ), late Efford Chabala and Ashious Melu. In 1984, Charlie cool was part of the mighty side under former international Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu that won the BP challenge cup and the then 15 year old wizard was very instrumental.
In 1986, the Football Association of Zambia (Rupiah Banda was part of FAZ executive) spotted two special talents (Kalusha Bwalya, 23 and Musonda, 17) and sent them to Belgium side Cercle Brugge. Kalusha went on to play for PSV while Musonda was snapped up by Belgium giants Anderlecht just after one season at Brugge where he made 19 appearances for the club. At Anderlecht he won the Belgium cup twice and in 1991 he lifted the Belgium first division title. The Mufulira born midfielder stayed at the club up to the95/96 season despite being in and out of the team. In 1996/97 season he was loaned to Sacramento Scorpions (USA) where he played alongside former Nigeria captain Stephen Keshi. In 1997, Musonda left Anderlecht after 10 years and he sighed for Energie Cottbus in the Germany Second division.
Musonda made his international debut in 1984 just aged 15, in the East and Central Senior Challenge Cup. The KK XI Squad won the cup and Musonda received rave views. The highlight of his international career was at the Seoul 88 Olympics where the KK11 crashed Guatemala by 4 goals to nil before embarrassing the Paolo maldini Italy team by the same margin in which Kalusha scored a hatrick.(watch the video by going to www.zambianfootball.blogspot.comand search for Italy vs Zambia 1988}.
In 1993, was called-up by his national coach Godfrey’UCAR’Chitalu, Anderlecht team manager asked Musonda to refuse the invitation and to play for Anderlecht, which Musonda did. On its way to Senegal, the Zambia Air Force plane which was carrying the Zambia national team in Gabon and no passengers survived the crash. Charlie Cool’s last game for the Chipolopolo boys was against Morocco in 1993. Rumour has it that he was in the squad to face South Africa at Independence stadium in 1996 but due to differences with Kalusha who was the captain by then ,could not feature.
Musonda had 48 caps to his 9 year career with the copper bullets and his currently a youth team coach at Anderlecht.
His local critics are still not convinced by his potential but his convincing goals, focus and all-round teamwork has won the hearts of many with attributes rarely seen in the league in recent times.
Jacob mulenga was born 12th February, 1984 in kitwe. By the time he was 20 years old, the powerful striker had already represented zambia at all levels. Jacob was a member of famous under-17 and 20 that included Rainford Kalaba, Clifford Mulenga, Felix Katongo, Nkausu and Ignatius Lwipa. He was also capped four times at under-23 level were he scored two goals in the 2004 Athens olympic qualifiers as Peter Kaumba side narrowly missed out on qualification to Ghana.
In the 2003 Mulenga alongside Kalaba and Lwipa, guided the then division one side Afrisport to promotion into Zambia’s premier league as the Kitwe born scored an incredible 32 goals. At start of the new Zambian 2004 premier season in April, the 19 year scored four goals in three games and this led to the then national team coach, Kalusha Bwalya to give him his debut against Sudan in may 2004.
Kalusha took many soccer fans by surprise as he gave him a starting Berth in a 2006 world cup qualifier against the Emmanuel Adebayor led Togo. But at full time the energetic and pacey striker scored the only goal of the game. A month later, he scored an acrobatic bicycle kick against Mauritius in a cosafa castle cup match.
The Zambian hitman made one of the biggest transition on any Zambian player from the lower ranks of Zambian league straight into the European league. Jacob became the second Zambian player to break into the French league at any level since midfield genius Andrew Tembo had a brief spell at Olympique de Marseille in 1994.In December 2003,Jacob together with Collins Mbesuma spent trials at French ligue 1 side Stade Rennes but were unsuccessful.
During the summer of 2004,Jacob with Billy Mwanza had a 3 week long trial with another French side Bastia but again that fell. Bastia’s loss was to be Chatearoux gain as he sighed a four year deal in 2004.In the 2004/05,Jacob had an injury plagued season as he only made 17 appearances and scored five goals. In the 2005/06 he scored six goals in 25 games and he made 27 appearances in next season scoring seven goals.
After an impresive campaign with chateauroux, Mulenga sighed for French ligue 1 side Racing Strasbourg in August 2007.
The former Afrisports talisman has become a vital member of the chipolopolo boys though he missed the 2006 African cup of Nations through injury. After a missing for a year, Jacob made was recalled to the squad in 2007 and he did not disappoint the fans as he scored the first goal and had a hand in the other two.Mulenga was part of the Chipolopolo boys squad that whitewashed Bafana bafana in september.
Name: Mayuka Emmanuel Age : 16 Club : Kabwe warriors(ZAM) Honours: FIFA Under-20 Last 16(CANADA 2007) Caps U-20: 4
Caps U-23: 1 International: 1
International Debut: Zambia vs Mozambique (29th September 2007) International Goal: 1
Emmanuel Mayuka was born in 1990 in Kabwe. Mayuka was part of the fantastic class of 2007 under-20 which included Fwayo Tembo, Clifford Mulenga, Sebastian Mwansa, William Njovu, Stophira Sunzu, Joseph Zimba, Rogers Kola, Jacob Banda, Nyambe Mulenga, and Dennis Banda.
Mayuka was the youngest player at the U-20 World youth cup and the only school boy in the team. Despite not scoring at the championship many soccer pundits and fans acknowledged his contribution to the best under-20 squad Zambia’s has ever produced. Mayuka was not part of U-20 that had earlier on participated at the African Youth cup in Congo were Zambia came out fourth and this meant that the teenage sensation was not in the starting XI for coach George Lwandamina tutelage boys. But come the first game against Jordan, He was picked in the starting line up. The schoolboy international went on to start against Spain, in a must win match against Uruguay and a last 16 tie against Nigeria keeping the star player and African youth cup top scorer Fwayo Tembo.
Due to his impressive performances during the World Youth Cup a host of European clubs were after his signature and he attended trials at Germany Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin and English premier league Reading fc but things could not materialize.
The long awaited international debut finally came in the traditional COSAFA Castle cup. Its a cup tournament which almost the current chipolopolo boys made their debut. Mayuka scored the second goal as the copper bullets thrashed Mozambique three nil, the other two goals came from debutants William Njovu (under-20 teammate) and Noah Chivuta.
Mayuka, the only school boy to be capped as a full international joins another under-20 star Clifford Mulenga as the youngest ever to earn a full international at the age of 16. He also joins Collins Mbesuma (in a 4-2 win against Mozambique), Jacob Mulenga (against Togo) and Songwe Chalwe (against Sudan) to score on their debut.
Christopher katongo was born in Mufulira on 31st August in 1982. The combative player started his football career at Butondo football club in 1994 and he went to join Kalulushi Modern Stars in1999. It was while playing for Stars that renowned Zambian club Green Buffaloes sighed him in 2001. At Buffaloes under the tutelage of Coach George Lwandamina, Katongo became a key member of the squad as he propelled Buffaloes to the group stages of African Cup Winners Cup and he was named the top scorer.
In 2003, the young Katongo was given his first taste of international football by the then coach Patrick Phiri in an international friendly against Sudan. While being a key member of the under-23 squad that included Collins Mbesuma, Jacob Mulenga, Billy Mwanza, Songwe Chalwe, and Kalilo Kakonje, he became a vitalmember of the Chipolopolo boys that
failed to qualify to the 2004 edition of the African Cup of Nations. Many coaches still do not know what his best position is. At Buffaloes Lwandamina used katongo as an offensive midfielder, while Kalusha Bwalya (2003- 2006 coach) used him mainly as a right winger, the trend which Patrick Phiri continued except for the game against Bafana Bafana in which he scored a hatrick. Jomo Sono the owner of Jomo Cosmos use to interchange him depending on formations but mainly he played him as a lone striker. At Brondby, Katongo plays in the hole (as a second striker) the one he favours.
During the 2004/05, season katongo sighed for South African Premier League (PSL) side Jomo Cosmos alongside his younger brother Felix. At Cosmos, the ‘Enzenkosi’ faithful started to appreciate the Zambia Army soldier and they nicknamed ‘TSUNAMI’ because of his pacey and lethal abilities on goal. In his first season he scored 7 goals for his club and was named the club top scorer. During the 2005/06 season, the South African media looked for someone who could make an impact in the league after the departure of Collins ‘Ntofo-ntofo’ Mbesuma to Portsmouth but the burly striker’s name was not short-listed. Surprisingly his compatriot’s name, Davies Mwape then at Orlando Pirates (now at Jomo Cosmos) was listed. By the end of the season, Katongo scored 12 goals in the league, 2 short of the leading scorer in the PSL.
The 2006/07 was katongo’s biggest season as he single handedly propelled the Enzenkosi. Before the season, he attended trials at the then English Premier League club Watford and Scottish sides Aberdeen and Dundee United but things could not materialize. The midfielder cum striker was back at the ‘Enzenkosi’ and he tormented PSL defences as he on went to score an incredible 15 goals in 15 games and the ‘Enzenkosi’ faithful started to worship the Zambian international. The ever-critical South African media started to compare the Zambian hitman with compatriot Mbesuma who mesmerized and broke the scoring records in the PSL in the 2004/05 season. To some they believed that had katongo finished the season he could have broken the league scoring record. With such kind of prowess on goal Katongo became one of the hottest strikers on the continent and in January 2007, Danish giants Brondby captured him from under the noses of Portsmouth and several French clubs. The Zambian captain became the most expensive player the COSAFA surpassing all soccer exports including South Africa’s Benni McCarthy, Zambia’s Mbesuma, Charles Musonda and the legendary Kalusha Bwalya when Brondby paid roughly around K5.5Billion for his services to Jomo Cosmos.
By the time he was leaving Jomo Cosmos katongo was the leading scorer in the PSL were he had a goal game ratio and his coach, the former amabhakabhaka number ten predicted that the Zambian captain will come back and collect the golden boot award at the end of the season. Sono joked: “I don’t see anybody scoring 16 goals, Chris will come back to South Africa at the end of the season to fetch the award. Four months later Katongo was given the top scorer award by the PSL and he became the second Zambian to win it in three years.
Katongo was part of the Chipolopolo squad that participated at the 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt were he scored against Ted Dumitre’s Bafana Bafana at the tournament. He also captained Zambia to its triumph of the COSAFA castle cup in 2006. The brondby sensational almost broke the hearts of many Bafana Bafana fans as he put his name in the Zambian football history books when he scored a hatrick inside the first 20 minutes in Cape Town in a Ghana 2008 qualifier. The Rainbow nation needed calculators to qualify as best losers. Katongo became the third national team player to score a hatrick for Zambia in the post Gabon disaster era. The first to achieve was Great Kalu against Burkina Faso in ’96 then it was Mbesuma in Congo Brazzaville.
Because of his achievement in football the Zambia Army commander promoted him from a corporal to a sergent in September 2007 just after his antics against South Africa.
The British press once dubbed him ‘the African hurricane’ and in South Africa they called him 'Ntofo Ntofo' - a not too complimentary reference to his bulky frame.
However, there is no doubt that Zambia's Collins Mbesuma stormed South Africa's footballing scene unlike any other player of the last decade.
He set new standards in front of goal but more importantly, propelled his club Kaizer Chiefs to a second successive premier league title.
That did not look possible for a few months but Mbesuma's goal scoring spree ensured Chiefs their title, including a hatrick on the opening match of the season against Dynamos and another hatrick past former Bafana Bafana and Fulham goalkeeper Arense Andre’ against Sundown and both goals in a last decisive end-of-season match against Bloemfontein Celtic.
Mbesuma scored 35 goals in the season - a new record set since the unification of the country's professional league in 1978. There was 25 in the league, which won him the Golden Boot award, plus ten in cup competitions. In addition, he was named South Africa’s footballer of year. Mbesuma had boldly predicted a personal haul of 40 at the start of the campaign but by the end of June 2005, he had scored 44 goals for both club and country. He scored five goals in the 2006 world cup qualifiers and four goals in the cosafa castle cup. And this made him the hottest striker on the continent.
Strong, Pacey and with a lethal left foot, Mbesuma quickly graduated from under-23 international level into Zambia's World Cup team.
His performances for the Olympic team caught the attention of Kaizer Chiefs who bought him in January from Roan United in Zambia, where he averaged a goal every other game. He scored on his debut in South Africa's premier league in the 2003/04 season against Black Leopards but injured himself in the process and spent several weeks on the sidelines. Chiefs' Romanian-born coach Ted Dumitru is full of praise for Mbesuma.
"He's composed, creative, very fast and aggressive and his position in attacking situations is better than most strikers I have seen," he said.
The striker had also impressed greatly for his country in the qualifying programme for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and he scored a hatrick on his full debut against Congo as he defied all odds by breaking the Congolese’s 15 years unbeaten home record at their spiritual stadium, massamba in Ponte Noire.
Mbesuma made a dream debut for Zambia in 2003 as he created two goals before scoring the last goal and had won four caps by the end of that year, while at the same time being a key member of Zambia's under-23 side that almost qualified for the Athens Olympics. The burly striker has gone on to score 11 goals in 21 appearances for zambia and was member of the chipolopolo squad that featured at 2006 African cup of nations.
Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya said: “He has a precious gift of knowing exactly how to score goals. It is a value that only the best strikers in the world have, and he has it. He doesn't panic in front of goal and he is able to place the ball when he is under pressure’’.
After such an achievement, a move to a more prestigious league looked assured, and indeed, it was enough to catch the eye of Sam Allardyce, the then manager of Bolton Wanderers. However, Collins was reluctant to take a trial at the club, feeling his quality was already proven, and so this allowed then-Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin to snap him up on a three-year contract in the summer of 2005.
Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie welcomed the goal-scoring ace’s move to Fratton Park,Storrie said on the club’s website after Mbesuma signed the deal.“What we have got is a player of exceptional talent who has been a goal-scoring machine in Africa and the player’s goal record says it all”. Storrie said on the club’s website after Mbesuma signed the deal“A lot of extremely big clubs across Europe showed an interest in the player and I am extremely happy we have got in for him when we did. “We have brought an exciting young talent to Pompey whose goal exploits had aroused more than a few clubs but I have to stress that he will need a period of adjustment.” Storrie added Work permit problems due to the low ranking of his country meant he was not given clearance to join the club until late into preseason.
The signing of Collins proved to be a mistake, and it was noted by many that he appeared overweight early in the season when playing for the reserve team. This was further supported by the fact that he never started a match for Portsmouth and only came on for four brief substitute appearances, all in the first half of the season. In July 2006 he began a season long loan with CS Marítimo where regained his form - netting in seven goals in 17 matches despite having an injury plagued season. He also won player of the month and finished as top scorer at his club.
Despite having, a fruitful season with the Portuguese side, the former Roan united and Amakhosi dribbling wizard signed a three-year deal with Turkish side, Bursapor in July 2007.