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Kalale: Following his father’s footsteps


HE is one of the few players who survived the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Under-17 Championship debacle.
When the Zambia under-17 national team was disqualified from the COSAFA Championship in Mauritius last month, Musonda Kalale thought his future with the junior squad was doomed.
“That ordeal was something that no one would be proud of. We went to Mauritius with a vision and to be sent off just like that was something none of us expected. We were all affected but it happened,” Musonda says.
Zambia’s performance at the regional championship raised suspicion, with some teams questioning the legitimacy of some of the players.
It was because of the concerns by other teams that forced the regional body to undertake an independent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to ascertain the age of some junior Chipolopolo players.
Unfortunately, the team was caught napping as two players who were tested failed the age legitimacy tests.
Back home, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) decided to disband the entire squad and called new players.
The new team, however, was not as fresh because some of the players like Musonda were retained although they were subjected to further MRI scans under the supervision of a Confederation of African Football accredited doctor.
After going through further scrutiny, the attacking midfielder’s hope was rekindled.
He was back in the team and was part of the makeshift squad that held Sudan to a goalless draw in the second round first leg at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on August 7.
Born on March 31, 2000, Musonda is currently in grade 12 at Chambishi Secondary School on the Copperbelt.
He is third in a family of six.
Coming from a mining town, Musonda’s passion is in heavy-duty machinery. He wants to specialise in handling heavy-duty machinery as his dream is to work for the mines.
Being in his final grade, Musonda is cautious about his football career and strives to strike a balance with schoolwork.
“I don’t want my education to suffer just as much as I don’t want to mess up my football career. I always find a way to balance the two. If I am in camp with the team, I always find time to study and ensure I am up to date with school work,” he says.
Football runs in Musonda’s blood. His father Bernard is a former defensive midfielder, who featured for Chambishi, Vitafoam, Roan United and Nchanga Rangers.
His two brothers Kunda and Changwe are also Chambishi players although the latter is currently inactive after surviving a road traffic accident in December 2014.
“Football is not new to me, my dad was a footballer and two of my brothers also play football. My being a footballer just came naturally because it runs in us,” he says.
Musonda started playing football in 2005 with Chambishi Rising Stars before joining Chambishi Youth Academy in 2010.
He graduated to the main team in 2015.
Musonda was drafted into the under-17 national team through the Airtel Talent Search last year.
He wants to play professional football with South African side Orlando Pirates and English side Manchester United.
Manchester United defensive midfielder Michael Carrick is Musonda’s role model.
He is inspired by Carrick’s style of play and believes the Englishman is one of the best midfielders in the English league.
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