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Lungu salutes Kalu

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu has congratulated Football Association of Zamb i a ( FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya for being among the 10 Africans in the soccer Hall of Fame.
Kalusha was on Saturday evening named among the African soccer greats by Africa 10, an organisation chaired by former United Nations secretary general Koffi Annan at a ceremony in England.
The President posted on his Facebook page yesterday that Kalusha’s recognition is good news for the country.
“We are on our way to Nabwalya, one of the most rural places in our country. Nabwalya is in Mfuwe constituency under Mpika district. Today, we woke up to the good news that one of our national sports heroes, Kalusha Bwalya, is among 10 Africans honoured and awarded the recognition in the soccer Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Great Kalu,” Lungu said.
FAZ communic a t i o n s manager Nkweto Tembwe said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that Africa 10 has honoured Kalusha and nine others for their contribution to the development of the game on the continent.
Kalusha, who is also a Confederation of African Football executive committee member, has been honoured for his illustrious football career spanning over 30 years.
Kalusha is the only player from Southern Africa to win the African best player award in 1988 and led Zambia to the runners-up position at the 1994 Tunisia Africa Cup of Nations, 11 months after the Gabon air crash that claimed the lives of the country’s best players.
Africa 10 is aimed at recognising sportsmen and women in Africa that have given their all to better sport on the continent.
Others honoured are Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure both from Ivory Coast , Samuel Eto’o, Roger Milla both Cameroon, Abedi Pele (Ghana), Nwanko Kanu, Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha both from Nigeria, Rabah Major (Algeria) and George Weah (Liberia).



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