Zambian football icon Kalusha Bwalya has been honored for his outstanding contribution to football in Zambia and the African continent as a whole.

Gauteng Province Premier David Makhura awarded Bwalya together with other 22 former African footballers and football administrators at the legends dinner awards in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday.

Makhura said Kalusha was honored for being the only southern African footballer to have won the coveted African footballer of the year in 1988.

He noted that Kalusha was also known for his fighting spirit of helping to put together a brand new Zambian national team following the 1993 Gabon air crash that claimed the lives of the entire national team.

Makhura added that Kalusha deserved the premier’s award of social cohesion games as it was during his tenure as president of Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) that he led his team to become African champions in 2012.

He said Kalusha together with the other 22 football legends from Cameroon and South Africa contributed to national building and the liberation of Cameroon and South Africa through the medium of sport.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba said Zambia was proud of Kalusha Bwalya of his immense achievements as a soccer player and administrator.

Speaking at the same event Bwalya thanked the Gauteng Province government for the recognition of his contribution to the development of football in Zambia and African continent.

He said it was his privilege to have been with the Zambia National Team from his teenage till his retirement (1982-2000) and hoped that more Zambians would be supported in their football careers.

This is contained in Press statement released to ZANIS by Secretary Press and Public Relations Naomi Nyawali at Zambia’s High Commission in South Africa.

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