Kalusha Bwayla, a legend of Zambian football has paid a tribute to his teammates, who 26 years ago they were killed in a plane crash traveling to Senegal for a 1994 World Cup qualifier.
The captain of the Chipolopolo was scheduled to join his team from his base with Dutch club PSV and missed the ill-fated plane crash that killed the entire 25-man team and management.
Kalusha was the only surviving member of that squad that perished in the Atlantic ocean of Gabon after an engine failure in 1993.
"26 years ago I lost my teammates, brothers and family. Their memory will never die in my heart. You continue to inspire many Zambian & African football generations," Kalusha said.
He then spear-headed the squad that played at the AFCON 1994 tournament hosted by Tunisia but came runners-up behind eventual champions Nigeria.
Kalusha was instrumental in his side's performance all through the tournament but despite taking the lead as early as the second minute in the final, a double striker from Emmanuel Amunike sealed a 2-1 win for the Super Eagles.
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Till date, Kalusha is the eighth most capped Zambian international in history and went on to coach the national team 2003 to 2006.
He was president of the Football Association of Zambia from 2008 to 2016 and presently, Kalusha is serving as a standing committee member at FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the name of Mudashiru Babatunde Lawal will never be forgotten in the history of Nigerian football considering his achievement while playing the round leather game for his nation.
Born in 1954 in Abeokuta, Mudashiru Lawal started his career as a road side mechanic before his football talent was discovered in 1975.
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