Kalusha Bwalya is selfish

Kalusha Bwalya is selfish


*Remember how he betrayed Kalaba ?

Zambia Reports Editorial 7 January 2017

There is just something remarkably thick about Kalusha Bwalya apologists. To them the 1988 African Footballer of the Year and Zambian football legend is infallible and can do no wrong.

Any little reminder of his occasional transgressions does not sit well with them. It gets so bad that it could eat them in their very private person. Even when he was globally fingered confessing that he had received US$80, 000 from disgraced Qatari businessman as a bribe for World Cup votes, there were those who still have the nerve to defend this brazen act of theft.

It was money that went straight into his personal account and he unashamedly said ‘yali ninkongole’. Even when he went about pocketing money from international friendlies whilst short changing players with money as little as K6, 500 for playing Brazil while the Brazilian FA publicly announced that Zambia received US1 million, he was still a messiah to them. He could steal at will and not be held accountable.

Any queries were dismissed as a witch hunt against Bwalya. So bad it has been sometimes that his supporters go so low as to blame his victims such as when he assaulted a journalist in a foreign country. It has always been about him and no one else. When the football family showed him the exit door at Moba Hotel on March 19 last year having served for 12 years at Football House first as vice president to Teddy Mulonga a man he undermined from day one and eight years as president, he did not believe what had hit him.

He still wanted more like his fallen godfather in Zurich Sepp Blatter. The brother has never forgiven the manner those gallant FAZ councillors turned their back on him at Moba Hotel. He had anointed himself as God’s answer to Zambian football, but as with everything, he had to go.

While Bwalya expects the entire Zambian football family to turn up for him and give him eternal glory, he has problems doing the same for mother Zambia and anyone that seems to challenge his status. Not too long ago he went about staging a funeral over wanting to be given a letter for his egoistic FIFA candidature. When he was reminded about the rules of engagement, he went all over town including pitting cabinet ministers against each other to grant him his wish. Football House was reminded by Bwalya supporters about being patriotic and they budged despite having committed to support a single Cosafa region candidate.

The same man who had everyone singing about the country supporting his FIFA bid went out of his way to vote for other candidates ahead of Zambia‘s Rainford Kalaba in the CAF African Player of the Year based in Africa award. Not that it was going to be a favour given the roller coaster ride Kalaba had with TP Mazembe racking seven goals from midfield and also getting the CAF Confederation Cup gold medal and the CAF Super Cup gold medal. Add to this that in the previous year (2015), he was part of a TP Mazembe side that won the CAF Champions League. Kalaba has been consistently above average since 2012 compared to his other two finalists. Bwalya did not even rate Kalaba second but third and we can only speculate that if there had been 10 other candidates he may have rated the Chipolopolo skipper 11th.

It is clear that Bwalya wants to eternally be the only acknowledged face in the Zambian game. He cannot stand another name even being remotely mentioned in greatness.

It’s unsurprising there are people already flaunting the objectivity card but since when did Bwalya ever embrace objectivity whenever he had the gun to the country to fulfill his wish list. In case you are oblivious, ask those that hold political power what he wanted for himself in the aftermath of the August 11 elections. Even President Edgar Lungu himself will take a long time to recover from that extraordinarily lavish demand all for just kicking out 11 footballs at crowds during political rallies. But that is a story for another day. For now tough luck Master Rainford Kalaba, genuine Zambians counted you among the best. We believe you are the best on the continent this term. Our own has helped CAF rob you! It shall be well Rainford.

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    Recently the contract of the faz general secretary was leaked on the social media …K4million in the next 3 years.
    He was on secondment from Zambia police to cut faz costs….K41,000 a month. ..Now…if kamanga was subjected to an integrity test,over the awarding of this contract,would he pass it?
    How much does FAZ generate from gate takings per year to pay a general secretary over K1.3million a year?
    Is this wat we call integrity?
    If Kamanga had to go thru an integrity test for his achievements as faz president,would he pass it?
    Shldnt kamanga let them faz general membership judge both him and kalu with a vote?
    Stopping kalu will not change kamangas fortunes…..if you are failure ,you are failure.Thats what Mr Andeleya is…let kalu save your face by loosing than being booed by fans everywhere u attend a match.

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    Does stopping Kalu from standing undo the last two failed campaigns by Zambia?
    Does it make Zambia qualify for the current campaign?
    Does kalu failing kamangas tests make him better than kalu or more successful as faz president than kalu?
    Does calling him selfish change everything be achieved for his country both as a player and administrator?
    Who suffers if he is barred?
    What does kamanga have to show for his time as faz president to warrant him passing the same test?

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    John samakayi 2 weeks ago

    Some pipo treat kalusha as “A god”. This boring. Kalusha this kalusha that. Kalusha idol and so on. There have been greater players in Africa that kalusha but they are on quiet contribution and untainted. For now should just sit back and allow others. Too many scandals and scams.

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    luckson 2 weeks ago

    it hasn’t started with him ,obviously u also stole something at one point as well,nevertheless despite what he did zambia national soccer team achieved great things that most of countries have never achieved in afica…….what has kamanga done since he became a president? nothing.

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      How love ng did it make kalu to win Africa cup both ad player and administrator for to say kamanga has failed already?

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    Kalu isn’t the only Zambian that can lead faz it’s time for others period

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    Kalu apologize 2 weeks ago

    Indeed great Kalu has integrity issues which he needs to address. Let him apologise & start afresh 

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    Swima 2 weeks ago

    Watchdogs check the comments on this thread….and see that you are fighting a losing game…this game you play always makes the people you support very unpopular…even HH it you who has made him unpopular to the country….stop it now

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    Pull him down syndrom

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    D. Moyo 2 weeks ago

    This sounds typical of the pull him down syndrome. You have judged the man, but you sound so hurt too! This seems to raise eyebrows. Perhaps you should have stood yourself and given us your own manifesto. True no one is infallible and Kalu is no exception. Why choose to omit the good side of the guy. You are merely lobbying for a sympathetic vote for a candidate of your choice. Tell us the strengths of your preferred candidate and let the delegates decide on merit bwana. This is democracy at play and character assassination may just turn out to be the much needed incentive to propel Kalu to the position. Shame, let us be objective in our analysis of right people to lead FAZ. Soccer is at heart of many Zambians, that cannot be overemphasised.

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    I like rainford and I would have loved him to have won if I was one of the Judges, but that would have made me unfair in my judgement because the other two are better. And I would have been more than a tribalist.
    When you want to chose the best always chose the best. Not because they are family or friends, but because they are the best. Show us how Kalaba is better than the two, then people will support you.

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      Hunter Shilesa 2 weeks ago

      Mwanya ba watch idiots people have refused to be swayed by your hatred with your small title “kalusha is selfish”

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    Aubrey Phiri 2 weeks ago

    U think by painting Kalu black Kamanga will win, Chanda chimba failed yo strategy and u will fail too. Kalu brought honour to mother Zambia and Kamanga has brought shame

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    Why cant you be responsible enough and start investigating the $1m fire engines,the ghost workers on government payroll,The 48 houses in Chalala the list is long. Instead you want to start accusing Kalusha over small change that has had no consequences to tax payers,the poor majority and all.
    We are so miserable in this country and football comforts us and unifys us as zambians a thing which politicians fail to do. Bembas hug tongas with genuine happiness when that net shakes my fellow zambians.
    Kalusha has been the provider of that happiness on and off the pitch. we dont want to know about his weaknesses coz surely it does not matter.
    Kamanga has failed let him ho back to his energy busines with due respect.

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    Twebeni 2 weeks ago

    And you are selfless you self-righteous son of a gun! What gives you the right to point that dirty finger of yours at others!

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    Iwe if you don’t have anything to say, it’s better you shut up. Calling who selfish? Do you know that when Kalu was playing professional football in Europe, Government, coaches and everyone wanted him to appear whenever Zambia played. Government was struggling to buy him flight tickets for him to come and join the training camp. So he was buying his on tickets just to come and die a little for mother Zambia. Do you call that selfish?

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    Richard Allen 2 weeks ago

    Kamanga, please stop hiding your face in FIFA. You have failed Zambians as far as football is concerned. Leave kalusha alone . Please go back to your profession. You are just jealous of our great kalusha.

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    What is going on, is this a campaign against a person,? Easterners want leadership so mush but they struggle to lead. Don’t sow hatred pliz just tell Kalu that he won’t stand.

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    Leave Great Kalu alone, he’s brought a lot of glory 2 Zambia which u haters might never come close 2. Repent bcoz yo hatred is sin & it seems 2 b ravaging u. Bravo 1 u 1 & only Great Kalu, luv u!

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    Bills 2 weeks ago

    I think i can see some personal hatred in your comment .Everyone including u is prone to mistakes .We learn from our mistakes n build .Who knows may be he has realized where he went wrong n he wants to put things right .Exposure n connections is what can develop football in this country .Zambians will never grow up in pulling down our fellow Zambians.Look at how the west Africans support each other .No wonder we are no match to them bcoz of this jealousy nature in us .Unless u tell me u are a saint such that even your reporting is ever perfect .Common guys

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    Kamanga was given a chance he has failed, go with him.stop lying if he is selfish he wouldn’t stop professional football to come n help Zambia national after the Gabon air disaster. By then even the outfits tu ma issues, after the get paid what he did, was helping the national team outfit no tu ma academy then. That’s being unselfish. Selfish man is the one trying to hinder progressive challengers.in short mwabelapofye u are just showing your hatred. Let Kalusha work tukacule ngaafwa.