SCSA honours Kalusha

BRAZZAVILLE - Zambia's most-capped and all-time top goal scorer Kalusha Bwalwa received recognition by the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA), during the extraordinary general assembly held on Friday in Congolese capital.

The current Football Association of Zambia (Faz) president was bestowed with the SCSA medal of honour.

The SCSA assembly took into account Bwalya’s illustrious career both as an athlete, coach and sport administrator.

Kalusha is largely attributed with the successful rebuilding of the Zambian national football to the current state where they are the reigning champions of Africa.

The medal was received on his behalf by the deputy minister of youth and sport of Zambia, Nathanial Mubukwanu, who was attending the SCSA assembly.

In a letter addressed to the assembly, “King Kalu”, as Bwalya is affectionately known, expressed gratitude to the SCSA for the award.

“I wish to thank the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa for the great honour bestowed on me.  I am humbled and honoured by this very kind gesture,” said the former Chipolopolo captain.

Bwayla becomes the third footballer to be recognised by the SCSA after Liberia’s former World Footballer of the Year George Weah and Cameroonian legend Roger Milla.

Other notable recipients of the medal of honour included Alfred Leon Opimbat and Namibian Carol Garoes, who became the first woman recipient.

On the same occasion, the Republic of Mali received the highest recognition by the SCSA Assembly when they were conferred with the SCSA medal of merit in recognition of its contribution to sport, inclusive of the hosting of the SCSA constitutive assembly in Bamako back in 1966.

Zimbabwe also received the SCSA merit award in 1995 during the 6th All-Africa Games. - Edward Zhakata in Congo

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