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Malitolis Tunisian legacy lives on

Zambian legend Kenneth ‘Bubble’ Malitoli was part of the people from the football circles who attended the 100 years (Centenary) Celebrations for Tunisian giants Esperance Sportive de Tunis.

Malitoli who is still very much loved in Tunisia following his exploits with the current holders of the CAF Champions League 22 years ago was invited by the club chairman Hamdi Meddeb to represent all former Esperance players from outside Tunisia.

Malitoli was very grateful to the Esperance Chairman for inviting him and was very excited to be back in the company of the Esperance family.

“Am very happy to be here. It’s a rare privilege hence am grateful to the chairman Mr Hamdi for inviting me. If you are an Esperance fan this is where you should be,” he said in an interview.

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Malitoli won the 1989 Zambia Super League Golden Boot award and remained it the following two years and declared he would win it in 1992 as it had become a personal to holder.

His prolific nature in front of of goal caught the attention of many clubs including Germany club 1. FC Union Berlin who were keen to land the signature of Malitoli.

After impressing on trial, he was set to join the German club in 1991 but changed his mind and turned back at Lusaka International Airport, deciding that the monetary aspect of the deal was not worthwhile.

After more negotiations, Malitoli got an improved offer but when he was left out of Zambia’s 1992 Africa Cup squad, the German club, disappointed at not seeing their target in action at the continental showpiece, changed their minds and instead signed his club mate Gibby Mbasela who impressed at the tournament, with Nkana officials agreeing to swapping the two players on the same contract terms.

The Zambian goal machine joined Tunisian Giants Esperance that same year won the top scorer award in his first full season with 18 league goals.

The following season he scored 14 goals to tie with Abdelkader Belhassen as top goal scorer. In 1994 Malitoli became the first Zambian player to win the CAF Champions League when Esperance beat Zamalek of Egypt 3–1 on aggregate .

He also won the 1995 CAF Super Cup when Esperance beat Motema Pemba 3–0. Malitoli left Esperance in 1996 and joined Saudi Arabian club El Ettifaq.

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13 Comments to Malitolis Tunisian legacy lives on

  1. Prince says:

    A beautiful player he was indeed…

    • Nostra says:

      He brought tears again! Thanks Esperance…
      When will Zambia have such a player again? Maybe if Green Eagles is given respect they can produce a powerful player.

  2. Mohamed BEN KRID says:

    from Tunis,

    Thank you Malitoli, thank you Zambia

    What the paper is not saying, is that Malitoli in Tunis was an example of Hard Working, a very good educated gentleman, he was always the first in the field and the last to leave, he never simulated he was a very true person

    Malitoli gives us in Tunisia a very impressive honesty, serenity, and commitment to the hard Work.

    so beyond the performance the goals the match the cups, what we are retaining is the Ethics the Moralities that this man demonstrates, this what we want our youth to retain.

    thank you again, Zambia for this Gentleman

  3. Daniel says:

    A complete striker who really missed his target.

  4. Dynamite says:

    #Legend!!

  5. Sibs says:

    The only Zambian to have really made the Grade in North Africa where most if not all have failed. A Zambian Soccer Hall of Fame candidate. I salute Kenneth Bubble Malitoli.

    Well respected pa Chilata. “Ba Bubble”…

  6. discipline says:

    Proper old fashioned centre foward with bag full of goals

  7. Muyunda mubebo says:

    Skillfully player , he could play midfield too

  8. Frog says:

    These are the players who could have been polished for coaching so that they train at the youth levels. Unfortunately pa Zed we still live in the past and we luck foresight

  9. Big Steve 4rm SA says:

    Amazing player indeed. #truelegend.

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