Today marks exactly 15 years since Zambia lost one of its most outstanding footballers in Chaswe Nsofwa.
Nsofwa died on August 29, 2007 from heart failure as his Beer Sheva side worked out at Vasermil stadium in Israel.
He died aged 27 and had been one of the stars of a very troubled era of the Zambian game when the collapse of the mines hit football very hard.
Nsofwa had been one of the stars of Patrick Phiri’s 1999 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and went on to graduate to the senior team.
He was part of the Zambian team that participated at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali.
He scored nine goals in 33 appearances for Zambia.
Locally his best exploits were in Zanaco colours and also starred for Green Buffaloes.
His career took him to Malaysia and Israel where he died on the field in a friendly game in Beer Sheva city.
Nsofwa had a flying start at Beer Sheva where he scored four goals in first three games.
In 2018 the club held a memorial ceremony at the stadium where they invited the widow Brenda and Nsofwa’s son.
His death reminded the world of the hazards of heart problems in the game after the death of Cameroonian international Marc Vivien Foe on the pitch in June 2003.
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(By FAZ Media )