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Athletics: Another former Zambian footballer banned for four years


While the nation is still digesting the banning of 1988 African Footballer of the Year Kalusha Bwalya from football activities by FIFA for two years-subject to appeal, the axe has fallen on yet another former Zambian footballer.

This time it is the former Zambia national team women’s football captain Kabange Mupopo.

Mupopo the country’s creamiest 400 metres track queen has been banned for four years by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) for failing a doping test.

Mupopo stopped playing football after helping Zambia qualify to the 2014 Africa Women Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON).

The Mupopo skippered squad which achieved this historic feat had some members receive as a little as K50 as transport refund by FAZ upon return from the finals in Namibia. There were no any other allowances paid.

The following year in 2015, Mupopo bagged gold in the All-Africa Games in athletics.

The multi- talented lady then decided to concentrate on athletics which was more lucrative.

Mupopo reigned supreme in the 400 metres and threatening to break into the top brackets in the world in the one lap race often times.

But now she has been banned.

According to the latest report by the Athletics Integrity Unit, Mupopo has been axed for four years with immediate effect after failing a doping test.

Mupopo can only race in 2021.

Profile picture: Mupopo in action against South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in her days as Zambia Shepolopolo skipper.

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5 Comments to Athletics: Another former Zambian footballer banned for four years

  1. Kasama Boy says:

    That is sad. She looked so promising.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Taishibe…first time offender as well.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Write separate articles about Mupopo. You ingrates. Kalu did well for this country. The money you cry for was not offered as a loan or grants. Someone took steps. Did Kalu ever change sports. Football has been invaded by economists and whatever other failures from other fields. football doesn’t go into other fields. Don’t kill it’s son’s.

  4. Ngake says:

    Somebody in government needs to investigate what was the real problem and defend her if required. I personally do not believe she would dope deliberately. Remember she was not representing herself at all the events but was representing Zambia, therefore, Zambia should stand by her in troubled times. That mouthpiece sports minister should earn his salary for once.

  5. Kensplash says:

    These doping tests have always been very questionable. Who knows they might have swapped the samples for hers. Let her come back to the national team until she serves her ban.

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