Sibeleki on Monday: One step at a time. Rome was not built in a day, and whatnot: the adages that reminds that always we must trust the process.

It is often said that the road to success is not straight – driving through rough patches and potholes.
Hence its imperative to pass through face palm moments on our way up.

And in the end, just like R Kelly serenaded in his hit song titled signs of the victory which features The Soweto Gospel Choir; we shall see the light and the end of the tunnel.

Shepolopolo, the Zambia women national team had to go through a disappointing spell, before finally having a glance of the finishing line, right in their spitting distance.

I remember in 2017, when Shepolopolo lost to South Africa in the semifinals of that year’s Cosafa Women Championship, I was invited by then, FAZ Media Director Desmond Katongo at Fairmount Hotel in Livingstone; for an interview with, by then, the Assistant coach Enala Simbeya Phiri; who subsequently was appointed as the head coach before she was sacked. I had caught up with the team and they all looked dejected.

But, just like a phoenix the lasses rose from ashes to finally breakthrough and beat the Cosafa Women Championship final hurdle.

Yes we lost to Banyana Banyana, however we must be proud of ourselves for achieving this fate which has been elusive since the Cosafa Women Championship was launched in 2002.

We are almost there. Well done girls.


Three years ago, Super Division side Green Eagles wouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence as African football giants like Orlando Pirates.

In the 2016 Super Division season they finished eleventh on the log. Before then, Eagles had been relegated to the second tier before winning promotion.

Who could have thought that in 2019 the Tonka Twende boys would be dining on the table of African football’s top guns. Winning against the boys from Soweto, the vicinity of the iconic Nelson Mandela house.

Orlando Pirates, the 1995 CAF Champions league winners with all their rich squad, made up of Chipolopolo stars Augustine Mulenga and Justine Shonga were subdued by Green Eagles at Nkoloma Stadium on Saturday in their 1st leg of preliminary rounds of the 2019/20 CAF Champions league.

The fact that a host of Zambian football giants like Dennis “Chesa Mpama” Lota once donned black colours of Pirates did not deter Green Eagles.

With all the technical think-tank, led by the Serbian Milutin Sredojevic, Micho who in 2017 helped the Uganda Cranes to qualify to the AFCON after 39 years of absence – the Buccaneers failed to beat Eagles.

Whatever the outcome of the 2nd leg, Green Eagles have the bragging rights.

All Thanks to the process the Kawale boys have now earned their stripes to be on the dinning table with the big guns.

That’s all!!!!

From me James Sibeleki, here in the beautiful city of Livingstone – the city which houses one of the wonders of the earth: the might Victoria falls.

Did you miss this column, while it was on recess? Well, it’s baaaaaaaack!!!!

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  1. Kasama Boy says:

    How I wish we could hold on and celebrate after the last game in Soweto.

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