Emmanuel Chabula…A striker on the rise with big dreams
Emmanuel Chabula was born in kitwe one of Zambia’s mining towns on the Copperbelt. He was groomed from twatasha, a residential area within kitwe. He comes from a family of seven children, four boys and three girls of which he happens to be the third born child.
EARLY FOOTBALL LIFE
Emmanuel “Cherry” Chabula started his football career within twatasha residence when he could go and play a plastic ball “chimpombwa” every afternoon with his friends at nearby grounds from which he realized that football was in his blood, it was a talent poised in him and in 2007 he joined an amateur side called star bullets which was based in Kawana residence kitwe.
FOOTBALL TICKING MOMENTS
After making scoring records in the amateur league in kitwe in the 2009 season, a team from Chipata eastern province called police bullets owned by the Police Service who campaign in FAZ Division one Eastern poached him to their ranks and he spent three seasons at the club with his goalscoring prowess earning him a move in 2012 away from the club to Paramilitary FC a team based in Lusaka owned by the police command. He spent three seasons with paramilitary FC who were by that time regular campaigners in FAZ Division One South.
It was at Paramilitary were he became an all-round forward, going in strong and scoring many goals for the division one outfit a gem which earned him a move away from the club to join a super league outfit Kitwe United popularly known as Chingalika who are sponsored by Kitwe City Council. He spent three years on the radar of Kitwe United, becoming a household name in his hometown kitwe and in FAZ Super League with his lethal scoring skills a thing which prompted Nkwazi FC a Lusaka police sponsored outfit to seek for his signature and in 2018 he was brought to their ranks and currently still applying his trade at the club.
HIS PRIMETIME AND ZAMBIA NATIONAL TEAM CALL
His football best moments when asked about by the ZamFoot Crew, Chabula said the 2018 Super League season.
“One of my best Football moments was the 2018 FAZ Super League season, if you remember very well that season I scored a lot of goals for the club and earned myself a call to the Zambia national senior team bound for the Cosafa tournament in Polokwane South Africa,” Chabula said.
At the time Emmanuel Chabula was receiving his national team call, the Zambia senior national team was under the guidance of quicksilver Beston Chambeshi and ‘magic’ Numba Mumamba. He made his debut in the game against Madagascar during the Cosafa tournament.
When asked about his debut Chabula said it was a tense moment as he did not want to disappoint.
“My debut was the game against Madagascar in the COSAFA tournament, it was a tense jittering moment as it was my first time donning the Chipolopolo jersey so I had to make sure that I don’t disappoint cause any shamble display was going to make me not to earn another call so I had to work everything to perfection and be myself in the game,” he said.
Chabula’s first goal for the nation came in the game against Malawi on 2nd June 2019 which Zambia won 4-2 on post-match penalties after the game ended 2-2 in regulation time, Chabula scored his goal in the 89th minute. Zambia went on to emerge victors of the tournament after beating Botswana in the finals with the soft-spoken Green Eagles coach Aggrey Chiyangi at the helm of the technical bench.
He has earned himself a permanent place in the locally based Chipolopolo set up and he is a regular starter for the local troops. Among the games he has featured for the Copper Bullets are games against Malawi, Madagascar, Kenya, Eswatini to name a few, and has gone on to score nine goals for the copper bullets during his time with the team.
Emmanuel Chabula has set his sights on playing football outside Zambia.
“It is every player’s dream to play football outside the country, I’m still young and still have a lot to offer to the football fraternity, my dream is to play football outside Africa, I want to go to Europe, if I continue working hard and God allows then I will be on the move, my prayer is that the injury I had last season in the 2019/2020 which sidelined me for most of the season doesn’t come back, ” Chabula said.
“I want to be the main forward for the Zambia national senior team not only for local guys but even when playing with professional guys, I know it is not easy but I will keep on working hard to see to it that it comes to pass,” he added.
Chabula is also targeting the upcoming CHAN tournament scheduled for January 2021 in Cameroon.
“My eyes and my legs are already in Cameroon, I am just waiting for the kick-off whistle. I want to go and bang in goals, I want to go and be the top scorer but am not desperate for the accolade, football is teamwork so I have to play to the interest of my friends not only to have personal achievements but rather team achievements so better we win the CHAN than winning golden boot, I mentioned of it earlier on because I think winning games and coming out the top team at the tournament requires scoring a lot of goals of which I been the main forward am tasked with that responsibility which can also make me win the golden boot,” he said.
In Emmanuel Chabula Zambia is hoping to have a consistent striker and he has started proving his worth. It is just a matter of time before he becomes a big name in the Zambian football circles. He has already been nicknamed cherry because of his hot scoring skills.
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