Friday, June 14, 2024

Injury prematurely ends Nyambe Mulenga’s career

2012 Africa Cup of Nations gold medal winning defender Nyambe Mulenga has retired from football after failing to recover from an injury he sustained in a road traffic accident in December, 2014.

Nyambe who was an active member of the Chipolopolo set-up when the injury occurred was on his way from his base in Ndola to join up with the rest of the Chipolopolo squad on the day of the accident.

Zesco United have confirmed that Nyambe, a member of the U20 famous class of 2007, has been redeployed to Zesco Limited, the power utility company.

Apart from the death of some Zesco Ltd employees, the devastating accident also saw the career of budding Zambia U17 midfielder Changwe Kalale end after he sustained a spinal injury while goalkeeper Satchmo Chakawa who was also on the same vehicle has recovered and returned to action.

Zesco United have also retired 29 year old long serving midfielder Maybin Mwaba who last season helped the Ndola outfit with two goals against Horoya Fc and Stade Malien in the CAF champions league.

Lottie Bwalya has also joined the duo in retirement after being redeployed to Zesco Ltd.

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    • With Zimbabwe held firmly in the jaws of the lions I am compelled to miss the Chipolopolo. Zambia is different from other southern african sides.

  1. Its always sad to see a player retire for reasons other than age but the good thing is that like GBFC, Zesco looks after its own. So at least we will not be hearing about star players who have turned into near destitute.

    Despite the injury infused retirement setback count your blessings that you still have an income and still can support your family. Same goes for the other two players as well.

  2. Maybin Mwaba, one unsung hero whose skill were ignored by national team local coaches. Umwaiche wa kwa paymaster, I salute you for this illustrious career in terms of service. The skill you had kept showing such that even at your age, you added value when introduced on the pitch. I was a big fan – Go well !

  3. Sad the man got injured just when his star was on the rise. His best game was the away game in Mozambique. We only had him and Munthali in central defence, Sunzu was not playing (have forgotten the reason), Munthali was a well known liability in those days. Nyambe practically stood alone in defense thwarting the Mozambicans at home. The stadium in Maputo was filled to the brim and they thought it was their time to win against Zambia. We won thanks to a singuluma goal and Mweene saving a penalty from domingues. The man should be honored by FAZ in some way. Excellent player in his last footballing years.

  4. Nyambe,all the best in your new chapter of life.Stay focused you can still play football and accomplish what you dreamt of in a different role. Eg Coaching

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