Legend Christopher Katongo: A complete player
Christopher Katongo’s name is well inscribed in Zambian football history and will live long after he is gone.
The 37-year old is the first and only player to have lead Zambia to an AFCON title as captain of the side. In 2012 when the Copper Bullets conquered the continent, Katongo was the captain, an inspiration and went on to be named as player of the tournament.
He also went on to win the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year award in 2012, winning just over 40% of the public vote.
Aside from his role in the 2012 triumph Katongo always came up with special performances to help the Chipolopolo Boys. Key to his success is his high work-rate, physical strength, mental strength, and leadership qualities.
Katongo has had a club career spanning over 15 years while representing Zambia for about 12 years.
In 2004, Katongo joined South African side Jomo Cosmos where he became 2007 top scorer on 15 goals midway through the season; having signed for Danish side Brondby. No one could outscore him in the second half of the season despite not playing a game in the second stanza of the season.
Katongo went on to play two(2) seasons in Germany for Arminia Bielefeld, a season at Greek side Skoda Xanthi and three(3) seasons with Chinese Super League side Henan Construction, before heading back to South Africa in 2014, to join Bidvest Wits, following a short 4 months stint with Golden Arrows.
At the international level, Katongo debuted in 2003, and went on to score a historic hatrick beat Bafana Bafana 3-1 and consequently qualify Zambia to the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
His heroics got him promoted from Corporal to Sergeant Officer. He had a successful international career featuring at the five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments (2006,2008,2010,2012 and 2013).
He has scored 23 goals for the Copper Bullets including seven at Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
A DEEP LOOK AT KATONGO WITH NUMBERS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
~Commanding leadership qualities
~Could create chances as a midfielder
~Could defend effectively
~Good in scoring headers(aerial balls)
~Inspire teammates when the going gets tough
~Goalscoring machine as a striker
~king of assists
~Dedicated to National team call ups.
~BBC 2012African Footballer of the year
~2012AFCON Golden Boot winner
~2012AFCON winning captain
~05 AFCON Appearances(2006,2008,2010,2012 &2013)
~2006 COSAFA winner
~Won 2007/08 Danish Cup with Brondby IF
~Won 2013 Chinese League Cup with Henan Construction
~2006/07 Lesley Manyathela(PSL) Golden boot award winner with Jomo Cosmos
GOALS RECORD BOTH CLUB & COUNTRY
~(23) goals in (105) appearances for senior Chipolopolo exclusive of Int’l friendly matches.
~(02) Int’l goals in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ghana and Lesotho in the 2014 edition.
~(09) Int’l goals in (05)-AFCON appearances inclusive of 02 penalties scored against Nigeria(2010) and Ivory Coast(2012).
~(08) goals in total during the Africa Cup of Nations qualification stage.
~(01) goal in (01)CHAN2016 appearance.
~(02) goals in (02)COSAFA tournaments.
~(101)Club goals in (379) club appearance exclusive of latest record as a player for Green Buffaloes.
DID YOU KNOW
~Scored a historic hat-trick against South Africa in 2007 to qualify Zambia to the 2008AFCON.
~Scored a brace against Mozambique in 2012 AFCON qualifiers.
~Was left out in the 2015AFCON edition.
~Missed a penalty against Uganda during the 2013AFCON qualifier 2nd leg. and another against Guinea in the 2016 CHAN quarter-final.
~Twice scored 4-times in CAF Confederations Cup for Green Buffaloes.
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