Friday, June 14, 2024

Ntofontofo & Lwisha: The Great & the Greatest! Our own clique of G.O.A.Ts !

Collins Mbesuma sent social media into frenzy after he posted a picture of African football icon Kalusha Bwalya and himself on his facebook page.

Ntofontofo or King David played some of his best football in the green Zambia jersey under Great Kalu or King Kalu around 2003-2007.

The Luanshya born and bred was handed his debut against Mozambique as a second half substitute for Newa Mwewa at Independence Stadium under Patrick Phiri.

The little known burly smiling left winger scored one and set up Harry Milanzi as Zambia beat Mozambique a 4-2 on July 27, 2003 in a Cosafa Cup match.

A year later in October, now under Kalusha, Mbesuma grabbed a superb hat-trick to lead Zambia to a 3-2 World Cup and African Nations Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo in Brazzaville.

FLASHBACK: Mbesuma celebrates after he sunk Malawi with two late goals at Lusaka’s Woodlands Stadium on 12 June 2005 in the Cosafa Cup.

24 hours earlier at the same venue, he had scored another brace in the 3-0 win over Swaziland. Kalaba scored the other goal.

Those 4 goals within a space of 48 hours [2005], the Brazaville hat-trick [2004] plus a debut against Mozambique [2003] earned Mbesuma his cult hero status.

His last major contribution was that goal in the Mandela Cup against Bafana Bafana.

The win moved Zambia to 10 points but Togo eventually topped the group and qualified to the Germany 2006 World Cup.

While King David and King Kalu were together in Libreville as Zambia won the African Cup of Nations, the former Maritimo, Bursaspor and Portsmouth striker was now under Herve Renard.

Below are some of the comments as compiled by the ZamFoot Crew

Collins Mbesuma – It was nice to Catch up with Great Kalu earlier today at his office

Dutchman Zulu – The two most talented left footed footballers I have ever seen pa Zed.

Driscoll Choongo Mwiinga – The great and the greatest.

Benox Kumz – One of Zambia’s greatest top strikers..uwafitala lwakwe!!!!

Ephraim Phiri – Our own clique of G.O.A.Ts

Mkumba Junior – Two legends from the motherland.

Craig Mwape – The lone striker that came at a time Zambia in crisis and he liberated us  you are the best 

Mulwanda Lupiya – Two deadly left footers.

Fred Mat – Record breakers, Mbesuma -25 goals in one season in South Africa premier league & King Kalu- the only African Footballer of the Year from Southern Africa.

Tembani Mkochi – Ntofontofo, Lwisha, The Pic Is Legendary

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