Friday, April 12, 2024

Sate Sate explains nickname

Ronald Kampamba says he earned the nickname ‘Sate Sate’ following his prolific scoring form during his early days of playing ichimpombwa.

In an interview, the Nkana striker, who is currently with the national team in South Africa, explained that his teammates called him by a name drawn from the book of Job in the Bible because he had a skin condition that left him with scars all over the body.

Kampamba said he was a prolific striker during his primary school days when they were still using a ichimpombwa, an improvised ball made of plastics.

He, however, said the nickname was changed to ‘Sate Sate’ by a Chinese man he spoke with before a tournament.

“I used to score a lot during my days of playing ichimpombwa and my friends called me Job 13:13 because of the skin problem that I had. But ‘Sate Sate’ came on after a conversation with a Chinese national at a tournament… and after the game, I was a top scorer. He (the Chinese) started calling me ‘Sate Sate’ because he did not know my name. That is how everyone started calling me ‘Sate Sate’,” said Kampamba.

Kampamba, 20, twice won the FAZ/MTN Super League golden boot, with 15 goals in 2012  and 18 goals in 2013 that helped Nkana win their historic 12th league title.

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17 Comments

  1. The goal he scored against cape Verde was lethal. The way he turned and placed the ball passed the goal keeper. He has a lot of potential.

    • Word-did i hear some Professor call it an off-side. john such are the goals Sate scores including against Arabs this year in the continental who very few players past and present never did.

  2. Meaningless in football, but has now become famous in Zambian Football . Thanks now we know. Even Coach Beston Chambeshi didn’t know where it came from. Thanks God that now even Nkweto Tembwe has now known

  3. Did someone query him? I can vividly recall someone trying to explain the origin of this name and that version was totall different from this version. Whilst we cannot question the explanation we have been given, there seems to be dots which are not joined. I fail to understand why the lad cannot remember the tournament, when it was held and how the Chinese who could not pronounce 13:13 came from and whether their role in the tournament was to play football or interpret the 13:13. When you bring in the element of ichimpombwa, you completely leave me behind suffice to say this piece of our soccer history is not documented anywhere.
    There is need for us to document our football story and it is sad that a lad of 20 years of age should be telling people who have been following Zambian football for the last 40 years a piece of history only known by himself. I challenge him to tell us the year of that tournament, where it was held and the role of the Chinese who failed to pronounce 13:13 so that we can have a proper background to the nick name. We need also to reconcile (uncle Bob’s?) earlier explanation that he got this nick name because he used to play when only
    30 minutes was remaining but used to score in these 30 minutes. Normally, when you are being given a nick name, the one who is being given the name is the last one to know it was given to him and not the other way round. It is a son knowing better than the father how the latter named him.(Lol).

    • @ROK, but I think mwayako more kind of rough, why tackle Ronald? How could he recall the name of tournament in primary school, sponsored by Chinese?
      Ifwe we used sometime to play in 4 tournament a weekend. Friday for Bata (winners got grey socks), then Chongololo Club’s inter district (had its own name-) pa saturday, Spark Batteries pa club we had tournament Saturday 5pm, then ba MP had a sponsorship too etc. And now I remember I belonged to 2 teams, school team and compound team.
      It is clear 30-30 can be pronounced as sati sati, and if one fun friend make a joke: Mwaumfwa aka mu china kalalelanda ati sate-sate!!

      • Nostra, worry not as Sate Sate shall answer Ba Rok with nothing but goals like Ucar used to and Liwewe in a record (LP-33rpm) had this to say about Ucar “When i am on the field of play i forget about everything except for goals goals goals for my country”

        • Uncle Bobs you have promised to call me each time Sate Sate scores but my worry is that you are a close friend of mine and if you make your calling me conditional upon him scoring, you are indirectly saying you will not call call me during Afcon (kekekekekeke). I like your confidence in this boy and appreciate the story you told me about what you have done to him but here we have two friends with two diverse opinion about the same player. Anyway we should reach congruence during the Afcon and I am more than ready to eat a humble pie but don’t rule out the possibility of you having an even bigger chunk of the humble pie (Lol). I don’t want my fon to be either out of coverage area or switched off after every goal scored by Sate Sate.

    • Ba Rok, I actually asked our former coach and supporters at Nkana Stadium. And the last thirty (sate in CB lingua) tallied with what used to happen initially when he would play in the last 30mins (sate) and make an impact. Coach Lino (Linos) told me that he was the one that had to put an end to the last 30min myth and started using him from the start-the rest is history as they say.

  4. Nostra we should query some of the stories we are told so that we have a correct and accurate historical record. If we start waffling over something which happened less than 5 years ago now, what will happen 30 years down the line?

  5. He is a liar. Sate Sate came about because he was drinking from 1st to 30th every day and every month as he was getting paid every week. So people in Wusikile started calling him 30 to 30 and local terms Sate Sate meaning from one pay day to another pay day, he drinks daily.
    Ask anyone in Kitwe about it and they will tell you the history of his name.

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