1988 Africa Footballer of the Year Kalusha Bwalya on Saturday assaulted Post Newspapers senior sports journalist Augustine Mukoka at an official Fifa function in Cape Town.
According to today’s edition of South African daily newspaper City Press, Faz president Kalusha confronted Mukoka at the security checkpoint in the auditorium of the Cape Town International Convention Centre for allegedly writing lies about him on the Post back page.
“He (Kalusha) accused me of writing lies about him, referring to a story I wrote about (Zambia national team) players saying he ordered them not to talk to journalists and demanded to know who told me the story,” Mukoka told City Press.
“I then told him this was not a lie and before I knew it he slapped me hard across the face.”
And according to other reliable sources, Kalusha is said to have later said “don’t **** with…” after assaulting Mukoka.
Mukoka said he then went to the Police to report the matter but was asked by Fifa officials to sort out the issue in private with Kalusha after which the latter unreservedly apologized for the embarrassing incident he had just caused.