Here are LT’s picks from the last 10 years in football
Team of the Decade:
Zesco United: While Zanaco won half of the league titles this decade, it was Zesco promoted in 2004 who showed us what success courtesy of an electricity bill can bring in five years with as many coaches.
Zesco won two top-flight crowns in 2007 and 2008 and became the first Zambian club to play in the lucrative group stage of Caf club competition last season.
They have also won five cup honors from 2005 to 2008.
Striker of The Decade:
Jean Lomani (Power Dynamos): He was never very pretty to watch but from 2000 to 2003, The Rwanda striker averaged 15 goals a season for Power Dynamos, something no other forward has managed with any consistency since then.
Player of the Decade:
Collins Mbesuma: Love him or hate him, Collins Mbesuma made scoring look very easy but his weight problems and injuries have constantly dogged this gifted finisher.
It is hard to believe that he has gone through five clubs since inspiring Roan to top-flight promotion in 2003.
Goalkeeper of the Decade:
Kennedy Mweene is peerless although nowhere near the iconic Chabala.
Defender of the Decade:
Elijah Tana (Nchanga Rangers): For eight years he was every ex-Zambia coach’s preferred and trusted fullback until Herve Renard sent him into forced retirement. We will miss him.
Midfielder of the Decade:
A Tie, Felix Katongo and Rainford Kalaba.
It could have gone to Gift Kampamba had he shown more consistency.
Coach of The Decade:
Wedson Nyirenda: Won three successive league titles with two different clubs two with Zesco with his latest coming at the helm of Zanaco.
The Most Forgettable Farewell:
Kalusha Bwalya: His penalty miss against Angola in the 2004 Cosafa Cup. A swansong moment he probably not want to include in his memoirs.
Clement “Sata” Mulenga: Patrick Phiri’s protégé took off and crashed like a rickety Zeppelin. He can barely make the starting lineup at Nkana today.
Kitwe United’s 2004 BP Top 8 win ended a 33-year wait for cup glory incidentally in the same competition.
“Chingalika” staged a noisy victory parade through Kitwe a week after returning home with the trophy.
Quote of the Decade:
Ben Bamfuchile: “I didn’t want to disturb the rhythm of the game.”
The late Zambia coach’s famous line after Zambia’s 2-0 loss to Egypt at the 2000 Africa Cup.