Spotlight on James Chamanga


Last night Chipolopolo made Zambia proud by convincingly beating Sudan, 3 goals to 0 ,and qualifying to the semi-finals for the first time in 16 years .

The  goals came from Sunzu in the 15th minute , Katongo in the 64th through a penalty, and Chamanga , coming in as a substitute for Mayuka ,in the 86th minute.

Here is a look at Chamanga’s career.


Chamanga made his international debut on 26 February, 2005 against Botswana and five months later he scored his first international goal in the COSAFA Cup semifinal against South Africa. His goal against Bafana Bafana earned him his first move abroad as the then South African Premier Soccer League side Bush Bucks signed him in 2005. After Bush Bucks were relegated in 2006 he signed with Supersport United where he was the club’s top goalscorer for the 06/07 season.

He was part of the Zambian 2006 African Nations Cup team, who finished third in group C in the first round of competition, thus failing to secure qualification for the quarter-finals. He netted Zambia’s opener against Sudan (2008 African Nations Cup) in the Chipolopolo’s 3-0 win. Chamanga also scored Zambia’s first goal at the 2006 African Nations Cup against Tunisia.

He scored a record-breaking five goals for Swallows in a 6-2 league win against Platinum Stars on December 9, 2007. This included a hat-trick between the 20th and the 24th minute.

In April 2008, Chamanga moved to Chinese Super League club Dalian Shide, after he scored 14 goals in ABSA Premier League for Moroka Swallows in the previous season.

Full name James Chamanga
Date of birth February 2, 1980 (age 32)
Place of birth Luanshya, Zambia
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Dalian Shide
Number 11
Senior career
Years Team Apps Goals
Makumbi Stars
-2003 City of Lusaka F.C.
2003–2004 National Assembly FC
2005 ? Zanaco FC (loan) 27 10
2005–2006 Bush Bucks 24 7
2006–2007 Supersport United 23 8
2007–2008 Moroka Swallows 21 14
2008-present Dalian Shide 93 20
National team
2005– Zambia 45 16



  1. Well done Chipolopolo…enough preparations, now the CAN begins, we now meet the best Africa has on display-never lose faith Chipolopolo!

  2. Zambia is the first country in the history of the Africa cup to beat two teams (countries) in one game (Sudan and South Sudan). We therefore deserve to qualify straight to the finals and skip the semis:x:x Congrats boys

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  3. The early part of the Second half was poor and in disarray for zambia: please improve coordination in the mid-field Thanks

  4. Zambia has to work extra hard to beat Ghana or Tunisia. Zambia has always struggled aganist these two teams. this is a fact wheather or you accept it or not


  6. The only way Zambia can win Africa cup is if Ivory Coast and Ghana pull out of the tornament. I have watched all the games and from what I have seen the only reason we have advanced that much is NOT because we have a strong team, but ONLY BECAUSE the teams at the tornament are weak. If it wasn’t for the Arab spring that has meant most of the strong north african teams have not been able to feature and also that for some freaky reason some of the big names like Nigeria failed to participate, Zambia would have been out by now. Our display against Libya which even at the time was undergoing a severe civil war, was pathetic. This to me is like a mouse ruling when the cat has a full stomach or has more interesting food than the available mouse. Renard is lucky.

  7. @ 11…. I would like to argue with you, but I think you are correct. We have been lucky. We have no team to write home about. Our good players are old and have spent force. Katongo is one of our better players but he is too old to keep up with the young boys at this tournament. I fear Ghana will expose our weaknesses.

  8. this year its donchi……whether u like it or not,the cup is comming to zed….let me remind u #11 and #15,,,we beat senegal which is one of the most feared team in west africa….eq. guinea had players who play in spain..some played in madrid,very experienced players.but we wired them,sudan has old experienced players,we wired them too. ghana and nigeria play the same kind of football,and nigeria doesnt give us problems…so who is ghana malume?the goodness with zed players is that anyone can score unlike ghana who depend on gyan and ayew.

  9. #s 11 and 15 Are you telling me Senegal is a small team? What was the score between Ivory Coast and Sudan? You surely don’t know what you are talking about! Zambia is one of the few teams who are playing brilliant football at the Afcon. Get a life bangwele! By the way what makes a team big? Is it past history?

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