NATIONAL soccer team defender Stoppila Sunzu yesterday bade farewell to bachelorhood when he married Gift Katebe at a colourful wedding ceremony in Lusaka.
The towering Chipolopolo defender could not hide his excitement when asked how he felt to walk down the aisle.
Responding to questions from journalists, Sunzu said from the luxurious Chrysler car shortly before departing for a photo session: “I feel good.”
Stoppila said none of his Chipolopolo team mates were present at church because they were in camp preparing for this Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Lesotho, adding however, that he had extended an invitation to the Football Association of Zambia officials and was hopeful that they were going to be present at the reception at Sandy’s Creations later in the evening.
And Lusaka’s Nyumba Yanga-based Bethel Christian Centre bishop, Andrew Mwenda who based his message on Proverbs 17 verse 17 and John 15, urged the newly-weds not only to become husband and wife, but that they should become best friends as the Bible categorically stated that true friends in marriage sacrificed their lives for each other.
Bishop Mwenda said he was aware that Stoppila and Gift had best friends, but that with effect from yesterday, their respective best friends were “relegated” to third position.
He observed that Stoppila was a football star, but that soccer had an expiry date and thus advised the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations scorer of the winning goal that gave Zambia the country’s first ever Africa Cup title, to start building his life with effect from yesterday.
He urged the couple’s relatives and friends to help him in that area, but also cautioned relatives to the newly-weds not to become a burden to the young couple, saying Stoppila and Gift had become an “Independent Government”.
[Times of Zambia]