Scores of people on Friday turned up to watch matches at the Changwe Kalale memorial youth football tournament held at the rugby fields in Chambishi.
Former Zambia Under-17 star Kalale died last year after sustaining a spinal injury in a road accident in 2014 on his way to the 2015 AFCON pre-tournament camp in Lusaka.
Europe-based Chipolopolo players Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu officially opened the tournament and paid tribute to their departed colleague Kalale.
“I just want to thank everyone who has made an effort to come here to celebrate the life of Changwe Kalale. He is gone but not forgotten. He is still in our hearts,” Daka said.
Kalale inspired the Zambia Under-17 to its debut U17 AFCON qualification in 2015 in Mali but missed the tournament due the injury.
“We are here to honour Changwe Kalale. He grew up here in Chambishi and played in this pitch. We are also here to inspire and motivate young ones,” Mwepu said.
The Daka 11 and Mwepu 11 teams in which both players featured opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw before eight Under-17 teams fought for honours.
Meanwhile, the unveiling of the tombstone at Kalale’s grave will be done Saturday.