A city in Senegal honours Kalusha Bwalya

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Kalusha Bwalya

Kalusha Bwalya

Football Association of Zambia President Kalusha Bwalya has been accorded the Pilgrim award  by  the Island City of Goree in Senegal.  The honour was confired to Kalusha yesterday  in recognition of his contribution to the game of football in Zambia, Africa and the entire world.

Speaking at a brief ceremony held at the Civic authorities building,  Mayor, Augustione Senghor said the Island City has followed with keen interest the illustrious career of Kalusha Bwalya who in 1988 was voted African Footballer of the year.

“We are honoured to have such a distinguished Footballer on our Island. Every soccer loving Senegalese knows about Kalusha and remembers all that you have achieved. On behalf of this city and indeed on my own behalf I honour you with the Highest accolade that this historical Island can offer.You are now our Ambassador and a citizen of Goree” Senhgor concluded.

Other people that have been given this award include current United States of America President Barrack Obama former United States President George Bush and late Pope John Paul the second.

Goree  Island also known as the Point of No return was a Slave Trading port from which over twenty millions Slaves were shipped into the  Americas. To this date the Island has ancient buildings from which the illegal trade was conducted during one of the darkest periods in human history.  UNICEF has since declared the island a world heritage site.

Earlier in the day Kalusha  was taken on a conducted tour of the Island, situated five  kilometers away from mainland Dakar. During this tour, the FAZ boss saw the holding  holding cells  and some of the paraphernalia used in capturing and detaining slaves.

Meanwhile the Island was yesterday gripped with excitement when news spread that the Zambian football icon was around. Several people greeted Kalusha and we happier when they realised they could talk to him in French.
One lady by the name of Bigue  Ndoye was at a  point of tears as she shook hands with her hero saying it is her hope that her male children can grow up and be like Kalusha.

“I am very happy that today I have met a great man. May God bless you forever and ever” Ndoye said.

Kalusha is in Senegal as Vice Chairperson of the Organising Committe of CAF U23 championships currently going on in the Senegalese towns of Dakar and M’Bour.

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5 Responses to A city in Senegal honours Kalusha Bwalya

  1. Not surprising. The man gave his best during his playing career that he attracted attention on the whole continent. To some of us who had the privilege to travel abroad in the old days most customs officials upon seeing the Zambian Passport esp within Africa would exclaim the name of either KK or Kalusha. A true son of the soil.

    Ndine
    December 4, 2015 at 9:54 am
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  2. A king is not respected in his own land….and we keep insulting Great Kalu here.I love Kalu..

    KC
    December 4, 2015 at 10:49 am
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  3. Yes he was the king of African football , indeed the whole continent loved him.
    He pulled crowds where he went to play his game . I remember Nigerians teamed up to watch when zambia went to play in that country , screaming here here comes the king of African football .

    nshilimubemba
    December 4, 2015 at 10:58 am
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  4. AM HONORING CHAGWA AS WELL FOR DESTROYING SATA’S LEGACY.

    tripoli
    December 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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  5. congrats Kalu.thats awesome news indeed…

    Jeff Mwanza
    December 6, 2015 at 3:47 am
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