Gregory to join Chipolopolo

CHIPOLOPOLO coach Aggrey Chiyangi has summoned City of Lusaka goalkeeper Gregory Sanjase to the national team ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia on March 23 in Lusaka.
The match will be played at National Heroes Stadium.
The team goes into residential camp on Sunday at Wanish Lodge and Apartment in Lusaka.
Sanjase, 22, kept 14 clean sheets during the 2018 soccer season where Yamoto finished fifth on the log.
Zambia are at the bottom of Group K with four points.
Guinea Bissau and Namibia have eights points while Mozambique have seven points.

“We want to play our home games at Woodlands Stadium “, Fathy tells FAZ.

SUPER Division side NAPSA Stars coach Muhammad Fathi is not happy that his team is forced to play home matches away from Woodlands Stadium. 

Fathi told reporters today after his side lost 2-1 to Forest Rangers at Edwin Emboela Stadium in Lusaka that Napsa is the only team in the league to play five games away from home.

The pensioners use Woodlands Stadium as their home ground. 
“We have just played at our home ground this season once at Woodlands Stadium. We are hoping that after our game against Power Dynamos next week we will play our home match at Woodlands Stadium,” he said.
Napsa, have played five games at Emboela Stadium where they are televised live on Supersport.

The pensioners played their opening game of the season at Woodlands Stadium against  Nkwazi on February 27.

City starts clean slate

Undoubtably, it has got an illustrious history.

Granted it was in the pre-independence era, but still, City of Lusaka Football Club should be proud of having been able to attract a big name such as that of Jackie Sewell, the English footballer who once commanded the world-record transfer fee in the 1950s.

The argument could be that Sewell, who died in 2015 at the age of 89 and was the most expensive footballer in Britain after moving from Notts County to Sheffield Wednesday for a record £34,500 midway through the 1950-51season, was past his best when he joined City of Lusaka in1961.He was in his 30s and therefore in the evening of his career.

That is indeed true.

But you also have to look at it in the same way as David Beckham moving to LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer(MLS) in the UnitedStates; or Steven Gerrard doing the same ;or Zlatan Ibrahimovic doing the same.Or if you want, great Pele moving to the New York Cosmos in the late 70s after winning his three World Cups with Brazil.

They may have made their moves at the time their footballing powers had waned, but those moves make part of their footballing history. And the clubs they turned out for will proudly count them as being among those to have donned their colours.

It is the same for Sewell, who came to play for City of Lusaka in the then Northern Rhodesia as a  player coach before going onto play for, and captain, the newly independent  Zambia 10 times, thereby becoming one of the few footballers to have played for two different countries.When Sewell died, The Guardiain its obituary acknowledged City of Lusaka as one of the clubs he played for in addition to Aston Villa and Hull City.

Therefore, the story is part of City of Lusaka’s proud history. The club, formed in the mid 1930s, is one of the pioneers of organised Zambian football.

But in recent years, the story of the club has been a sad one, especially for those associated with City of Lusaka.Oftentimes than not, the club has made media headlines for the wrong reasons.

For a long time, City Yamoto, as it is fondly called by its die- hard fans, has been engulfed in wrangles both on and off the pitch. The squabbles eventually led to the demotion of the club from the Super Division in 2017, only a year after winning promotion to the top flight.

But even after going down, the wrangles did not go away. At the beginning of the league last year, two teams travelled to Eastern Province to face Katete Rangers in a league match. This scenario laid bare the deep problems that lay at City of Lusaka. To show the gravity of the problems and the concerns of the stakeholders, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development and Football House both condemned the incident.

Fortunately, with the help of senior citizens such as Chifumu Banda, Teddy Mulonga and others, the warring factions managed to come together and finish the season in sixth position on the log. At the beginning of last year, two separate executives were claiming legitimacy to the City of Lusaka throne. One executive was headed by Justin Zulu while the other was under the City of Lusaka Board of Trustees.

However, Chief Registrar of Societies, Thandiwe Phiri-Mhende announced in a letter dated January 9,2019 that she had cancelled the registration of City of Lusaka Football Clubn 1970, which was registered on September 7,2018. “It is the desire of this office [Chief Registrar of Societies] that the decision made would bring to a close the impasse that had arisen in view of the registration of the named society,” the letter read in part.

The registration was cancelled effective December 20,2018 in accordance with the Societies Act Cap119 of the Laws of Zambia.

Now, with order restored at the legendary club, which won its first and only league title 54years ago, Yamoto is now focused on regaining its past glory.

Football House is happy that peace and stability have returned to the black and white-coloured team.

“The end of the football impasse that gripped the club in the last one year is significant to the development of football at the club and the country at large,”Football AssociationofZambia(FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga says. Kamanga also expressed his  delight at the  massive infrastructure development that has taken shape at the club. Woodlands Stadium, the home of City of Lusaka, is classes above all stadiums in the country with the exception of Levy Mwanawasa in Ndola and Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

Situated in Woodlands residential area in Lusaka, the stadium, which is one of the oldest sports infrastructure in the country, accommodates slightly over 8,000 fans.

Forli Limited, which is owned by Lusaka businessman Diego Casilli, has invested millions of dollars in refurbishing the stadium in the last three years, and in the process created several hundreds of job opportunities for the local people.

The area around the stadium has been re-generated as a result of the renovations.

The David Lewanika Shopping Mall, named after the former deputy Chief Justice and City of Lusaka chairman, is also under construction. The mall, which will house Shoprite and Hungry Lion among other stores, is expected to be completed this May.

In  naming the mall after Judge Lewanika, a FAZ life- member who died in 2007, the club is recognising his enormous contribution to the game.

Woodlands Stadium itself is now hosting Super Division matches some of which are beamed live by SuperSport. Top Division sides Lusaka Dynamos and NAPSA Stars are using the facility for their home matches.

The outlook of City of Lusaka is looking good.

“We need to work together and build up the team and not personal issues,”says Zulu,the immediate former club chairman.

Being one of the pioneers of the game in the country, City should ideally be the elite club for top talent and among the country’s flag-carriers on the international stage.

“One of the major challenges that we had as a club is stability. So because we have never had stability, it is hard for us to keep a high quality technical bench and high quality players,”club General Secretary Bornwell Mwewa says. “And because of that, other clubs would get the best players at Woodlands Stadium.”

Mwewa says the club has put in place systems that are expected to take the 2008 Mosi Cup finalists to their dreamland. “Now, we have a very good technical bench[ headed by Boyd Mulwanda assisted by  Francis Majaka],we’ve the medical staff and hungry players who want to do something special this year,” he says.

“All of them are on contracts and on salaries, they have attractive conditions that will help us to ensure that we collectively achieve the desired results.

“Our fans must all come to Woodlands stadium.We were all disappointed with the problems that engulfed the club last year but that is in the past now and we must all work together towards a common goal to ensure that we get the desired results and win promotion at the end of  the season.

“We want all the fans to come back to the Stadium and support the team.Yamoto needs  the support of the fans.Yamoto is nothing without the fans.The community needs to come back and support their team.”

Country Choice Chicken and Capital Fisheries are some of the corporate sponsors who have come on board to support City of Lusaka. But Mwewa is still calling for more.

To the business community, I would like to say that City of Lusaka is open for business. Woodlands Stadium is open for business,”he says.“We’re ready to do business with progressive companies within Zambia and beyond. The fact that the Super Division matches are televised live on  SuperSport  gives an opportunity to companies to advertise their goods and services.”

The Yamoto flame has been lit again.

By Alex Njovu




We are open for business

CITY of Lusaka Chief executive Officer Bornwell Mwewa has called on the corporate world to come on board and support the legendary club.

Mwewa told the club’s media team yesterday in Lusaka that there is room for companies and individuals to do business with Yamoto.

“We have a world-class Stadium that is open for business. We have clubs in the Zambian Super Division that play their homes matches at Woodlands Stadium and these games are televised live by Super sport, this means that companies and the business community are able to advertise their goods and services,” Mwewa said.

Top sides Lusaka Dynamos and Napsa Stars play their home matches at the refurbished Stadium.
“To the business community, I would like to say that City of Lusaka Football Club is open for business. We are ready to do business with progressive companies within Zambia and beyond,” Mwewa said.
He said the business community must take advantage of the peace and stability that is prevailing at Woodlands Stadium to advertise their products.

“We have seasoned men and women from different fields that are working hard day and night to ensure that the clubs reclaims it’s glory,” he said.

Country Choice Chicken and Capital Fisheries are some of the Yamoto sponsors.

“We also have a number of organizations that are taking up advertising space in the Stadium because of the stability,” Mwewa said.

FAZ happy with City of Lusaka FC

The Football Association of Zambia(FAZ) wishes to express its happiness with the prevailing peace and stability at City of Lusaka Football Club.

FAZ President Andrew Kamanga says that the end of the football impasse that gripped the club in the last one year is significant to the development of football at the club and the country at large.

The Association President also expressed delight at the massive infrastructure development that has taken shape at the club.

Kamanga is confident that the 8,000 capacity stadium will be able to host some Super Division matches that will be televised by the Super League official broadcaster, SuperSport.

Lusaka Dynamos and Napsa Stars are earmarked to play their home matches at Woodlands stadium.

Last week, FAZ held a closed door meeting with City of Lusaka officials where the two parties discussed a wide range of issues of developmental issues.

Obituary- Hector Chilombo: City of Lusaka Football Club will miss you. You have Gone too soon

SOCCER fans were last week on Thursday morning greeted with screaming headlines on various social media platforms of the passing away of coach Hector Sikazwe Chilombo.
Chilombo, 50, died at University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka around 04:00 hours after an illness.
He was involved with Zambian football close to three decades both as a player and as a coach where he worked with a number of players both at various clubs and the under – 20 national team.
Some of the players that Chilombo drilled include Nasha Kaya, Roderick Kabwe, Davy Daka, Patson Daka, Ronald Kampamba, Kebby Hachipuka, Lubambo Musonda, Joseph Lungu, Simon Tembo, Juma Mutale, Austin Muwowo, Julius Situmbeko, Boyd Mkandawire, Peter Mulenga and Paul Phiri.
Others are Joel Kanyemba, Mangani Banda, Lighton Kasolota, Bornwell Silengo, Edward Tembo, Benedict Chepeshi, Henry Banda, Joseph Zimba, Kenny Mumba, Francis Kombe, Bromson Chama, Paul Katema, Dube Phiri, Spencer Sautu, Chares Zulu, Larry Bwalya, Kelvin Chinyama, Patrick Ngoma, Saith Sakala, Lottie Nyiambili, Kunda Mushota, Austin Muwowo and Evans Kangwa among others.
Kaya was probably his most loved player as he featured for almost all the clubs that Chilombo coached and it is not surprising that the lanky striker has joined hundreds of people in mourning the former international defender.
“Coach Hector Chilombo, you’ve gone too soon. May your soul rest in peace,” Kaya grieved on his Facebook page.
Chilombo played for Profound Warriors, now Napsa Stars and City of Lusaka and was part of the team that helped Yamoto, as City is known among its faithful to finish sixth on the Super Division log in1995.
Later on, City played in the final of the defunct Mosi Cup in 1998 against Power Dynamos at Independence Stadium in Lusaka and the Kitwe side won 1-0.
As a player Chilombo had stints with Zanaco, Lusaka Tigers, Council Warriors, and Kalulushi Modern Stars before moving to South Africa to play professional football.
In South African Chilombo played for various teams among them Lenesia Dynamos, Manning Rangers, AmaZulu and Chartworthy United.
Chilombo, who came on the scene after the Gabon air disaster in 1993, featured for the Zambia national team from 1993 to 1998 and was part of the team that won the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Senior Challenge Cup in 1997.
His greatest achievement as a coach was when he guided Zambia to the 2015 Senegal under-20 Africa Cup of Nations where the junior Chipolopolo had a disastrous outing.
Zambia lost 1-0 to Mali and suffered a 2- 1 defeat against Ghana before succumbing to a 5-2 bashing by South Africa in the final Group B match to bow out of the competition and consequently fail to qualify for the 2015 under 20 World Cup that was held in New Zealand.
Chilombo qualified Zambia to the Under – 20 Africa Cup without losing a game, beating Mozambique 4-0 in two legs in the first round before thumping Malawi 3-1 on aggregate in the last round to book a spot at the youth tournament.
He was also part of the under- 20 technical bench that won the COSAFA championship in Botswana in 2011.
Some of the teams that he coached included Forest Rangers, Indeni, Power Dynamos, Napsa Stars, Red Arrows and City of Lusaka.
He helped Napsa finish fifth on the log in the 2014 MTN/FAZ Super Division and the Pensioners participated in the Barclays Cup.

His last assignment was at Nchanga Rangers last season.

Chilombo had several coaching badges that included Confederation of African Football (CAF) B license, High level KNVB advanced coaching course, High level Germany coaching course, diploma in continental course for instructors and street football, a course that was held in Tunis, Tunisia in 2007.
He also possessed Football Association (FA) level two certificate, in coaching football under European Union of Football Associations (UEFA) from Leeds Metropolitan University in England.
He was born on November 19, 1968 to Evans Chilombo Sikazwe and Ismali Nalupya Chilombo Sikazwe in Livingston.
He went to Mpelembe, Mutende and Mwense primary schools in Luanshya, Mansa and Mwense.
He completed his Grade 12 at Kalulushi secondary school and after that he started playing football for Kalulushi Modern Stars.
He was number six, in a family of 11 children, two girls and nine boys.
Chilombo married Hope Siame with whom he had three children namely, Mwinji, Chamutu and Njavwa.
He worked for the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) in Kalulushi on the Copperbelt between 1989 -1991, Zambia National Commercial Bank (Zanaco) between 1991 -2000 and Zambia National Provident Fund now called National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA) as a record clerk.
Several soccer administrators and coaches have described him as a humble man who contributed positively to the growth of football in the country.
Chilombo’s elder brother, a sportsman himself Dennis Sikazwe said the family has lost a breadwinner.
“My young brother’s death has shocked the family. We have been robbed of a hard working young man. He was a reliable member of the family, a honest person,” Sikazwe said.
City Circuit coach Mathews Phiri has described Chilombo as a good man.
“I have known Hector Chilombo since was playing football at City of Lusaka. He was like my younger brother, he was like my son,” Phiri said.
“It is painful to lose him (Chilombo). We worked well with him even when I left Red Arrows and he remained in charge of the team he would still come and consult me. It is devastating,” he said.
City of Lusaka chairman Kaitanu Chungu said: “Hector Chilombo was a good coach,”
Former City chairman Justin Zulu described Chilombo as a good sportsman who worked hard to develop football in the country.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga said Chilombo will be remembered for his services to the nation both as a player and coach.
Former City of Lusaka coach Roberto Landi said the death of Chilombo has touched him.
“Hector was one of my assistant coaches when I was at City of Lusaka in 2017. He was a good man. H loved his job. I wish his family God’s strength,” Landi said from Georgia,”
Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZaFCA) vice-president Lewis Shambulo described Chilombo’s death as a blow.“He was my player for a very long time. I was with him at Profund Warriors and then he played under me at City of Lusaka again somewhere in 1993 and 1994. When we lost the national team in the Gabon air disaster in 1993 Chilombo was one of those that were called to the national team,” Shambulo recalled.
Milenge Member of Parliament Mwansa Mbulakulima said the country has been robbed of a dedicated coach. “I knew Hector many years back when he was just young in Mansa. We have been family friends for a long time, it’s really sad. He had passion for football,” Mbulakulima, who is also former FAZ executive committee member, said.
Zambia Sports Fans Association patron Peter Makembo said the association will remember Chilombo as a dedicated coach. Makembo said Chilombo’s death is saddening because he still had a lot to offer to Zambian game.
Rest in Peace Coach Chilombo.

FAZ Division Zone One result

Kafue Celtic 2 City of Lusaka 2

Dickson Mwanza and Timothy Banda scored for City of Lusaka.
This is good result for City considering that we were away.  Next is Rifflemen at Woodlands Stadium.

Kangwa tips City to win promotion

CHIPARAMBA coach Chilufya Kangwa has tipped City of Lusaka to win promotion from FAZ Division One Zone One this season.
Kangwa, whose side lost 7-2 to City in a friendly today at Napsa Complex in Lusaka said Yamoto will win promotion to the elite league.
Yamoto were relegated to the division 1 in 2017.
Kangwa told in an interview today that there is nothing that will stop Yamoto from achieving it’s target.
The former Malamba midfielder said he is impressed with the discipline of the players.
“I don’t see any team in Division One that can stop City of Lusaka from winning promotion.  We have played friendly matchss with almost all the teams in Division One Zone One and I can safely say City will play Super Division football at the end of the season, if only the players can listen to the instructions of the coaches and certain things are put in place,” Kangwa said.
Kangwa is happy with the general organization of the team.
“The players are disciplined. They have the pace and they play as a team which is very good in football,” said Kangwa, however advised Yamoto coaches Boyd Mulwanda and his assistant Francis Majaka to work on the midfield.
“In the first place the two coaches(Mulwanda and Majaka) have done a good job. They are top coaches with a lot of experience. They have assembled a young team but I think the midfield needs to be looked at because my young players outplayed them especially in the first half, ” he said.
Kangwa also called on everyone associated with Yamoto to support the team in its quest to win promotion.
“Motivation is very important in football. The executive committee  members and other stakeholders must ensure that the coaches and the players are motivated so that they can deliver the desired results. It is important to remember that the coaches and  players have families and football is their only source of income,” Kangwa said.
He wished City success in the 2019 season.

Milanzi wants to score 12 goals

STRIKER Lawrence Milanzi is targeting scoring twelve goals this season to help City of Lusaka win promotion to the top flight.

Milanzi,netted a brace when Yamoto demolished hapless Chiparamba 7-2 in a practics match played at Napsa Complex today in Lusaka.

He told the City of Lusaka media team that he is ready for the league which kicks off on Saturday.

Yamoto will take on Kafue Celtic in the league opener at Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka.

Milanzi, 19, who is the nephew to former Nchanga Rangers, Club Deportive Zamora and Zambia national team striker Harry Milanzi, said he wants to be the top scorer in the championship.

“I am very fit this season. Last season I did not play a lot of games because I was injured but this time am fine and ready for the league. I want to score a total of 12-goals which I think will be enough to help my team win promotion,” Milanzi said.