Godfrey 'Ucar' Chitalu
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Godfrey "Ucar" Chitalu was Zambia’s greatest footballer. He scored more than 100 goals in a calendar year, and was also among the greatest African players according to a list released by the Confederation of African Football in 2006.
Godfrey "Ucar" Chitalu traces the life story of the football player, from his early life to his exploits in the Zambian league for Kitwe United and the Kabwe Warriors, as well as his brushes with football authorities. His national team career is examined in detail, highlighting the key games he played alongside match reports and a list of the goals he scored. The 107 goals that Chitalu scored in 1972 are documented in great detail.
The book also looks at Chitalu’s life outside football, his playing and coaching career and gives an insight into how football was shaped over the years in Zambia. The Gabon air disaster of 1993, which claimed the lives of thirty Zambian players, coaches, officials and crew, including Chitalu, is also re-visited.
Author Jerry Muchimba shares his own inspirations behind his decision to embark on research into Zambian football, the same research that would go on to play a cardinal role when his country challenged Lionel Messi’s claim to the most goals scored in a calendar year. The goal record challenge is shared in great detail, culminating in FIFA’s ruling on the topic of who holds the record for scoring most goals in a calendar year. This effectively denied Chitalu his place in football history…
Godfrey "Ucar" Chitalu is the first ever biography of a Zambian footballer, and will appeal to any fans of the sport and its history.