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Kalusha Bwalya

Full name: Kalusha Bwalya
Nickname(s): Great Kalu
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: August 16, 1963 in Mufulira, Copperbelt, Zambia
Affiliations: Cercle Brugge, Brugge (BEL)
Country: ZAM Zambia
Sport: Football

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Generally simply known as "Kalusha", Bwalya is Zambia's most successful football player ever. With the Zambian team, he upset Italy in the preliminary round of the 1988 Olympics, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-0 shock victory. Although eliminated in the quarter-finals, it earned Kalusha a transfer to PSV, winners of the European Cup that year. He played for the Dutch side for 6 seasons, winning three championships. Because he played in Europe, Kalusha was not on the disastrous flight in April 1993 that killed most of the Zambian internationals while flying to a World Cup qualifier in Senegal. Kalusha spearheaded the rebuilding of the national team, and captained the side to a berth in the final of the 1994 African Cup of Nations, where Nigeria's Super Eagles beat them. After that season, he continued his career in Mexico, except for a brief spell in Abu Dhabi. He was nominated as a playing coach of the Zambian national side in 2004, but failed to qualify for the World Cup. After a first round exit in the 2006 African Cup of Nations, Bwalya resigned from this post.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Football Men's Football Zambia ZAM 5T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Football Zambia ZAM Final Standings 5T 1988-09-17 6 0 0
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Football Zambia ZAM Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 1988-09-25 FRG 4, ZAM 0 0 0 0
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Football Zambia ZAM Group B Match #2 1T 1988-09-17 ZAM 2, IRQ 2 1 0 0
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Football Zambia ZAM Group B Match #3 1 1988-09-19 ZAM 4, ITA 0 3 0 0
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Football Zambia ZAM Group B Match #5 1 1988-09-21 ZAM 4, GUA 0 2 0 0
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