By Michael Kachitsa
Godfrey Chitalu (1947–1993) was a Zambian former professional footballer who represented the Zambia national football team in international level from 1968 to 1980.
During that time, he amassed 108 caps and scored 79 international goals making him the all-time record goalscorer for the Zambia national team, highest international goalscorer from an African nation and 4th-highest international goalscorer in history.
Nicknamed ‘Ucar’ after the Ucar Batteries which were advertised as long lasting, he was an energetic presence upfront and a menace for many even skilled defenders because of his speed and stamina.
There was a debate about the record for scoring the most goals in a year between Godfrey Chitalu and Lionel Messi. In 2012 Messi scored his 86th in that year which had meant he has surpassed Germany’s Gerd Mueller 40 years ago. But the Zambian Football Association claimed Godfrey Chitalu had scored 107 goals for club and country in 1972.