Kalusha Bwalya’s Lucky Escape

By Michael Kachitsa

Kalusha Bwalya, the Zambia’s football player survived the terrible plane crash in Gabon in 1993, in which all the Zambia team lost its life. He after promised he would lead the team to soldier on and attain more glory. Kalusya led the Zambia team to reach their first victory in the African Cup of Nations, lifting the cup in a tournament that happened in 2012. This would be close to ten years anniversary of the tragedy.

That day the Zambian squad, remembered as one of the Africa’s most talented team in history, was headed to to the Fifa World Cup Qualifier match against Senegal in Dakar. The plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off from Libreville, Gabon. All the 25 passengers and five crew members passed away.

Only 3 people survived the terrible accident, just because for several reasons they were not on board: namely, Bwalya, being one of these, survived as he travelled separately with the team to Dakar to meet up with the squad from his base in Europe, where he played for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

And it was just in the emotional mark of respect moment at the graves when Kalusha Bwalya decided to dedicate his career and his life to the rebirth of Zambia National Football team, in honour of the dramatic disappearance of his teammates.

Kalusha Bwalya

Source – TDM 2000 International