Chitalu’s record spins football world
Arguably the best player ever to grace Zambia’s football, Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu was known for his prolific goal scoring record over four decades ago.
His exploits were not recognized by the world governing football body Fifa and few knew of his name let alone his prowess until Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller’s record of scoring the most goals in a calendar year.
Nicknamed ‘Ucar’ by renowned and legendary football commentator Dennis Liwewe since the league was sponsored by Ucar batteries, the story of the Chipolopolo star has unfolded like a script never written before.
Zambians have made known that they want the man to be recognized, feted and celebrated.
Hence, a verification team comprising of Jerry Muchimba and Sports analyst Musonda Chibulu presented the list below and paper cuttings to FAZ Vice president Boniface Mwamelo.
"We feel in Zambia that Messi has not broken the record for most goals scored in a calendar year. Here in Zambia, in 1972, Late "Ucar" Godfrey Chitalu, died in 1993 as Zambia coach in the Gabon disaster, scored 107 goals in official matches organised by our FA, an affiliate of CAF and FIFA, in Africa Club Championship and a World Cup qualifier," said Musonda.
"There is documentary evidence to this effect based on match reports for the year 1972." "In fact, Chitalu scored a staggering 116 goals the entire season including friendlies whose tally has been eliminated from the 107."
"We feel that Fifa must now recognise this record after documentary evidence was forwarded to the Zambian FA for onward transmission to Zurich."
"We don't believe Messi will break this record because he is just a few weeks from the end of this calendar year. Messi is an exceptional player in our generation but the record must be put straight that Chitalu is the one who holds the record for most goals scored in a calendar year by any footballer on earth ever."
He also commented on Muchimba’s research.
“It’s great sense of national pride and honour both for Zambia and the late Ucar Godfrey Chitalu. It took five years for Jerry Muchimba to compile the historical facts.”