KALUSHA Bwalya says the decision to drop Christopher Katongo from the national team entirely lies with the Chipolopolo technical bench.

And Bwalya says Katongo has sacrificed a lot for Zambia and deserves respect and sympathy from all well-meaning soccer fans.

“Chris Katongo needs to move on from the camp debacle, recover and give more to football and the nation of Zambia. I feel sad for what happened to Chris because the Katongo I know is a disciplined soldier, a dedicated footballer and a good family man.

He may have made a mistake here and there but like in a football match, you can get a yellow card and even a red card but you have to come back stronger afterwards,” said Bwalya in an interview.

The FAZ president added: “Katongo has given his life to Zambian football and so deserves respect.

We cannot crucify such a man like sadists. He needs sympathy from all of us. But because he needs to be a good example, Chris [Katongo] needs to recoup himself and come back stronger.”

Katongo was sent away from the Chipolopolo camp that was preparing for the game against Niger on October 15, when he was alleged to have skipped camp and spent a night in his girlfriend’s room.

There were also reports of a fallout with the technical bench and accusations of being a bad influence within the camp.

And the friendly against Ivory Coast will be played at the National Heroes Stadium.


The parents of Reeva Steenkamp believed the conviction of culpable homicide that Oscar Pistorius received for shooting their daughter was not the right one.

Barry Steenkamp’s brother Mike told the Guardian that the family had to constantly relive the night of Reeva’s death. He said that the experience was a daily occurrence. He added that it was not something that one could sweep under the carpet and its goes.

The BBC reports that two courts in South Africa were now debating Judge Thokozile Masipa’s verdict so far in the Oscar Pistorius trial – the court of public opinion and that of legal experts.

Legal experts say she followed the law impeccably, by looking at the evidence before her and then evaluating whether the state had proven its case. But others have been unsettled by her ruling that Mr Pistorius was not guilty of murder, though she has yet to reveal her verdict on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Mark Gevisse wrote for financial Times that Oscar’s trail had pitted two images of South Africa against each other. He analyzed that on one side there was Pistorius, who had repeatedly proved he to be contemptuous of the law.

While on the other side Geviesse wrote that there was a woman, Judge Masipa. He reported that in South Africa, many people were angry with her judgment and feel Pistorius should have been found guilty of murder. Other commentators had also described the trial as a Hollywood movie.

They viewed that Oscar Pistorius court case had all the elements of a Hollywood drama, a superstar sporting hero, a beautiful victim, a glamorous lifestyle and, on Valentine’s Day – a dramatic killing.

Oscar Pistorious joins other high profile sportsmen convicted of murder. He joins the likes of Bruno Souza — Brazilian soccer player Brazilian.

Bruno Souza, star goalkeeper of the celebrated Flamengo soccer club, was accused of arranging the killing of former lover, Eliza Samudio, a Brazilian model and mother to his child. According to the police, she was beaten and murdered by a former police officer, before parts of her were fed to dogs.

Oscar also joins convicted Hiroshi Ogawa. Hiroshi Ogawa a retired pitcher for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball was convicted of murder in the first degree.

According to the prosecution, Ogawa, 43, was heavily in debt and demanded money from the housekeeper of the chairman of an industrial waste plant.

When she refused, he burglarized the house, stealing 1.75 million yen ($20,000), and drowned the housekeeper, 67-year-old Kazuko Nishiuchi, in a nearby lake. On Sept. 29, 2005, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

From 1997 to 1999, Rae Carruth was an NFL wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers. In 1999, his girlfriend Cherica Adams, eight months pregnant with his child at the time, is the victim of a drive-by shooting.

She places a 911 call claiming that Carruth had driven in front of her and stopped his car while another vehicle stopped alongside her and the passenger shot her. Adams died a month later, though their child survives. He was convicted and sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison.

Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson case is not different from Oscar’s case. Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson played football for the University of Southern California, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1968.

After his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were found murdered in 1994, O.J. Simpson stood trial for both homicides. Simpson assembled a “dream team” of lawyers, and was acquitted of criminal charges on Oct. 3, 1995, though he was convicted in civil court. In 2008, Simpson was convicted on a 2007 charge of kidnapping and armed robbery, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In deed Oscar’s name is a bitter name to mention. Many people are still puzzled with nature of events that happened with Reeva Steenkamp. It is only Oscar who knows the truth but from the analysis of his talk in the court it was clear that Oscar killed the girlfriend out of anger. Judge Masipa also erred in her judgment. Her judgment shows that celebrities will always dodge justice and making the poor wallow in injustices.

As June Steenkamp said many people wanted to know what had happened. Reeva died a horrible death,a horrible, painful, terrible death and she suffered. It’s difficult to believe that he shot through the door and the judge believed that it was an accident. Surely this case is a fallacy of justice


By KALUMIANA KALUMIANA At Arthur Davies Stadium –

Power 2 Zesco 1
POWER Dynamos yesterday beat Zesco United in Kitwe to end their three-match winless run and also cut the gap with the latter to just two points after the MTN-FAZ Premier League Week 21 matches.

Zanaco drew 1-all with Roan United but still maintained top slot on 44 points, two ahead of Zesco while Power moved to 40 points.
Kobe Chipeta scored from an acute angle in the 29th minute just eight minutes after replacing an injured Kennedy Mudenda to also record his debut goal for Power since joining them this season from Lime Hotspurs.

Power’s lead lasted just two minutes after Jackson Mwanza equalised to see the two sides go 1-all into the break.

Striker Lottie Phiri scored the winner in the 65th minute to end Zesco’s seven-game unbeaten run having not tasted defeat since June 29 when they lost 1-nil away to Kabwe Warriors.

Roan United 1 Zanaco 1
Ten-man Roan United denied Zanaco a win a week after the latter lost 2-1 to Nkana when they drew at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe. Arthur Kaseloki put Roan ahead in the 24th minute before Moses Phiri earned Zanaco a point via a spot kick in the 31st minute.

Roan were reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute when Rogers Kamwandi was red carded by Lusaka based referee Chiwoyu Sinyangwe.

Napsa 1 Warriors 1
From Sunset Stadium, Napsa Stars came from behind to salvage a point against Kabwe Warriors but missed the chance to close up on the leading pack, reports SANDRA MWILA.

Josphat Kasusu gave Warriors the lead in the 46th minute after unleashing past Napsa goalkeeper Scot Ngonkene after connecting a nice pass from Lameck Kafwaya but Jean Paul Sato levelled matters in the 57th minute to move his side up to 38 points while the Kabwe side is on 26 points.

Assembly 0 Rangers 1
At Edwin Imboela Stadium, SHAMAOMA MUSONDA reports that Zambia Under-17 striker Patson Daka made the difference in this match as he handed his troubled side ‘Brave’ Nchanga Rangers a vital win.

A 28th minute strike was all that was needed for Rangers to take away all three points having failed to win in the last five matches and moved to 26 points, one above a stuttering National Assembly, who now just have one win in six games.

Eagles 2 Mine Police 0
GREEN Eagles ended Konkola Mine Police four-match unbeaten run thanks to goals by striker Linekar Mwikisa, on loan from Green Buffaloes, and Chansa Katongo as the home side moved up to 24 points while the Chililabombwe side remains in the relegation waters on 17 points.

Arrows 0 Buffaloes 0
Red Arrows were still left searching for their first win in 11 matches after recording a third successive draw since the appointment of Mathews Mwale and his assistant Albert Kachinga following eight straight draws that saw the firing of Oswald Mutapa.

The draw saw Buffaloes going up to 23 points while Arrows have now got 20 points to be heavily involved in the relegation battles.

Blades 1 Indeni 0
Konkola Blades beat Indeni 1-0 at Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe to end their five-match losing streak. Humphrey Maseneko scored the games’ lone goal in the 70th minute to hand Blades its first win since June 6 when they beat Red Arrows 2-1 away in Lusaka.

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Nanjing, China: Zambian sprinter Sydney Siame laid claimed to the title of the world’s fastest kid when he won the 100 metres final at the Youth Olympics on Saturday.

The 16-year-old African took out the blue-riband event by the barest of margins in a time of 10.56 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Japan’s Kenta Oshima.

There was drama in women’s final when the pre-race favourite, Poland’s Ewa Nikola Swoboda, was disqualified for a false start. Swoboda was ushered away from the starting blocks after she appeared to tumble forward before the gun went off.

When the race was restarted, China’s Liang Xiojing showed her rivals a clean pair of heels by storming to victory in 11.65. “I didn’t expect the Polish athlete to be disqualified today,” Liang said. “I just wanted to run as fast as I could.”

China won four of the 13 gold medals on offer on the first day of track and field at the second edition of the summer Youth Olympics, extending the host-nation’s lead in the medals table.

British gymnast Giarnni Regini Moran collected his second gold medal in Nanjing when he added the men’s floor to the all-around title earlier in the week.

“It is unbelievable to come away with two gold medals so far and I am going to try my hardest to come away with more,” said Regini Moran.
Russia’s Seda Tutkhalyan, who won the women’s all-around title, picked up a second gold when she won the uneven bars on Saturday.

As expected, China won the table tennis mixed final, linking the men’s individual winner Fan Zhendong with the women’s winner Liu Gaoyang.
Wu Shengping easily won the women’s 10-metre platform diving competition for the host-nation, finishing off with a backward two-and-a-half somersault.

China’s Zhong Xiuting stormed home on the final leg to win the women’s individual modern pentathlon, a sport she only took up because of her love of horses after being told she would never make it as a swimmer.

Poland’s Kamil Adrian Majchrzak was a surprise winner of the men’s tennis title, beating Brazil’s Orlando Moraes Luz 6-4 7-5. Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina teamed up with Iryna Shymanovich to win the women’s doubles gold after they faced off against each other in the singles on Friday.

Armenia’s Simon Martirosyan was an easy winner of the men’s 85 kilograms and over weightlifting competition. He posted a total of 391kg, 55kg more than his nearest rival, and broke the world record for a junior in his weight class in the clean and jerk.

“I wish I had more competition, I do a better job when I am challenged,” he said.

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Transfer Clock: 39 days until the transfer window closes, here are the key developments you need to know…
One in, four out at Chelsea?
Chelsea are to add one to their squad but lose several, report The Mail. The paper write that Didier Drogba’s return is nearing, with Jose Mourinho keen on the striker.
Mourinho said: “If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger. The team is not about the eleven. It is about the different options and as an option I would not say no about the possibility.”
Up to five players could leave the club however, with Lucas Piazon securing a season long loan switch to Eintracht Frankfurt. Following him will be Marko Marin, linked with a permanent move to Besiktas and Hannover. Josh McEachran is also wanted by Spanish sides, George Saville at Wigan, and Patrick van Aanholt close to a move to Sunerland.
City’s Mangala deal close
Eliaquim Mangala is near to being unveiled as a Manchester City player, but it is not quite done yet. A video showing him talking about his future at the club appeared on Twitter, report the Manchester Evening News, before being taken down. The Porto centre-back had a medical earlier this month and an announcement is expected to be a formality.
Everton’s Besic move
There are conflicting reports on Everton’s expected signing of Bosnian international Muhamed Besic. The Mirror report the deal is imminent and the 21-year-old will be unveiled next week. The Mail however claim the deal is being held up due to an agent disagreement. The paper report the deal is being held up over paperwork over who is owed what of the £3.5 million fee, but the transfer is still expected to go through.

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Lil Wayne Is Starting A Sports Management Company, And has signed his first client, The World’s Biggest football Star.. C ronaldo
Beyond rapping, Lil Wayne has ventured into clothing, accessories, and a number of other business ventures — not to mention a label presidency. And now he’s expanding his empire once again, according to TMZ.
Usually in the rap industry, if one guy does it, everyone else soon follows. That’s even the case for Jay Z’s recent venture into the world of sports management, as another rapper has now entered the race.
Weezy has partnered with PolarisSports, an affiliate of CAA and GestiFute. Wayne will reportedly handle all of Ronaldo’s marketing and endorsement deals in the United States.
Earlier yesterday, Ronaldo tweeted a photo of himself with the Prime Minister of Japan holding up the Young Money sign.
“My homie Christiano Ronaldo got the President of Japan throwing up Young money! He too real 4dat! Young Muulah baby!” Lil Wayne tweeted.

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