Welcome to the 2023 First Edition of the Chipolopolo Die Hards Weekend wrap. The platform had gone on a mini break but now back full throttle. Several players have made moves while others are in the process of completing moves. Over the weekend though some were involved in league and cup action as leagues slowly resumed in many parts of the world, with the likes of Botswana based winger Ronnel Manyanga and now Congo based striker Alex Ngonga finding the back of the net at his base and over in Croatia former Djurgarden midfielder Emmanuel Banda made his debut in the Balkans for the NK Rijeka side, and it was a goal and point on debut for former AFC Wimbledon Youth player Troy Chiabi at his new base in the Vanarama League, all this and more in the Chipolopolo Die Hards Weekend Wrap!
In the Botswana Premier League, former Lumwana Radiants striker Joseph Pyele was not included in the match day squad for the Jwaneng Galaxy side that convincingly beat the Masitaoka FC side 4-1 in a match that was played at the Molepolole Sports Complex.
Ronel Manyanga was on target for the Gaborone United side that picked up maximum points following their 3-0 win over Masitaoka FC.
Zambian striker Webster Muzaza and his Uniao Desportiva do Songo teammates are on season break and still toasting to their League triumph.
RD CONGO 🇨🇩
Former Nkana striker Alex Ngonga scored a brace for the TP Mazembe side that recorded a 3-2 win in their friendly encounter against the US Panda side. Club/countrymates Rainford Kalaba and Tandi Mwape also featured for Mazembe.
SOUTH AFRICA 🇿🇦
Zambia’s most capped player Kennedy Mweene was not included in the match day squad for the Mamelodi Sundowns side that grinded out a 1-0 win in their encounter away at Kaizer Chiefs.
Over at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Zambian midfielder Rally Bwalya came on off the bench to play the last 12 minutes of the match for the Amazulu side that shared the spoils following their 1-1 stalemate with the Marumo Gallants side.
Hard working winger Rodrick Kabwe played 87 minutes of the match for the Sekhukhune United side that managed a narrow 1-0 victory in their home encounter against Swallows FC. Club/country-mate Toaster Nsabata was an unused substitute. On the opposite end former Black Leopards striker Mwape Musonda came on off the bench to play the last 10 minutes of the match for Swallows.
The Gavin Hunt coached SuperSport United side were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw in their home encounter against Richards Bay. Zambian striker Gamphani Lungu played 60 minutes of the match for SuperSport.
John Friday Samu came off the bench to play the last 10 minutes for the Maritzburg United side that grabbed a late 1-0 win in their derby encounter against Lamontville Golden Arrows.
2 Time ABSA Premiership golden boot winner/record goal scoring Zambian in South African football Collins Mbesuma was on the technical bench playing the role of assistant coach for the Pretoria Callies side that thrashed his former employers University Of Pretoria 3-0 in an ABC Motsepe Foundation Championship fixture.
Zambian striker Titus Kapijimpanga was not included in the MM Platinum [La Masia] match day squad for their match against Cape Town All Stars.
Elsewhere in the Motsepe Foundation Championship, Zambian goalkeeper coach Sam Zenga’ Banda was on the technical bench occupying the role of goalkeeper coach for the Black Leopards side that registered a 2-1 defeat in their home encounter against cane cutters Uthongathi.
Over in the SAFA Tshwane Regional League [Calvin Chibwe] younger brother of Cyril Mwenya Chibwe had an off weekend.
2012 AFCON winning defender Davies Nkausu is still a Free Agent and working on his coaching badges in South Africa.
Liniker Mbesuma and Morientes Mbesuma both featured for the Jomo Cosmos side that shared the spoils after playing out to a 1-1 draw in their practice match against the Future Stars FC side.
In the NBC Premier League, former Power Dynamos striker Kennedy Musonda made his debut for the Young Africans side that managed a 1-0 victory in their home fixture against Ruvu Shooting.
Elsewhere in the NBC Premier League the Zambian duo of Moses Phiri [unwell] and Clatous Chama were both not available for selection for the Simba Sports Club side that picked up all 3 points in their away fixture at Dodoma Jiji which they won by a 1-0 score.
Obrey Chirwa [Ihefu FC]
Lewis Macha and his Malindi Sport Club teammates had an off weekend.
In the Supersport HNL, on-loan Kabwe Warriors midfielder Prince Mumba [NK came on as a late substitute to feature for the NK Istra 1961 side that played out to a goalless draw in their SuperSport HNL encounter against Slaven Belupo.
Elsewhere in the Supersport HNL, former Djurgarden midfilder Emmanuel Banda came on as a late substitute for thr HNK Rijeka side that forced a 1-1 draw in their away encounter at NK Osijek.
Over in the Druga NL , Peter Chikola and his NK Zagorec teammates had a quiet weekend.
CZECH REPUBLIC 🇨🇿
Ngosa Sunzu was an unused substitute for the FK Teplice side that suffered a 3-1 defeat in their Club Friendly encounter against the Rapid Vienna side.
elsewhere, Benson Sakala and his FK Viagem Pribram teammates had to endure a weekend without football aftar their Club Friendly encounter against FC Slovan Velvary was called off.
Mpande Youth Academy product Edward Chilufya and his FC Midtylland teammates played out to a 0-0 draw in their Club Friendly encounter against German outfit FC St. Pauli.
The AC Horsens side settled for a 2-2 tie in their Club Friendly against Aalborg. Zambian wing wizard Lubambo Musonda featured for Horsens.
Zambian midfielder Valance Nambishi featured for the FC Fredericia side in their 2-1 Club Friendly defeat against the Randers FC side.
In the Srien, Zambian youngster Charles Ntambakwa Chishimba Manana and his Vejgaard BK teammates had an off weekend.
In the English Premier League, it ended all square at 1-1 in the match involving Brighton and Leicester. Zambian striker Patson Daka featured as a late substitute for Leicester.
British striker of Zambian descent Chanka Zimba played 90 minutes up top for the Cardiff City U21 side that sipped to a 2-1 defeat in their Premier League Cup [Youth] encounter.
British-born defender of Zambian descent Jadel Katongo marshalled the defense for the Manchester City U21 side that battled to a 0-0 draw in their away fixture at the Leicester City U21 side.
British striker [eligible to play for Zambia] Olly Hesford and his Squires Gate FC teammates had an off weekend.
British midfielder of Zambian descent Tom Chiabi had an off weekend as was the case with his Sunderland AFC U21 teammates.
In the Vanarama League, British striker Troy of Zambian descent Troy Chiabi scored on debut for the Blyth Spartans side that came from behind to force a 2-2 draq in their encounter against the Gloucester City side.
Zambian Left Back Mambwe Chilufya is currently a Free Agent, the former Glossop North End defender is looking for a new club.
Zambian attacking midfielder Donald Chimalilo [Guiseley
Former Wigan U18 striker Mwiya Malumo was not included in the match day squad for the Nantwich Town FC side that suffered a cruel 4-0 defeat in their home encounter against Stalybridge Celtic.
Kafue Celtics product Chanda Mulenga and his Nuneaton Griff teammates had an off weekend.
Over in the Kakkonen [3rd tier] Norwegian striker of Zambian descent Emie Olsen and his Jakobstads BK teammates are on pre season.
Zambian striker Jack Daniel Kalichi Lahne was an unused substitute for the Ujpest FC side that drew 1-1 when they played host to Slovak side FK Podbrezova.
I the Ligaeumit, Zambian midfield stalwart Nathan Sinkala featured for the Kafr Qasim side that recorded a narrow 1-0 defeat in their home fixture against the Kfar Saba side.
In the Serie A TIM, Zambian winger Lameck Banda came off the bench to play the last 26 minutes of the match for the US Lecce side that dropped all 3 points following a 2-0 defeat in their away fixture at Hellas Verona.
In the Campionato Primavera 1, Mannah Chiwisa played the full 90 minutes of the match for the Atalanta U19 side that defeated Bologna [U19] 1-0.
NORTHERN IRELAND 🇬🇧
In the Danske Bank Premiership,, South African-born Irish striker of Zambian descent BJ Banda came off the bench to play the lat 10 minutes of the match for the Larne FC side that held Crusaders FC to a 0-0 draw.
Zambian born Norwegian striker Kabamba Tumba Kabalatama and his Moss FK teammates are currently on pre season. They’ll be competing in the second tier this season aftar having earned promotion last season.
In the Liga 3, Zambian winger Kenneth Kalunga played 90 minutes of the match for the Lusitania de Lourossa FC side that thrashed the Rebordosa FC side 2-0.
Over in the AF Aveiro Campeonato Sabseg Zona Norte, Zambian striker Martin Luther “King” Chibambo was not included in thw match day squad for the ADC Lobao side that was handed a 3-1 defeat in thier away fixture at Fiaes SC.
Evans Kangwa [Arsenal Tula]
The ever improving Fashion Sakala played 77 minutes of the match for the Rangers FC side that grinded out a 1-0 win in their away cup encounter at St. Johnstone.
Zambian defender Frankie Chisenga Musonda is still out injured [Ayr United]
Scottish-born midfielder of Zambian descent Mainza Mutenge [formerly on the books of the Shettleston FAC U20 side is a Free Agent.
The Red Star Belgrade side posted a 3-2 win in their Club Friendly encounter against the Dinamo Tiblisi side. Zambian midfield dynamo Kings Kangwa featured for Red Star Belgrade]
In the La Liga SmartBank, Belgian midfielder of Zambian descent Charly Musonda Jr was an unused substitute for the Levante UD side that ahared the points following their 2-2 draw with the CD Leganes side.
Over in the Segunda B Segunda Federacion, Francisco Mwepu played a part for the Cadiz B side in their frustrating 2-2 draw against the El Ejido side.
In the Tecera Division REEF, Ingoma Mwanza featured for the Club Deportivo Varea sode that drew –0 with the DDFC La Calzada side.
Former Brondby midfielder Arthur Sioma Sivalingene was not included in the Las Rozas CF match day squad.
In the Swiss Pro League, Young Boys managed a 2-1 win in heir away fixture at Grasshopper CZ. Shamuel Academy product Miguel Changa Chaiwa was an unused substitute fpr BSC Young Boys. He is inching closer and closer to a regular starting berth.
THE NETHERLANDS 🇳🇱
Dutch goalkeeper of Zambian descent Malcom Mateyo played 90 minutes in goal for the SC Heerenveen U18 side that suffered a 3-0 defeat in their away encounter against the Vitesse U18 side.
In the JD CYMRU Premier, on loan Halifax Wanderers winger Lifumpa Yande Mwandwe and his Newtown AFC teammates had their fixture against Penybont FC postponed to a later date.
Zambian striker Ndumba Makeche and his Bayswater City SC teammates are off season.
PR CHINA 🇨🇳
Zambian defense kingpin Stoppila Sunzu is on season break and so too are his Cangzhou Mighty Lions teammates.
Zambian defender Aime Mabika featured for the Inter Miami side that recorded a painful 3-0 defeat in their pre- season fixture against Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.
Zambian midfield magician Mutaya Mwape and his Chattanooga FC teammates are currently on preseason.
In the NISA League, American-born midfielder of Zambian descent Mumbi Kwesele and all at Bay Cities FC are off season.
Elsewhere in the NISA League, Joseph Kalilwa and his NewYork Braveheart SC teammates are off season.
In the MLS Next Pro, Zambian – born American coach Charles Bimbe Renken who serves as Assistant Coach for the St Louis FC 2 side and all at the club are on season break.
Elsewhere in the MLS Next Pro, Golden Mafwenta and his Real Monarchs teammates are on preseason break.
In the UPSL, Mutambo Mwalizi and his Roc City Boom teammates are off season.
Elsewhere in the UPSL, Zambian left back Reuben Phiri is off season as is the case with his [Valley Football Club Raiders teammates.
Christian Mumbi Kapanda and Mitumbi Simushi and their Pittsburg City Unitedteammates are on season break.
American goalkeeper [eligible to play for Zambia] Jason Smith and his Utah Valley Wolverines teammates are on season break.
American winger of Zambian descent Atef Elijah Sikazwe and his Army West Point teammates are off season.
British – born striker of Zambian descent Ingram Kusaloka and his Mount Mercy teammates are on season break.
The Zambian-born American quintet of Paul McBride, James Mcbride, Moses Kabuswe, Webby Phiri & Brian Matipa and all members of the Taylor University Trojans team are off season.
Lusaka Youth Soccer Academy product Victor Ndhlovu and all at WLU are off season.
Zambian attacking midfielder Salifyaji Mugala and his Bethel Pillots teammates are off season.
American International School product Moodi Saadi is off eason as is the case with his Wooster teammates.
Mpelembe Secondary School product Chewe Mukuka is off season and so too are his Tiffin Dragons teammates.
Horizon School product Kaliki Mupeta is off season [West Liberty Soccer]
Ryan Sinkamba and his Brevard College teammates are off season.