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Soccer fans petition CAF over Katongo snub for Player of the Year Award

Published on: 11 December 2012

Zambian Soccer fans have submitted a petition to the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) requesting the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) to include Zambia national team skipper Christopher Katongo on the final list for the 2012 African footballer of the year awards.

Katongo, who has also been nominated for the BBC 2012 Africa footballer of the year award, failed to make the final five after voting by national coaches, technical directors and captains.

Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka star, Zambia Voluntary Soccer Fans Association (ZAVASOFA) Patron Pastor Peter Makembo said that a petition was submitted to FAZ General Secretary George Kasengele on Tuesday morning and that he expected CAF to answer soon.

Makembo said that CAF's decision to omit Katongo from the African-footballer of the year list was unacceptable.

“Katongo has played very well this year guiding the Chipolopolo Boys to victory in the Africa cup of Nations,” he said.

Makembo added that Cameroon Player Alexander Song did not deserve to be on the 2012 African-footballer of the year nominee list.

“Cameroon has not qualified for the past two Africa Cup of Nations games and Song has not performed very well at Arsenal this year,” he complained.

The final five on the list include Didier Drogba who plays for Ivory Coast and Shanghai Shenhua, Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast and Manchester City, Demba Ba of Senegal and New Castle ,Alexander Song of Cameroon and Barcelona and Andre Ayew of Ghana and Marseille.

Makembo also said that he was happy for Zambian players Stopilla Sunzu and Rainford Kalaba who had made it for the 2012 African based footballer of the year.

He was confident that either Sunzu or Kalaba would scoop the African based footballer of the year award.

The other player competing on the African based footballer of the year list is Mohamed Abu Trika from Egypt.

He said Sunzu and Kalaba’s nomination for the 2012 African based footballer of the year award indicates that Zambian football is heading in the right direction.


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • bullmaan says:
    December 12, 2012 09:50 pm
    These west Africans think they are better than everyone when last did a west African country win the nations cup in its current format of 16 teams at the tournament?never and it will never happen,when nigeria won it 1994 it was 12 teams 3 teams in each group.The last time the giants of african football when it comes to talking ghana won it 8 teams participated and you call your selves giants.Having players in europe does not make you a giant its a great shame that west africans think playing in europe makes someone a better player.If you get a goat from ghana and take it europe that goat will still remain a goat it will not change and become a lion.
  • Zambian guy says:
    December 12, 2012 06:47 am
    And its goal, surely Mayuka has won it for Zambia. And he scores, katongo puts Zambia ahead at Levy stadium. Two games we ve played you gold coast boys. And two game you have lost. Up Katongo, viva Chipolopolo.
    December 11, 2012 09:24 pm
    @Ghanaman,everything u'v written is true(except katongo's age).And it is also true that the same Stopilla Sunzu plyin hz trade in congo frm france division2 z the same defender your European based strikerz fail 2 go past,the same katongo whose team hz bn relegted 2 2nd division & usd 2b a bench in europe z the 1 who inspired zambia 2 lift the afcon trophy (something dat hz evaded yo European black starz 4 decadez)..It z the same katongo wh scored that lone goal whn zambia beat yo European based black stars
  • Ezekiel Obiba says:
    December 11, 2012 01:14 pm
    For Christ sake Katongo have been cheated,is caf telling us dat Song did well dan Katongo or what.
  • kantoose says:
    December 11, 2012 12:25 pm
    They will loose Afcon 2013; petition.
  • kantoose says:
    December 11, 2012 12:23 pm
    CAF is not FIFA. Zambian newcomers think they will be Africa soccer powerhouse by taking people to court and petitions.You loose a game on the pitch; petition. Katongo looses out on award; petition. very soon zambians will petition FIFA for poor ranking. Kotongo will miss out on BBC player of the year; another petition in the pipeline.
  • jaydee says:
    December 11, 2012 12:21 pm
    katongo is a cockring mayuka is a sanitary towel mulenga is a dildo kalaba is a cunt nweene is a old asshole
  • ghanaman says:
    December 11, 2012 12:05 pm
    These Zambian cheats can only perform in the corrupt environment of Africa. Their players don't play in Small leagues because they choose to but, because most flopped in Europe when they went there. Their center back Stopilla Sunzu went to the French Second division and could not cut it there so, ran to Congo!! 48 year old Captain Katongo, a forward in the Chinese 2nd division, spent years as a benchwarmer in Europe and never made it there.... So, it is shocking the idiot said that players from Europe are overrated when he himself spent year over there begging to make it and failed... Their new product Mayuka is a Bench-warmer at southampton and has not scored a single goal all year as a forward. In Gyan's only year he spent in the EPL he scored NUMEROUS goals including goals on the big clubs.
  • Ded Boi says:
    December 11, 2012 11:13 am
    shame onto you zambians. so you are protesting over this dead horse who could not perform in the german bundesliga and left for china 2nd division.shame. even Small boy Andy Ayew made it on the list.
  • tank God we are nt zambians says:
    December 11, 2012 10:51 am
    pls katongo is a piece of dried shit.jux cal a spade a spade winin a cup dnt mean u shud win caf player award.those assholes protestin shud go home n masterbate if dey got nottin beta to do