HOW Mine captain Makundika Sakala happens to be the only player in the local Premier Soccer League that boasts of an African Championship of Nations (Chan) medal, B-Metro Sport has established.
The Chan contest is administered by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and is played between the best national teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified to play in the ongoing season.
Sakala (35), a Zambian international, was part of the Chipolopolo team that finished the 2009 Chan contest as the second runners-up in the process getting bronze medals.
By then Sakala was turning out for Zambia’s Amakumbi FC.
“I was part of the Zambia senior national team that played the Chan competition that was hosted by Ivory Coast. By then, I was playing as a striker and we beat Senegal 2-1 in a third place playoff. I will ever cherish that bronze medal.
It is my treasure,” said Sakala who joined How Mine at the beginning of 2016 together with his fellow countryman Kelvin Kaindu.
Kaindu is How Mine’s head coach.
Zimbabwe played in the 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2016 editions of the Chan finals. The Warriors’ best performance at the contest was in 2013 when they reached the quarter-final stage.
Sakala, who now plays as a defensive midfielder, is a holder of a Caf C coaching licence and is contemplating on pursuing a Caf B badge in his native country.
“I will soon be enrolling for a Caf B coaching licence in Zambia but I’m currently concentrating on my playing career.
I will not be hanging my boots soon,” said Sakala whose contract with How Mine ends on 31 December.
“I have played for How Mine with all my heart. It’s a club I like so much and everything being equal, I should be renewing my contract at the beginning of next year,” he added.