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Former Zambia international striker was eaten by dogs

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Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

Philemon Mulala was torn apart by his own pet dogs

Former Zambia international footballer Philemon Mulala was found dead by his wife at their home in the Republic of South Africa. Most likely he was torn apart by his own dogs. Mulala, 60, had four dogs.

The tragedy happened on Saturday, January 7 in Lichtenburg, where the family lives.

Mulala played most of his career right in South Africa, kicking for the Copper Bullets, Mufulira Wanderers and Cape Town Spurs as a right winger and then a centre-back.

In 6 matches for the national team, he has 3 goals. The most important were the two he scored against Kenya in the semi-finals of the East and Central Africa Championship, after which his team won the title.

Zambia’s football community is mourning the death of former striker Philemon Mulala, who helped his country win their first-ever silverware, in 1984.

A versatile wideman, Mulala was a prominent member of the celebrated Chipolopolo generation of the 1980s — nicknamed KK11 after Zambia’s founding father president Kenneth Kaunda.

The team won the East and Central Africa Challenge (CECAFA) Cup under the late Colonel Brightwell Banda in 1984, Zambia’s first-ever silverware.

Mulala scored twice in the semifinal victory over Kenya, and nicknamed Shombo — translating as Hard Worker — he also enjoyed domestic success with local heavyweights Mufulira Wanderers in the mid-80s, where he was a teammate of Zambian greats Kalusha Bwalya, Efford Chabala and Ashios Melu.

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