Friday, August 31, 2007
In the wake of Zambian striker Chaswe Nsofwa's death in Israel, the president of the Football Association of Zambia (Faz) has expressed shock and disbelief.
Nsofwa died in an Israeli hospital on Wednesday minutes after collapsing during a training session with his second division side Hapoel Beer Sheva.
The cause is still unknown.
"He may have had his own up-and-downs as a player but this is the guy who scored one of the goals in the Cosafa final last year when we beat Angola 2-0," Faz President Teddy Mulonga said.
"Chaswe was one of the great prospects at the 1999 Under-20 World Cup and was a great talent. I am sad, absolutely sad."
Zambia's care-taker trainer Patrick Phiri, who coached Nsofwa in the Under-20 team in 1999, said the death was a blow to the country's football.
He added that he had been considering Nsofwa for next month's must-win African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
"My plans for the South Africa match have been dealt a big blow," he said.
"It's very painful that the cruel hand of death has robbed us of such a talent.
"This is a great blow not only to his family but the whole nation."