e18hteam and a personal view on Zambian soccer

e18hteam the movieWith the recent release of the brilliant Zambian film “e18hteam”, we thought this was a good time to reflect on Zambian soccer in general and the way forward.

The majority of the Zambian population enjoy soccer either at home or in a sports bar, making it one of the most popular spectator sports in Zambia. The Zambian team is popularly known as Chipololo for the men and She Polopolo for the ladies. e18hteam, produced by Juan Rodriguez-Briso and Ngosa Chungu, is all about “the epic Chipolopolo journey from tragedy to triumph”. It artfully combines retrospective clips of Italian football, Zambian football and the 1992 Gabon tragedy, together with the thrills of the 2012 Afcon victory game (you can watch the trailer here). The film seeks to express what all this means to the Zambian consciousness in terms of national identity and the evolution of a confident and achievement-oriented people. I believe it succeeds in this.

Zambia has had its fair share of wins and losses in the game of football. There were massive celebrations in 2012 when the Chipolopolo boys brought victory to Zambia by winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Herve Renard as the head coach. This gave Zambia a continental title, becoming the fourteenth nation to win the title. Dedicated to the Zambian players who died in the 1993 plane crash, this win attracted investment into Zambian football. But there has not been too much to show for it. Continue reading

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NEL celebrates World Teachers Day

World Teachers Day

In recognition of all the teachers who schooled us, guided us and allowed us time in the school grounds, October 5th marks World Teachers Day. Since October 5th fell on a Sunday this year, it was celebrated on Monday October 6th in Zambia. In this article NEL Air Conditioning explains how it is doing its part in supporting Zambian education. Continue reading

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Your favourite blog!

Your favourite blog

The Best of Zambia has been blogging on its current platform since July 2010. Wanting to know which is your favourite blog, we recently checked out our most popular blogs as chosen by you! Here are the results (in reverse order): Continue reading

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BUK Truck Parts – lessons in business growth

BUK Truck Parts entranceBUK Truck Parts, a company already well known as a leading source of quality truck parts for Zambian businesses, has recently added trailer parts to its extensive product range. We thought this was a good time to republish an interview we had a couple of years ago with BUK’s founder and managing director Mr Benjamin Katubiya … Continue reading

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A personal view on what freedom means in Africa

Zambia Golden Jubilee logoWe are well into 2014, Zambia’s golden jubilee year, with Independence Day just around the corner. It seems like a good time to reflect on what freedom in Africa means today.

There has been much progress on that front. We all know that Zambia has been celebrating its independence since 1964. There have been many ups and downs, even since my arrival in Monze Hospital in 1981. But there are many more battles to be won … Continue reading

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