10 Things You Didn’t Know About Alex Chola

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  1. Alex Chola (6 June 1956 – 27 April 1993) was a Zambian footballer and coach.
  2. He was voted Zambian Footballer of the Year in 1976.
  3. Chola was born in Lubumbashi where his father went to work and he reportedly played for local club Solbena F.C. before moving to Ndola as a teenager.
  4. Alex is regarded as one of the greatest Zambian players in history and is the country’s second highest goal scorer after Godfrey Chitalu.
  5. He made a mark at Mufulira Blackpool and Power Dynamos before becoming Dynamos coach and winning the Coach of the Year award in 1992.
  6. Chola died in a plane crash off the coast of Gabon on 27 April 1993.
  7. Chola first donned national colours in September 1974 when he featured for Zambia ‘B’ in a match against Brazilian club Operario in Lusaka.
  8. Chola got involved in coaching as early as 1976, coaching youngsters in the Buseko Community Centre Club as trainer of the U-14 team which featured Kalusha Bwalya.
  9. Chola was survived by a wife Monica and five children.
  10. Alex Chola road in Lusaka is named after him in his honour.