10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dickson Makwaza

  1. Dickson Kenneth Makwaza s a former Zambian football player.
  2. He was born on the 15th of July 1942.
  3. Makwaza was born in Mazabuka to Sweet Makwaza and Mangalita Chiinga.
  4. He started his primary school at Jeans School where he enjoyed playing football, and later went to Church of Christ School in Livingstone.
  5. After his father died in 1959, he went to Namwianga Secondary School and developed his football skills as a right winger.
  6. Nicknamed “Barbed-Wire” due to his tenacity in defence, he is one of the most decorated players in Zambian soccer history and was captain of the Zambian national team that made its first ever appearance at the African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt in 1974.
  7. In 1961, Makwaza travelled with his mother to Mufulira to visit her sister and soon settled there.
  8. He started playing community football and was discovered by future teammate George Sikazwe who signed him for Mufulira Mine Team which later became Mufulira Wanderers.
  9. In 1965, Makwaza made his debut against Kenya in September 1965 when Zambia won the Rothmans Soccer trophy in a three match series in Ndola, Kitwe and Lusaka.
  10. Makwaza was first named captain of the national team in June 1967, replacing Howard Mwikuta. However, the captainship rotated as Mwila and Chama took turns in leading the squad.