10 Things You Didn’t Know About Freddie Mwila

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  1. Freddie Mwila is a Zambian former association football player and coach
  2. He was born on the 6th of July 1946
  3. Mwila was born in Kasama and was raised by his grandparents
  4. Hiss father Dismas Chilufya and mother Senefa Chola was working in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and moved to Kitwe in 1952 when his grandfather decided to move him to the Copperbelt so that he could start school
  5. In 1954, he started school at Danbar Primary School where the heavy industrial area in Kitwe stands today
  6. He later moved to Buseko Primary School where Mwila was involved, like many other young boys on the Copperbelt, in playing football in the townships where nothing but buttons were at stake
  7. In 1961, the team travelled to Bulawayo where they lost one game and drew the other
  8. Mwila qualified for secondary education and went to Luanshimba School in 1964, and while a student there, he frequented Scrivener Stadium and trained regularly in the company of Edward Kalale, Lazarus Musumali, Eric Chekoloko, Isaac Musakanya and Simon Chande, players that coach White had brought in to rejuvenate the team
  9. He made his debut for Zambia at the age of 18 against English side Middlesex Wanderers on 13 June 1965 and scored the first goal in a 2–2 draw in Ndola
  10. Mwila got involved in coaching from an early age. In 1967, John Green of the Zambian National Sports Foundation (NSF) who would later serve as national team coach chose him to coach schoolboys and in 1970, he coached youths on behalf of the NSF in youth centres in Kitwe.