Chaiwa: Youngest Zambian in UCL group stage since ’92
Kings Kangwa and Miguel Chaiwa have joined an exclusive club this season as the sixth and seventh Zambians to make their debut in the UEFA Champions League group stage since 1992.
While the previous record for the youngest Zambian to grace the competition was held by Patson Daka, the Chipolopolo and Leicester City striker who made his debut at the age of 20 years and 345 days as a 72nd-minute substitute for Erling Haaland during RB Salzburg’s spectacular 6-2 victory over K.R.C. Genk in 2019, that record has now been surpassed by Miguel Chaiwa.
Chaiwa made history by stepping onto the pitch at the age of 19 years, 5 months, and 27 days in BSC Young Boys’ thrilling 2-2 draw with Red Star Belgrade, playing a crucial role in the final 16 minutes of the game.
In accomplishing this feat, Chaiwa has emulated the legendary Zambian international Charles Musonda, who also made his debut in Europe’s premier club competition as a teenager during the era when it was known as the European Cup before its rebranding into the UEFA Champions League.