Zambia Remembers Chaswe ‘Miller’ Nsofwa, 16 Years On

Zambia Remembers Chaswe ‘Miller’ Nsofwa, 16 Years On


Today marks a solemn day for Zambia as the nation remembers one of its brightest football stars, Chaswe Nsofwa, fondly known as ‘Miller’, who left an indelible mark on the country’s football landscape. Sixteen years ago, on this very day, Zambia lost a remarkable talent that was synonymous with Chawama Township’s football prowess.

Chaswe Nsofwa was a name that resonated with football excellence. A product of the Chawama Township talent factory, he was celebrated for his exceptional goal-scoring abilities and his remarkable contribution to the sport.

At the time of his tragic passing on August 29, 2007, Nsofwa was showcasing his skills in Israel, playing for Beer Sheva. It was a heart-wrenching moment for the football world as he succumbed to heart failure on the pitch of Vasermil stadium, leaving behind a legacy that would forever be etched in memory.

Despite a challenging era for Zambian football, marred by the collapse of mines and economic hardships, Chaswe Nsofwa stood out as a shining star. He was a prominent figure in the Zambian team during the tumultuous times, participating in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali.

His international career saw him make 33 appearances for Zambia, during which he scored an impressive nine goals. Nsofwa’s contributions extended beyond national representation; he excelled with local clubs such as Zanaco and Green Buffaloes, earning admiration and respect.

His journey took him to Malaysia and Israel, where he tragically passed away during a friendly match in Beer Sheva city. Nsofwa’s prowess on the field was evident, with an impressive start at Beer Sheva where he scored four goals in his initial three games.

In honor of his memory, Beer Sheva held a memorial ceremony in 2018, inviting Nsofwa’s widow Brenda and his son to pay tribute to the football legend.

Chaswe Nsofwa‘s untimely death drew global attention to the potential hazards of heart issues in football, echoing the tragedy of Cameroonian international Marc Vivien Foe’s passing on the pitch in 2003. Zambia itself has experienced another encounter with career-ending heart complications, as former Chipolopolo skipper Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu retired prematurely due to a hereditary heart condition.

On this day, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) salutes the late Chaswe Nsofwa and extends its heartfelt wishes to his family, praying for God’s guidance and strength as they remember a football icon who left an indelible mark on Zambia’s sporting history.

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