Zambia notes that Godfrey Chitalu scored more goals than Messi in a year
The Argentine forward of FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi, last weekend broke the record for goals in a single year, a brand hitherto attributed to the German Gerd Müller, but in Zambia they claim that, in 1972, Godfrey Chitalu, marked in 107 occasions, a merit not recognized to date.
The Zambian Football Fans Association (AAFZ) He assured Efe today that his investigations indicate that Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu scored in 107 occasions, so the record should be named after him, and not Messi's.
“We request that Chitalu have the recognition it deserves, so we have prepared an application that we will submit to the Zambian Football Association (HE DOES) in which we ask that they write to FIFA to correct the mark”, Elisha Banda said today, member of the AAFZ.
“Just because Chitalu was from an unknown African country does not mean that his achievements have to be ignored in favor of renowned footballers from other parts of the world.”, he added.
But nevertheless, from the FAZ are more cautious in this claim. The FAZ spokesperson, Erick Mwanza, indicated that they will accept the AAFZ's request today and, from there, decide the procedure to follow.
Chitalu is considered a hero in Zambia and had a brilliant career in his country, before becoming coach of the national team, known as “Bullet” (copper bullets).
His illustrious career ended tragically when, in 1993, Block y 18 Players were killed when the military plane in which they were traveling to Senegal for a World Cup qualifying match exploded.
Zambia is one of the African countries with the most outstanding football history, although its continental recognition only culminated at the beginning of last year, when their players lifted the Africa Cup of Nations.