Brightwell Banda: First local Chipolopolo coach
Published On November 5, 2014 » 1403 Views» By Hildah Lumba » Columns, Sports
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Blast from the pastName: Brightwell Banda
D.o.B: September 22, 1946
Playing position: Foward (Retired)
Youth Career:
Monze Secondary School
Club Career:
1968-1970 Zambia Army, (now Green Buffaloes)
National Team Career
1980-1988
Teams Coached
1971-1980s Green Buffaloes
1976-1978 Zambia Coach
1981-1982 Zambia Coach
1984-1986 Zambia Coach
1985-1986 Ndola United
2004-2005 Red Arrows
Coaching Honours
1982 Won bronze at the AFCON finals
1984 CECAFA Challenge with the national team
Individual Achievements
1971 Obtained a FIFA coaching license
1974-1976 Attended a football in Belgrade courtesy of the Zambia Army
1984 Was promoted from Lt. colonel to full colonel after winning CECAFA challenge
1985 Obtained Coaching badges in EAst Germany
Banda was the first indigenous national team coach when he took over from Croatian coach Ante Buselic in 1976.
He became the first Zambian to sign a full-time contract as national team coach when he signed a three-year deal in 1985.
A disappointing first round exit at the Egypt 1986 AFCON which Banda attributed to inadequate preparations saw him relieved of his duties and he went back to his army post.
He later served as Technical Advisor of Zanaco before joining Red Arrows in 2004, where he was sacked a year later following a dismal performance in the CAF Champions League.
While at Buffaloes in the 1970s, he coached former Zambia Army Commander Geojago Musengule.
He identified 1988 Africa Footballer of the Year and current FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya, together with Charles Musonda among others players from the Zambia Schools football and drafted the into the squad.
The 1984 won Zambia her first ever  CECAFA Challenge Cup in 1984.
He is currently living in Chipata after his retirement from Military service.
Compiled by MOSES CHIMFWEMBE

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