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Every ball must pass through him, Chama Indispensable for Simba SC

"Zambia's Chama, a Genius on the Field but Struggles in National Colors"

Zambia’s Chama, a Genius on the Field for Simba SC but Struggles in National Colors

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Chama Proves Indispensable for Simba SC: Simba Sporting Club of Tanzania qualified for the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Horoya City, and Cletous Chama once again showed why he is the best midfielder on the continent.

He is a genius with the ball at his feet. Chama does not possess a gifted physique that would allow him to beat his opponents with speed or in one-on-one duels. However, the Zambian international manages to pass his opponents with exquisite dribbles.

He spots spaces in split seconds that an average midfielder would take a lifetime to see. His twinkling feet, somewhat boiled in some Catalonian pots of football ingenuity, are scorching flames of fire setting Africa ablaze. And the Zambian was at it again as Simba Sporting Club of Tanzania thrashed Horoya 7-0 in the last match of their Champions League group stage.

Cletous Chama, who was voted player of the last round of matches by CAF, picked up where he left off as he scored a hat-trick and provided two other goals for his team, which sailed through to the quarterfinals of the championship.

Chama curled in a free-kick just ten minutes into the match to fire Simba ahead, and 15 minutes later, he stepped forward to score a penalty that doubled Simba’s lead.

His genius, however, came to the fore when a deft touch from inside his boot set the ball rolling in the path of Kouyate, who finished with an emphatic panache to put the match beyond Horoya. He would ghost in a composed finish to bag his hat trick and fifth goal in two matches.

As Zambia takes on Lesotho, every ball must pass through him, but there is a problem.

Chama has been a disaster in national colors.

The midfield maestro has played 18 times for his country since making his debut in 2015 and has only scored twice. It’s a nightmare statistic that puts his starting berth against Lesotho in doubt.

Elsewhere, Fashion Sakala was on target for the Rangers, who beat Motherwell 2-1. Sakala sprung high to power in a header in the 56th minute to give his team the lead.

Bottom-placed Zambia takes on Lesotho at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on March 24th in an Africa Cup qualifier.

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