Football Association of Zambia President Kalusha Bwalya has been honored with the Pilgrim award by the Senegalese Island City of Goree, the highest award on the Island.
The honour was conferred on Kalusha yesterday in recognition of his contribution to the game of football in Zambia, Africa and the entire world.
Speaking at a brief ceremony held at the Civic authorities building, Mayor, Augustione Senghor said the Island City has followed with keen interest the illustrious career of the 1988 African Footballer of the year.
He said the Island was honoured to be graced by the presence of a distinguished Footballer.
Senghor said every soccer loving Senegalese knows about Kalusha and remembers all that he has achieved.
Other people that have been given this award include current US President Barrack Obama former United States President George Bush and late Pope John Paul the second.
Goree Island also known as the Point of No return was a Slave Trading port from which over twenty millions Slaves were shipped into the Americas.
Earlier, Kalusha was taken on a conducted tour of the Island, situated five kilometers away from mainland Dakar.
Meanwhile the Island was yesterday gripped with excitement when news spread that the Zambian football icon was around.
Several people greeted Kalusha and were happier when they realised they could talk to him in French.
One lady by the name of Bigue Ndoye almost shed tears as she shook hands with her hero saying it is her hope that her male children can grow up and be like Kalusha.
Kalusha is in Senegal as Vice Chairperson of the Organising Committee of CAF U23 championships currently going on in the Senegalese towns of Dakar and M’Bour.