Kalu mourns late Lota
Lusaka , February 5th, 2014, ZANIS —- Football Association of Zambia (FAZ ) President Kalusha Bwalya says he is deeply saddened by news of the passing on of Denis Lota.
Kalusha who had played football together with the late Lota said he is saddened by the passing on of his late colleague who he described as my striker partner; a team player, a humble and dedicated colleague who served his country with distinction.
“ It is with a heavy heart that I write on behalf of the Football Association of Zambia this message and prayer for a servant of Zambian football who has sadly passed away at a time when he was starting to scale the football coaching ladder, “ read the message of condolences from the FAZ president.
ZANIS sports reports that this is contained in a message of condolescence Kalusha wrote to the late Lota’s family.
He said he had known Lota for many years, on and off the field saying his commitment and dedication to the game, hard work and admirable humility were hallmarks he carried during his playing days and even in retirement.
“ Even in recent times when we got him into the FAZ coaching courses for his C, B and just a few weeks ago his CAF A license, Denis came quietly, was always good company, humble and eager to learn, “ said Kalusha.
He said the demise of Lota is a momentous loss, a shocking which words alone cannot fully express.
“ My sincere condolences to his family, the Moroka Swallows Football Club. May his soul rest, in peace, “ he said.
Lota who was Moroka Swallows assistant coach and played for Orlando Pirates as a striker died after an illness.
Moroka Swallows said about the death of the part time Supersport soccer pundit, ‘are reeling with shock after assistant coach Dennis Lota passed away.
Dube Birds coach Zeka Marques confirmed the terrible news of the passing away of his colleague.
"Yes it’s true. I am at his house at the moment," said Marques.
KICK OFF sends our heartfelt condolences to the family of Dennis Lota, his friends and colleagues, and the entire South African soccer fraternity.
Lota was admitted to the hospital over the weekend after being sick for a week, and passed away on Tuesday.
He was forty years old.
A Zambian International, Dennis ‘Chesa Mpama’ Lota played over a hundred games for Pirates between 1998 and 2002 and also had spells at a number of other South African clubs including Swallows, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Witbank Aces, FC AK, Amazulu and Dangerous Darkies.
Two of his brothers, Lawrence and Charles, were also football players.