Lota was talented compatriot – Sata

FORMER Chipolopolo striker Dennis Lota - Photo Credit MTN Football
FORMER Chipolopolo striker Dennis Lota - Photo Credit MTN Football
PRESIDENT Sata says former Zambia striker Dennis Lota’s passion and contribution to the growth of football cannot be over-emphasised.
Sata said on his Facebook page yesterday that Lota was a talented compatriot, who flew the Zambian flag high the worldover.
“Indeed, he was a great and talented compatriot, who flew our flag higher than we had expected and imagined in diverse territories or boundaries.
“No doubt, Dennis will be deeply missed by many both home and abroad. May the Almighty God grant the bereaved family fortitude and comfort during this painful period,” he said.
Lota, 41, an assistant coach at South African side Moroka Swallows died at his home in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after an illness.
“On behalf of the people and the government of the Republic of Zambia and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to convey my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the football fraternity and Lota family on the death of Dennis Lota. Dennis’ passion and contribution to the growth of sport in this country cannot be over-emphasized,” Sata said.
On the local front, Lota featured for Konkola Blades, Nchanga Rangers, Kabwe Warriors and Zanaco.
He made a name in South Africa where he campaigned for Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates, AmaZulu, Mpulamanga Black Stars and FC AK.
Lota won the South African topscorer award while featuring for Pirates.
It is Lota’s goal-scoring prowess that earned him the moniker Chesa Mpama.
FIFA banned Lota for a year in 1997 after he signed two contracts with South Africa side Witbank Aces and FC Sion of Switzerland but the issue was later resolved and the player featured for the Swiss side.
Lota also had a stint at Tunisia side Esperance.