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David Chabala


David Efford Chabala , popularly known as Efford Chabala was Zambia's first choice goalkeeper from 1983 until his death in a plane crash off the Gabonese coast in 1993 and is probably Zambias most capped player, an achievement which has often been attributed to Kalusha Bwalya, his former team mate at club and national level.

Chabala first established himself in the club side Mufulira Wanderers before succeeding Ghost Mulenga as number one in the Zambian goal. He was instrumental in Zambia's first-ever cup success when he saved three penalties in Zambia's 3-0 penalty victory over Malawi at the 1984 East and Central Africa Challenge Cup final after a goalless draw at full-time. The following year, Chabala was named Zambias Sportsman of the Year.

He remained Zambia's first choice goalkeeper until his death in the plane crash that killed almost the entire Zambia national football team off the coast of Gabon on April 28, 1993. Chabala's club career was predominantly at Mufulira Wanderers but he had a brief spell in Argentina with Argentinos Juniors during the 1991/92 season.

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East and Central African Championship (CECAFA) Uganda, December 1984

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