The army corporal who stunned Bafana
LUANDA: Zambia striker Christopher Katongo burst on to the international stage with a hat-trick against South Africa in a qualifier for the previous African Nations Cup.
Then a Lusaka-based national army corporal, he gave one of the deadliest displays of finishing seen in a qualifying competition covering five decades, with three goals before Bafana Bafana knew what hit them.
He was promoted to sergeant for his feat and soon became a professional footballer, first with Jomo Cosmos in South Africa, then Brondy in Denmark and now Arminia Bielefeld in the German second division.
Christopher, whose young- er South Africabased brother Felix is also a regular national team starter as a midfielder, did not impress in the qualifiers for Angola, scoring just once. And unless he rediscovers his scoring touch, Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) seems doomed to a sixth consecutive first-round exit after tackling Group D opponents Cameroon, Tunisia and Gabon.
Born in the mining town of Mufulira 27 years ago, the 1.69m striker began his football career with Kalulushi Moder n Stars and sprang to national prominence after joining ar my outfit Green Buffaloes. – Sapa-AFP