The army cor­po­ral who stunned Bafana

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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

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