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Godfrey Chitalu Bio, Footballer, Cause of Death, Wife, Goals

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Godfrey Chitalu is one of the greatest football players to ever play for the Zambian national football team. He played for his national football team Zambia . Likewise, for more than 12 years he played for Zambia. Similarly, he also managed his national football team as a manager. Chitalu played for only two Zambian football clubs, namely, Kitwe United and Kabwe Warriors. He was a versatile player at his prime. He could play excellently as the winger and mainly as the central forward or striker.

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Godfrey Chitalu was 5 feet 7 inches tall

He has scored 79 international goals for his national football team. Similarly, he has assisted his teammates in many matches. Chitalu currently holds the record of 7th highest international goal scorer. Chitalu also coached his Zambian national football team before dying in a plane crash in 1993. Godfrey is widely regarded as one of the best attackers in this sport. He has his precise shooting, passing skills, leadership quality, and versatility during the game. This article covers Zambian footballer Godfrey Chitalu covers some of the critical moments from his early life to date.

Godfrey Chitalu: Quick Facts

Full name Godfrey Chitalu
Nickname Also nicknamed “Ucar”
Date of birth 22-10-1947
Birthplace Luanshya, Northern Rhodesia
Date of death 27-04-1993
Age at the time of death 45 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Father’s name Lucian Chitalu
Mother’s name Emeriah Chitalu
Siblings Total of nine siblings
Brother’s/Sister’s name Not available
Nationality Zambian
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Weight 68 Kg (150 pounds)
Body measurement Chest size: N/A Waist size: N/A Biceps: N/A
Body type Athletic body
Eye color Black color
Hair color Black color
Shoe size 10 (US)
Religion Islam
Sexuality Straight
Marital status Married
Wife/girlfriend/ex-wife Wife whose name is Christine Chibale
Children Eight children
Children name Not available
Net worth Around 1.5 million dollars
Salary Not available
Playing position Striker and central forward
Social media presence Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Source of Income Endorsement, sponsorship and merchandise
Last Updated January 2022

Who are Godfrey Chitalu Parents?

Godfrey Chitalu was born to their father Lucian Chitalu and mother Emeriah Chitalu. His father was a miner by profession. Likewise, his parents are native of Zambia. He was born in a poor family in Northern Rhodesia, known as Luanshya. Chitalu had nine siblings in the family while growing . He was the seventh child of his parents. Showing excellent football skills early, he grew up playing football with his brother and friends in his backyard.

Amazed by his talent, Chitalu was quickly recruited into the junior team . He joined football club Fisansa youth club. Similarly,  in the year 1959, he joined the Kwacha community center, where he played for three years. Godfrey played with the number 10 on his jersey during his playing days in the Zambian football league. Likewise, he used Chitalu as his name in his club and his national team kit during his career. Starting as a striker in his early days, he became a crucial part of his national football team.

Godfrey Chitalu Age, Height, Weight, and Body measurement

Zambian footballer Chitalu was born on 22-10-1947 in Northern Rhodesia, known as Luanshya. . . He followed the Islam religion, and his Zodiac (horoscope) sign was Aquarius.

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Chitalu had an athletic body, and he stood 5 feet 7 inches tall . Godfrey evenly matched weight for a professional footballer.  He weighed around 150 pounds (68 kilograms) on average.

THis footballer had black color eyes and black color hair. Chitalu was a very professional player who followed his routine of training, diet, and exercise. Chitalu used a shoe size of 10 inches (US). We currently do not have any information about his body measurement. We will update the information very soon.

 Godfrey Chitalu Salary and Net Worth

According to multiple sources, Godfrey Chitalu is worth around 1.5 million dollars to date. Chitalu played for only two Zambian football clubs, namely, Kitwe United and Kabwe Warriors. Therefore a major part of his earnings constitutes football club salary and additional bonuses, endorsement, and sponsorship deals he earned during his playing days. He also made 111 appearances for his national football team Zambia after his debut in 1968. He earned a significant salary playing for his national team in his prime playing days. This amount makes him one of the highest-paid players in modern football. We currently do not have any information about his car collection, properties, Investments, and other forms of wealth. We will update the information very soon.

Who is Godfrey Chitalu Wife?

Also known as “Ucar” by his fans, Godfrey Chitalu was a Muslim by religion. His Zodiac sign was Libra. He is married to a women’s girlfriend whom he had known for a long time. Her name is Christine Chibale. According to sources, this couple fell in love when Chitalu attended a crucial football match African club league.

They are parents to eight children. One of Godfrey Chitlau’s sons Dennis Chitalu also played for his father’s former football club Kabwe Warriors FC. He had an athletic and fit body in his prime playing days, and he is still considered one of the remarkable players in this sport.

Godfrey Chitalu Style of Play and playing position

Godfrey Chitlau is one of the iconic football players to ever play in Zambian football history. His shooting, crossing, and dribbling qualities in his playing days made him one of the best attackers in football. Chitalu was very excellent in dribbling and shooting.

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In his prime playing days, he was unstoppable as he had a brilliant first touch and good football skills. Chitalu was also very famous for his excellence at the one vs one situation against opposition defenders and the goalkeeper. He has won several major trophies at that time like the Zambian league title and the charity shield in his professional football career. In his professional football career, he has played mostly as a central forward, striker, and sometimes as a left and right-winger.

Godfrey Chitalu Goals: Record of 107 goals

 Zambian all-time international top scorer Chitalu was also a very prolific goal scorer in his football club matches. According to the claims in Zambia, Godfrey Chitalu had once scored 107 goals in a year while he was playing for Kabwe United in 1972. Currently, Lionel Messi holds the record of 91 goals scored in a year while he was playing for FC Barcelona. However, the FIFA representatives denied the claims as they had not kept the record of the domestic competition.

Godfrey Chitalu Cause of Death

On April 27, 1993, a Zambian Air Force DHC-5 Buffalo cargo aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. It was crashed shortly after taking off from Libreville, Gabon. All 25 passengers and five staff members were dead, including Godfrey Chitalu. Chitalu was the national team’s coach at the time.

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The national team players died in the crash were buried in what became known as “Heroes’ Acre,” right outside Lusaka’s Independence Stadium.

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Godfrey Chitalu died in an airplane crash

Chitalu is commemorated on Godfrey Chitalu Road in Lusaka. Kabwe Warriors renamed Railways Stadium the “Godfrey Chitalu Stadium” in December 2012, and announced plans to construct a statue in his honor.

Godfrey Chitalu Instagram

Godfrey died much earlier than social media was invented.  There may be a chance his representatives may be using his social media accounts. But we do not have any concrete proof of it yet. We will very soon update the information about his social media presence.

Godfrey Chitalu FIFA 22 rating

Zambian footballer Godfrey Chitalu was a retired professional footballer before passing away in 1993. He does not have a player rating in FIFA 22 as he is not playing for any club or the country anymore. However, FIFA may release a prime icon card for the iconic Zambian footballer. The game also has prime icon cards for legendary footballers like Diego Maradona and Pele.

Early Career

  • He was Born to a poor family with eight siblings. Chitalu was very passionate about this sport from his early childhood. Chitalu was recruited into the ranks of the amateur Zambian football club Fisansa youth club. Where he spent just two years.
  • Godfrey Chitalu spent his remaining junior squad career in the local football club Kwacha community center.

Professional Career (Playing from 1964-1980)

  • Zambian footballer Chitalu impressed his coach at his former youth club before joining Zambian football club Kitwe United. Likewise, he spent the initial years as a reserve player, but he was given a first-team debut in 1965.
  • Chitalu also grabbed his footballer of the year award while playing for the Kitwe United football club. In more than 200 appearances, Chitalu scored 176+ goals for the Zambian football club.
  • Similarly, Chitalu was transferred to Kabwe Warriors FC in a Zambian record transfer deal back in 1971.
  • Godfrey won two titles with the club and the Zambian premier league title in his first season. Due to his superb performances, each season also grabbed the footballer of the year award with Kabwe United FC.
  • In addition, in more than 500 appearances for the club, Godfrey scored 315+ goals.
  • Chitalu is also Zambia’s all-time international top scored with 79 goals in 111 appearances.

 Trophies and titles:

  • Three times Charity shield winner.
  • Three times Heinrich Chibuku Cup winner.
  • One-time challenge Cup and castle Cup winner in the year 1972.
  • Two-time Zambian Premier League title winner.
  • Heroes Cup winner with Zambian national team.
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