Dennis Lota

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Dennis Lota
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-11-08)8 November 1973
Place of birth Kitwe, Zambia
Date of death 4 February 2014(2014-02-04) (aged 40)
Place of death Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995-1996 Konkola Blades 33 (26)
1996-1997 Witbank Aces 30 (23)
1997-1998 Sion 21 (14)
1998-2002 Orlando Pirates 100 (36)
2002-2003 Espérance
2003-2004 Dangerous Darkies
2004-2006 Moroka Swallows
2006-2007 FC AK
2007-2008 AmaZulu 16 (4)
2008-2009 Mpumalanga Black Aces
National team
1995-2002 Zambia 18 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dennis Lota (8 November 1973 – 4 February 2014) was a Zambian football striker.

Lota died on 4 February 2014 in South Africa of suspected malaria.[1] Dennis Lota (8 November 1973 – 4 February 2014) was a Zambian football striker. Before his death following a brief illness in 2014, he served as an assistant coach at South African football club Moroka Swallows.

He started his professional career with Zanaco FC of Zambia in 1989 before leaving for Nchanga Rangers at the beginning of the 1991 season. At Nchanga Rangers he established a midfield partnership with Abeauty Kunda. He later left Nchanga to join Kabwe Warriors after a failed attempt to rejoin Zanaco. At Warriors, he never settled and left after one season to join Konkola Blades.

It was at Konkala where the late brother to Kalusha Bwalya, Benjamin transformed Lota from a midfielder to a lethal striker who went on to win the golden boot in 1995 and later became a strong target for international clubs.

A contractual conflict later emerged between FC Sion and Dangerous Aces with each team claiming to be the rightful owner of the player. The matter was later resolved and Lota went on to play for the former. Upon leaving FC Sion, Lota joined Orlando Pirates where his prowess in front of the goal and particularly his celebration (rubbing his palms against each other), earned him the nickname "Chesa Mpama" (loosely translated as "hot slap" in Zulu, one of the 11 official languages in South Africa.

He was part of the Zambian African Nations Cup teams in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002 He has two brothers who are also footballers, Charles Lota (younger) and Lawrence Lota (older). At the 2002 African Cup of Nations, Dennis played alongside Charles in the Zambian attack formation.

In March 2011, the football team Moroka Swallows had elevated Dennis Lota to the first team as one of the assistant coaches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gondwe, Kennedy (5 February 2014). "Zambia mourns former Chipolopolo striker Dennis Lota". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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