Tuesday Apr 26, 2022. 08:13
Red Arrows’ veteran striker James Chamanga is still soaking in the feeling of winning his maiden FAZ Super league title on Sunday at the age of 42.
Chamanga has been at the newly crowned 2021/2022 FAZ Super League champions Arrows since returning home in 2019 following a 17-year stint abroad.
The 2012 AFCON winners’ overseas career took him from South Africa, where he played for Bush Bucks and Moroka Swallows, to China, where he was on the books of Dalian Shide and Liaoning.
“Many people never gave me a chance, these people here have given me a home and I am winning my first title. It is my first time to win the Zambian title,” Chamanga said.
Arrows sealed this season’s league title – their first since 2004 – with a match to spare after beating Chambishi FC 4-1 at home in Lusaka on Sunday.
The two-time Zambian champions finished with an unassailable seven-point lead over their predecessors Zesco United, who had to settle for second spot with a match in hand.
“For me, I have done my part this season and I am happy with my performance,” Chamanga said.
The striker has scored six goals from 33 league games played so far this season, after netting 11 last term when Arrows finished third.
He won the FAZ Golden Boot in the 2019/2020 season with 16 goals when Arrows could only manage a 10th place finish.
Meanwhile, Chamanga has an opportunity to complete a double this season when Arrows face promoted Napsa Stars on April 30 in the 2022 ABSA Cup final at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
“We are champions of the league; we have to continue from where we have left. The morale is high and I am positive of a positive result (in the ABSA Cup final),” Chamanga said.