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Zambian FA president Forces Suspension of TV Soccer Analyst in South Africa

Mamadou-GayeA leading soccer analyst, Mamadou Gaye, has been handed an indefinite suspension at a South African satellite television channel – SuperSport – for taking a hard-line stance against Zambian Football Association boss Kalusha Bwalya and 2012 Afcon champions, Chipolopolo.

Reports indicate that Bwalya complained to the mega pay television sports channel about Gaye’s comments, particularly after Chipolopolo were handed a controversial penalty, against Nigeria to draw a Group C tie 1-all on January 25.

Gaye, who hails from Ivory Coast but a regular feature on SuperSport, accused the Zambia soccer team of benefiting from dubious decisions by referees because of Bwalya’s position on the Confederation of African Football board where he is committee member.

Gaye, according to bolazambia.com, has confirmed being asked to step aside for the time being.

“I was booked to do certain games for the Africa Cup [but] I was just called not to come to studio in the meantime,” he is quoted.

Social media in Zambia has during the tournament been dominated by anti Gaye discussions for predicting Chipolopolo will be eliminated in the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Zambians also celebrated the elimination of Ivory Coast at quarterfinal stage to Nigeria as a way of getting at Gaye.

SuperSport head of director Clinton van de Berg, however, was non-committal on Gaye’s suspension stating, “Mamadou Gaye is a freelance analyst on SuperSport and we reserve the prerogative to schedule him as and when the need arises.”

Gaye, a regular panelist on a weekly SuperSport magazine show dubbed Soccer Africa, says he does not habour hatred for Bwalya or Zambia but only maintained his principle of being honest with his audience.

19 Comments

  1. ....

    No one messes around with Great KALU..

    • kalusha

      We do not hate Mamadou but fee he is childish and imature also a cron

  2. mbachi

    this has come at the right time because it has been long overdue for the following reasons
    1. mamadou lied at the last afcon 2012 that zambia lost a game but in the actual fact zambia drew with libya 2 all in the water logged grounds. they never lost any game
    2. his insistance that zambia won the afcon 2012 cup as shear luck when the boys just worked hard for it
    his pride to accept that zambia was champion in the last afcon.
    the game of football has changed from names to hardwork and perfomance. Ba kalu muli bantu besu anso chi mamaduo should have just been sued for defamatory remarks.

  3. CNP-4U

    well done..he’s a silly chap and so annoying..

  4. Dinke Mudimudi

    His hatred towards Kalu and the Chipopolo is very unfortunate. What kind of a human being is he. It shud not be a suspension but an expulsion. Let him do his freelance journalism in Ivory Coast.

  5. big mama

    Mamadou has no manners. He is very childish and irritating. Not well brought up.

  6. Mweni Kalaba Kolandi

    Thumbs up Kalu 4 the job well done. That thing shud b brot 2 Munda Wanga, l guess thats where he belongs. Why so much hatred 4 our champions? Drogba will neva lift that cup but our very own CK11 did. Apelela mufya ku Chelsea which cannot b compared 2 the continental cup.

    • Kabulungana

      I will miss Mamadou Gaye, I hope his suspension is not for a long time. He irritates me so much and yet that makes the show for me. Soccer Africa without Mamadou is like watching Mufurila Wanderers without Lwisha, Power Dynamoes without Mwana wakwithu, Kabwe Warriors without Jack Chanda, Nchanga Rangers without Webby Chikabala, Nkana without Gentile, Ndola United without Muzalada (Harrison Bwalya), Vitafoam without Pishapo yaya (Numba Mwila). Green Baffaloes without Willie Chibwika, Red Arrows without Fanny Hangunyu, Nkhwazi without Patrick Sekulu Chishimba. Profound Warriors with Derby Makinka. Zesco United without Mannase Jumbe, Roan United without Kenny Mwape,
      Hope to see you soon Mamadou.

  7. Derobby

    Nachinangu ngati chifuna chikabwezepo kukamba vaupuba pali ba Kalu na Zambia…Ni SEKA UPONOKE!!

  8. Seed Inspector

    The chap is too too childish, he hates Zambians. I’m glad he has been shown the door in the mean time.

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  10. patrick muwowo

    Bakalu, i really appreciate for a job wel done u ve redeemed the chipolopo boys brazil here i come copperbullet

  11. myself

    Mamadou shud hv bn objetive, or shud we simply say he is iliterate. guess that is the ryt term to describe him.

  12. Mutotwe Kafwaya

    Is this another Amokachi?

  13. Niko

    It’s just sour grapes. We failed to defend the AFCON and we must just accept that.

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    He misfired on this one.we all misfire sometimes.forgive him and let him be on the show. A show that is never controversial is boring.

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