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banner Monday, 25 February, 2002, 16:18 GMT
Banned Kilambe scores
Zambian fans missed Kilambe at CAN 2002 in Mali
Zambian fans missed Kilambe at CAN 2002 in Mali
By Kennedy Gondwe in Lusaka

Zambian striker Rotson Kilambe, on an indefinite Fifa suspension, is hitting the net for his club Power Dynamos.

The clubside is preparing for the Zambian premier league, which kicks off on 30 March.

Kilambe, 23, became Africa's first- known positive doping case last September when he was suspended.

Kilambe's ban is not only a drawback to the player but the club
Dynamos coach Bamfuchile

The ban ruled him out of the African Nations Cup in Mali.

According to Fifa, the urine sample of the Zambian international showed traces of a banned substance.

He was suspended from local and international football, pending a final decision.

His case was to have been heard last December during the World Cup draw in South Korea.

But Fifa postponed the hearing until January 2002.


Fifa has now rescheduled the case for 7 March.

Kalusha Bwalya and Kilambe were at CAN 2000
Kalusha Bwalya and Kilambe were at CAN 2000

Dynamos coach, Ben Bamfuchile, said he was using Kilambe for friendlies based on advice from the Football Association of Zambia.

Dynamos had Kilambe to praise when he scored the equaliser in their 1-1 draw with local side Zanaco.

He also scored in their 3-3 draw against Zimbabwean club Motor Action.

Kilambe's knack for goals has made Bamfuchile to appeal for leniency.

"Kilambe's ban is not only a draw back to the player but the club," said Bamfuchile.

"They should allow him play in league games as we wait for the verdict because he is very important to us."

See also:

25 Sep 01 |  Africa
Africa's first doping ban
02 Jan 02 |  Cup of Nations
Zambia announce squad
25 Jan 02 |  Cup of Nations
Senegal v Zambia
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