The world recently saluted Argentinian soccer genius, Leo Messi, when he surpassed Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in one calendar year, but he still has a way to go if he is to beat Zambia’s Godfrey Chitalu, who scored 107, ironically in the same year of Muller’s tally.
Chitalu, a five-time Zambian soccer player of the year, began his fine form in 1968 when he reportedly scored 81 goals for Kitwe United, four years later he dwarfed Muller’s 85 goal tally by hitting the back of the net 107 times in all competitions, though his record was never recognised by football’s governing body, FIFA.
Football Association of Zambia said: “We have this record, which has been recorded in Zambian soccer, but unfortunately it has not been recorded in world soccer. Even as the world has been looking at Lionel Messi’s record, breaking Gerd Muller’s, the debate and discussion back here has been why Godfrey’s goals are not being recognised. What we are doing is, we have commissioned an independent team locally to go back into the archives and record minute by minute each of those goals. The team that we have put together is going to calculate all of those goals, recording which ever game or tournament they were scored in, we will then send that to CAF and FIFA so that we can show that, while Messi’s record is there, while Muller’s record is there, the actual record holder in terms of goals per calendar year is actually an African, it’s actually Godfrey Chitalu.”
FIFA said: “We’ve heard about it, and a colleague of mine is working on it, we’re currently checking on it internally.”
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