By Mercy Chewe
Retired footballer Ginger Pensulo, the first Zambian to attend trials in England, has died at the age of 86.
Pensulo, the former National Team and Roan United striker, died on Sunday in Luanshya.
He attended trials at English club Leeds United together with another legend Kenny Banda in 1963.
His nephew Steven Kanta said Pensulo died from old age related illness.
Pensulo won the inaugural National Football League title in 1962 with Roan.
“We are in shock as Roan United Football Club and the whole community because he was part of us and a very important figure in the history of our club,” said Roan Secretary Geoffrey Ngulube.
Pensulo played for the National Team between 1996 and 1968 when the squad had both whites and African players.
“As much as we wish to be sad of his passing, his life is worth celebrating because it brings so many beautiful memories of football to Luanshya. Stylish will miss him for being the architect of smooth flowing Football which earned us a Brand ‘Stylish’.” said Ngulube.
During his coaching career, he drilled Roan United, Luanshya United, ZEMEFA and Luanshya Mine Police.
Pensulo has left behind six children and several grandchildren.