Former PSL top scorer James Chamanga continues to defy the odds by proving that age is just a number as he remains in the race to retain the Zambian top goalscorer award at the age of 41.
Chamanga was the Zambian Super League top scorer last season with 16 goals for Red Arrows following his return from China where he worked as a technical director in the last six months of his dozen years stay there.
This season he is in contention again with 11 – four behind the leading league scorer Moses Phiri – with Arrows also fighting for CAF Confederation Cup place.
"I am fighting to retain the award and with four games remaining for us I think it is possible because our team has been in good form of late," Chamanga tells KickOff.com from his Zambian base.
The critics who always judge based on age have swallowed a bitter pill with Chamanga standing as the oldest player in the Zambian league and even older than his coach Chisi Mbewe.
Yet he on the field he is delivering.
"It has been awesome for me because people are now complaining about the young ones who they feel need to embrace the hunger that I have. The younger ones run less kilometres than me in games and they don’t have the fight in them that I have. They can see the enthusiasm and fight spirit in me since I am coming from a different generation.
"Though most people are encouraging me to keep going forward because my performance is doing the talking for me there are still some who still insist, I should be pushed out. Why should I be pushed out when the young ones are not performing better than me?" says Chamanga.
The 2012 AFCON winner played for Bush Bucks, SuperSport United and Moroka Swallows with whom he was the league top scorer in the 2007/08 season with 14 goals despite playing 21 games and leaving for China before the completion of that campaign.