|As we put to rest our friend, brother, leader and sportsman, Yoram Mwila. We would like to remember him as Breakthrough Chiparamba respected ambassador and football player who represented the academy and Zambia very well in the US. Yoram died in a car accident in Lusaka. He was 21 years old.
Yoram started his career at Chiparamba when he was 14 years old and he quickly moved up the ranks playing competitive football with the senior team. He later represented Chiparamba at the Gothia Cup in Sweden and Dana Cup in Denmark.
Yoram also played for the under 17 and under 20 national teams. He was captain of the under 17 national team which competed for a place at the under 17 World Cup qualifying in 2007. Yoram later played for the U20 national team which qualified for the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup in Canada.
“As anyone in our athletic department could tell you, Yoram Mwila was an extraordinary young man,” said Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) coach Dave Giffard. “Within our team and our VCU family, he was a leader, an amazing friend and an example of what a positive attitude can do for a person and a group of people. His enthusiasm for life and for the game was infectious and I’m not sure he ever met a stranger.”
The Football Association President, Kalusha Bwalya expressed shock, regret and deep sorrow on the untimely death of one of Zambia’s promising young players.
In two seasons at VCU, Mwila saw action in 39 matches with 37 starts and scored 10 goals and two assists.
He scored three goals and handed out two assists in 20 matches for NCAA Division I runner-up Akron in 2009.
He had first moved to the United States as one of five Zambians picked to attendBrad Friedel’s Premier Soccer Academy in Ohio. We will continue praying for his sister who is still in hospital after the accident and also pray for his family who are undergoing a difficult time.
Rest In Peace, captain