Nicknamed ‘the chairman,’ Late Moses Simwala is the most successful coach in Zambian club football history, winning the league title a record 8 times and 21 trophies in all. He was voted Zambian coach of the year in 1988 and 1989.
Nicknamed ‘the chairman,’ Simwala featured for Zambia and Rhokana United (later Nkana Red Devils and now Nkana F.C.) as a right winger, the same club he would go on to coach for over 12 years and become the most successful coach in Zambian club football, winning the league title a record 8 times and 21 trophies in all.
Simwala first experienced poor health when he was appointed interim national team trainer in January 1993 but was hospitalised at Nkana Mine Hospital as the team went into camp in Kabwe.
On Tuesday 6 January, he was discharged from hospital with doctors advising him to rest for one week to recover but he decided to immediately join the national team although his wife Rhoda pleaded in vain for him to rest and join up the following day. Four days later, he was taken ill again and admitted to Kabwe General Hospital and ruled out of the squad travelling to Tanzania for a crucial World Cup encounter. Chitalu took over as coach and Zambia won the game 3–1.
Simwala spent more time in hospital in Kitwe, was discharged but readmitted after complaining of a persistent cough and general weakness. Nkana management then took the decision to appoint Ben Bamfuchile as coach until such a time when Simwala recovered fully and in the meantime, handed him the role of Technical Advisor.
In September, Nkana travelled to Ghana to defend a one-goal lead against Asante Kotoko in the Africa Clubs Champions Cup quarter-final but lost 3–0. After the game, the players were informed that Simwala had died at Nkana Mine Hospital earlier in the afternoon.
He was put to rest at Chamboli Cemetery in Kitwe and was survived by a wife and five children. His son Govenda currently plays for Power Dynamos as a right-back.
Zambian Challenge Cup: 1966
Heinrich Cup: 1969 and 1974
Zambian league title: 1982, 1985, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992
Charity Shield: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991
Zambian Cup (Independence Cup/Mosi Cup): 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1992
Zambian Challenge Cup (Shell Challenge Cup/BP Challenge Cup/ BP Top Eight Cup): 1992
Heinrich Cup/Chibuku Cup/Heroes and Unity Cup: 1989, 1990
Champion of Champions Cup: 1986 and 1992