ZAMBIA Army Commander Lieutenant -General Paul Mihova has described late Green Buffaloes coach, George Chikokola, as a dedicated hard worker who would be missed by both the Army and the club.
Speaking at the burial of the late 54-year-old coach, Mihova said Chikokola, who was Warrant Officer Class-One, served the army diligently and always put in his best.
"He was a hard worker and a very dedicated soldier. He coached several Army teams and was always ready to serve.
After returning from Swaziland in 2011, we asked him to assist at Green Buffaloes.
He agreed and did so well, we shall all miss him, said Mihova through Zambia Army Director of Sports Colonel Cyprian Mutete.
Chikokola died last week on Friday at the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka after a short illness and a wife and five children survive him.
After joining the Zambia Army in 1997, the Chingola-raised Chikokola rose through the ranks from recruit to Warrant Officer Class One and up to Green Buffaloes coach.
Among his highlight as Buffaloes coach was when he guided Buffaloes back to the Premier Division in 1999 after the team spent several years wallowing in the lower division before being redeployed to other army teams like Young Buffaloes.
Chikokola was called to help turn around the misfortunes at Buffaloes, a job which he did well helping the team escape relegation to a seventh league finish.