Allan Matiya Biography
Date of Birth : 1st May, 1985
Mr Allan Matiya started as a freelance journalist, writer and photographer with a passion for covering Zambian football stories.
Matiya attended his primary school at Woodlands ‘B’ in Lusaka then Hillcrest Technical High School in Livingstone where he completed his education secondary education.
Enrolled at the University of Zambia in 2005 for a Bachelor's of Arts in Library and Information Studies but briefly withdrew in third year.
With that twist of fate, he ended up joining journalism on a full-time basis. While at UNZA, he worked for Zamfoot (www.zambianfootball.co.zm), an online media publication within the campus.
My first publications/works appeared on Zamfoot, which comprised of people like Musonda ‘Ba Muzo’ Chibulu, Francis Alisheke and Chimuka Hampango.
The website received so much praise from a number of soccer fans across the country with some printing, TV, radio and other online publications quoting the site and used their images and other works.
Over the past fourteen years, Matiya has worked with Zambian Football publications, he focuses mainly on football stories and images.
In 2013 he joined Zanaco Football on part time/as a correspondent and was employed as media officer on full-time basis in 2016.
His first major assignment for Zanaco was the CAF Confederation Cup match between Zanaco FC and Harare City of Zimbabwe and later on Stade Gabesien of Tunisia.
Allan has been recognized as one of the top Zambian journalist which has seen him travel with the Zambia National Team for international matches and has been carrying out a number of assignments as a correspondent for different media houses including the Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail.
His works and images have been published in prestigious publications such as travel magazines, national newspapers and other online media platforms.
In 2016 he travelled with the Zambia U-20 National Team to Rusterburg, he was also part media team for 2017 U20 Afcon Championship hosted by Zambia.
He was also part of the Football Association of Zambia Media Team during the 2012 Zone 6 Games, 2013 COSAFA Cup Senior Challenge hosted by Zambia.
OTHER AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES
- Currently the Official Photographer for the MOPANI COSAFA U-20 Youth Championship
- Currently part of the Football Association of Zambia Media Team
- Currently a Football Association of Zambia Publicity Committee Member