Football legend and Be Forward Wanderers technical director Jack ‘Africa’ Chamangwana will be buried this afternoon at Misesa Cemetery along the Limbe-Thyolo Road in Blantyre.
Family representative Geoffrey Msampha said burial will be preceded by a funeral ceremony at the Hockey Stadium (formerly Kamuzu Stadium upper ground)
Meanwhile, mourners gathered at the former Flames coach and captain’s Nyambadwe residence since Sunday evening for a vigil.
“The family has agreed that the body of Chamangwana will be laid to rest at Misesa Cemetery,” said Msampha, a former radio football commentator.
Yesterday, scores of people gathered at College of Medicine (CoM) Mortuary in Blantyre from where the deceased’s body was taken to his house.
A number of sports and football personalities, including Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) board chairperson James Chuma, Wanderers board of trustees chairperson Rashid Gaffar, his former team-mate at both Wanderers and national team Kannock Munde, Nyasa Big Bullets chief executive officer Fleetwood Haiya, Bullets team manager James Chilapondwa and striker Chiukepo Msowoya wore sombre faces as Chamangwana’s casket was being escorted to his house.
Current Wanderers coach Yasin Osman led his players in paying their respects to the fallen legend. The players, including Nomads’ captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Josephy Kamwendo and Lucky Malata, carried the casket that carried Chamangwana’s remains into a hearse.
“Stay well my friend. Stay well,” mourned the grief-stricken Osman as he paid his last respects.
Chamangwana, who came from the area of Paramount Chief Gomani in Ntcheu District, is survived by a wife and three sons. n