Former Yamaha Wanderers’ veteran team manager Iqbal Khadba, 59, died in the thin hours of Sunday morning at his United Kingdom base where he relocated in 2012.
Close friend Ibrahim Patel told The Nation on Sunday afternoon that burial was scheduled for London yesterday. He is survived by a wife and four children.
“He had a by-pass and it was not successful. He was a Wanderers team manager for twenty years and I was Bata Bullets team manager but we were close friends. He was a people’s man— loved by players and all,” Patel mourned his departed friend.
Khadba was a charismatic figure at the Lali Lubani Road and, after over a decade’s absence, he reappeared as team manager during the tenure of coach Rahman Gumbo, around 2006.
Wanderers general secretary David Kanyenda posted on his Facebook wall, saying: “Nomads legends such as [Robert] Khakhi Phiri, Meke Mwase, Alfred Manyozo Snr, Patrick Salama, Ojukwu Malunga, Bob Mpinganjira, Leonard Malunga, Frank Mtawali all played during his time.”