Netball legend laid to rest

Blantyre: Netball fraternity Thursday paid their last respect to the former National Netball team goal shooter, Emma Mzagada

The soft-spoken yet powerfully built Mzagada passed away on Monday at the age of 50 after a long illness.

Mzagada was laid to rest at Chilomoni Cemetery in Blantyre following a mass service at the St James Catholic Parish.

The former netballer has been bedridden for close to two years with a deep wound in her right-leg.

Family, friends, former teammates and Netball Association officials present and past all gathered to celebrate the life of Mzagada, who was looked on by many as a mother earning her the nicknamed Ma, Granny and of course Jay in netball circles.

One of her daughter, Leya Mzagada with the support of her friend at her side in the congregation, gave the eulogy, describing her mother as a Tower of love, dedication, care, support and protection

She was the quintessential matriarch. She loved, nurtured, provided and sacrificed. Hospitality was just part of her character. Emma was always a great achiever. She excelled in whatever she set herself to do and this was particularly evident in her distinguished netball career.

A statement her fellow netball family concurred as they bade farewell to their former teammate and administrator including Caro Bapu,Khungekile Matiya,

Member of Parliament for Blantyre City West Trasizio Gowelo and Director of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower development, Jameson Ndalama was among the congregation.

Mzagada, who was inducted into the Netball Hall of Fame, was a member of the national team in many of the tournaments.

Memories are still fresh of Emma’s last-minute penalty shot against South Africa 19 years ago which was enough to qualify Malawi Queens for the 2000 Commonwealth Games,” Netball Association (NAM) General Secretary Carol Bapu recalled.

She said Mzagada would always be remembered and she will still remain a role model among upcoming netballers.

Bapu saluted Mzagada for diligently served the Malawi Queens as a top-notch shooter who won numerous individual awards, including the ‘Netball Player of the Year’ accolade administered by MBC management.

Malawi Queens Senior player, Joana Kachilika hailed Mzagada for her role in uplifting the game in the country.

Corporal Mzagada as we knew her then, took her work seriously and her pride was evidenced. She was a good listener and constantly motivated us to strive for excellence. She often reminded us that we were pioneers and as such must lay a good foundation.

Catholic priest who presided over the ceremony encouraged all gathered, which included representatives from a number of netball clubs -Kukoma Diamonds,Tigresses,Thunder Queens – to cherish her legacy.

A number of musical tributes was also given during the service as though Mzagada was speaking to the congregation saying: I am alive in you. Live your life to the fullest.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Netball legend laid to rest

Blantyre: Netball fraternity Thursday paid their last respect to the former National Netball team goal shooter, Emma Mzagada

The soft-spoken yet powerfully built Mzagada passed away on Monday at the age of 50 after a long illness.

Mzagada was laid to rest at Chilomoni Cemetery in Blantyre following a mass service at the St James Catholic Parish.

The former netballer has been bedridden for close to two years with a deep wound in her right-leg.

Family, friends, former teammates and Netball Association officials present and past all gathered to celebrate the life of Mzagada, who was looked on by many as a mother earning her the nicknamed Ma, Granny and of course Jay in netball circles.

One of her daughter, Leya Mzagada with the support of her friend at her side in the congregation, gave the eulogy, describing her mother as a Tower of love, dedication, care, support and protection

She was the quintessential matriarch. She loved, nurtured, provided and sacrificed. Hospitality was just part of her character. Emma was always a great achiever. She excelled in whatever she set herself to do and this was particularly evident in her distinguished netball career.

A statement her fellow netball family concurred as they bade farewell to their former teammate and administrator including Caro Bapu,Khungekile Matiya,

Member of Parliament for Blantyre City West Trasizio Gowelo and Director of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower development, Jameson Ndalama was among the congregation.

Mzagada, who was inducted into the Netball Hall of Fame, was a member of the national team in many of the tournaments.

Memories are still fresh of Emma’s last-minute penalty shot against South Africa 19 years ago which was enough to qualify Malawi Queens for the 2000 Commonwealth Games,” Netball Association (NAM) General Secretary Carol Bapu recalled.

She said Mzagada would always be remembered and she will still remain a role model among upcoming netballers.

Bapu saluted Mzagada for diligently served the Malawi Queens as a top-notch shooter who won numerous individual awards, including the ‘Netball Player of the Year’ accolade administered by MBC management.

Malawi Queens Senior player, Joana Kachilika hailed Mzagada for her role in uplifting the game in the country.

Corporal Mzagada as we knew her then, took her work seriously and her pride was evidenced. She was a good listener and constantly motivated us to strive for excellence. She often reminded us that we were pioneers and as such must lay a good foundation.

Catholic priest who presided over the ceremony encouraged all gathered, which included representatives from a number of netball clubs -Kukoma Diamonds,Tigresses,Thunder Queens – to cherish her legacy.

A number of musical tributes was also given during the service as though Mzagada was speaking to the congregation saying: I am alive in you. Live your life to the fullest.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA