Blantyre, Be Forward Wanderers chairman, George Chamangwana’s coffin was lowered into the grave at the Misesa cemetery in Chigumula, Blantyre on Sunday afternoon amidst sobs from family members.
Chamangwana’s two daughters and wife wept uncontrollably and appeared to be speaking to the departed former Nomads defender after laying their wreaths.
The wife to Chamangwana looked lost and despondent, and seemed to be confused after being handed the Be Forward Wanderers flag that was draped over her late husband’s coffin.
Be Forward Wanderers players, led by their coach Yasin Osman, placed flowers in the grave, as supporters chanted, Akalowe ku Paradizo A Jijo.
Several people that included Nyasa Big Bullets players and officials also paid their last respects.
A funeral service, attended by thousands of soccer lovers was held earlier at the Kamuzu Stadium before the remains were taken to Misesa cemetery, Chamangwana’s resting place.
As the convoy made its way out of the Kamuzu Stadium along the Kamuzu Highway via Limbe, people could be seen jostling one another to have space to take pictures with their cell phones while others waved at the coffin which was driven in a black hearse.
Speakers spoke highly of Chamangwana’s contribution towards the beautiful game of soccer in Malawi and how he added new impetus in the Nomads ranks.
He was not only talented and loyal but also played an important role in unifying and building up the morale in Wanderers camp, they said.
Wanderers’ vice chairman Gift Mkandawire said: the fallen legend would be remembered for a long time and will definitely go down in the annals of sporting journals in Malawi.
Nomads’ fans continued to sing songs of praise for the departed football hero even after he was laid to rest.
Chamangwana died on Friday at Adventist Hospital in Blantyre after a long illness.
He is survived by a wife and two daughters.
Chamangwana started his football playing career at Wanderers Youth in 1984 before being promoted to the senior team two years later. He made a few appearances for the Flames between 1987 and 1988.
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA