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Football fraternity mourns Mbolembole

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National Coaches Association (NCA) has described the death of its chairperson Stuart Mbolembole as a blow to the development of the game in the country.

Mbolembole died on Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre after succumbing to cancer. His remains will be buried today at Miliyoti Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mwambo in Zomba District.

NCA general secretary, Davie Mpima said Mbolembole was focussed and objective.

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“He was good at spotting talent. Administratively he was also good at drawing both long and short term plans. Death has robbed us a true leader,” he said.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) general secretary Alfred Gunda also mourned Mbolembole’s death.

“We have lost a pillar and a true legend. He was dedicated to duty and loved his job. We will miss him,” he said.

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Another NCA member Aubrey Nankhuni said he was devastated following Mbolembole’s death.

Mbolembole, 50, is survived by two children.

The former Malawi women’s national football team coach started his football career at Maneb Football Club in Zomba before moving to Cobbe Barracks. He then joined Mighty Wanderers youth team before being drafted into the senior side in 1992.

Mbolembole, a defender, played for Wanderers for only three seasons before sustaining a horrific injury against Hardware Stars at BAT Ground in Blantyre. He hanged his boots in the 1994 /95 season.

He was then named Wanderers youth team head coach before Fam sent him to the United Kingdom for a coaching course and upon his return he was appointed Malawi under-20 national football coach alongside Dan Dzinkambani and Lloyd Nkhwazi.

The former Flames team manager also coached defunct Escom United and won the Standard Bank Cup with Wanderers.

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