Be Forward Wanderers chairman, George Chamangwana, passed away in the early hours of Friday, forcing Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to postpone tomorrow’s Blantyre Derby at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Chamangwana died at Blantyre Adventist Hospital. He had served the Nomads in various capacities before eventually getting elected as chairman.
Sulom said the postponement is in line with Article 17 (4) of the TNM Super League governing body’s rules and regulations.
“Sulom further wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Be Forward Wanderers and the bereaved family for the loss of George who was a pillar of strength to Malawi football and Wanderers.
George will be remembered for the re-organisation of Wanderers to its current status as well as contributing both as a player and team manager. May his soul rest in eternal peace. “To the general public, please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused,” reads the statement.
Meanwhile, Wanderers’ vice chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, expressed great shock with the death of Chamangwana, who he said dedicated much of his time to helping the team.
“His death is a very big blow to the Nomads family. He has been instrumental to the team since his time as a player and team manager.
“He then rose to the position of general secretary and was deservedly elevated to become our chairperson. We will miss him so much and we are in deep mourning,” Mkandawire said.
Football Association of Malawi Commercial Director, Limbani Matola, equally expressed shock with the news.
“Fam will greatly miss his calm wisdom, level headedness, objectivity and professionalism to the management of the game. We always found it easier to deal with Wanderers management because of his dynamic and professional guidance.
As he goes to rest, having run his race perfectly well, we pray that the winning legacy and professionalism that Wanderers has come to adopt shall continue,” Matola said.
Nyasa Big Bullets General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, said his club is equally saddened by the demise of Chamangwana.
”In the spirit of solidarity and togetherness, we are joining our rivals in their grief. We are together with them in sorrow as we will be burying one of the icons of the local game. Chamangwana deserves a dignified burial after his contribution to Malawi football.
Chamangwana was in a class of his own as an administrator. He was humble and passionate for the game of football. Losing him at this time when Wanderers and Malawi football need him most is a great setback. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
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