Grief has engulfed the football fraternity following the death of Kamuzu Barracks Coach Billy Phambala who died Thursday in Lilongwe after a long illness.
In a statement, KB General Secretary, Prince Majiga said the death has shaken the club and left a void that will be difficult to fill.
“We will remember our head coach as a great leader who possessed excellent technical know-how of the game and good people management. He led the team to an unprecedented TNM Super League championship in the 2016/2017 season. It is a feat that remains unparalleled to date owing to the difficult circumstances then. KB still carries the honour of being the only military team to have won the league, a feat that Phambala contributed to,” he said.
“The club will eternally remain thankful to Billy Phambala’s mentoring skills, warm and tolerant personality and the dedication to duty.”
As we went to press the club was yet to announce burial arrangements.
Phambala, 48, hailed from Chibwana Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Mlonyeni in Mchinji District. He is survived by a wife and five children.
KB veteran attacker Harvey Nkacha was shocked with the death of Phambala.
“He was a special person to me and the entire squad. We have lost a great man and he will be greatly missed,” he said.
While in charge of KB, Phambala redefined the football landscape after guiding KB to the TNM Super League glory, becoming the first military side to win it. KB won the title with 61 points, one point ahead of second-placed Nyasa Big Bullets.
In 2015, KB had finished on position eight in the league but Phambala defied all odds as he led the soldiers to their first ever league title.
Apart from winning the league title, Phambala also helped KB win the Carlsberg Cup in 2013 before winning the Fisd Challenge Cup in 2017.
KB also reached the Fisd Challenge Cup final last year but lost to Blue Eagles.