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Nyasa Big Bullets, soccer fraternity mourn fan

The soccer fraternity joined Nyasa Big Bullets in paying their last respects to young fan, Raphael Nkhoma, who died on Sunday after being ran over by a car at Kameza Round-about in Blantyre.

Nkhoma, 15, died in a parade for Bullets following their Carlsberg Cup victory over rivals, Be Forward Wanderers, at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.

Nkhoma dreamt of playing for Bullets like his idol, defender Miracle Gabeya.

Bullets players and supporters gave Nkhoma a befitting honour by acting as pall-bearers during the funeral in Ngumbe area.

Mario Gadaga, Nkhoma’s coach for Blantyre Rural Team, which competes in Fifa-Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Under-16 League, said they were devastated.

“We are still finding it hard coming to terms with his death. He was a promising defender and he was hoping to follow the footsteps of Gabeya,” he said, while also appreciating Bullets and Fam’s support towards the funeral.

Bullets Supporters Committee Chairperson, Stone Mwamadi, said they were equally devastated.

“As a family, led by our Chairperson, Noel Lipipa, we decided to render the support during this trying time to show our solidarity. We know our support is nothing considering that life has been lost,” he said.

Fam Technical Director, John Kaputa, and Youth Development Officer, James Sangala, also paid tribute to Nkhoma.

“It is disturbing to lose young players, especially under these circumstances when one was not sick,” Sangala said.

The body of Nkhoma was buried at Pule Village, T/A Kapeni in Blantyre.

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