Hundreds of mourners braved the chilly weather to pay their tribute to former Be Forward Wanderers defender and coach Stuart Mbolembole who was laid to rest on Saturday.
Minister of Sports Ulemu Msungama and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president were among several dignitaries that paid homage to late Mbolembole at Miliyoti Village, Traditional Authority Mwambo in Zomba.
At exactly 15:05, Mbolembole’s casket was lowered into the grave as a sorrowful environment engulfed the area.
Msungama said the nation had lost a man who was crucial in sports sector.
“We console the bereaved family,” he said.
Family representative, Reverend Moyenda Kanjerwa, said late Mbolembole was a humble person who strived to be successful in every given assignment.
Former Wanderers general secretary David Kanyenda, said Mbolembole was a straightforward person who did not hold a grudge.
“As a coach, Stuart was tactically astute and a good reader of the game. And as a team manager, he was a disciplinarian,” he said.
National Coaches Association of Malawi (NCA) General Secretary, Davie Mpima, said the association had lost a chairperson who wanted to improve coaching standards in the country.
“Such is a big loss to our family. We will miss him,” he said.
Mbolembole, 50, is survived by a wife and two children.