People from all walks of life broke into tears after the body of the late Abel Mwakilama arrived from Portugal at Kamuzu International Airport at 1:30 pm Friday.
The mood was sombre as the deceased’s teammates for the Malawi under-20 national football team he played for at Bingu National Stadium barely three weeks ago, wept uncontrollably.
Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila, in a black suit, led the soccer fratenity in mourning the departed striker who died of suspected cerebral malaria in Portugal where he was plying his trade for lower league side Sporting Clube de Esmoriz.
Football Association of Malawi Vice-President, James Mwenda, Super League of Malawi President, Innocent Botoman, Flames Coach Ronny van Geneugden, National Youth Football Association Chairperson, Chimango Munthali and Blue Eagles Coach, Deklerk Msakakuona, witnessed the arrival of the body.
“The country has lost. As coaches, we would love to see players we have groomed reaching greater heights but it is sad we lost him,” said Msakakuona who coached Mwakilama.
The young striker was among Emoriz’s top scorers. Burial will take place tomorrow in Karonga District.
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