Former Malawi national football star midfielder Hendrix Banda died at Kasungu District Hospital on Friday after a long illness.
The body of the soft-spoken soccer star would be buried at his home Mponela on Dowa on Sunday.
Banda had a distinguished career which took him to South Africa playing professional football for Jomo Cosmos.
He died while Former Player Association of Malawi (FPAM) was making arrangements to raise money to help him get medical attention.
FPAM chairman Ojuku Malunga said it was sad for Malawi to lose a person of his caliber.
“We were arranging to help him and his death has come as a shock,” Malunga said.
He said those, who were intending to help him with financial or material support just before his death, should still contribute to enable the people go and pay their last respects to man.
Former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) General Secretary CharleS Nyirenda, who is also a football analyst, said the country had lost a man who was dedicated to football.
“He was dedicated but above all he was humble and disciplined this is for what people would remember him most,” Nyirenda said.
Hendrix born in 1969 played for MDC United, Mighty Wanderers and Jomo Cosmos in South Africa.
He played for the national team form 1990 t0 1998 and is remembered for scoring in a game against Zimbabwe in the World Cup qualifier in 1995 beating former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Globular while at his peak.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :