Ibra Mwase laid to rest: Malawi ex-footballer

Thousands of football lovers gathered at Mbayani Cemetery in Blantyre on Monday to pay their last well deserved respect to Ibra Mwase once a household name for Tigers football club .

The coffin of Mwase taken outside the house

The coffin of Mwase taken outside the house

Mourning Ibra Mwase....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mourning Ibra Mwase….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Robin Alufandika laying his wreath..Photo Jeromy Kadewer

Robin Alufandika laying his wreath..Photo Jeromy Kadewer

Former players paid their last respect...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Former players paid their last respect…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Former footballers at the cemetery...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Former footballers at the cemetery…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

She could not control mother's tears...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

She could not control mother’s tears…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Paying respect: Albert Mpinganjira far right...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Paying respect: Albert Mpinganjira far right…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mwase died on Saturday night at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre of anemia.

A cross section of football officials that included Football Association of Malawi (FAM) like Gomegzani Zakazaka, Casper Jangale, James Sangala, Azam Tigers team manager Robin Alufandika, former Big Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire, Big Bullets team manager Billy Tewesa   and veteran players like Albert Mpinganjira, Lawrence Mnenula, Chimwemwe Gadi, Fundi Akidu, Chisomo Kamlanje, Ojuku Malunga, Thom Milanzi were all in attendance.

In his eulogy, former footballer Stewart Mbolembole described the late Mwase as skilful and humble.

He said Mwase was talented in the field of play and even at the time he was coaching Tigers.

“It is very sad that we have lost one of the veteran players. We join his family in mourning his demise and may his soul rest peace,” said Mbolembole/

According to former Malawi international Ojuku Malunga said Malawians will remember Mwase during the All African Games in 1987 in Kenya, where he mesmerized spectators with his skills.

Ojuku said Mwase partnered with Kennedy Malunga on the midfield in games which Malawi won against Senegal, Cameroun and Egypt.

“We won all the games up to the semi-finals when we met Kenya. I remember the Kenyas switched off the lights after realizing we were about to win against them,” said Malunga, formerly of Mighty Be Forward Wanderers.

Malunga also said people will remember Mwase in a game Malawi played against Liberia.

He said Mwase outplayed Liberian dangerman George Weah.

Mwase also coached Malawi Under-20, which won all their games at Kamuzu Stadium.

The bereaved family thanked Azam Tigers for providing transport and coffin.

He is survived with two children.

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38 thoughts on “Ibra Mwase laid to rest: Malawi ex-footballer”

  1. changa palibe says:

    remember the song by dizzy manjeku and his papa disco Ibrahim in short ” ibra” The late Ibra was famous in football around that time. the late mwala moyo used to play that song i think in praise of Ibras achievements in football R.i.p

  2. Anthony Forpence says:

    IBRA he was my f player.May your Soul Rest in Peace.

  3. victor says:

    it is very unfortunate that people are talking alot now about ibra,to say the truth ibra was agood guy who used to mix with people during his pick.koma wakhala akuvutika palibe ndimodzi yemwe amene anamthandiza mpaka munthu kulowa ntchito ya uguard koma enanu osamukumbukira.zamanyazi

  4. WATSOPANO says:

    To all reporters in Malawi, you should stop reporting on issues without showing the real pictures. If Ibra was a great footballer, indeen he was, then you were supposed to show his pictures to the nation so that people could have the actual picture now in mind, You must not report for the sake of showbiz. Respect your job then people out there will respect you fake Malawi Reporters..

  5. Sanudi K says:

    Rest in Peace Ibra, You were such inspiring player how Iremember as 10 year olds at Nyambadwe ground in the 1970s you could dribble past us as if you were born with a ball in your feet. I remember on those o’le innocent good days our rival teams always used to say “Ngati mukufuna kusewera ndi ife Ibra asalowe’ for nothing else but fearing your magic legs which always put off the rest of us no wonder you reached that far.May the Almighty cherish this time RIP Ibra.till we meet again in the Kingdom of God

  6. AMINI says:

    remind us his time action, tidali ana

  7. Inu a number 15 musasokez anthu a Mulungu pomanama ndikuphunzitsa za anthu akufa kutu Mulungu awalitse maso awo kuti awale kosatha. Simuwerenga baibulo kodi kut akufa sadziwa kanthu bi! ndipo kuti atsikila kuli chete! Tasiyani kungomvetsera zokuwerengerani mu Chitsime, tamawerengani baibulo yomwe it is entitled kuti “BUKHU LOPATULIKA NDIRO MAU A MULUNGU” osati la Malemba Oyera, ndilo muli ziphunzitso zabodzazo.

    Inu a Nsembe tamawaphunzitsani chilungamo anthu ophunzira bwinobwinowa koma wosatha kuwerenga ndikumvetsetsa chomwe baibulo imanena za anthu akufa. Mulungutu akukuonani anthu mukuwasokezawa.

  8. alpha says:

    I agree with Mungete. Nanga nthawi zonse kuthamangira kuonetsa nkhope za anamalira phindu lake ndi liti? Kumbutsani anthu omwe anaiwala womwalira ndi zithunzi zake nthawi akali moyo kaya.
    Vuto lina ndi a FAM. Kodi muli nayo nkhokwe ya zithunzi za onse ochita masewera ngati a mpira?
    Please its time kumapanga za masiku ano zotukuka bwenzi tikumapumila zinthunzi za maukwati a chaka ndi chakawa nanga si tizingokhalira nkhani ndi zithuzi za umaliseche wa anthu ali ndi moyo okhaokh.
    I am 49 years, heard and praised Ibra a thousand times but I don’t remember to have met him. Ndine wa m’tauni ya BT since early 80s. Mwina mukanaika picture nkutheka I could have recognize him nkuti kani Ibra anali uyu. Zamanyazi komanso zopatsa chisoni.

  9. Afanaze says:

    Oh what a loss my teamate ’88. East and central Malawi team, very humble,respectiful,competitive,coach’s player and very friendly.RIP.

  10. sapota says:

    Its sad that pple. Will help and say good things when one is dead but to say the truth life was very hard for Ibra and very few assisted him malawians let’s start help our friends when they are alive and not dead ~ MHSRP

  11. Lovemaniac 91 says:

    Eish guyz, Iam feeling hot, if my ex calls tel ha that am taking a shower down stairs, ok!

  12. KAMBWE says:

    RIP mtonga mzanga uyu..uyendi umampha mu lwendo laku mbuya wakulongozenge ..tazamkumana ku umoyu unyaki kusirya kwa Nyanja…

  13. myao says:

    Munthuwamba ukufunsa ndani?

  14. Nthena says:

    rip just post picture

  15. Mungete says:

    Yes, some of the people reading this article were young or not born when Mwase was on the field of play. You should have displayed the picture when he was at his peak. Kodi mumaphunzira chani ku skool ya utolankhani?

  16. khuere says:

    yes he must RST IN PIECE

  17. Mtunda says:

    RIP Ibra! But dying of anaemia not on!! tell the nation the real cause. please!

  18. chintengwa says:

    RIP

  19. Kampalapata says:

    May his soul rest in peace. He was really skillful. I first knew him in 1982 when he was playing for Makata Primary School in Ndirande while in standard 8.

  20. i miss kamuzu says:

    looking at the player profile, i can say he was a real hero and example for todays fake football players. the 80’s was the golden age of malawi soccer. we could whip any team that came our way regardless of who they were. or could it be that we were a great nation because kamuzu was around and the country was functioning properly?

  21. Ambuye muwapatse anthu akufa chiusiro chosatha ndipo kuyera kosatha kuwalitse maso awo, awuse mumtendere. ame

  22. Willie Chimseu says:

    RIP the magnetic player. But where is Thango Paipi can any body give me his cell number?

  23. Mzungumbuli says:

    “Blessed are those who wash their robes that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city” Revelation 22: 14.

    “Behold I am coming soon my reward is with me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” Revelation 22 : 12.

  24. Ngombwax1 says:

    Walter Nyamirandu ali kuti? Wosamangowakonda anyamata posewera mpira pokha ayi. Komanso kumakhala nawo pa zovuta ngati izi. Kodi tsogolo la zamasewera ku Malawi ndi chani? Ngati ndalama mukuwamana pamene inu mukuyenda pa magalimoto amatofutofu, anyamata akupha nyerere

  25. mwana mulopwana says:

    Rest I peace Ibra Mwase, I still remember in the 80s when Malawi used to be the whipping boys. Hamba Kalhe Mfwethu

  26. winston chirambo says:

    Ibra, how sad to learn of your demise my brother. Those football days at Nyambadwe primary school, how you encouraged me to play with football boots when I complained they were heavy on my feet. You will always remain my football hero. RIP.

  27. mbuya says:

    Apogozi rest in peace munalimbanako kufuna kwabwino once again RIP

  28. Munthuwamba says:

    I don’t know, but if the cause of death is really anemia, couldn’t someone come forward to donate blood to this fallen hero?? Don’t they even have blood banks at QUECH??

  29. Zaire says:

    The remains in the coffin should not be showed to us please.
    Hw cn that bring interest?
    RIP

  30. Mauziboy says:

    May the soul of our talented Ibra Mwase rest in eternal peace

  31. Antoni apaphata says:

    Ibra rip. Ntchito munagwira. In your days Irremember Maputo lungs Frank mtawali CT sherry mail n many more. Mouse my mtendere.

  32. Dr. Ben Phiri, PhD says:

    Kunena zoona sibwino kumajambula munthu wotisiya ayi. Sizabwino pa mwambo wathu monga a Malawi. Kachiwiri kodi anemia inabwera bwanji? Amataya magazi pangozi? Penapake ndibwino kumafotokoza bwino bwino. Chimatha magazi cho ndi chani? Khansa kapena chani. Mzimu wawo uwutse mumtendere. Sitidzayiwala ntchito zanu. Timakumbukira zabwino zanu zonse

  33. Emmatuwa says:

    rest in peace

  34. Truck says:

    VERY SAD INDEED MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!

  35. .............. says:

    Please dont show us faces of dead people in caskets. Why not post a picture of him when he was alive?

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