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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changa palibe
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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

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

victor
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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

WATSOPANO
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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..

Sanudi K
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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

aunt
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RIP

AMINI
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remind us his time action, tidali ana

chodalachikondi
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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.

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

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