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 .
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :