Jack ‘Africa’ Chamangwana dies at the age of 61: Malawi and Wanderers legend

Former Malawi national team skipper and coach Jack ‘Africa’ has died as “a national hero”, “football legend” and “Nomads icon”.

Jack Chamangwana: No more

Chamangwana was serving as technical director for Be Forward Wanderers and had stints as head coach for the Nomads before.

According to information obtained from various sources Chamangwa passed at around 8 pm at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
He has died at the age of   61 and his is the second capped National team player with 133 gamed to his name.
Chamangwana was Flames assistant coach to Young Chimodzi until June 2015 when they were fired by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM). He is considered one of the best players to have played for the Lali Lubani Road outfit. n
He was part of the 1978- 1979 East and Central Africa Challenge Cup winning squad.
Chamangwans made his debut in a friendly match against Kenya during Independence celebrations in Lilongwe on July 10, 1975 at the age of 18 under the tutelage of Brazilian, Wonder Moreira.
He  was part of the 1975 squad that last the final of the regional tournament 2-1 to Kenya on post match penalties after a 2-2 draw in extra time.
Chamangwa capped the National team to Uganda for the East and Central Finals in 1984 against Zambia where Malawi lost to Zambia 3-0 on penalties.
He was part of the team that made to the first ever appearance to the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast in 1984 and made it again  as part of the technical team in 2010 in Angola as technical director under Kinnah Phiri.
‘Africa’ Chamangwana  retired from the national duty in 1985 and trekked down south in South Africa where he played for Kaizer Chiefs and later coached it.
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Jack was one of the most brilliant players on the African continent. The late Denis Liwewe mentions these tough boys in his book”soccer in Zambia ” Malawi will forever remain indebted to this crop of footballers as their generation displayed the best footballing it is sad that the likes of Kinna are unable to rush home to bury their brother. The funeral arrangements could have been part of the old and the current soccer fraternity to illustrate the soccer links into the future the report is too dry to stir interest in the young people Jack joins Hispanic brothers Reuben… Read more »

Rest in peace Jack. Olemba athu akumalawi amakhazikika polemba nkhani za ndale basi. Amadwala chani? Wadwala nthawi yayitali bwanji? Adapita sukulu iti? kuphatikizapo zomwe ena afunsapo kale. Phunziraninso kulemba zabwino zamapuleya athu asanamwalire for the sake of our babies. Anawa amasowa uphungu wabwino choncho chitha kukhala chabwino kudziwa kwa a mkhala kale pa mpira like Kinnah Phiri, Ayasini Osimani ndiena otelewo. Asamatayidwe ndi kunyozedwa akuluakuluwa lero pamene sizikuyenda bwino. Akulephera kuchinya ndi mapuleya mugiraundi inu mulibize kunyoza technical panel anga panelo ndi imene ikulephera kuchinya


RIP Jack Africa Chamangwana

Watematema Mutu

Gone so young and productive. May his soul rest in eternal peace!!!


RIP Mr. Chamangwana


Rest in Peace

I will remember Jack as the greatest footballer for the Malawi National Team. Those of you who are under forty will not know this. We used to have a great national team in the 70s and early 80s.. There was Jack Chamangwana as a full back, Kinnah Phiri in front, Boniface Maganga in goal, Zorro and Spy Msisya on the wings.. It was the best team in east and central Africa. Zambia national team of Godfrey Chitalu used to fear us. Panopa Chipolopolo is way ahead of us. What has gone wrong with the flames. FARE THEE WELL JACK CHAMANGWANA.… Read more »


Kalekeni Kanene
Very sad to lose such a man who has contributed a lot to Malawian soccer. Malawi won the first East and Central Africa Challenge Cup with him as the central defender. Hence people called him Jack the ‘Immigration’ The only defender in the tournament to deny Late Godfrey Yuka Chitalus aggression. So sad. Jack was our Hero. He played with the likes of Kinna Phiri, Yasin Osman, Bannet Gondwe, Spy Msiska, Dennis Saidi, Maganga, Michael Kaimfa, Kapalamula, Stock Dandize, Damiano ‘Dinky’ Malefula etc. My deep condolences to the Chamangwana family and the whole soccer community in our country, Malawi. May… Read more »

OLEMBA NKHANI ATHU OKONDEDWA PHUNZILANI KUIKA INFO YOFUNIKA POFOTOKOZA NKHANI NGATI IZI eg : survived by how many wives and children, he hailed from where, tentative burial programme etc…..

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