Malawi mourn football commentator Dennis Liwewe

Many Malawians on Tuesday paid tributes to Zambian based legendary commentator Dennis Liwewe, who died on Tuesday aged 78.

Liwewe succumbed to liver complications at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital in Lusaka.

His son Ponga said: “He died this morning and we are all sad. He was a pillar of the family and always taught us good morals. We shall all miss him.”

Liwewe hailed from Malawi and began his journalism career by working as a reporter at a newspaper owned by mines in northern Zambia.

Liwewe: Mourned
Liwewe: Mourned

Football agent and consultant Felix Ngamanya Sapao paid tribute to Liwewe saying his death was “shocking” and a “great loss to football.”

He hailed Liwewe, saying he inspired many Malawian football talents and nicknamed legends such as Kinna Phiri to ‘Electric’, Jack Chamangwana as ‘African’.

Liwewe also nicked names Jimmy Zakazaka as ‘weapon of mass destruction’.

Former Malawi international striker Lawrence Waya said whenever Malawi was playing Zambia, he could ask for the commentary of the match to be recorded to listen how Liwewe did his job.

“It was lively to listen to Liwewe and he inspired us to play well so we could get his colourful praise,” said Waya.

“Malawi football will miss him for sure,” he said.

Malawi coach Young Chimodzi said African football “had lost a great man who loved football.”

In a message of condolences to the Liwewe family, Zambia President Micheal Sata said the late commentator was a reservoir of knowledge in football and leaves a legacy of great patriotism and passion for sport.

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