Pictorial: Lenzo Malunga laid to rest as Wanderers, Malawi football fans  grieve

Former national team player and Mighty Wanderers midfield maestro Leonard ‘Lenzo’ Malunga  was on Friday laid to rest at Katimba Cemetery in Kanjedza Township, Blantyre in an emotional ceremony after passing away on Tuesday night.

Wanderers players paying their respects to legend Lenzo

Mourners pay tribute to Lenzo Malunga who was conveyed in a hearse to a funeral
Tribute to Lenzo who was ‘heart and soul’ of Wanderers in his football playing days
Wife mourning Lenzo
Mourners pay floral tributes to Lenzo Malunga
Mourners pay tribute to Lenzo Malunga
Cecil Malunga: Bereaved young brother to  Lenzo
Sherry Msuku (L) and Bob Mpinganjira: Wanderers legend leaves us
Sad farewell to a Wanderers legend
Wanderers former players  paying last respects
The floral and wreath tributes
Lenzo Malunga rest in power

Lenzo died of high blood pressure.

According to his cousin Yona Malunga, Lenzo “suddenly fell while having snacks at home.” He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Football supporters, former players and Wanderers officials including some officials from other clubs arrived at Zingwangwa where people converged for the funeral ceremony in the morning  to pay their respects, with many weeping, blowing kisses and praying as they filed past his white casket.

Wearing sport regalia, and mostly in Mighty Wanderers  colours, they sang and danced songs praising Lenzo.

Mighty Wanderers  flags and banners written “Rest in peace Leonard Malunga “  were held up high.

The gloomy weather did not deter the highly spirited former players who played alongside Lenzo like Vales Kamzere, Thom Milanzi, Albert and Bob Mpinganjira, Ojuku Malunga, Sherry Msuku, Chimwemwe Gadi to say their final goodbye to a  Wanderers legend.

Leonard is a former Wanderers and national team player so too were his brothers-in-law—William, the late Holman and Kennedy.

His uncle late John Green and cousin Yona were long-time chairpersons for the Nomads’ supporters committee.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu, who also played alongside Malunga at Wanderers and in the national team, described his demise as a great loss.

“What a fine young man he was. It’s very hard to imagine that he is no more. I have lots of fond memories about our playing days and famous victories that he personally engineered on the field of play. He had individual brilliance to turn around games  when the going was tough,” said Nyamilandu in his eulogy.

Current Wanderers coach Bob Mpinganjira who was dubbed ‘Mpulumutsi’ credited  Lenzo for his assists that made him to be a goal poacher.

Mpinganjira  paid an emotional tribute to the departed former midfielder describing him as a genius.

“He was an asset,” said Mpinganjira, who was too devasted to comment.

Malunga, who could have turned 48 next month, is survived by a wife and five children.

 

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Chiswa B
Chiswa B
6 months ago

Still remember that game against red lions in zomba at 2-0 down lenzo single handedly engineered a 4-2 comeback win

Lego
6 months ago

This guy was genius in his hey days.I started supporting Wanderers because of these guys,Lenzo,Brunchaga,Albert and Thom Milanzi.MHRIP

Donald McLean
6 months ago

So sad a loss, may he rest in eternal peace.

Raj
Raj
6 months ago

He was a good player. Malawi national team was one of the best team in africa during their time. I remember the time we took ESAC cup him and his team mates put MW on the map.
May the Angels of heaven welcome his soul

Mayo Mayo ine
6 months ago

The world is out of control. This is just too much .

Nakaka
Nakaka
6 months ago

May his soul rest in peace. He was a greater player indeed.

Justice for all
Justice for all
6 months ago

Rest in peace

Gee
Gee
6 months ago

RIP Lenzo, still have fresh memories of street football we played together in Zingwangwa as kids.

Noxy
6 months ago

So sad MHSRIP

David
David
6 months ago

Too bad. My guy rest well

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