Tributes pour in for Emma Mzagada: ‘Malawi Queens strong pillar ever’

Malawi netball icon Mary Waya has described late Emma Mzagada, who died on Monday after a long illness, as the Queens’ pillar ever since 1995 when she started starring for the team.

Mourning netball fraternity generating a steady flow of tributes

Carrying the casket carrying the body of Mzagada

“From 1995, Emma was been a pillar in front of Queens,” Waya said. “She was one of our best shooters partnering myself, late Connis Mhone and the youthful player at that time, Linda Magombo.

“She is one of the players who helped Malawi Queens move to the position five in the world and she is the one of the players who has helped Malawi to be where it is to day.”

Mzagada, who will be laid to rest on Wednesday August 1  at Chilomoni cemetery near Michiru CCAP Church, locally played for Produsack, Whitex, Silver, Postnets that later was named MTL Queens until she retired in 2009.

Waya recalls Mzagada played her national team debut in 1995 for the World Cup while they were being coached by late Grace Sithole.

“I have known Emma to be a straight forward person, always laughing, a person who never picked a quarrel with anyone. She was a great person and so understanding.

“Always willing to learn. And always humble. Her death remains as very worst thing that has happened to netball. Such characters are hard to find and netball will  surely miss her greatly,” Waya said.

For 14 years, between 1995 and 2009, the former netball player diligently served the Malawi Queens as a top-notch shooter who won numerous individual awards, including the ‘Netball Player of the Year’ accolade on the MBC Entertainers of the Year Programme.

Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Khungekile Matiya described Mzagada’s death as a big blow to the country’s netball family.

“She served her country well. We pray that the Lord should comfort and strengthen the family during this very difficult time,” she said.

Malawi Queens’ coach Griffin ‘Zagalo’ Saenda, who once coached Mzagada,  and  Queens legend Ruth Kaipa-Chimombo, who played alongside Mzagada,  also paid tribute to the fallen legend.

Mzagada died on Monday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) after battling with Osteomylitis infection.

Hundrends  of netball lovers, officials   including Malawi National Netball players came at College of Medicine to escort and pay their last respect to the fallen hero.

According to family members, Mzagada was born on April 12 in 1968.

She is survived by two children and two grand children.

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victor
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victor

RIP Emma you will always be remembered for what you did for your Nation in Netball

staga
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staga

May her soul REST IN PEACE! Although she has gone POOR and in an expensive COFFIN! NAM WAKE UP PLEASE!!!

B.I.G
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B.I.G

Malawians are very stupid people who abandon you when calamity strikes but would want to look good when you die. This lady had been sick for FOUR(4) SOLID YEARS with no help but today some people wanna look like they care. Why wait until her body becomes breathless before you help?? This kind of behavior MUST STOP once and for all. Let us show the love when our friends are sound and healthy coz that’s the way they enjoy it best.

Denis
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Denis

What did you do yourself

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Rest well

Rest well Emma. Rest well.

Baba
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Baba

RIP Emma. Women carrying a coffin is a great sight in a world that is changing positively and where girls and women need to be self reliant.

Gwemula
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Gwemula

Zonvetsa chisoni pomwe munthuyu amadwala palibe ndi mmodzi yemwe ankapita kukamuona and even bungwe lamasewero ampira silinapangepo kanthu zakudwala kwa katswiri yo lero apa mwagula chibokosi chodula mwavala mukuti kalala kaya zachani izi zazii ndalama zimenezo sibwezi akanathandizika nazo kuchipatala zamaiko akunja koma lero apa mukuti fwefwe munthu wamwalira as a pauper anyways Rest in peace our fallen hero may the Almighty Bless you en akufungatireni pomwe mwagonapo Amen

chenyono
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chenyono

REST IN PEACE EMMA ! THOUGH NAM WAS NOT CAREFUL THROUGHOUT YOUR ILLHEALTH

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

Chenyono, you are right. Even Emma herself when she very sick she posed the question why should she panic when NAM had no concern for former netball players. However, well wishers silently assisted her. Others made direct donation to her. One foreign based netball player gave her K 100 000. NAM was nowhere only to play to the gallery after her demise. RIP Emma Mzagada.

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