Coach Mbolembole to be laid to rest Saturday

Stuart Mbolembole

Former Malawi national football team manager and Be Forward Wanderers coach, Stuart Mbolembole will be laid to rest on Saturday at his home in Zomba.

The National Football Coaches Association chairperson died on Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

According to the program released by Football Association of Malawi (FAM), Mbolembole's body will be collected from College of Medicine to his home in Machinjiri at 3pm on Friday.

Vigil is taking place at Machinjiri near Nanthoka police.

Meanwhile tributes keep pouring in for the legend who died at the age of 50.

Ekwendeni Hammers coach, Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa said Mbolembole's demise is a big blow to the country's football development.

"To us coaches, he was not just our chairperson, but also a parent. We could seek guidance and wisdom from him. He has helped alot of us in terms of our career growth and I am sad to hear the sad news. We have lost, heaven has gained. May His Soul Rest in Peace," he said.

FAM president, Walter Nyamilandu posted on his Twitter page: "Gone too soon Stuart Mbolembole. What a loss. What an Angel. I am lost for words. It's hard to accept. Forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace my friend".

Former Flames vice captain, Elvis Kafoteka could also not spare his grief on his Facebook page.

"Coach and team manager Stuart Mbolembole its heart breaking to hear you are gone, we worked more closely when I became vice captain of the national team and you taught me a lot. 2010 AFCON you contributed a lot and that squad you led it well we will miss u TEAM," he said.

Mbolembole also coached the Malawi national women football team.