Football family mourn Malunga

Lenzo Malunga

The football family, led by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Be Forward Wanderers mourn the death of the Malawi National Football team and Nomads former midfielder, Leonard 'Lenzo' Malunga on Tuesday.

Malunga died at his home in Machinjiri, Blantyre. 

His brother, Yona, the former Wanderers chief supporter confirmed with the local media about the sad news.

"The FAM Executive Committee conveys its heartfelt condolences to the Malunga  family. We pray that God gives them fortitude at this moment of their extreme grief and pain," reads the statement from FAM

Wanderers has confirmed that their former midfielder and free kick specialist will be buried on Thursday.

"The body of our legend and former midfielder, Leonard 'Lenzo, Malunga will be laid to rest on Thursday, 21 January 2021 at Katimba Cemetery in Kanjedza," they posted on their official Facebook page.

Former Sunday Times assistant Editor, Clifton Kawanga also paid his tribute to the legend as he posted on his Facebook page: "Lenzo Malunga, just like John Banda, rose to prominence when the Flames had a fierce collection of midfielders..he didn't play many games as he deserved. We witnessed the most talented artists while we were growing up.," he said.

Lenzo Malunga
Lenzo (left, in Jersey 10) posing with others before a Flames' friendly match against Zimbabwe at Kamuzu Stadium in 1998- photo courtesy of FAM 

According to records by FAM, Malunga donned the Flames Jersey 8 times; three starts and five substitute appearances.

He made his debut as a second half substitute replacing Ernest Mtawali in a 3-0 loss to Zambia in a friendly match at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on February 12, 1994.