Tigresses star to be laid to rest on Monday

Cathy Yikwanga, Tigresses

The netball family will on Monday flock to Mwakasungula village in Karonga to escort the remains of Cathy Yikwanga, the blossoming towering defender for First Choice Tigresses.

Yikwanga died on Saturday after a short illness at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.

Her remains were taken from the hospital's mortuary on Sunday to Karonga where she will be buried.

Meanwhile tributes keep pouring in for the 27-year-old star.

From Melbourne Vixens, in Australia, Malawi national netball team legend Mwawi Kumwenda described Yikwanga's death as a loss to the Malawi Queens.

"Cathy will be a great loss to the malawi Queens. she was an outstanding member of our squad with so much potential to have a strong career in netball as a Malawi Queen and be a great ambassador for our country. My deepest sympathy is extended to her family and tiga team. MHSRIP 😢😢😢," she posted on her Facebook page.

Manchester Thunder shooter, Joyce Mvula said Yikwanga was a hardworking girl.

"I can’t believe you are gone Cathy 😭😭😭 you were such a beautiful soul and a hard working person. I knew for a long time 💔my condolences to Yikwanga’s family, Tigresses Netball, and Malawi netball family😭 will miss you service Cathy😭 May your soul rest in peace 💔💔💔," she also posted.

She hailed from Mwakasungula village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kyungu in Karonga.