Be Forward Wanderers Technical Director and former Captain of Malawi’s National Football Team, Jack "Africa" Chamangwana has died.
According to information obtained from various sources Chamangwa died at on Sunday evening at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
The 61-year-old 61 was the second capped National team player with 133 gamed to his name.
He was part of the 1978- 1979 East and Central Africa Challenge Cup winning squad.
He made his debut in a friendly match against Kenya during Independence celebrations in Lilongwe on July 10, 1975 at the age of 18 under the tutelage of Brazilian, Wonder Moreira.
Jack was part of the 1975 squad that last the final of the regional tournament 2-1 to Kenya on post match penalties after a 2-2 draw in extra time.
Chamangwa capped the National team to Uganda for the East and Central Finals in 1984 against Zambia where Malawi lost to Zambia 3-0 on penalties.
He was part of the team that made to the first ever appearance to the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast in 1984 and made it again as part of the technical team in 2010 in Angola as technical director under Kinnah Phiri.
Africa Chamangwana retired from the national duty in 1985 and trekked down south in South Africa where he played for Kaizer Chiefs and later coached it.
His coaching career took him to South Africa and Tanzania and had attended coaching course in Brazil with Young Chimodzi in 1984.
Chamangwana played for Yamaha Wanderers then changed to Limbe Leaf Wanderers but now it's Be Forward Wanderers.
He was assistant national team coach to Young Chimodzi between 2014 to 2015.
The Former National team captain was appointed technical director for Wanderers in 2016.
With just few days before the start of the 2018 soccer season, is looks like administrators and teams are not prepared to uplift standards in the country.
Despite the issue of football pitches not being fit to hold competitive matches; a development which soccer pundits like Charles Nyirenda have blamed, it has also been observed that players are being denied access to insurance benefits.
Only one team, the newly promoted Dwangwa United, has submitted the names of its players to the Football Players Association of Malawi.
Dwangwa United will make its debut in the super league this season.
Among other beneficiaries entitled to players are academics and financial investments.
Players registered under the association are entitled to several benefits such as insurance cover and a retirement package in form of money for investments.
In an exclusive interview with Capital FM, the association’s General Secretary Ernest Mangani shockingly said only rookies Dwangwa United have submitted the names of its players for registration to the association.
“So far it’s only Dwangwa that have submitted the names of the players to be registered under the association. At the moment we are processing their membership and we are expecting more teams to come forth by the end of the week,” highlighted the GS.
Mangani added that they are up to gear with those teams that will show interest to work with urgency in registering the players.
“If teams will not have submitted the names of their players by the start of the season, we will have already started covering benefits with Dwangwa,” he hinted.
The association was registered as a limited company in December last year and it comprises both current and former footballers.
The association is working with the soccer governing body, the Football Association of Malawi.
The Malawi national football team, the Flames have been ranked 125 on the latest Coca-Cola FIFA rankings released by world football governing body on Thursday.
The Flames have maintained 260 points which they accumulated last month.
According to FIFA, any football team that does well in world football wins points which enable it to climb the world rankings.
A team’s total number of points over a four year period is determined by adding the average number of points gained from matches during the past 12 months and the average number of matches older than 12 months.
Since April this year, the Flames have played seven matches winning one, drawing three times and losing thrice.
The team’s best position this year was 100 in April, their worst being 126 in November.
This was eleven positions down from 117 in October this year.
Football pundits believe that the the team can do well if it is maintained for longer periods and also if it competes in friendly games frequently.
League leaders Mighty Be Forward Wanderers are only three points away to clinch the league after 11 solid years when they claimed 3-1 over spirited Mzuni in the second round of the rescheduled played on wet turf Civo stadium in Lilongwe on Sunday.
Wanderers would only need three points out of six from relegation threatened Master Security and rejuvenated, Red Lions.
The leagues are now 65 points from 28 games, four points clear of their traditional rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets who are 61 points and are second on the log.
The first 14 minutes both teams wasted chances, Wanderers through Yamikani Chester and captain, Joseph Kamwendo while Mzuni failed to hit the net through Deco Menyera and Zalieti Nkhoma.
Chester broke the deadlock on quarter mark when he dribbled past Bob Longwe and Lano Kayira and released a thunderbolt in which Mzuni custodian, Chimwemwe Kumkwawa failed to tame.
Wanderers veteran striker Essau Kanyenda was put through by Alfred Manyozo Jnr six minutes later but his shot on one one one situation with Kumkwawa in the penalty was parried away for a corner kick.
Mzuni aggressive striker, Nkhoma levelled the scores after 31st minute when he volleyed in a loose ball after a defence mix up by Wanderers.
Wanderers’ captain, Kamwendo curled in a brilliant free kick in the 43rd minute but his effort was well saved by Kumkwawa.
Mzuni nearly went into lead in the two minutes into added time when Nkhoma's inviting cross from the left flank was tapped in by Menyera which eluded Wanderers goalminder, Richard Chipuwa but Harry Nyirenda in nick to time cleared the ball on the goal line.
Overlapping Wanderers defender, Nyirenda headed the ball over the bar from close range from the well taken free kick by Kamwendo in the 4 minutes into injury time.
Wanderers and Mzuni called it balance of play at recess as the scores remained one a piece.
Wanderers introduced, veteran striker, Peter Wadabwa for out of form Jafalie Chande, the move which made them unlock the solid defence for the students.
Wanderers’ striker, Kanyenda was brought down in the penalty box by Captain, Kayira and referee, Duncan Lengani awarded the Nomads a penalty.
The resultant penalty kick was smartly planted home by Wanderers captain, Kamwendo to stretch the lead to 2-1.
Mzuni made a double substition in the 58th minute they brought in Hudson Milanzie and Henry Msinjo for Chisomo Gillion and Timothy Silwimba respectively but Milanzie was pulled out just 10 minutes into the game when he was swept by Ted Sumani and got injured, was replaced by Pilirani Mduliluli.
Substitute Wadabwa buried the game in the 64th minute when he nodded home Stanley Kaliati's corner kick from the eastern corner flag in the southern goal.
The remaining minutes, both sides continued to search for goals but were hard to come by.
Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday become the second team to lift the MK50.2 million FISD challenge Cup after narrowly beating Moyale Barracks 1-0 played at Civo stadium in Area 9, Lilongwe.
Kamuzu Barracks striker, Manase Chiyesa was hero of the day, who made the difference for the two teams when he got the only important goal for his team in the first half and buried their last years misery after they lost to Mighty Be Forward Wanderers in the same cup final on post march penalties.
Moyale Barracks goalie, MacDonald Harawa was named man of the match after making superb saves which could have resulted into goals galore as Kamuzu kept pressuring through Kelvin Hanganda and Chiyesa.
On paper, Moyale was favourite to lift the cup after sending packing the two Blantyre giants, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets.
Moyale display particularly in the first half was fluke and this forced the team technical panel to make two changes in the half but never yielded anything to them.
Kamuzu Barracks central pack of Pempho Kansichiri and Sam Chivunde were on 24 hour guard, tightly marking Moyale’s danger man, Kuda Muyaba out of the game.
Moyale tested Kamuzu Barracks custodian and captain, Lehman Nthala, barely a minute in to play through Chamveka Gwetsani’s long range effort which was well timed.
Kamuzu Barracks winger, Komani Msiska wasted a chance in the 16th minute when Hanganda had sent an inviting cross into the box in which Harvey Nkacha had set Msiska but his effort went over the bar.
Kamuzu Barracks, midfielder, Diouf Simaone had his 28 metre curved free kick was brilliantly saved by Moyale stopper, Harawa in the 27th minute.
Chiyesa scored the only goal of the cup final in 34th minute when he released a powerful grounder inside the penalty which eluded Harawa for the opener.
Sensing danger, Moyale coach Nicholas Mhango pulled Black Aliseni for Victor Mwale and in the 35th minute and 11 minute later he brought in Deus Nkutu for Gift Nyando.
Kamuzu Barracks players were smiling back to the dressing at breaking with the narrow lead.
Moyale made their last substitution in the hour mark when they rested Gwetsani for Lloyd Njaliwa, while Kamuzu Barracks pulled injured Davie Banda for Gift Mbwana.
Moyale Muyaba had a chance in 61st minute but unbelievably he blasted the ball wide as if failed to gain composure and being left free by Kansichiri.
Kamuzu Barracks throw the fresh legs of Sam Chiponda for World Nkuliwa and barley five minute in the game Chiponda had his goal bound shot parried away by Harawa.
Six minute to time Hanganda volleyed the bar over the bar after Chiyesa went past Moyale’s left back, Mtopiso Njewa and Boyiboyi Chima before putting through Hanganda.
Moyale coach Mhango congratulated Kamuzu barracks for the win and said they deserve to winning as they out played his team.