Thousands mourn ‘Daga’

Written by  Patrick Lunda

In a mark of unity, thousands of the soccer fraternity converged at Kamuzu Stadium on Monday to pay their respects to Bullets and national team player Douglas Chirambo who died on Sunday at Thyolo Hospital.

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By 10 o’clock people from all walks of life came in large numbers to bid farewell to the player whose death has been a painful reminder on the need for improvement of social welfare of players in the country.

The nimble-footed player popularly known as ‘Section 65’among his fans, succumbed to death after battling for his life with brain tumour.

However angry fans took turns to express their disappointment over the poor welfare of players in the country’s top league at the funeral procession at the stadium.

 “I would like to express my disappointment that we might not have been here if our officials had timely moved in to help him,” was all the Bullets captain Fischer Kondowe could say in his brief eulogy at the stadium before breaking down in tears.

Kondowe lamented the team’s officials for failing to take good care of player during his sickness.

It was reported that Chirambo needed K2.5 million to undergo an operation in South Africa. However, neither his club nor his family managed to raise the said amount.

Bullets Supporters Executive committee General Secretary, Mabvuto Chiwambo appealed to sports administrators in the country to seriously consider the issue of players’ welfare.

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Blantyre United Technical Director Lawson Nakoma said it was hypocritical for people to turn out in large numbers to pay their tribute to the player when they were not there when he needed such moral and financial support during his sickness.

The body of Douglas which is expected to buried on Tuesday at his Bolero home in Rumphi district.

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