Noel Mkandawire dead at 39

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Death has been announced of former Civo Service United, Escom United and Flames forward Noel Mkandawire.

Noel Mkandawire

Mkandawire: has died. (Image source: Times)

According to information sourced by Malawi24, the 39-year-old passed on at Mzimba District Hospital on Saturday afternoon after a long battle with a liver problem which was causing his stomach to swell. His left leg was also swollen with a possible cancerous diagnosis.

Nicknamed “Amfumu” because of his dribbling ability, Mkandawire led Escom to their first ever TNM Super League title when he was signed from Civo Service.

He was also part of the Malawi National Football team during the days of Kim Splidsboel, Yasin Osman and Kinnah Phiri.

His condition worsened earlier this year and was transferred to his home district where he has passed on.

Burial arrangements will be announced later but he is likely to be buried on Monday at Euthini in the same district of Mzimba.

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  1. Kodi bwanji abale imfayi ikutenga mizati yofunikira mmmmmmmmmm. Pepani ku team yonse ya flames komanso ku dziko lonse la Malawi.

  2. wea wea u pipo wen he woz sik,u cud blame fam wen he woz sik, u wil tok & tok bt notin’ wil change he has gone 4eva ,tu u prayers futbo iz a short carier so invest wat u earn for tumoro.

  3. am not proud with football in Malawi, once our prayer is not getting well, u stop supporting him this also happened to ma best favrate player late douglas chilambo, he wud b well if u were support him financially bt mmmmmm guys lets change anyway RIP

  4. #patsonmatewera chadza ndiyani chokwela ndi mwana kunkhokwe,adakuuza ndani kuti ndine mtumbuma ine?. Kulemba mau oti mhsrip akutanthauza mtundu wa munthu?,samala mawu polankhula ok?.?.

  5. Its not about the north or whatever. FAM president has roots in NkhataBay and Chikhwawa.

    We should blame a system where there is no welfare fund for players in clubs and the national teams. Players have suffered alot because sports leadership only promise and lie about the social welfare fund for players but they won’t introduce it. Look at Emma Mzagada, she has been sick and was looking for funds for medical treatment but no sports governing bodies helped her. This is sad.

    Still, let sports players demand these social welfare funds in their club and national team contracts where there has to be a percentage cut from gate takings for their welfare fund. They should buy life policies with insurance companies or for national team players, government and FAM/NAM must comeup with something.

    Still, even football or netball players must invest in life policies with the little they get monthly for the future. But its up to players for all teams. They can even tell their clubs or national team to put this in place before plsying for them. They can even strike if this is not in place. They should know their price and their worth……

    However, the whole player administration thing is sick in Malawi. Pathetic

  6. We can’t prevent it,its God’s plan.,may your soul rest in eternal Peace Noel.message of condolence to the diseased family is; God has loved him so much one or the other day will find him.

  7. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. What a talented football player he was, short in heart but so tricky an a marvel to watch. Salute to a fallen hero, certainly we will miss you alot…

  8. nonse amene mulindi maudindo ku FAM ndinu anthu otembeleledwa in short ndinu amfiti koma chomwe mungadziwe inuso mudzamfa kaya ndilero kaya ndimawa chifukwa chiyani mumalola noel kumavutika ndima tenda pamene ndalama ku FAM mulinazo munthu watigwilira ntchito ku flames koma osamuthandiza ndalama mungothela ma hule eti anthu oipa inu

  9. rip noel!!playing football in malawi is for fame not future,,,no blaming FAM or gvt,,bcz players are nt entitled to pension,infact they are nothing afta their career so they need to invest by themselves when they are playing,,their legs are not permanent to rely on,,its better to go farming than to be famous without future!!

  10. I quoted: ………..’ his condition worsened early this year and was sent to his home village’. No wonder our talented football players are not committed on this career to bring celebration than shame. Had it been he was a ruling political party member you could not dump him to his home village than sending him to Chinese Hospital. Why do you treat poor people like this? My cruel government to its poor citizens. RIP Noel.

  11. Rest in peace amfumu noel mkandawire sitizakuyiwala bale pokakha chikopa umatha iweyo ..koma farm palibe chimene yapangapo umavutika ukudwala koma sinakuthandize koma wamenya frames kwa thawi yayitali ..Koma kumangodya ndalama basi maprayers akuvutika kopanda thandizo lililonse !!

  12. komanso ma player nthawi dzina take care of your lives mukatchuka sikuti akazi onse ndi anu. this is just a coment sizoti ndakambira pa izi

  13. Zongofunika kutsegula maso kwama player amene mukumenya panopa,zimatikhuza ife ongokutsatilani kangachepe mumapeza panthawi yomwe zikuenda kasamakhale kongodyelatu ngati chochita ndi mpira okha malawi ndi dziko losauka atsogoleri akenso amakonda munthu amene zikumuendera pamene tili pa map satana amatigwilitsanso ntchito ndalama zochepa zomwezi timazivulazilanso tokha R I P amfumu

  14. FAM can’t save anybody from death, let’s just accept that it’s just nature. How many players got sick and got off from the sick bed healed was it FAM that healed them

  15. Inah Lilah Waina Ilaih Rajeuna.(from Allahwe From And To Him< Allah>we All Back).

    I Can’t Say R.I.P Cause Where The Deceased Is Going There’s No Life But Just Final Primises Waiting For Resurrection Day.Instead May I Ask Allah To Recieve His Soul And Kp Away From Fire.Amen

  16. Some ppo r blaming fam, does that make sense. How can u expect an employer to assist some1 whose contract expired? He was no longer in the football circles and had no running contract neither at a club nor fam. If 1 can help then let it be goodwil not mandatory

    • Boss i kno for sure that flames players are not contracted thats y i say he is not a fam empoyee and there is no bond between them hence no need for assistance from fam

    • Mandala ur idiot moron fool u must know FAM is part of government! Noel is legend the FAM have to do something! Boma linaika maliro agwanda!gwanda anali boma???

    • i am afraid i hv to agree wit u #rhodney. as insensitive and wicked that it may seem to be . but u did raise up a good valid points…

    • Zimangotipweteka otsatilafe ngati tili osaonanso patali,dziko lathu ndi maiko ngati s a kapena akuulaya ndizosiyana,komanso ma legend athu amakhala kt geli ndiyopoira satha kupanga invest zomwe amapeza pomwe zikuenda zomwe amaziwa ndi mowa ndima lehu tilibe atsogoleri aumunthu even oimba athu thy face de same problems wanzeru amangopanga zomwe zikufunika nt kulozana zala tonse tili ndizofooka amene akuona vuto ali ndi yankho lokonza zinthuzo

    • Guys your arguments are good for nothing on this issue, i think both of you are too stupid especialy the one who is blaming FAM because instead of passing a condolence mesages your busy talking stupidity here. anyway, may the soul of Noel Amfumu Nkandawire Rest In Peace.

    • Ndiye Zidzatha Liti ? Mmesa Kulankhulaku Kukusonyeza Kuti Penapake Sipali Bwino Pafunika Pakonzedwe. Mawa Chili Pa Iwe. Apa Pakufunika Kuunikirapo Ndiponso Kukonzedwa Kuti Nkhani Ya Mpira Ikhale Bwino. Nchifukwa Ma Prayer Salimbikira

  17. Apa mumva fam ikulankhulapo zambiri pamene munthuyi nthawi yomwe ankadwala analephera kumuthandiza. I think something is wrong Ku fam. Too much segregation The late Douglas chilambo again ithink fam sikutengapo mbali Ku ma player from Northerners. May there soul rest in peace.kuyankhula kwao akumati not registered but we must recognise them as the heroes bcz they were carrying our flag. Bravo kina electric phiri.

    • …in the first place why FAM must here them,on what capacity should they,was he working for FAM in times of his death. Atumbuka kuzolowela wakwithu syndrome paliponse,nthawi yakwakwithu inatha.

    • Hiiiiii Pempho Andrew Kwizombe ithink you know nothing my bro if somebody he or she is playing in national team the governing soccer or net ball bodies should take care of them . Thus y mumangodzadzana kumpoto Ku untenati bcz u know nothing ena ndi awo akumaswa English pa supersport tv ena mpaka kundikumbutsa nthawi ya kamuzu akumayenda ndi John Tembo pambali

    • Atumbuka Ndinudi Zitsiru Eti, Why Talking About Notherners Here By Associating The Death Of This Young Man With Fam? Zopusa Basi Musiye Kukhala Ndimaganizo Opusa Ngat Awa , Musagawe Dziko ai and I think this is why most people hav been saying that Malawi wil never produce president from North its because Of such stupidity talks. Mbuzi

    • Ndakhala Kmpoto Nthaw Yaital Xkut Onse Ngamaphumzlo.M’masasa Muja,zolozolo,chbwanja,embangwen,euthini Mulxo Mbuli Zoxatha Mkulemba Kmwe Uhule Kenako Mkumaztukumula.

    • Its not about the north or whatever. FAM president has roots in NkhataBay and Chikhwawa.

      We should blame a system where there is no welfare fund for players in clubs and the national teams. Players have suffered alot because sports leadership only promise and lie about the social welfare fund for players but they won’t introduce it. Look at Emma Mzagada, she has been sick and was looking for funds for medical treatment but no sports governing bodies helped her. This is sad.

      Still, let sports players demand these social welfare funds in their club and national team contracts where there has to be a percentage cut from gate takings for their welfare fund. They should buy life policies with insurance companies or for national team players, government and FAM/NAM must comeup with something.

      Still, even football or netball players must invest in life policies with the little they get monthly for the future. But its up to players for all teams. They can even tell their clubs or national team to put this in place before plsying for them. They can even strike if this is not in place. They should know their price and their worth……

      However, the whole player administration thing is sick in Malawi. Pathetic

    • kusakhala ndi president frm mpoto zilibe kanthu| ndizosala..tiyeni tikambe zamaliro nt politics coz thus dirty game pamaso pamulungu and we are o malawians so shame with ur stupidity fuckn comments

    • We have to be wise when we are choosing a career there is no money to be made when you’re playing football in Malawi. Unless you lender you trade out side Malawi.