The body of former Flames, Civo Service United and Escom United forward Noel Mkandawire was laid to rest yesterday in Euthini, Mzimba district.
The 39 year old died on Saturday in Mzuzu after succumbing to a lengthy liver related illness.
Scores of players, officials and supporters from various clubs came in their large numbers to pay the last respect to the fallen hero.
A product of Coca-Cola schools competition, Mkandawire was spotted by Civo while schooling at Chayamba Secondary School in Lilongwe.
After flourishing at Civo, Mkandawire, nicknamed ‘Amfumu’, was then signed by Escom United where he inspired the Blantyre based side to their first ever Super League title in 2007.
His former teammate Elvis Kafoteka described the late Mkandawire as a humble person.
“He was a very quiet person easy to talk to. He was very friendly and loved listening to music. He was very humble. His death is a shock to me because we tried to mobilize money to assist him and many things happened in a short period of time and I had all the hopes that he will recover. I am very shocked,” Kafoteka told the local media.
Mkandawire is the second high profile former player to have died this year after Tony Chitsulo who died in April.