Football Association of Malawi is grieving with the entire local football fraternity following the loss of former Flames and Be Forward Wanderers midfielder Leonard ‘Lenzo’ Malunga who died on Tuesday evening, January 19, 2021 at his home in Machinjiri, Blantyre.
According to his family, Malunga just collapsed at his home and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Hospital.
FAM President Walter Nyamilandu described Malunga, whom he played with at both Flames and Wanderers, as a rare breed.
“We have lost a legend of Malawian football and this is a sad day for our football. He was one of the most talented players I ever played with and the best free kick taker I have ever seen. He was a rare breed.
“On behalf of FAM, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the Malunga family. We pray that GOD gives them fortitude at this moment of their extreme grief and pain,” said Nyamilandu.
Malunga’s remains will be collected from College of Medicine Mortuary on Wednesday afternoon for vigil at the Malunga’s Residence in Zingwangwa Township.
Burial is on Thursday afternoon at Katimba CCAP Cemetery in Kanjedza.
Malunga’s Flames Record
Malunga donned the Flames Jersey eigh times; with three starts and five substitute appearances.
He made his debut as a second half substitute replacing Ernest Mtawali in a 3-0 loss to Zambia in a friendly match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on February 12 1994.
The following day he got his first start as Flames lost 2-0 to Zambia at Civo stadium in Lilongwe.
His last played for the Flames in 1-0 loss to Zambia in a COSAFA Cup Preliminary round encounter on January 10, 1998 when he replaced Albert Mpinganjira in the second half.
May His Soul Rest In Peace.