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Thousands mourn Makwaza

A CROSS section of soccer enthusiasts and administrators yesterday bed farewell to former KK 11 captain, Dickson Makwaza. The veteran who died on Saturday was put to rest at Central (Milemu) cemetery in Luanshya. Nicknamed ‘barbed wire’ due to his tenacity in defence, Makwaza was one of the most decorated players in Zambian soccer history.

The prolific defender captained the national team side that made its first ever appearance at the African cup of nations tournament in Egypt in 1974. Among those that attended Makwaza’s send off was Luanshya mayor Nathan Chanda, Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga, NDC president Chishimba Kambwili and Roan member of parliament Joseph Chishala, Zambia Soccer Fans Association patron Peter Makembo, former KK 11 stars and several sports administrators.

Makwaza also captained legendary side Mufulira Wanderers and was voted Zambian footballer of the year in 1973. He was the longest serving captain for Zambia national team during his ten years playing for Zambia.

The soccer Icon was coach of the KK11 that participated in the Seoul Olympics in 1988 that saw Zambia beat Italy 4-0. He remains Zambia’s most disciplined player who never received a red or yellow card throughout his playing career. He later coached Wanderers, Roan United, South African premier soccer league side Bloemfontein Celtics and Botswana Meat Commission FC.

Other teams he managed are Comets FC and Indeni. Makwaza 76 was born on July 15,1942 in Mazabuka.

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