Former Kaizer Chiefs defender and coach Jack Chamangwana has passed away following an extended battle with illness.
The former Malawi captain was admitted to the Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre after suffering from high blood pressure, according to reports.
The 61-year-old was ill for an extended period of time prior to his passing, which has come months after the loss of his nephew George Chamangwana.
Chamangwana was the second most capped player for the Malawi national team with 133 appearances, where he started every match and was never a substitute. He also had a stint coaching the national team.
Affectionately known as ‘Black Stone’, Chamangwana played for Amakhosi from 1986 until 1989. The Malawian defender won several trophies with Amakhosi during that period, including the 1989 league championship when he coached the Glamour Boys.
Amakhosi chairman Kaizer Motaung says he and the clubs were devastated after hearing the news of Chamangwana’s passing.
‘I have received the devastating news of Jack Chamangwana’s passing,’ Motaung told his club’s official website. ‘I’m still reeling from the shock of hearing this sad news.
‘Black Stone made his mark in the Gold & Black colours of Amakhosi. We achieved many accolades during his stint with us. Who will forget Championship winning year 1989? Black Stone was there as our coach.
‘In March last year, we invited him to the Soweto Derby. I relived the glory days with him while [we] enjoyed lunch together. Little did I know his visit was his goodbye. So sad. During his visit, he shared his knowledge of football and told me he watched every Kaizer Chiefs match on DStv. I’m glad to have shared in his life and times. What a great gentleman!
‘On behalf of the Kaizer Chiefs family I would like to send love & peace and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends, Wanderers FC and the Malawian football family,’ he concluded.
Our hearts are heavy and with sadness as we bid farewell to one of our Amakhosi Soldiers, KC Legend, Jack ‘The Black Stone’ Chamangwana. Our thoughts are with his family and the rest of the Amakhosi Family. May his dear soul Rest In Peace.
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) May 7, 2018
Photo: Kaizer Chiefs website
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