Mufulira on Monday said farewell to one of its favorite sons when the late Mighty Mufulira Wanderers coach and ex-Zambia defender Harrison Wawa Chongo was put to rest at Chatulinga Cemetery.
Chongo, 42, died on Thursday at Ronald Ross Hospital in Mufulira where he was admitted on Wednesday for high blood pressure.
A requiem service, attended by thousands of Wanderers fans in the green and white of Mighty, was held at the clubs home ground Shinde Stadium where Wawa first broke into the first team in 1989.
“The club has been doing very well this season under him and he will be difficult to replace,” Wanderers chairman Cleopias Mulenga said.
Wawa, who was in his second season in charge of Wanderers, leaves Mighty unbeaten in their opening eight games in second place on 14 points with a game in hand in the Faz Division One North as they attempt their first top flight return since 2005.
Wanderers are three points less behind leaders Indeni .
And Wawa was put to rest just meters away from his Wanderers and Zambia mentor Samuel “Zoom” Ndhlovu who died 10 years ago in Mufulira.
Meanwhile, the funeral was attended by five members of the 1994 Africa Cup silver medal winning team that Wawa was a member of.
In attendance from that team were goalkeeper Martin Mwamba, midfielders John Lungu, Joel Bwalya, Linos Makwaza and striker Zed Sailetti.
“He was like my brother and we shared a lot of fun times with him,” Mwamba said.
Sailetti said:”It is a very big loss for the country and I played with him at the national team. He started well for Mufulira Wanderers this season and they are unbeaten.”
Also in attendance were some members of Wanderers last Super Division back-to-back title winning team in 1995 and 1996 namely Bilton Musonda, Nelson Banda, Alex Musungu, Justin Kunda and Allan Kamwanga.
Wawa played for Wanderers from 1988 to 1992 and joined Saudi Arabia club Al Tawuun from 1992 to 2002.
He is survived by a wife and six children.