Zambia legend Boniface Simutowe was put to rest on Friday in Lusaka.
Simutowe, 65 died on Tuesday in Lusaka after a long illness.
The the 1974 silver medal winner and ex-Zambia coach’s death also rekindled some debate over Zambia’s poor enthusiasm to document post-independence written history especially in sport.
Sports minister Chishimba Kambwili said it is not enough to salute our sports legends only when they die.
“We would like to see the history, the biographies of the great men and women in sports.
Government has set aside a room at Heroes Stadium where this history should be. It is not enough to give a betting send-off to soccer legends; FAZ must go a mile further and bring these people together so that we do not go with the history of this country,” Kambwili said in a speech read on his behalf by acting director of sports Raphael Mulenga at Simutowe’s requiem mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka.