Friday, June 14, 2024

‘Kawilo’ Chilongo put to rest


Benjamin “Kawilo” Chilongo
Benjamin “Kawilo” Chilongo

Veteran coach and ex-Zambia international winger was on Wednesday afternoon put to rest at Mpatamatu Cemetery in Luanshya.

Chilongo, 55, died on Sunday afternoon at Ndola Central Hospital after an illness.

He was coaching Malanti Chiefs of Swaziland at the time of his death.

Ex-Zambia captain Dickson Makwaza led scores of mourners in paying their last respects to Kawilo.

Several players, coaches and retired footballers attended burial.

Kawilo played for Roan United, Nkana and Green Buffaloes.

On the local front, the deceased coached Nkana, Roan United, Red Arrows, Ndola United, National Assembly, Prison Leopards and Kalulushi Modern Stars.

Kawilo had coaching stints in Botswana and Swaziland where he won the top flight league title as Mbabane Swallows coach.

Chilongo went back to Swaziland to coach Malanti Chiefs last month.


  1. I never head of him in Zambian football , though gone too early at 55 at the time he was having more money in his pocket MHSRIP

  2. He would hug the wing and wait for the forward pass he had blistering pace and a shout of ‘wheels’ would resonate from the crowds as he easily outpaced defenders. I recall he run defences ragged as he sent in mouth watering crosses to be met by strikers and into the net…rest Benjamin Kawilo Chilongo..’wheels”

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