By Mercy Chewe
The Council of Southern African Football (COSAFA) has paid tribute to former Nkana and Zambia Under-20 goalkeeper Moses Mapulanga who has died aged 29.
Mapulanga died last night at Mazabuka General Hospital in Southern Province after an illness.
Mapulanga won the COSAFA Under-20 Championship with Zambia in 2011.
“Our deepest condolences. Former Nkana Football Club and Zambia national team goalkeeper Moses Mapulanga has died. He was 29,” COSAFA tweeted on Thursday morning.
He was part of the Zambia national team at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.
Meanwhile, Nkana Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Mutafu has paid tribute to Mapulanga.
“We received the sad news from the father that he (Mapulanga) passed on around 23:00 hours last night,” Mutafu said.
“Mapulanga has been there for Nkana. He was one of the oldest players at the club for over five seasons. He was a very dedicated player and as Nkana we have lost one of our own in good and bad times,” he said.
Mapulanga won the FAZ Super Division title with Nkana in 2020.
Mutafu revealed that Mapulanga left Nkana last December following the expiry of his contract.
“Actually his contract came to an end so I would say when he passed on he was already out of the club. His contract came to an end in December last year,” Mutafu said.