Great voice silenced, Zambia's Mr Football

By Drum Digital
22 April 2014

Zambia's much-loved football commentator Dennis Liwewe has died aged 78.

Zambia's much-loved football commentator Dennis Liwewe -- one of African sport's best recognised voices -- has died aged 78, a family spokesman said on Tuesday.

"He passed away this morning at Levy Mwanawasa hospital. He was 78 years old and has had liver problems," Ponga Liwewe, his eldest son, told AFP.

Liwewe's high-pitched tone, breathless cadence and reservoir of footballing knowledge made him a distinctive and celebrated commentator, but he was also regarded as an elder statesman of the game in Zambia and in the region.

When the entire Zambian side perished in a plane crash in 1993, Liwewe became a driving force behind the creation of a determined new team that managed to come second during the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.

His death prompted an outpouring of tributes on social media.

"Sad day our Dennis Liwewe has passed away. May your soul rest in peace. You will never be forgotten," said one message from fan Bruce Tondo, via his Twitter account @Brudeto1.


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