Hundreds pay tribute to COSAFA legend Katongo Kabungo

Hundreds of people gathered at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross to bid farewell to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) League Manager Katongo Kabungo, who died on Monday.

Kabungo, who was known by his close associates as KK, was laid to rest at Leopards Hill Memorial Park.

His send-off brought to the fore various football personalities led by FAZ president Andrew Kamanga, Cosafa executive committee member Alberto Simango, COSAFA Referees Instructor Felix Tangawarima (pictured above), deputy secretary to the cabinet Patrick Kangwa, National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) acting General Secretary Raphael Mulenga, FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala and former FAZ general secretary Ponga Liwewe.

Kamanga described Kabungo as an exemplary administrator whom the association had regularly counted on in times of football controversy.

“He was a well-respected instructor under COSAFA, CAF and FIFA,” Kamanga said.

Warima described Kabungo as, “legend, icon, pillar, mentor and a father to all the referees.”

He said that few referees in the region that had reached the highest point in refereeing had passed through Kabungo’s hands.

Warima said Kabungo was a football administrator par excellence who was also selfless and well respected by all the referees.

And Simango said Kabungo’s craft had earned his respect outside the boundaries of Zambia.

“On behalf of president of COSAFA, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, we are here to mourn a great man. We mourn with the family and Zambians. Thanks for the life of Mr KK, he gave everything to the game. We are here to say thank you,” he said.

Meanwhile Mulenga, who represented government, said Kabungo was always a resourceful person in helping draft regulations for any tournament that was held in Zambia.

Kabungo served as Referees Manager from 2010 to 2016 when he was elevated to acting General Secretary.

He was later appointed League Manager, a position he held until his death.

Kabungo died aged 75 and leaves behind four children and seven grandchildren.

He started out as a referee in 1973 and was appointed to the FIFA panel in 1979. He was appointed as a CAF Referees Instructor in 1997.

Source: Football Association of Zambia