Messi-less lightning strikes Chiengi team, ECL mourns

FIVE players, two of them brothers, from a local amateur football club
with a famous name in Chiengi, Luapula, have been killed by lightning.

The local community was plunged into mourning on Sunday when lightning struck a field the players were cultivating as part of fundraising for their football activities.
President Edgar Lungu, who is in Luapula, led several people in expressing their shock at the unfortunate incident and donated towards
the funeral expenses of the five youngsters.

Apart from the five who were killed, five others survived the bolt with burns which they are nursing at their respective homes.
The incident which happened on Sunday around 14:00 hours was confirmed by Chimpunta village headman Dickson Wansambo.

Chimpunta named the deceased as Jackson Kabwe, 20, as well as his 19-year-old brother, Kapembwa Selemani, Joe Chansa also 19 years, Nasir Mpundu, 16, and John Katai,17.
The survivors of the strike are John Mukalo, 17, John Mwaba and James Chama, both 18, Bernard Mwape, 23, and Harrison Mwenya, 25.
The traditional leader said the team were cultivating a maize field at Musambulwa village as part of their fundraising activity when
lightning struck.

Chimpunta said the bodies of the deceased were in the Chienge District Hospital mortuary awaiting burial. Funeral gathering is being held at the Chienge One Stop Centre.
And President Lungu, who is in Luapula for the Milenge district council chairperson by-election campaigns, expressed sympathy at the demise of the footballers.

The president has since facilitated for the purchase of the coffins for the deceased players.
The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has donated bags of mealie-meal and other foodstuffs to be used by mourners at the
funeral.- Timesofzambia

 

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