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Ricky Phuka dies destitute

Posted: 13 April 2011 Time: 10:55

Malawi’s football legend, Ricky ‘Mabomba’ Phuka died in South Africa on Saturday destitute and without identification documents.

According to a report in Malawi’s Nyasa Times, Phuka, who played for top South African clubs Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows and African Wanderers, died in his sleep in Hammersdale after a short illness. He was 47.

“No-one knows how to contact his family in Malawi to let them know of his passing, let alone make funeral arrangements,” the report states.

Phuka, who was unemployed and depended on handouts from neighbours, bought the house while he was still playing for [African] Wanderers in the mid-1990s.

The report said his neighours were in quandary about the funeral arrangements.

“The biggest problem is that he did not have an ID and without one we can’t get his death certificate in order to bury him,” the report quoted South Africa’s ruling ANC activist in the area Skhumbuzo Madlala, who knew Phuka.

Phuka came to South Africa in 1985 to play for Chiefs from the MTL Wanderers in Malawi. He spent two seasons with Chiefs before joining Gauteng’s Giant Blackpool where he played alongside players like John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu, Geelbooi ‘Goma Goma’ Masango, Jerry ‘Legs of Thunder’ Skosana and Jury Bantwana.

He also played for Bush Bucks with Professor Ngubane, who is now the head coach of Thanda Royal Zulu, Calvin Petersen and his countryman Bennet Gongwe.

Previous comments on this story...

ribz
posted: 11:08 am
most ppl who played for chiefs they die being poor...shame
Nkabs
posted: 11:17 am
Chiefs is not the last club Phuka played for, so the generalisation that most former Chiefs players die destitute is nonsensical.
VELAPHI SAMKETHI
posted: 11:36 am
may his soul rest in peace, and to those who yada yada about chiefs on this, please stop it, it is not chiefs's fault for him to die poor. and you guys who are still playing and even those who played for chiefs before (even if it was three decades ago) please try to save in order to protect chiefs. once now, you save you will die happy, shoes is filty rich now, is because he didn't play for chiefs i guess and he will die rich maybe because he didn't wear nr 10 at chiefs, maybe he played for............................., who knows,
rest in peace man and hope you funeral will be with peace

khosi for life
Anonymous
posted: 12:54 pm
Dogs will just at the first opportunity to rubbish Chiefs' name, even when it's not necessary, anyway, back to the subject at hand, i did not know this guy, nonetheless, MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!!!!!!

Khosi by Birth!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:55 pm
Dogs will JUMP at the first opportunity to rubbish Chiefs' name, even when it's not necessary, anyway, back to the subject at hand, i did not know this guy, nonetheless, MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!!!!!!

Khosi by Birth!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 01:22 pm
I know this guy when he was still playing for Chiefs.He was called Ricky Ace Phuka.What really suprised me is that the report says they can not get the death certificate because he doesn't have ID.How come he played for Chiefs and he doesn't have an Id.I smell a rat hear.When you sign a player or employ any person must have an ID.So does this guy played for Chiefs without ID or he lost an ID before he passed on?If they can investigate this issue you will find that even the names which are mentioned here is not his.Hawks must investigate this issue to find out how this person came to play in SA.Something fishy here.Anyway Rest In Peace Ricky Ace Phuka!!!!!!!!!!!
Bin Laden
posted: 01:57 pm
chili: 2011-04-13 13:22

Point taken dude,but even if he came Illegaly like musunu,Sweswe,mabedi,obua,Jambo, what will you do to the mafia(Kaizer motaung)
Anonymous
posted: 01:59 pm
“The biggest problem is that he did not have an ID' NOW MY BUGGEST QUESTION IS HOW DID HE PLAYED FOR CHIEFS IF HE DID NOT HAVE IDENTIFICATION? OBVIOUSLY MOTAUNG BROUGHT HIM ILLEGALLY IN DIS COUNTRY,KWIIIIKWIIIIKWIIII......AHAAAHAAAHAAA THE THRUTH IS COMING OUT ABOUT DIS CABBLES THIEFS..NXA
The Ghost
posted: 03:14 pm
This is sad phela ... very said ... in his heyday thy called him 'Ace' at Chiefs. makhosikazi like lesego I know you were not born when this guy played for that team of yours, but at least with the fanaticism that you guys display one one assume that you would know a tiny little bit about the history of your club, but as it is it looks like I was giving wayyyy too much credit to a bunch of nobodies.
The Ghost
posted: 03:20 pm
@ Bin Laden: 2011-04-13 13:57 [ Report ]
I did not want to laugh but I could not help it ... that was funny!!!

Oje72
posted: 04:10 pm
@ Ribz
u r out of order
4 yr sake i hope u under 15
If u over 15 that means your brain needs 2 b examined
Anonymous
posted: 05:16 pm
The Ghost: 2011-04-13 15:14 [ Report ]


This is sad phela ... very said ... in his heyday thy called him 'Ace' at Chiefs. makhosikazi like lesego I know you were not born when this guy played for that team of yours, but at least with the fanaticism that you guys display one one assume that you would know a tiny little bit about the history of your club, but as it is it looks like I was giving wayyyy too much credit to a bunch of nobodies.
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Smoking your filthy weave again THE GHOST, ain't no shame in saying i did not know who this guy was....i can also ask you bout some of BARK's veterans, who played in the Chibuku days, i bet you will be caught out, besides, ain't no crime in forgetting/not knowing some players that once donned the famous Gold and Black!!!!!!
Anonymou s
posted: 07:55 pm
And the bile from Chibuku camp gets spewed again without consideration of what could have happened.
1. The guy is from Malawi and the last time I checked teams were allowed to import players
2. He's been in SA for an extended period post his playing days, and that's where the illegality might be
3. Chiefs is not Home Affairs- it helps foreign players obtain work permits but the team does not grant residency or citizenship to anybody!
And last, but not least
4. Chiefs is neither a bank nor a financial adviser- players have a responsibility to spend/save/invest wisely, just like the rest of us. How ridiculous would it be for my family to blame the company I work for if I die poor!

Enhle-Becca,
Became Khosi by Birth
Remain Khosi by SMART CHOICE
Anonymous
posted: 09:38 pm
ribz there are many players who played for Pirates and Sundowns who died destitute. One example is Lovermore Chafunya who died recently, he played almost all his life for Sundowns and that was in the 90's incontrast Ricky Phukha played for Chiefs in 1986 and 1987. May his soul rest in peace, he was a great Chiefs player. I remember in 1986 he won National Panasonic player of the tournament and he scored two goals in the final against Celtic. He came to Chiefs with Jack Chamangwane and another Malawian and they really contributed to the success of Chiefs in the 80's. Again rest in peace Ricky, you are still a hero to us.
Anonymous
posted: 03:10 am
@ Chili when a person goes into another country to work he is issued a work permit, it is up to him to apply for Permanent residence and then be issued with an ID if approved by the Home affairs. It was up yo Phuka to sort out his affairs not the Football clubs.
Pangolin
posted: 03:37 pm
Y all players who die destitute once played for Chiefs… Last time I checked Muchichwa was a dakaboy in a construction company…
Mpofana Eeeeeeenhle
posted: 05:36 pm
May his soul rest in peace.
Anonymous
posted: 09:06 pm
@Sndile,i didn't mean to laugh,but Muchichwa was a Dakaboy,killed me haha a
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