NAREP mourns Liwewe

Dennis Liwewe Zambia's football commentator and legend
Dennis Liwewe Zambia's football commentator and legend

The opposition National Restoration Party (NAREP) has sent a message of condolences to the wife and family of legendary football commentator, Dennis Liwewe, who died in Lusaka on April 22nd.

NAREP president, Elias Chipimo, recalls that whenever a football game involving Zambia was being televised and Dennis Liwewe was doing the radio commentary, the automatic reaction was to tune off the volume on the television and tune up the radio because he was an interesting commentator.

Mr Chipimo noted that because of his vocal prowess, one actually needed no television as his voice alone brought a life to the game that completely captured the imagination.

The opposition leader explained that it was the poetry, the passion and the penetrating purpose in the voice of late Liwewe that made people not only to feel as though they were inside the stadium itself but that they were an integral part of the game.

“His voice had the unerring ability to take you to the soul of Zambian football at a time when our national brand and style of sportsmanship was at its very best. When Zambia was winning, Dennis was glorious, his voice rising above the opponents like distant thunder being carried on the wings of an eagle. When Zambia was losing or missed an opportunity to score, his mournful reply always carried a necessary reprimand of the players as though he was berating his own children,” Mr Chipimo recalled.

Mr Chipimo added that Liwewe will be remember fondly with a smile stirred in the depths of people’s soul as the nation honours the memory of a man who he said made Zambia stand tall, proud and free.

He hoped that the commitment that Liwewe displayed in his work would be an inspiration for the nation now and for the generations to follow.

This is according to a statement released to ZANIS Sports in Lusaka today by NAREP Leaders Elias Chipimo.