Simba midfielder Patrick Mafisango, who died in a car crash on Thursday last week, was laid to rest at the Kinkole graveyard in Kinshasa yesterday.
Simba officials, including team mate Haruna Moshi, were among the few Tanzanians who attended the funeral held in Kinshasa yesterday evening.
Mafisango, 32, is survived by three children and had a Rwandan citizenship that made him popular in Kigali.
He once played for TP Mazembe. his sudden death sent reverberating shockwaves in Lubumbashi, more than Kinshasa where he was born.
The Simba midfielder was among the top-rated foreign stars featuring for the team with wide acclaim from the team’s supporters.
The midfielder featured for Simba just a season arriving from another premiership side Azam FC who secured his signature from Rwanda’s APR club a season before.
The coffin containing the body of Mafisango arrived at the Kinshasa International Airport on Saturday afternoon.
The Simba player, whose form continued to improve to defy his actual age, was more popular in Lubumbashi, Kigali and Dar es Salaam than in his native Kinshasa.
His parents and other family members were available at the airport to receive his body as the Kenya Airways flight landed during the afternoon hours.