Former Zambian international, Philemon Mulala has been mauled to death by his three pitbulls in South Africa.

The 60-year-old utility player, played in a number of positions throughout his career, including left-back and right-wing.

Mulala’s defining moment of his career came when he scored a brace against Kenya for Zambia’s national team in the semi-final of the East and Central African Championship (CECAFA), which his side would go on to win. Winning Zambia’s first-ever silverware.

He was discovered by his wife and later declared dead on the scene, as relayed by police spokesperson Captain, Sam Tselanyane.

The Zambian FA were quick to pay tribute to their former player.

Spokesperson Sydney Mungala said: ‘It’s such a tragic end. Many who watched him, especially fans of Mufulira Wanderers, have been pouring out their grief.

‘Many remember him from the national team days, where he won Zambia’s first major post-independence silverware. [Since retiring] he had ventured into business in South Africa.’

Football Association of Zambia General Secretary Adrian Kashala said: ‘We remain with wonderful memories that the late Philemon honoured us with on the pitch. 

‘There is a lot that today’s players can learn from the deceased’s generation.’