Ndaye Mulamba (RIP) will always be remembered for his nine goals at the 1974 Africa Cup of Nations a record that still stands till today. Four of those goals he scored in the finals against Zambia as Zaire now Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) won their second title.
Ndaye was been confirmed dead on Saturday at the age of 70 years, in South Africa where he was receiving medical care. He died of a yet to be discovered disease, 23 years after moving from his native country to South Africa as a refugee.
Ndaye captained Zaire at their first World Cup appearance in 1974, losing 2-0 against Scotland, he made news he was mistakenly red carded against Yugoslavia, Zaire were already losing 4–0 by then, and finally lost 9–0.
At the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia CAF honored him with a medal but upon return back home he was shot by men who demanded for the medal and the cash killing his 11-year old son in the process. He played for clubs like Renaissance du Kasaï, AS Bantous and AS Vita Club.
Mulamba Ndaye fact file
1948: Born in Luluabourg (now Kananga)
1973: Wins African Champions Cup with AS Vita
1974: Wins African Nations Cup, scoring a record nine goals in the finals
1974: Part of first sub-Saharan African team to contest a World Cup
1996: Flees DR Congo after being shot, ending up in Cape Town
1998: Minute’s silence held at Nations Cup after Mulamba mistakenly announced dead