Cover images: Pawlu Sultana
The local basketball community has expressed its sadness and shock at the death of Maltese Olympic Committee Hall of Fame honouree Emanuel Mangani.
The former referee, who lived in Iklin, was often seen around the basketball courts in Ta’ Qali, where he was often of assistance to Maltese youths interested in the sport.
“Woke up to some very sad news this morning. Referee Emmanuel Mangani has just passed away. Ta Qali will never be the same without your presence. For the last 45 years since I’ve know you always had a way with your refereeing calling fouls on me, albeit always contested by me, but that smile you gave me convinced me that yes, it was a foul. Sincere condolences to all the family. The basketball and sporting community will miss you dearly,” said Pawlu Sultana, president of the Malta Basketball Association.
His son posted a brief message thanking people for their support
And the Malta Basketball Association also expressed their deepest condolences
As well as other sportsmen and members of the public familiar with his work
Emmanuel Mangani had been involved in Maltese basketball for the past 40 years
Recognised by both the Maltese Olympic Committee as well as the FIBA Executive Committee for his stellar referee work, Mangani became involved in international games after 2007.
Known as one of the highest calibre Maltese basketball referees, the Malta Olympic Committee has praised his dedication to the sport: “As a local referee, Mangani has refereed several top games, demonstrating high-values and respect fair play. He has been a guiding light for coaches, players and officials throughout. In 2007 he qualified as a FIBA Commissioner, regularly officiating international games since then.”