Former basketball referee passes away

The Maltese basketball community woke up to the news that former basketball referee Emmanuel Mangani passed away. Mangani, from Naxxar, has been actively involved in basketball for the past 40 years. His death was announced on Facebook by the Malta Basketball Association, in a post in which they wished condolences to Mangani’s family.

On behalf of the Malta Basketball Association and the Malta Basketball Referees, sincere and honest condolences to Mrs Jennifer Mangani and family for the loss of Mr Emmanuel Mangani. Rest in Peace Manuel.

Posted by Malta Basketball Association on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

His son, Mark, wrote a post announcing that his father had passed away merely a couple of seconds before, and thanking all those who have been there for his father.

Missieri Emmanuel Mangani halla din id-dinja ftit sekondi ilu. Grazzi lil kull min kien mieghu f'dawn il-mumenti difficli!

Posted by Mark Mangani on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Paul Sultana, the President of Malta Basketball Association also took to Facebook to express his grief.

Woke up to some very sad news this morning. Referee Emmanuel Mangani has just passed away. Ta Qali will never be the…

Posted by Pawlu Sultana on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Labour Party in a brief statement remembered Mangani and his career in the local basketball scene.

In 2007 Mangani qualified as a FIBA commissioner when he made his international debut.