The local football fraternity is in mourning after the demise of former Football Association of Malawi (Fam) general secretary (GS) Chris Kamphinda Banda.
The retired football administrator passed on at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre after a short illness.
Fam President Walter Nyamilandu led the football fraternity in mourning Kamphinda Banda, saying he was a loyal servant of the game.
“He was a very humble and hardworking gentleman. He was one of the first people I worked with when I became Fam President. I learnt a lot from him about Fam and the football fraternity in general. His death is a big blow to Malawi football,’’ Nyamilandu told Fam’s website.
Kamphinda Banda served as Fam GS between 2000 and 2004. He later served as Super League of Malawi (Sulom) GS until 2007.
Sulom President Tiya Somba Banda also expressed sadness with Kamphinda Banda’s death.
“We thank God for the gift that he gave us in Kamphinda Banda. His wisdom and vast experience of the game laid the foundation for the organisation that is now being called Sulom.
“He was our first ever acting chief executive officer who eventually assumed that role on permanent basis. So we are mourning our first general secretary,’’ Somba Banda said.
Former Fam GS George Kaudza Masina, who is now Silver Strikers Board Chairperson, was lost for words upon being told about the news.
“Kamphinda Banda was passionate about football and sports in general. He was a complete administrator. The football fraternity will greatly miss him. It is a big loss,” Kaudza Masina said.
Kamphinda Banda’s nephew Francis Kadzakalowa said burial is scheduled for Saidi Village in the area of Traditional Authority Ndindi in Salima District.
He is survived by five children and five grandchildren.