The football fraternity is mourning the death of Dedza Dynamos supporters’ chairperson Akim Magesh, who died in a car accident on Sunday.
The accident happened hours after Magesh had cheered his team Dynamos, which beat Ekwendeni Hammers 3-2 in a TNM Super League match at Dedza Stadium on Sunday.
Minister of Sports and Youth Richard Chimwendo Banda said he would attend the burial ceremony of the supporter who was renowned for assisting the team financially and also cheering the side.
“We are with the bereaved family, Dedza Dynamos, and the rest of the football fraternity. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu was equally shocked by the death.
“We have learnt with deep shock and sadness the sudden death of Magesh. A cheerful fan that made football come to life in Dedza. This is heartbreaking. What a loss. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
Dynamos Patron Lewis Msukwa described the death as a setback for the TNM Super League debutants.
“This is one of the saddest moments in my life. We were working jointly with Akim to run the affairs of the club. He fought hard for us to be using Dedza Stadium as our home ground. Sadly, it is painful that our first Super League game at the venue was his last,” Msukwa said.
A clip has gone viral on the social media showing Magesh dancing in response to Dynamos’ supporters calls to dance following the team’s win over Ekwendeni.
Magesh will be laid to rest today at Dedza Wicco.
Magesh was born on August 22 1983 and came from Kulemeka Village, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza, in Dedza.
He is survived by a wife Alice Manda and three children.