By Isaac Salima:
Nyasa Big Bullets and Dwangwa United mourn the demise of their former goalkeeper Trust Lunda who succumbed to cancer Monday at his home in Nkhotakota after struggling with the problem for a long time.
Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga Monday described Lunda as a dedicated player.
“He was one of the few players who stuck with the team when there was no hope at the time. As a club we are in touch with the family to see how best we can assist during the funeral arrangements,” Chigoga said.
Dwangwa United chairperson Victor Mangochi said the club was equally saddened with Lunda’s death.
“He was our reliable goalkeeper during that time and that is why Bullets spotted him. However despite leaving the team his heart was still with us and he could come and interact with our players,” Mangochi said.
Lunda established his football career in 1999 when he joined the then Dwasco Football Club after playing for Nkhotakota Medicals, Nkhotakota Admarc and Nkhotakota Rangers. He played for Dwasco for five years before moving to Bakili Bullets (now Nyasa Big Bullets) in 2003.
He later left for South Africa to seek greener pastures following financial woes that had hit the People’s Team due to lack of sponsorship.
Lunda was in the news in 2015 when he was hospitalised for a toe ailment. When the condition worsened, doctors at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe amputated the toe. However the problem persisted and his left leg was amputated.
Burial is expected to take place today at his home in Makuta village in Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota. He is survived by four children.