The country’s football fraternity is in a state of shock after learning about the death of former Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president Innocent Bottoman.
Bottoman, a former commissioner of Police, died at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe Sunday.
In a statement released Sunday, Sulom described Bottoman’s death as a blow to the football family.
The TNM Super League governing body described its former boss as a humble servant of the game.
“During his term as Sulom president, Mr Bottoman spearheaded reforms that Sulom undertook such as corporate governance to win back our sponsor TNM’s confidence to renew the league’s contract and increase sponsorship, improving gate management, ensuring the league finishes the season’s calendar and establishing a permanent secretariat for Sulom.
“His legacy [includes that he] laid down the foundation for professionalism and commercialisation of the league which the current Sulom executive is accomplishing,” Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda said.
Super League giants Mighty Wanderers posted a condolence message on their Facebook page Sunday, to join hands with the soccer fraternity in mourning Bottoman.
“We are deeply saddened by the shocking news of the death of former Sulom president Innocent Botomani. To the bereaved family, we say accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and the Bottoman family during this difficult time,” the message reads.
Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said football has lost a great man.
“He has left a legacy of sound leadership in football. During his tenure as Sulom president, he initiated many programmes aimed at improving the administration of the elite league in Malawi,” Chigoga said.
Bottoman served as Sulom president for two consecutive terms between 2011 and 2019.
However, he did not seek re-election at the end of his term in 2019.
This allowed incumbent president Tiya Somba-Banda to take over the mantle.
During his tenure of office, Bottoman advocated 100 percent professionalism in domestic football. His body will be laid to rest at his home village of Nkando, Mulanje District, today.