Score of people, especially from the football community, converged at College of Medicine in Blantyre Wednesday to pay homage to former Fam boss John Zingale.
Fam general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, Head of Finance and Administration Christopher Ndolo, competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka, former Sulom chairperson Henry Chibowa, former Fam treasurer Hubert Mfune, Flames coach Ernest Mtawali, his deputy Nsanzurimo Ramadhan and several well-known supporters were in attendance.
Sulom vice-president Daud Suleman, who represented Fam boss Walter Nyamilandu, paid tribute to Zingale.
“He set up strong foundations at Fam. He was there to offer us advice,” he said.
Family representative, Byson Edward, appreciated the support they got from Fam.
“He was a pillar for us. When he left Fam he set up some developmental structures to help the community. Such structures still stand Thursday. We also appreciate Fam for supporting us during this time,” he said.
The former Fam boss will be remembered for his initiative to bring the Fifa Goal Project One which saw the construction of Chiwembe Technical and Development Centre in Blantyre.
During his tenure of office, Malawi managed to qualify for the finals of the Cosafa Castle Cup twice, in 2002.
Malawi also hosted and won the Cosafa Under -17 Championship in 2001, a year when he was elected into office.
Before he was elected Fam President, Zingale chaired Blantyre and District Football League (presently the Southern Region Football Association) from 1999 to 2000.
The remains of the late Zingale would be buried today in the area of village-headman Changoima, T/A Chapangana in Chikwawa.
Zingale is survived by a wife and five children. He died at 52.
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