The country’s football fraternity yesterday paid tribute to former Football Association of Malawi (Fam) vice president, Steve Msambira, who died on Wednesday.
An uncle to the deceased Chipezayani Msambira disclosed that the former Fam veep succumbed to kidney failure at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe. “We are shocked as a family. He was one of our strongest pillars and we will miss him greatly.
In him, we had a fountain of wisdom that was always there for any member of our family,” he said. At the time of his demise, Msambira was a board member of Silver Strikers.
The Central Bankers board Chairperson, Victor Madhlopa, described the death of Msambira as shocking. “He was a great man with a strong affection for football. He was humble and loved the game with passion. As a club, we are deeply saddened by the death of one of our trustees,” Madhlopa said.
Central Region Football Association Treasurer, Pyson Likagwa, also described Msambira as a man who loved football without expecting any personal benefits.
“Msambira was football and football was Msambira. He also served as chairperson for Central Region Football Association on his way to Fam. “His love for the game saw him being voted as a Fam executive member before rising through the ranks to become vice president. Even after leaving Fam, he continued to make himself available to the game. He truly loved football and football truly loved him,” Likagwa said.
Another former Fam executive member, MacCollins Chibvunde, who worked with Msambira during late John Zingale’s era, said he will live to remember Msambira’s contribution to football. “He was a great man, a great friend and a wonderful workmate at Fam. We used to be a great family with late Zingale, George Kaudza Masina, Anderson Zimba and Sunduzwayo Madise.
We will always miss Msambira. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Chibvunde said.
Outside football, late Msambira loved farming and also served as Central Region Minibus Owners Association of Malawi General Secretary. He will be laid to rest at Nsabwe Village, T/A Chadza in Lilongwe District today.
Msambira aged 57, is survived by six children and four grandchildren.
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