Sports fraternity mourns Vam General Secretary
The sports fraternity has joined hands in paying tribute to Jairos Nkhoma, who was Volleyball Association of Malawi (Vam) General Secretary at the time of his death on Tuesday morning.
Nkhoma was laid to rest during a somber ceremony at his Sinda Village, Embangweni, in Mzimba District, on the same day.
He succumbed to Covid complications in the early hours of the day at Mzuzu Central Hospital.
Speaking during the burial ceremony, Vam President James Kaunda said the sports fraternity was shocked with Nkhoma’s death.
“We are deeply touched.
There is grief across all sports disciplines in the country. Jairos has left us at a time we needed him most. He was at the centre of a project proposal we were about to finalise with FIVB [Federation of International Volleyball]. We will miss him greatly,” Kaunda said.
Malawi Olympic Committee President Jappie Mhango said he had worked with Nkhoma during his time as Vam president.
“Sports has lost a great administrator, player and coach. Jairos was a dignified man, very humble and respectful. News of his death came as a shock to us,” Mhango said.
Draughts Association of Malawi General Secretary Suzgo Nkhoma also extended condolences to the bereaved family, saying Nkhoma’s demise was a great loss to volleyball.
Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi official Regina Dembo said the tennis fraternity was also mourning.
“This is very sad indeed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the volleyball fraternity,” Dembo said.
Nkhoma died aged 46 and is survived by a wife and one child.