By Samuel Duncan, Correspondent:
The body of former Nyasa Big Bullets goalkeeper Trust Lunda was laid to rest on Tuesday at Jabu Cemetery in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Malengachazi in Nkhotakota District.
Lunda’s football journey started in 1999 when he joined Dwangwa United, then known as Dwasco, before moving to Bullets. He died in the wee hours of Monday after a long battle with cancer.
Speaking during the burial, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Madalitso Kazombo described Lunda’s death as a big shock to the football fraternity.
“On behalf of the country’s president, Lazurus Chakwera, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved family for the loss of Trust who helped to put the country on the football map. It is not easy for a player to make the grade at a big team like Bullets but Trust was good enough to make the first eleven in many games,” Kazombo said.
He pledged to help one of Lunda’s children until completion of education.
Football Association of Malawi Technical Director, John Kaputa, advised members of the deceased’s family to unity in helping Lunda’s dependants.
Lunda died at the age of 42 and is survived by four children and a wife. He hailed from Phangwa Village, T/A Malengachazi.
At the peak of his battle with cancer, he underwent surgery at Mzuzu Central Hospital where he was fitted with an artificial leg after his left leg was amputated.