By Isaac Salima & Tiyese Monjeza:
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Thursday joined the sports fraternity in mourning the passing of former Malawi national football team chief supporter Raphael Nasimba.
Nasimba, who was also Nyasa Big Bullets top supporter, died Thursday at Zomba Central Hospital where he was admitted for heart and leg problems.
In a statement released Thursday, Fam President Walter Nyamilandu described Nasimba’s death as a big blow to Malawi football as he was one of the passionate football supporters in the country.
“Our father at University Football Club, chief supporter of the Flames, die-hard of Big Bullets FC. You have left an indelible mark in the history of Malawi football.”
“There was never a dull moment. We will miss your sense of homour and cheerfulness, rest in peace father. We would like to convey, as Fam, our heartful condolences to the Nasimba family, friends, Nyasa Big Bullets and all those he worked with,” Nyamilandu is quoted in the statement.
According to family members, burial is expected to take place Friday at his home in Zomba.
Bullets Supporters General Secretary Mabvuto Chibambo said late Nasimba was in a class of his own in terms of football support.
“He was always there where Bullets was playing. This is a big loss to the Bullets family and I just urge fellow football supporters to learn from his legacy” Chibambo said.
The deceased second-born son, Malenga Nasimba, said his father struggled with hypertension and diabetes for a long time before he was admitted to Zomba Central Hospital on Tuesday last week.
“Our father has been at the hospital several times. On Tuesday, we noticed his condition was getting worse, thus we rushed him to the hospital. He started improving after medical treatment before we lost him,” said.
Malenga said Nasimba inspired his daughter Ndaziona Nasimba to join competitive women’s football and she went on to play for the national women’s football team before quitting active football.
Nasimba, who hailed from Mswang’oma village in the area of Senior Chief Chiwalo in Phalombe, is survived by nine children and 32 grandsons.
The Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) Christian was born on October 10 in 1945 and was a driver by profession where he worked for Chancellor College and Malawi Revenue Authority, and he was a block leader(chief) for St Marys.