The sports fraternity yesterday woke up to the sad news of the death of one of the country’s sports personalities, Dean Pinto.
Pinto died yesterday morning after succumbing to malaria and jaundice.
He was admitted to Blantyre Adventist Hospital (BAH) and was on the way to be flown to South Africa for further treatment.
However, his condition deteriorated while at Chileka International Airport and he had to be rushed back to the hospital where he died.
Pinto’s remains were taken to his home village in Balaka where burial was expected to take place yesterday.
Pinto was a member of darts at Blantyre Sports Club, Malawi Aquatic Union president, Hockey Association of Malawi vice-president and also served as Malawi National Council of Sports board member. He also played for Mighty Wanderers and the Flames.
Malawi national team coach Ernest Mtawali, who played with Pinto at Hardware Stars, said Malawi had lost a great man in sports.
“I spoke to him three days ago. He was giving me his reaction to the Guinea match. He told me he was not feeling well and we needed to have a good chat and today, I hear he is no more. I am shocked. He was wise and knowledgable about the game and very cheerful. I played with him at Hardware Stars and he was such a prolific player with lots of passion,” said Mtawali.