Former Civo Service United and national team defender Allan Chirwa died in the early hours of Friday and was buried at Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe on Sunday.
According to his younger brother Davie, Allan succumbing to a liver problem which was diagnosed two months ago.
“We have been to the hospital on-and-off with the problem. On Friday, the condition worsened and we rushed to Kamuzu Central Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival,” said Chirwa.
Davie, who is Civo assistant coach, said Allan was a civil servant.
“The loss of Allan is great to us. Being our firstborn, Allan was a father to us after we lost both parents. He has been the pillar of our family. We do not know how life will be like without him,” he said.
Born on April 3 1968, Allan made his name in football at Civo where he was featured as last man for about 15 years before retiring in 1989.
Former Civo defender Willy Chambwinja, who was late Allanâ€™s close friend, said he was shocked at Allanâ€™s death.
“I had been visiting him frequently and there was great improvement. I played with him at Civo for more than 13 years. He was an inspirational and loving man. He could always advise us whenever we went wrong on and off the field. I will greatly miss him,” said Chambwinja
Civo team manager Austin Nyondo, who also played with Allan, said the deceased was a reliable defender.
The late Allan came from Chiwana Village, T/A Fukamapiri in Nkhata Bay. He is survived by a wife and three children.