The body of former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president and ex-Chikwawa West parliamentarian John Zingale will be buried Thursday at his home village in Chikwawa District, according to family representative Bryson Likagwa.
Zingale’s body was taken from College of Medicine (CoM) Mortuary in Blantyre Wednesday afternoon to Chaphata Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chapananga in Chikwawa.
This occurred after FAM bought a casket for the deceased and provided transportation to his final resting place.
“As a family, we have agreed to bury our beloved member at home. We thank FAM for the assistance,” said Likagwa.
On behalf of FAM president Walter Nyamilandu, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) vice-president Daud Suleman described the death of Zingale as a big loss to the local soccer fraternity.
Apart from serving as FAM president between 1999 and 2002, Zingale also served as Southern Region Football League (SRFL) chairperson and treasurer for Big Bullets. He also owned the now defunct Super League outfit Gola United.
He will also be remembered for initiating FAM’s Goal Project One at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.
Zingale succumbed to malaria and anemia at Mlambe Mission Hospital in Blantyre on Tuesday at around 10am.
He has left behind a wife and five children; three sons and two daughters.
Among those that converged on CoM Mortuary were FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, national coach Ernest Mtawali and his assistant Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, Football Players Association of Malawi (FPAM) chairperson Ojukwu Malunga, Be Forward Wanderers fan Yona Malunga, Big Bullets team manager Billy Tewesa and former Bullets GS Higger Mkandawire. n