Football Association of Malawi President Walter Nyamilandu has conveyed his heartfelt condolence message to Football Association of Zambia FAZ on the passing on of its Vice President Rix Mweemba.
Mweemba, who was also a FIFA instructor, died on Tuesday afternoon at Coptic Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia after a short illness.
Breaking the news on tweeter, FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala tweeted;
“The Football Association of Zambia is mourning the loss of a dedicated and a respected servant of Zambian football. Mr Mweemba struck us as an admirable family man. His great work ethics and selflessness cannot be doubted.
“We regret to announce the death of the FAZ vice president Rix Mweemba. He was a true soldier and servant of the game. Go well veep!” .
Speaking on behalf of his Executive Committee and the entire football fraternity in Malawi, FAM President Walter Nyamilandu conveyed deepest sympathy to FAZ on the passing of Mweemba.
Nyamilandu said words seem inadequate to express the sadness the country’s football fraternity feel for this loss.
“Malawi and Zambia enjoy a very healthy relationship in football and Mweemba was one of the leaders who helped in enforcing this continued bilateral collaboration.
“It breaks our hearts that Mr Mweemba has passed away while our Men’s Senior National team is in Lusaka for a friendly match against Zambia on Wednesday”.
We hope that our words of support may help bring some peace and solace at this difficult time and we extend our sincere condolences to Mr. Mweemba’s family and everybody at FAZ, said Nyamilandu.
Prior to being appointed as vice president in April 2017, Mweemba served as FAZ Treasurer and also played a huge role in the restructuring of the Zambia Premier League as chairperson of the League Restructuring Working Group.
Meanwhile, COSAFA General Secretary Sue Destombes has described late Mweemba a great supporter of COSAFA and its initiatives across the region, who believed whole-heartedly in empowering others.
“We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Mr Mweemba’s family and everybody at FAZ, but know that his legacy will live on.”
Mr Mweemba was appointed to the post of FAZ Vice-President in April 2017, having previously served as Treasurer.
He was also instrumental in the re launch of the successful Zambia Premier League as chairperson of the League Restructuring Working Group.
His passing came on the eve of an international friendly match involving Zambia’s Chipolopolo and the Flames. The match is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Nkoloma Stadium.