THE world's football body, FIFA, regional football body, CECAFA and Uganda football federation, FUFA has sent condolences to Rwanda and Simba SC following the death of midfielder Patrick Mafisango.
FIFA's former Director of International Relations Jerome Champagne said "It is with great sadness that I just learned of the accidental death of Mafisango in Tanzania, "It is a great loss to Amavubi team and Rwandan football in general. Our (FIFA) thoughts are with you," added Champagne.
CECAFA's Secretary General Nicholas Musonye said, "I have known the player for many years playing for several clubs in the region and the national team of Rwanda. "He made a big contribution to the development of football in the region. He also entertained millions of football lovers who admired his talent and charisma."
Musonye added that CECAFA consoles with the people of Rwanda, his previous club in Tanzania and his family. Uganda's FUFA boss Lawrence Mulindwa said he learnt with shock the sudden death of Mafisango, who died in a road accident in Dar es Salaam.
"Mafisango has been an influential player at both club and national level. "There is therefore no doubt that Amavubi will miss his presence on pitch during the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. His club Simba will also miss him badly. "On behalf of Uganda football fraternity, I extend my very sincere condolences to Ferwafa and the people of Rwanda and Simba for this big robbery of a great player," said Mulindwa.
Mafisango was expected to join his Amavubi teammates in Kigali yesterday as the team prepares for a tough World Cup qualifier against Algeria next month. Meanwhile, AS Vita head coach Raoul Shungu said through a telephone from Kinshasa, "It is hard to believe that Mafisango has gone forever, I am really struggling to come to terms with this fact."
Shungu said that most of the AS Vita players who played with him were also shocked after hearing the sad news of Mafisango's demise. "Mafisango was very famous in Kinshasa although he played mainly in Rwanda. This is his birth place and people here love him," the former Rayon Sports coach said.