Death has been announced of former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and current Chikwawa West parliamentarian John Zingale.
Zingale died in the early hours of Tuesday morning at Mlambe Hospital in Blantyre after a short illness. He served as the Fa President between 1998-2002.
FAM President Walter Nyamilandu has described the death of Zingale as a great loss to Malawian football.
"It's a great loss to Malawian football. It was under his leadership that the Flames reached the Cosafa Cup final for the first time ever."
"It was also during his tenure that Malawi won the Cosafa Under 17 Youth Championship. The country has lost a true friend of football who was so passionate about the game as shown by his commitment in sponsoring football teams and competitions in the country using personal funds. He contributed a lot to the development of football nationally.
"His death is a major blow for Malawian football," said Nyamilandu in a statement made available to Malawi24. Burrial arrangements will be announced later.
The body of Zingale will be taken from College of Medicine on Wednesday for burial at Chapananga the next day.