Bullets defender Douglas Chirambo was hailed as “the role model” at his funeral by Minister of Sports Grace ‘Obama’ Chiumia. He was laid to rest on Tuesday at his home place Chirambo Village, Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi.
Chirambo whose death, after succumbing to a brain tumour at Thyolo District Hospital on Sunday, triggered outrage over growing abuse of players, was hailed for his contribution to the nation in development of football and a role model to upcoming football players for his loyalty and talent.
The sports minister the death of Chirambo must be a wake-up call to all football administrators to have their players on medical scheme to avoid losing more talent.
Chiumia said government is very saddened with Chirambo’s untimely death and has since called on all stakeholders to join government in improving the welfare of players in the country.
“Heaven has opened its golden gates to welcome home one of his disciples who played his role on the earth and left an indelible mark, Rest in Peace Daga”, said Chiumia as the mourners groaned in approval.
Chiumia, who during the ceremony refused to be accorded VIP treatment and opted to be with other mourners added: “Daga was a fantastic footballer, he was skilful.”
Taking his turn, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) vice president, Moses Mkandawire said: “Douglas was amazing player. Malawi has lost great talent.”
Bullets executive committee was represented by its vice chairperson from the central region Austin Kasito who was at loss of words with the death of Chirambo whom he described as not only the long serving player of the team but also the most trusted and loyal member of the club.
Meanwhile, Bullets Captain Fischer Kondowe has send a stern warning
to Bullets executive and trustees that players will not play for the team if they are not insured and put on medical
Chirambo fell ill in December and according to Bullets top fan Mabvuto Chirambo, the family struggled to raise K200 000 needed for brain scan.
Apparently, during that time, Bullets could afford to make donations to the needy [flood victims]. It later transpired that K2 million was required for the treatment.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :