Former Nyasa Big Bullets and Flames goalkeeper Trust Lunda who is currently admitted at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) has sent an emotional and moving message to his former Club and the entire football fraternity in the country.
Lunda who had his toe amputated in 2015 is currently back in hospital and is lying in sorry state at KCH for weeks now as he struggle with his swelling left leg wrapped in a bandage.
Speaking in a telephone interview with Nyasa Times on Wednesday night, Lunda pleaded with well wishers to come to his rescue.
“My brother, am in a very bad condition. I know most of the people are just hearing on radio or reading in papers but let them come and see how I am suffering. Life has not been easy at all,” said Lunda sounding very sad and in pain.
Asked on what message he has to his former club [Nyasa Big Bullets] and all soccer lovers, Lunda said: “People should remember that at one time I entertained them. To Bullets, they should realise that the child lying at Kamuzu Central once served and contributed to the
success of the club”.
“You know how the team struggled for years without sponsorship that was a time everyone thought the team will not survive but we commited ourselves and worked hard so let them reflect on that and help there child,” Lunda said.
Upon hearing Lunda’s predicament, a whatsapp grouping from Sothern Region comprising of supporters of different local and international clubs mobilized themselves and agreed to come up with individual contributions to assist the former goal minder who launched his career
at Dwasco now Dwangwa United.
“After reading in the papers about this predicament of Trust Lunda, we thought of doing something through individual contributions from the members of the group which amounted to K2000,000.00,” a representative of the grouping who preseted the cash to Lunda on Wednesday told Nyasa Times through a Whatsapp conversation.
Kadam’manja also suggested that football authorities should consider introducing deliberate policies so that when players retire they should not become destitute.
“We need things like long term medical policy and sort of a revolving fund to assist them venture into other business after retirement from active football. Even the teams it’s high time we run our clubs as proffessional business so that with good income generating
activities we can be able to take good care of our retired players,” he advised.
He also said it is high time our players and football administrators instill a saving culture within the local football circles “to cater for a bad day”.
In a related development, another Whatsapp grouping called NRFA from the Northern Region is expected to present their donation next week.
According to one of the group members, Ronald Matthews Kasanga, Lunda’s situation need to be treated by all soccer lovers as one family.
“We were also supposed to make our donation this week but we have shifted to next week to raise more money. Infact we thought of assisting him because he entertained us the time he was playing and he should also feel loved now” said Kasanga.
He therefore called upon all well wishers to come up with contributions and assured them that their money will be put into good use.
He said people can donate by depositing money through Airtel Money (0995168469) and TNM Mpamba (0884443730).
They can also deposit through National Bank using the following details: Sangalwishe Silumbu, National Bank of Malawi (NBM), Acc# 3710025, Lilongwe Branch.
Trust Lunda left Bullets in 2011 for South Africa before he completed his career in Swaziland.
He later returned home to settle down in his home District Nkhotakota where he was running a rice trading business.
While he was again hospitalised at KCH in 2015, some Nyasa Big Bullets Players and officials donated groceries to Lunda.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :