Ex-Malawi FIFA referee Zimba dies

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM)  says it is shocked and saddened to hear of the death of former referee Hurbat Timothy Zimba.

Zimba who had been suffering from illness since he suffered stroke in 1993, died on Sunday at the age of 72

The whistler took charge of several domestic crucial matches as well as international fixtures.

He suffered stroke after officiating a volatile Big Bullets and Red Lions match in December 1993 when he was roughed up by supporters.

Zimba: Set the benchmark for refereeing in Malawi

FAM General Secretary, Suzyo Nyirenda, said they learnt with “great shock” on the passing of Zimba.

Malawi National Council of Sport chairman, Bester Kalombo who is one of the finest referees the country has produced, hailed the legacy Zimba left on refereeing in this country.

“He was a cool character who exuded authority,” said Kalombo.

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