Ex-Silver and Malawi keeper Ganizani Masiye dies

Ganizani ‘Cool Cat’ Masiye, the former Silver Strikers and Malawi goalkeeper, has died on Friday’s morning, 26th October, 2012 at Partners on Hope Private Hospital in Area 36, Lilongwe.

The death has been confirmed by his brother Kambani Masiye.

Kambani told Nyasa Times that his brother, who was also working with the Reserve Bank of Malawi, died of low hemoglobin levels.

“I can really confirm that my brother, who also manned the posts as a Flames goalkeeper  passed away today (Friday) morning in Lilongwe,” he said.

Ganizani Masiye: No more

Ganizani, who also an executive member at Football Association of Malawi (FAM) was born on December 24, 1967.

He did his primary school at Demonstrations School before being selected to pursue his secondary education at Bwaila Secondary School and hailed from Nkhwitsi Village, Traditional Authority Ndindi in Salima District.

However, according to Kambani even though the family is yet to decide on where he would be buried, there is a possibility that the football star will be buried in Area 25 at Dzedza because that is where his parents relocated in 1984.

Masiye, who was residing in Area 18 B married in 1993 and he has left three children.

James Mwenda, an executive member at FAM described Ganizani’s death as a big blow to the nation and the football fraternity because he was a role model to many youths.

Mwenda emphasized that Ganizani had a future in football administration.

“We have lost a very important person, who could be helpful in our soccer administration,” said Mwenda.

Willy Chambwinja a former Civo United and Malawi defender who was close to Masiye said he was devastated with the death.

“Masiye was a great man and a fantastic goalkeeper,” said Chambwinja.

He also served as Silver Strikers general secretary for the club.

Ganizani Masiye’s first game was against Burundi in Lilongwe on 8th July 1987 while his last game was on 28th June 1997 against Namibia in Windhoek.–(Additional reporting by Patricia Masinga, Nyasa Times)

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