SALIMA-(MaraviPost)-Twenty-eight year old football player Chikondi Kambalame, died on Friday on the football pitch after he suffered a stroke with cardiac arrest.
The late Kambalame who played for Ntanda Football Club (FC) met the fate when he was substituted into the game, 20 minutes before the close of the game.
His team was playing between his team and Makiyo Medicals.
Ntanda FC Chairperson Wallen Mateyu told The Maravi Post that the deceased collapsed in the middle of the game in two previous matches, but he gained consciousness.
Mateyu said after Kambalame’s collapse during Friday’s game, he was rushed to Khombedza health Centre in the district, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The Ntanda FC chairperson added that Kambalame was advised to consult his doctors on his condition that caused him to faint when playing; but the latter failed to do so until he died of the same.
“Chikondi was a passionate footballer that every time we have a game, he was a match maker, which prompted coach to feature him even in the last minutes of the game.
“Unfortunately, he failed to meet medical personnel, when he was advised after the coach noticed his ailment. We will miss Chikondi for the role he played in our team. He was a central middle fielder attacker, whom we were relying on,” said Mateyu.
In her remarks, the main opposition Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) lawmaker for Salima North-West constituency Jessie Kabwira, who lead the burial procession ceremony, expressed sadness over the untimely death of the young team player.
Kabwira, who is also the matron for Ntanda FC, described the late Kambalame as a passionate player that wanted to bring good results for his team.
The legislator therefore advised sporting teams to assess their players and ensure they have medicals before featuring them in the match.
“It’s sad to lose such a young man in that way. But we can’t do anything now. We will miss Chikondi for his passion in football. He made us happy when in the field of play,” said Kabwira.
The late Kambalame, who was also a motorcyclist, is survived by a wife and two children. He hailed from Chimbereko Village, Traditional Authority (T.A.) Khombedza in Salima district.