The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is shocked with the tragic and sudden death of Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima and 10 others during a plane crash around Chikangawa in Mzimba District.

The President of FAM, Mr. Fleetwood Haiya, Executive Members Staff and all affiliates of FAM joins the State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and the entire nation in mourning the departed souls.

Dr. Chilima was a visionary and transformative leader who placed the interests of the nation above his. He shall be remembered for his enormous contribution to sports and football in particular. Among others, Dr. Chilima played a crucial role as chairman of the fundraising committee that raised funds for the first ever FAM Cup in 2005 when the country played the whole season without a corporate sponsor. He was also the chairperson of the FAM Competitions Committee and was instrumental in securing the Standard Bank Cup sponsorship in 2007.

Dr. Chilima was tomorrow scheduled to meet FIFA President Gianni Infantino who is expected to arrive tonight.

Following the tragic death of the Vice President and others, most activities for the FIFA President in Malawi have been cancelled. The FIFA President plans to pay his solemn homage to President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, the bereaved family and the nation at large.

May the souls of the departed rest in peace

​ ​ ​ ​-ENDS-

For further information please contact:

FAM Communications Department

Email: communications@fam.mw


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