By Chisomo Phiri
Tributes are pouring in for Super League of Malawi (SULOM) first president, Henry ‘Kaka’ Chibowa who died at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre on Tuesday.
According to his younger brother, Vincent,Chibowa succumbed to a terminal illness.
“Yes, he has passed on at the clinic today. He succumbed to kidney failure,” he said.
The Football Association of Malawi President Walter Nyamilandu Manda described Chibowa’s death as a great loss to the football fraternity.
He said :“We have lost a great leader who played a tremendous role in the formation of the Super League to be such a respected and highly entertaining league.”
Nyamilandu added that Chibowa was also very instrumental in bailing out the Super League by securing sponsorship with TNM when it was on the verge of extinction.
“We cannot talk about the glory of the Super League without attributing its success to late Henry Kaka Chibowa.
“I had the privilege of working with such a passionate, committed, and astute leader who had the foresight of transforming Malawi football.
“He will forever remain a legend of Malawi football.May His Soul Rest In Peace,” added Nyamilandu Manda.
Writing on his Facebook Page, former SULOM president Tiya Somba said Malawi football indebted to Chibowa for the TNM Super League sponsorship.
“As we ask God to receive your soul we also thank Him for giving Kaka the football brains and great contributions to Malawi football,” he said.
Chibowa is also said to have brains behind the rebranding of Super League Association of Malawi (SULAM) to SULOM.
In July 2021, the football fraternity was also dealt a heavy blow after losing former SULOM President Innocent Botomani who served from 2011 to 2019.