FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya says he has learnt of the death of NAPSA Stars striker Elson Mkandawire with a deep sense of sorrow and shock.
Mkandawire died on the spot in a road traffic accident in Kasumbalesa when the motor vehicle he was travelling in rammed into a truck.
Kalu said Football House will fondly remember the late Mkandawire for his passion and determination he had for football on and off the pitch.
In statement issued to Daily Nation Sports by FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe, Kalu said the late Mkandawire was one of the most revered strikers of his generation.
“It is an undeniable fact that wherever he went he made an indelible mark as one of the most revered forwards of his generation,” he said
Kalu said Mkandawire’s will power on the pitch made him a favourite player among football fans and was one that the Zambian footballing fraternity will well and truly miss.
He said as a forceful forward, Mkandawire had stints at Chilanga Heroes and Livingstone Pirates before establishing himself at Power Dynamos in Kitwe and worked with Linos Makwaza, Lawrence Mweemba and Aggrey Chiyangi among others. Kalu said Mkandawire easily fit into the shoes left at Power Dynamos by Francis Kombe and John Lomami.
The 28-year-old had also played for Konkola Blades, Zanaco and Kabwe Warriors and was being quoted by Napsa Stars for the 2015 season.
“We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and his new club NAPSA Stars. We pray that God Almighty strengthens the bereaved in this difficult period,” he said.