Football family hit again, mourns defunct EPAC owner

Dini Josaya

To those football enthusiasts in the country, especially of the TNM Super League, memories of the now defunct EPAC Football Club brought nothing but tears after getting the news of the demise of Dini Josaya.

Josaya, the former EPAC FC patron died in the morning hours of Monday at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe after a short illness.

Reports suggest he succumbed to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

He was the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the Centre.

Central Region Football Association (CRFA) said is a statement that they have lost a great lover of the sport.

"CRFA is shocked with the death of Mr Dini Josaya Banda former Chairman of Lilongwe and District Football League (LDFL) and patron of Mtsiriza United. The Region has lost a great man who contributed massively to the development of the sport (football)," reads a statement from CRFA general secretary, Bernard Chiwiluwilu Harawa.

Former Blantyre United football club owner, Lawson Nakoma also had the league memories revoked and posted on his Facebook page: "It is with a heavy heart that I look back to the days we used to enjoy the beautiful game of football together. His EPAC on one side and my Blantyre United on the other. Those were the days Njenjete and Mphembezu used to mesmerise football lovers on the local scene. We used to chat and fight over the young talented players. What a loss to our football! Hamba Kahle Dean Josaya!" 

EPAC was traded for Civo United in the Super League after the latter got relegated in 2016.

Since then, Josaya has been active in politics taking up the governor role in the Region.

The body was laid to rest on Monday.