To be laid to rest Monday
The football family in Malawi is mourning the death of immediate former Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president, Innocent Botomani.
Botomani died on Sunday at Kamuzu Central Hospital after succumbing to Covid-19.
Malawi Police Service (MPS) spokesperson, James Kadadzera confirmed the news as Botomani was a commissioner.
Sulom general secretary, Williams Banda also confirmed the sad news describing it as a blow to the football family.
Botomani served as Sulom President for two terms between 2011 and 2019 before passed the mantle to incumbent, Tiya Simba Banda.
"During his terms as Sulom president, Mr Botomani spearheaded reforms that Sulom undertook such as corporate governance to win back the sponsors TNM’s confidence to renew the league's contract and increase sponsorship, improving gate management, ensuring the league finishes within the season’s calendar and establishing a permanent secretariat for Sulom.
"His legacy laid down the foundation for the professionalism and commercialisation of the league which the current Sulom executive is accomplishing. As Sulom president, Mr Botomani was a humble servant leader who had a very cordial relationship with club officials, players, supporters, fellow executive members and the motherbody Football Association of Malawi.
"Even after his exit as Sulom President, Mr Botomani still maintained such a relationship and remained available for advice to the current executive committee and other stakeholders," reads the statement from Sulom.
Apart from Sulom, Nyasa Big Bullets, and Be Forward Wanderers also posted on their Facebook pages expressing their sadness with the news.
Botomani also served as chairperson of Blue Eagles FC.
Former Blue Eagles team manager, Gabriel Chirwa also wrote something about Botomani.
"My advisor in football is gone. Mr. Innocent Bottoman you taught me how to manage players. You will be always remembered until we meet again.May your precious soul rest in peace," he said.
The body of late Botomani will be buried on Monday at his home village in Nkando, Mulanje.