The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has learnt with deep shock the death of its former president Mr. Tom Mtine.

Mr Mtine served as FAZ president on three occasions and headed the National Football League before it was abolished.

He was also an honorary member of the CAF executive committee having served in the executive committee before.

FAZ president Andrew Kamanga says football has lost a giant who had opened many doors not just in football but business and politics.

Football has lost a father figure in Mr. Mtine who served in various capacities over the years. He inspired many football administrators with his knack for excellence, says Kamanga.

We can only celebrate his life by carrying on his legacy of administrative excellence. He was not just a football colossus but exerted his influence and talents into politics and business.

Kamanga says over the years successive FAZ administrators had tapped into Mr. Mtines leadership.

Mr. Mtine wore many hats in his life but in football he could be remembered the foremost among football administrators. It is not by accident that he was awarded by FIFA during the centenary celebration in 2004 for his contribution to the sport in Zambia.

Mtine died aged 97 and will be buried in Chipata. The veteran administrator was domiciled in Ndola.

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