Kasunga Laid to Rest

 

Former Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Evaristo Kasunga, who passed away on Thursday last week, has been put rest at Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka.

 

Kasunga, who served as FAZ president from 2000-2004,  was a serving deputy high commissioner at the Zambian mission in Ottawa, Canada.

 

He was 78.

 

FAZ president Andrew Kamanga described Kasunga as a great servant of the game who laid the Football developmental path unselfishly.

 

“He remains one of the unsung heroes of our game given some of the strides that Zambian football attained under his stewardship,”  Kamanga said.

 

“It was during his leadership when he sourced for funding for the construction of Football House, which remains our football shelter to date. This is one of the defining moments of his football legacy.”

 

Kamanga added that the football family will also remember Kasunga as a leader in the development of football from grassroots level.

 

“His determination to invest in youth development saw our country succeeding at tournaments such as the All Africa Games and nurturing talent that would go on to win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon,” Kamanga added.

 

The FAZ boss added that as part of the executive’s recognition of heroes like Kasunga and former footballers, the Association has a fully-fledged foundation that was formalised and has a seat in the FAZ structures.

 

And Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Dr Ronald Simwinga described Kasunga as a remarkable diplomat who worked well with all his superiors and colleagues.

 

In a speech read on his behalf by Dr Sam Mbewe, Simwinga said Kasunga’s contribution to the public service was invaluable and shall be cherished for years to come.

 

Kasunga’s nephew, Justin Mwambazi, said the family was grateful for the support it had received from Government, the FAZ and other stakeholders.

 

Lusaka Tigers chairperson John Mwenya said Kasunga’s loss was heartbreaking as the Club has lost a passionate fan and leader.

 

“A tiger has fallen. Mr Kasunga has been attached to Lusaka Tigers for 50 years and it was under his leadership that the club earned promotion to the Super League and brought to the club, the longest sponsorship deal to the club. His contribution to the game will forever be cherished,” said  Mwenya.

 

Representatives of the grandchildren, Agness Sambo, said the family had lost a leader who was extremely loved by all.

 

“You were our mentor, our speech writer, our economist and our everything. Heaven has gained an angel, it’s difficult to fathom that you are no more but we know you are in a better place,” said Sambo.

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