Former Bullets midfielder Chikondi Banda dead

Former Flames international and Bullets midfielder Chikondi Doctor Banda has died after a short illness.
Banda dies at the Queen Elizabeth central Hospital in the early hours of Thursday 8th August 2013.
Banda was diagnosed of Malaria and Meningitis on Tuesday.
Fam general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said the local soccer fraternity has lost one of the best attacking midfielders to have ever graced the local game.
“We are at pains to deal with the reality of the demise of Chikondi Banda who during his hey playing days was an idol and inspired a lot of young players many of whom are now top players for the national team and Super league teams.
“ Despite retiring at top leave he was still part of the game as he was playing for Nyasa United in the Southern Region Football League where he continued inspiring young players.
“In fact he showed passion and commitment to remain in the game when he attended the CAF coaching License preparatory course organized by FAM and was earmarked to attend the C licence course later this year.
“We have lost an asset and we join his family in mourning his demise and may his soul rest in eternal peace while his legacy lasts long and remain forever in the history of Malawi football,’ said Nyirenda.
Doctor First played for Civo before he joined Big Bullets FC then Bata Bullets during the 1995/ 1996 season alongside his best friend Andrew Chikhosi.
He soon established himself as household name in the Bullets midfield where he formed a deadly attacking Five that comprised of himself, Chikhosi, Muzipasi Mwangonde, James Chimera Junior and Jones Nkhwazi.
He won four league titles and numerous Cups at Bullets till he left alongside Chikhosi in 2001 to join Bullets Rivals, Wanderers.
He returned to Bullets in 2003 but had little success before he eventually joined Michiru Castles whom he played for a few season seasons till they were relegated to the SRFL and then eventually disbanded in 2010.
On the international scene, he was part of the Under 20 team that participated at the maiden Cosafa Under 20 championship in Botswana in 1997 as Malawi won bronze. He became the key member of the team the following year as the Under 20 made history by qualifying Under 20 Youth Championship in Ghana for the first and only time to date.
At senior level he made his debut in 1998 alongside a core of players that were promoted from the 1997 Cosafa Under 20 team and played until 2001.His main highlight for the Flames was a man of the match display and inspire Malawi beat Mozambique 2-1 in the preliminary round of the 2000 Cosafa Cup and qualify for the quarterfinals of the competition for the first time.

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