KNOWN as Emperor in football circles, former Premier Soccer League chief executive officer Chris Sambo passed away on Wednesday.
He was in his 60s.
A close friend and Lifelong Footballers’ Trust member Francis Zimunya described the late Sambo as an astute football administrator.
“His death has certainly robbed us of a great soccer administrator who was passionate about the game and gave his whole life to ensure the game progresses smoothly.
“I’m in great shock as we had been busy making plans to build a multi-purpose soccer complex in Harare and he was working hard on that project,” said Zimunya.
Sambo is a former Blackpool FC administrator and also became the first PSL CEO in a move that marked the league’s efforts to turn professional.
Musa Mandaza, a veteran football administrator and former Zifa Southern Region chairman, said the football fraternity had lost a voice of reason.
“The game will certainly be poorer without Sambo. He was the voice of reason and a fountain of knowledge to young administrators who were still learning the ropes in the game,” said Mandaza.
Chicken Inn secretary general Tavengwa Hara said the PSL was what it is today because of the contributions of Sambo.