THE late Premier Soccer League chief executive officer Chris Sambo has been described as a distinct football servant.
Sambo died at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Wednesday.
Local football stakeholders have been sending their condolence messages sharing the good work Sambo in pursuit for football development.
PSL, in a statement, said Sambo served the game with distinct and will be remembered for his immense contribution.
“Mr Sambo was a passionate and dedicated football servant who gave a lot for the love of the game.
“As PSL CEO, he served the League with distinction. He advocated for the full commercialisation of football and facilitated various competitions and sponsorship models.
“His life, work and generosity will always be remembered by everyone who had the opportunity wo work with him.
“As we mourn his sad departure, we celebrate his immense contribution in the development of local football.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Sambo family, friends and the entire football family. May the Lord comfort you this difficult time. May his soul in Eternal Peace,” said PSL spokesperson Kudzai Bare.
The Zimbabwe Football Association said a lot of administrators drew wisdom from Sambo’s wealth of knowledge and experience.
“Football has lost a great servant who served Zimbabwean football with tenacity and distinction.
“His demise is undoubtedly a great blow to the game. Sambo was a sober voice driven by passion, excellence and professionalism for the success of the game. Even during his times at Blackpool, the club was professionally administered. His untimely death is a great loss, not only to the game but also to the nation at large.
“A lot of football administrators, past and current, drew wisdom from Sambo’s wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela.
Former Zifa vice president Ndumiso Gumede said he is shocked with the death of Sambo.
“I knew him when he was at Blackpool and he is a man who always sought for things to be done in a correct manner and I was not surprised when he was appointed PSL chief executive officer.”
Dynamos described him as an administrator of note.
“We Are saddened by the passing on of Chris Sambo. A football administrator of note.”
Chicken Inn secretary, Tavengwa Hara said Sambo had brilliant ideas for the game.
“The football we are enjoying today administratively has its foundations rooted from Sambo.
“The man will be greatly missed for his ideas which helps our football to be what it is today. I am one person who occasionally implement his ideas in the running of our club.
“The Chicken inn FC family wishes to console the football family at large and the Sambo family in particular following the death of Chris.”