Zambian football is mourning FIFA referee Leah Namukonde of Luanshya who died on Wednesday morning at Ndola Teaching Hospital.
Namukonde sustained injuries in a road accident at the weekend just after officiating last Saturday’s FAZ Super Division match between Power Dynamos and Buildcon in Ndola.
She had been in the intensive care unit prior to her death.
Namukonde’s death has devastated her colleagues and i particular FIFA referee Gladys Lengwe, who failed to speak when reached for a comment.
FIFA referee Janny Sikazwe says the death of Namukonde was a loss to World football.
“We will really miss her. This is the time when we needed her to encourage more women referees. She was the kind of a referee who put in a lot of effort in training and being physically fit,” Sikazwe said.
Kamfinsa referee Milton Mweemba described the death of Namukonde as tragic.
“Her demise has robbed Zambia and FIFA in general a young lady who was destined for major tournaments in the World,” Mweemba said.
Namukonde recently featured at the COSAFA Womens Championship in South Africa.
She joined the elite FIFA referees panel in 2016.