Zambia under-23 national team coach, Fighton Simukonda dies

Head coach of the Zambia under-23 national soccer team Fighton Simukonda has died, the country’s soccer governing body said on Monday.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said on its official website that Simukonda died in the early hours of Monday after battling diabetes for sometime.

The 58-year-old trainer, who was also national soccer team assistant coach as well as coach of premier league side Nchanga Rangers, has been in and out of hospital since December last year.

He played for the national soccer team between 1983 and 1988 while his coaching career started in 1992.

He will be remembered in Zambia as being the first coach to lead a local club to the CAF Champions League group stage in 2009 as coach of premier league side Zesco United.

He was named Coach of the Year in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

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