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FLASHBACK : Dynamos Fans Perish In Road Accident

Saturday 11 June 2016
SEVEN Dynamos Football Club supporters perished on the spot and 16 were seriously injured when an Iveco Sprinter they were travelling in burst a rear tyre, veered off the road and rolled three times in Battlefields on the Harare-Bulawayo Highway early this morning.

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They were travelling to Gweru where Dynamos played Chapungu at Ascot Stadium.

Twelve of the injured were taken to Kwekwe General Hospital and four to Kadoma Hospital.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said the frequency of accidents caused by tyre bursts was alarming.

“We can confirm that seven people died on the spot and the accident occurred at the 173km peg between Kadoma and Kwekwe near ZRP Battlefields.

“As police we are concerned with the frequency of these accidents and we are urging motorists to check the expiry dates of their tyres. Motorists should also desist from using second-hand tyres; it gets worse if the vehicle is travelling a long distance.”

Sport and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane sent his condolences to the bereaved families.

“The Minister of Sport and Recreation is shocked by the loss of lives of Dynamos supporters who perished (yesterday) at Battlefields on their way to the Dynamos-Chapungu match in Gweru. The minister conveys profound sympathies to the families for the loss and condolences with them during this very difficult time,” he said in a statement.

National Football Association of Zimbabwe president Dr Philip Chiyangwa said it was a dark day for football.

“We are in mourning, our hearts are bleeding. Fans are the ones who make football beautiful and losing some of them in this manner is really painful.

‘‘Our prayers are with the bereaved families and we will see how we can assist them,” he said.

Dynamos president Mr Kenias Mubaiwa, who rushed to the scene of the accident, said: “This is very painful, we are pained. This is a major setback not only to the Dynamos family but the national football family as a whole.

“As Dynamos we will assist the bereaved families as well as support those injured.”

Premier Soccer League chairman Mr Peter Dube urged the football family to unite and pay tribute to the departed supporters.

“We are shocked by the deaths and as a league we feel pained that people who were travelling to watch a soccer match met their fate in such a painful manner. Our deepest thoughts are with the bereaved families and we pray that they find strength in the Lord.

“We are appealing to all football fans to unite in this sad hour and paid tribute to these Dynamos supporters,” said Mr Dube.

Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association life president Mr Eddie “Mboma” Nyatanga appealed to football authorities to provide funeral assistance.

“This is a very sad day for football, what is worse is that the accident happened at a time the fans are in a celebratory mood following the Warriors’ qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations finals last Sunday.

“As the Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters, we are calling on the football family to unite in mourning these gallant Dynamos supporters.

“This is not a Dynamos funeral, it’s a national football disaster and we are urging the Premier Soccer League and the National Football Association of Zimbabwe to assist the bereaved families.”

Fulawo Reminisces The Good Old Days

Given a choice, former Dynamos defender Vint Fulawo would have chosen a long career in football and big rewards hencefrom. But considering what he gained from football, he will still take the career he had that ended at the green age of 27.

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Fulawo played competitive football for only nine years the highlight being an appearance in the CAF Champions League final against ASEC Mimosas in 1998.

He is not complaining about life after football as presently he boasts of a hardware store, two butcheries, a sports bar and is also into cattle ranching.

To Fulawo, the turning point of his career was being part of the trailblazing Dynamos side that lined up for the second leg of the continental final away in Ivory Coast against Asec Mimosas in 1998 at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny.

He remembers the tension that characterised the match, how captain Memory Mucherahowa was head butted just before the match and being rushed to hospital which then forced the then Dembare head coach Sunday Chidzambwa to make tactical changes drafting Fulawo into the starting line-up.

Now, he reflects the December 12 1998 incident with nostalgia.

“It was awesome being part of that great Dynamos team as well as playing in the Champions League final. It’s not something that happens every day to any footballer. I was supposed to be on the bench that day, but the coach chose to throw me into the fray,” Fulawo said.

“It was very bad though that Memo (Mucherahowa) got injured and we all did not like it, but on the other hand it was a blessing in disguise because I got to start,” he said.

Fulawo began his top-flight football career at the now-defunct Darryn T in 1992 after being identified by Wieslaw Grabowski at the age of 18 while playing for amateur side Cone Textiles in his home town Norton.

This was followed by a loan-spell at Black Aces after DT’s expulsion from the then National Premier Soccer League in 1995 when the Pole was accused of insubordination by the league.

At the end of the 1996 season after some impressive showing at Aces, Grabowski organised trials for Fulawo at Germany Bundesliga side FSV Mainz 05 who were then plying their trade in Bundesliga 2.

“Mainz wanted me as a direct replacement of an injured defender who was a star in the team. The club’s expectations of me were very high and coming from Africa, it was always going to be difficult for me to break into the team,” Fulawo said.

Another trial stint at another Bundesliga side, Hamburg SV turned out to be the worst moment of his career after he came close to inking a deal with the club but again, nothing materialised.

One could feel the pain in Fulawo’s voice as he narrated how the golden opportunity to break into Europe league slipped through his hands.

“Hamburg were interested in my services but they did not agree on terms with my representative, Grabowski.

“Grabowski came to me saying their offer was too little, but to me money did not matter. I did not care about money, but just wanted to play in Europe. I regret that I failed to play overseas.”

Fulawo came back home feeling his skills deserved a better stage and Dynamos presented him with such a platform in Africa’s most prestigious club competition, the Champions League.

The defender’s arrival at the Glamour Boys at the beginning of 1997 saw the beginning of a life where he was to traverse the length and breadth of the African continent in search of football glory.

His football career could be regarded as one of the shortest, but to him, it meant a lot as he managed to lay the foundation of life after retirement, which many football players have failed to do

The Rise Of Dembare Newboy Tanaka Chidhobha

(As we continue taking a closer look at the new signings at Dembare, here we reproduce this article from The Standard of 4 June 2017 that featured then Prince Edward student, now Glamour Boy Tanaka Chidhobha)

PASS the ball to the number 11,” spectators would scream each time a Prince Edward High School player was in possession during the Hammer & Tongues St George’s Invitational final last week.

BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE

Tanaka Chidhobha (centre) poses for a photo with the Zimbabwe National Army commander Phillip Valerio Sibanda (left) and Hammer & Tongues group chief executive Brian Makwabarara (right) soon after receiving his accolade

(Tanaka Chidhobha (centre) poses for a photo with the Zimbabwe National Army commander Phillip Valerio Sibanda (left) and Hammer & Tongues group chief executive Brian Makwabarara (right) soon after receiving his accolade)

And every time the “number 11” got the ball, he would tease opponents with some astounding dribbling skills and as expected, Prince Edward came out three nil victors over St Ignatius to reclaim the coveted title.

“The number 11” scored a spectacular goal and created another to deservedly scoop the player of the tournament accolade at the fifth edition of the event.

It is no surprise that Prince Edward’s nimble-footed pacey winger Tanaka Chidhobha hails from the traditionally football-rich high-density suburb of Mbare where he began his football career before a scholarship brought him to the PE grounds.

Chidhobha, making his debut at the tournament this year, lit up the two-day event stage with some jaw-dropping dribbling skills, guiding his school to their third win in the competition after winning all their matches from the group stages through to the final.

In an interview with Sports World after the tournament, Chidhobha oozed with the confidence of a footballer who has already figured out where his talents will take him.

“I’m very happy I have been voted player of the tournament and would like to thank my coach for helping me achieve this. I knew I was going to win this award because everyone was talking about me since the tournament started,” the 17-year-old former Chiroodza Primary School student said.

The football prodigy began his career in the dusty streets of Mbare where he honed his dribbling abilities.

Chidhobha started taking football seriously when he was 11 at City Academy, a project which is no longer in existence.

Although he is currently not attached to any of the local clubs, his dream is to play in Europe one day.

“I want to achieve the best. I want to play in Europe, that is my dream. I think it’s possible because my coach always tells me that nothing is impossible,” Chidhobha said.

The lanky forward is a staunch admirer of Chelsea Football Club star Eden Hazard and he tries hard to play like him while locally he idolises CAPS United’s Ronald Chitiyo.

He says he is always trying to improve on his strength, which is to dribble.

“I know that my strength is in dribbling and I work hard in training to improve myself. Working hard in training always makes it easy for me to dribble in matches,” he said.

While Chidhobha feels that St Ignatius were not worthy finalists in the Hammer & Tongues tournament decider, he thanked the sponsor for an opportunity to showcase his skill.

“I thank the sponsors for this tournament because it’s a very good tournament. I enjoyed participating here because some of us got a chance to showcase our talent. I hope they continue sponsoring in years to come,” he said.

Born on January 6 2000, Chidhobha attended Chiroodza Primary School then attended Mbare High School for the first two years of his secondary education.

He then got a scholarship to study at Prince Edward last year. He is in Form 4.