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ZWL17 080 Raised For Zuze

Friends, colleagues and football fans have contributed ZWL17 080 as condolences to the late Dynamos assistant coach Biggie Zuze (pictured) who passed on at High Glen Cimas Clinic on Thursday.

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The crowdfunding initiative was mooted by the Secretary-General of Black Mambas FC Thomas Mangwiro through a social media platform that has former and current footballers, fans and journalists as members.

At the time of writing, a total of 292 people had sent in their individual contributions through Mangwiro’s ecocash number.

The list includes former players who played before, alongside and against Biggie together with later-day players.

Football fans from different clubs also united in contributing to the cause.

In light of the impending suspension of mobile money transactions, Mr Mangwiro told Tru Blu that he has since sent the money to Zuze’s wife successfully.

“I wish to inform the domestic football family, especially the contributors, that the total condolences money has reached ZWL17 080.00. I have had to prematurely sent the money to Zuze’s wife Memory Mutyanda on the backdrop of the announcement by the Government of the suspension of all mobile money transfers.”

“After the total transaction charges (plus tax) totalling ZWL625.26, the actual figure received by Ms Mutyanda is ZWL16 455.00.”

Mangwiro also advised the football family that all contributions on his number have ceased.

“Let us consider contributions through my number closed. All those still willing to contribute can do so directly to Memory Mutyanda on 0772 719 598”

THE CONTRIBUTORS

1. Emmanuel Zemba – $140.00
2. Dennis Sithole – $30.00
3. Emmanuel Gutu – $50.00
4. Thomas Mangwiro – $20.00
5. Chrispen Chidzenga – $50.00
6. Emmanuel Makuni – $20.00
7. Austine Chikwababa – $50.00
8. Isaac Dinnes – $20.00
9. Lawrence Marumisa – $50.00
10. Tichaona Mufundisi – $50.00
11. Joseph Takaringofa – $30.00
12. Daniel Veremu – $30.00
13. Zivanai Chiyangwa – $30.00
14. Prince Matore – $50.00
15. Tendai Samanja – $25.00
16. Vivian Tshuma – $20.00
17. Pasca Chigwedere – $20.00
18. Beaven Chikaka – $25.00
19. Rumbidzai Muyambuki – $50.00
20. Norman Chidzenga – $25.00
21. Clevious Ncube – $40.00
22. Clemence Bonda – $30.00
23. Timothy Mazhindu – $25.00
24. Tafireyi Paddington – $50.00
25. Herbet Maruwa – $50.00
26. Morgen Dube – $80.00
27. Wellington Mabiginye – $50.00
28. Chenjerai Dube – $35.00
29. Tinashe Moyo – $24.00
30. Elvis Shumba – $50.00
31. Tobias Nyamdlambanje – $50.00
32. Garthly Chipuka – $20.00
33. Laban Kandi – $20.00
34. Paul Chimalizeni – $20.00
35. D Fuzane – $50.00
36. Tendayi Phiri – $20.00
37. Kervin Togaraseyi – $30.00
38. Norman Komani – $50.00
39. Trevor Jakachira – $55.00
40. Kervin Mujuru – $50.00
41. Mandla Mpofu – $50.00
42. Erinos Chimbera – $20.00
43. Musariri Mupesani – $50.00
44. Emmanuel Deshe – $20.00
45. Mupositori weKepekepe – $30.00
46. Charles Manjera – $30.00
47. Mehluli Moyo – $60.00
48. Bruce Tshuma – $30.00
49. Gilbert Saika – $210.00
50. Ralph Kaondera – $50.0
51. Kingstone Rinemhota – $30.00
52. Mako Dube – $100.00
53. Tafadzwa Basera – $60.00
54. Tavengwa Hara – $160.00
55. Edward Dube – $30.00
56. Friday Mudado – $20.00
57. Eleck Kambale – $30.00
58. Tafadzwa Mashiri – $30.00
59. Agnes Nyamuda – $25.00
60. Oscca Chove – $20.00
61. Austin Mashanda – $25.00
62. Morris Mukwiti – $20.00
63. Lazarus Meke – $20.00
64. Richard Nyathi – $20.00
65. Bongani Mafu – $20.00
66. Stephen Mudawapi – $20.00
67. Mususa Asibu – $50.00
68. Dorcas Hwenhira – $20.00
69. Munyaradzi Maruta – $50.00
70. Prosper Kadewere – $50.00
71. Nesbert Saruchera – $200.00
72. Fungai Kwashi – $30.00
73. Nation Dube – $30.00
74. Newsome Mtema – $100.00
75. Genesis Mangombe – $100.00
76. Stephen Nhira – $25.00
77. Cosmas Mukoko – $30.00
78. David Kutyauripo – $25.00
79. Joseph Nkomazana – $20.00
80. Misheck Muyambo – $100.00
81. Robsin Musarafu – $25.00
82. Godfrey Mlambo – $40.00
83. Micheal Gumede – $20.00
84. Pias Dure – $25.00
85. Basil Makoni – $20.00
86. Mtokozisi Sihwa – $30.00
87. Shadreck Mlauzi – $20.00
88. Nkosinathi Zhou – $20.00
89. Tendai Madzama – $20.00
90. Evaristo Garwe – $50.00
91. Blessing Watch – $30.00
92. Skilder Makona – $30.00
93. Michael Mavuru – $30.00
94. Shadreck Machapuya – $50.00
95. Dereck Mwale – $40.00
96. Alfred Tavavarirwa – $20.00
97. Lofty Kasinganeti – $30.00
98. Mpunzi Qinisela – $20.00
99. Nhamo Mhoshiwa – $20.00
100. Sikhonzile Dingani – $30.00
101. Edmore Gambo – $20.00
102. Nicky Makuto – $100.00
103. Stanley Nkomo – $30.00
104. Hastings Makunda – $50.00
105. Urayayi Rukuni – $30.00
106. Norman Taruvinga – $30.00
107. Murwira Madombi – $30.00
108. Tawanda Dzudzo – $40.00
109. Fungai Kamwaza – $20.00
110. Nelson Matongorere – $100.00
111. Joe Manyange – $20.00
112. Peter Mugwendere – $20.00
113. Luwis Chirume – $20.00
114. Patrick Mubako – $30.00
115. Obert Kadodo – $15.00
116. Philani Mabhena – $30.00
117. Stanford Mutizwa – $30.00
118. Cloud Moyo – $20.00
119. Cosmas Zindoga – $100.00
120. Borden Madzoka – $20.00
121. Lizwe Sweswe – $50.00
122. Sugar Chagonda – $50.00
123. Livemore Maphuya – $20.00
124. Elliot Chitiyo – $20.00
125. Bekhimpilo Nyoni – $350.00
126. Arthur Tutani – $100.00
127. Tendai Nyathi – $30.00
128. Munashe Kapasura – $50.00
129. Shepherd Nyoni – $50.00
130. Peter Shoko – $30.00
131. Samuel Tauro – $20.00
132. Mark Tupila – $20.00
133. Patrick Mutesva – $1,000.00
134. Dzikamai Mhou – $30.00
135. Esther Mawere – $1,000.00
136. Faricken Madzinga – $40.00
137. Prince Manzini – $30.00
138. Darlington Dodo – $40.00
139. Elvis Chiweshe – $50.00
140. John Remba – $30.00
141. Tinashe Magedi – $20.00
142. Bernard Gwarada – $250.0
143. Nelson Nzombe – $40.00
144. Wilbert Sarireni – $30.00
145. Tendayi Bwanya – $30.00
146. Denford Mutumbi – $20.00
147. Majaira Nyamuzuhwe – $40.00
148. Terrence Madiro – $50.00
149. Warren Mapanga – $25.00
150. Itayi Gwandu – $30.00
151. Stephen Mari – $50.00
152. Cuthbert Chitima – $500.00
153. Stewart Murisa – $20.00
154. Prince Kadewere – $30.00
155. George Mudiwa – $20.00
156. Newton Chitewe – $30.00
157. Stanley Chirambadare – $40.00
158. Donald Wadawu – $60.00
159. Drek Ruwisi – $30.00
160. Jeremiah Makota – $25.00
161. Fitzgerald Maforo – $20.00
162. Machingura Chipuriro – $20.00
163. Charles Mutero – $50.00
164. Robert Mugiya – $50.00
165. Clayton Maticha – $50.00
166. Tembo Chuma – $50.00
167. Nobioth Magwizi – $100.00
168. Wordsan Jimika – $300.00
169. Thadious Mhororo – $200.00
170. Richman Bonongwe – $100.00
171. Tapela Ngwenya – $20.00
172. Oscar Mazhambe – $40.00
173. Edward Mafedi – $30.0
174. Lloyd Mutasa – $100.00
175. Bernard Chinhengo – $50.00
176. Thembinkosi Sibanda – $20.00
177. Ephraim Mazarura – $30.00
178. Gatsi Mukombwe – $20.00
179. Gilbert Munyoro – $50.00
180. John Nyikadzino – $50.00
181. Jealos Madziva – $50.00
182. Issau Mujera – $20.00
183. Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva – $40.00
184. Noah Takawira – $30.00
185. Jack Banda – $20.00
186. Stanslous Nyachowe – $100.00
187. Godfrey Tamirepi – $40.00
188. Gift Lunga Snr – $30.00
189. Temba Mazvimbakupa – $30.00
190. Dickson Musa – $20.00
191. Madinda Ndlovu – $100.00
192. Isaac Nyabvure – $30.00
193. Philani Ncube – $40.00
194. Charles Milo Murira – $20.00
195. Raphael Jimu – $20.00
196. Motion Mbano Matemai – $150.00
197. Max Carlos – $100.00
198. Bunny Mandingaisa – $20.0
199. Fanuel Nyamukapa – $40.00
200. Patridge Muskwe – $50.00
201. Stanley Ncube – $60.00
202. Fina Makanda – $50.00
203. Ikabort Masocha – $50.00
204. Talent Chitsaka – $50.00
205. Percy Ngandu – $20.00
206. Sithethelelwe Sibanda – $30.00
207. Solomon Bawa – $150.00
208. Blessing Litsoe – $100.00
209. Lindiwe Ndhlovu – $30.00
210. Gilbert Sengwe – $50.00
211. Patson Nyanguni – $50.00
212. Peter Masibera – $20.00
213. Brightlike Kekala – $20.00
214. Thanks Tengwe – $30.00
215. Abel Chimusaru – $70.00
216. Solomon Chikomba – $30.00
217. Simbarashe Chikonyora – $20.00
218. Albert Chiwizi – $20.00
219. Matachabo Mwale – $20.00
220. Coster Gonduroni – $25.00
221. Simon Makaza – $250.00
222. Hubert Manyowa – $50.00
223. Lovemore Thabani Dube – $30.00
224. Sibuyile Hadebe – $1,000.00
225. Mugove Munetsi – $100.00
226. Naison Mutambarika – $20.00
227. Musekiwa Zuze – $30.00
228. Wilson Ngwenya – $40.00
229. Erasmus M Na – $50.00
230. Fabion Mahembe – $150.00
231. Silas Muringani – $40.00
232. Kumbulani Msendeki – $20.00
233. Norman Maroto – $50.00
234. Smart Magochenko Mahosi – $50.00
235. Fibion Tute – $20.00
236. Brian Sithole – $30.00
237. Francis Tenga – $50.00
238. Gibson Homela – $30.00
239. Prominance Makaza – $50.00
240. Spencer Banda – $50.00
241. Muchenje Fidelis – $100.00
242. Washington Mandizha – $100.00
243. Alexio Sigion – $50.00
244. Taurai Chikande – $20.00
245. Edwin Kangadzi – $50.00
246. Edwell Kasongo – $20.00
247. Mayfield Daka – $40.00
248. Nelson Ngwenya – $40.00
249. Piraishe Mabhena – $100.00
250. Wilson Mupasiri – $100.00
251. Godfrey Kepekepe – $30.00
252. Lazarus Mehlo – $20.00
253. Murada Beaven – $30.00
254. Otlen Gwati – $100.00
255. Celestino Benza – $50.00
256. Jonathan Maguraushe – $50.00
257. Stewart Rupawa – $20.00
258. Nimrod Taona – $50.00
259. Fredy Garufu – $40.00
260. Elisha Mukusa – $30.00
261. Gift Shangwa – $30.00
262. Raphael Matinyarare – $30.00
263. Lewis Chitovoro – $18.00
264. Determination Maparadze – $25.00
265. Tachiveyi Muvuti – $20.00
266. Salimu Milanzi – $20.00
267. Nyasha Mangwaira – $50.00
268. Robert Zhakata – $100.00
269. Grandy Chunga – $30.00
270. Tinashe Masimba – $25.00
271. Tawanda Nyamandwe – $40.00
272. Shelton Chiuswa – $50.00
273. Samson Mavhenyengwa – $50.00
274. Hillary Mutsvairo – $50.00
275. Lazarus Muhoni – $50.00
276. Egnasio Kapitapita – $25.00
277. Chiwaridzo Booker – $30.00
278. Alois Bunjira – $50.00
279. Ashley Rambanapasi – $30.00
280. Moses Zadzi – $50.00
281. Takesure Chiragwi – $100.00
282. Adomsi Mukwasi – $25.00
283. Emmanuel Murwiti – $15.00
284. Timire Mamvura – $50.00
285. Sheunesu Godomara – $50.00
286. Charles Chitambira – $20.00
287. Patrick Chikwara – $50.00
288. Chandafira Koma – $20.00
289. Vincent Dambamupfe – $25.00
290. Rodwell Dhlakama – $200.00
291. Misi Ngwaluka – $40.00
292. Oscar Rusenga – $100.00

Mourners are gathered at the Zuze home in Stoneridge, off Chitungwiza Rd near DDF.

ZUZE NEGATIVE TO COVID-19

THE late Dynamos Assistant coach Biggie Zuze had tested negative of the deadly Coronavirus a few hours before his death but health authorities are conducting another Covid-19 test before releasing his body for burial.

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Zuze, who complained of breathing problems, passed away at High Glen Clinic yesterday afternoon after a short illness.

He was 55.

Club Spokesperson Tinashe Farawo says the Covid-19 tests were mandatory and necessary.

“It was a sudden death so naturally in this day and age of the coronavirus, tests are necessary. But he tested negative when he was admitted. We are waiting for post mortem results.”

Farawo also spoke on burial arrangements

“Burial is likely to be in Bindura on Sunday. Burial arrangements will be clear after the post mortem,”

Mourners are gathered at Zuze’s residence in Harare’s suburb of Stoneridge pending finalization of burial arrangements.

 

Dynamos Assistant Coach Biggie Zuze Is No More

DYNAMOS Football Club Assistant coach Biggie Zuze has passed on.

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He died at High Glen Cimas Clinic this afternoon after reportedly experiencing breathing problems in the morning.

Zuze played for the Glamour Boys in the 80s in a revered midfield featuring players like Moses Chunga, Kenneth Jere, Clayton Munemo and David Mandigora.

He also played alongside his younger brother Garikayi who joined Dembare in later years.

In his playing days, he was nicknamed Bindura, and later in his coaching time he was called Nzou.

At one time he was acting Dynamos coach after the firing of Lloyd Mutasa in May 2018.

He has had coaching roles at other teams like Monomotapa, Triangle Utd and Ngezi Platinum Stars.

Go Well Glamour Boy

Highlanders Fans Chip In With Help For Dembare9 Victims’ Families

In a touching show of camaraderie Highlanders Football Club supporters chipped in with cash and resources at yesterday’s function to commemorate the fourth annivessary of the road accident that claimed the lives of nine DeMbare fans.

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On the 11th of June 2016, the club lost nine of their fans in a road accident in Battlefields as they travelled to watch their team in a league encounter against Chapungu at Ascot in 2016.

And as Dynamos fans handed over food hampers to families of the deceased and survivors at the club offices at the National Sports Stradium, Highlanders fans in Harare represented by Tawanda Mudzengi were on hand to deliver their cash and resources to the bereaved families.

Dynamos vice-chairman Moses Shumba was naturally elated at the gesture by the Bosso fans.

“To have Highlanders supporters rallying behind this initiative is a great sign that our football is growing.

“We should only be enemies for 90 minutes and beyond that, we embrace each other as brothers and sisters. I salute you Highlanders fans.”

For the first time since the initiative came into place three years ago, survivors of the crash also received food hampers.

Dynamos Fans Hand Over Hampers To Crash Victims’ Families And Survivors

Dynamos Football Club supporters yesterday commemorated the fourth annivessary of the road accident that claimed the lives of their colleagues by handing over food hampers to families of the deceased and survivors at the club offices at the National Sports Stadium.

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Nine DeMbare fans lost their lives while 16 were injured, two of them seriously, when the kombi they were travelling on burst a rear tyre, rolled several times before landing on its roof at the 173-kilometre peg near Battlefields on June 11, 2016.

They were on their way to Gweru to cheer their team in a league match against Chapungu at Ascot Stadium.

The Dynamos supporters have since 2017 been donating food hampers to the families of the nine fans who perished in that crash.

And yesterday, they defied the hardships brought about by the coronavirus-induced lockdown to honour their pledge to those families.

One of the survivors of the accident Maxwell Machisi, gave a chilling account of what transpired on the day when he was given the floor to address the close to 50 people including the families of the deceased, supporters as well as some members of the team’s executive.

So graphic were the details, that one lady, Antonneta Gwasira, who lost both her siblings, Spencer and Galileo in that crash, had to be helped out by her husband, Collen, who together with one of Spencer’s three orphans had accompanied her to the function.

Antonneta, who stayed with Galileo, said she first learnt of her siblings’ passing on in that accident when both of them failed to pick up their phones after she had seen an ominous message on a WhatsApp group platform.

“We were only three in our family. I am the oldest. Spencer stayed alone while his wife and three kids were living in our rural home in Murehwa. He was 32 years old at the time of his death,” she said while sobbing.

“Galileo didn’t have a family at the time of his death at 27 years. I stayed with him at my house. Our parents died when we were still very young in the late 1990s. So I was like their mother and in them, I also saw my father.

“Both were street vendors. They loved football in general and Dynamos in particular. So on the fateful day, Galileo bid me an ominous goodbye but I never minded him. Instead I said today the team might fail you and we laughed it off.

“The next thing was seeing some graphic images on mangled bodies on WhatsApp and trying to call both Galileo and Spencer, but neither was picking.”

After an hour of relentless calling, Antonneta, with the help of her husband decided to visit the scene of the accident but just after passing Norton, Spencer’s phone called her but, it wasn’t her brother at the end of the line.

“It was man’s voice but realising it wasn’t Spencer’s, I started to shiver. My worst fears would soon be confirmed. The man just asked me whether I was related to Spencer and where I was. I told him I was on my way to Kwekwe and he said I should drop off at Chegutu hospital as he had been involved in an accident.

“Apparently unaware of what she had been through, another voice sounding similar to the one which had called her moments before, she also received the same news this time via Galileo’s phone.”

Antonnete would soon discover both her siblings had perished in that accident.

“It wasn’t easy to fathom. It was too much. Just like that, I was all alone, without my siblings who had been with me through thick and thin after losing our parents.”

Spencer’s orphans are now under her guardianship after their mother crossed the border to look for greener pastures in South Africa recently.

Antonneta hailed the initiative by the Dynamos supporters.

“I just want to thank Dynamos supporters for this gesture. It is not every day that you find this kind of support. This is a very difficult period for everyone. I am a vendor, so is my husband and we are struggling to raise both my family and my brother’s children.

“This shows that Dynamos is such a beautiful family to be part of. We are thankful for this.”

Dynamos vice-chairman Moses Shumba said the Glamour Boys would support this initiative in future and hailed the club’s supporters.

Dynamos head coach Tonderai Ndiraya, and chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze, also graced the occasion.

Galileo Muchemwa, Spencer Gwasira, Prince Nheweyembwa, Rukudzo Mahupete, Patience Murefu, Peter Maemba, Kimberly Nduku, Violet Tauzeni and Rast Nezandoyi perished in that accident some say would have been avoided had the defective tyres been replaced before departure.

For the first time since the initiative came into place three years ago, survivors, including Machisi, also received food hampers.

DeMbare Look Beyond Covid-19

DYNAMOS chairman Isaiah Mupurutsa says they have since started working on life after Covid-19.

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The local Premiership was suspended over two months ago with a framework for the way forward currently being worked on.

Mupfurutsa said the focus now is on preparing their life after the lockdown or whenever time they are allowed to resume football.

He viewed the life after Covid-19 lockdown as a loss in waiting as he said more costs wait for the club.

“Sooner or later we will be going back to our normal lives. The before and after coronavirus life won’t be the same. We will have more bills to take care of upon resuming training.”

“It’s a loss in waiting. We will need money for the protective clothing, sanitisers, face masks and disinfectants among other things,” said Mupfurutsa.

The chairman vowed to have all the protective clothing for the club.

“There will be a lot we didn’t plan for that will be required and we will make sure we provide all the prevention clothes. We won’t compromise on health and we are already planning for that life.”

“It won’t be easy but we will fight. We will put it on our priority list. Their health is our number one priority,” he added.

Mupfurutsa, who has been preaching the gospel of commercialising the club, said the programme is on the right track.

They recently launched a platform for selling replica jersey and said they are pursuing a licence that will help them have distributing agents.

“We are on the right track in terms of commercialising. We are starting with the replicas. We will have our nominated agents not the norm of seeing everyone and anyone selling our replicas.

“We want fans to buy the replicas as a way of helping or contributing to the team. We are at the final stages of registering our business and that will guard us from anyone who will sell our jerseys without our permission. With a license we will be able to apply the law.”

TYMON MVULA PAYS TRIBUTE TO JUNIORS’ COACH

DYNAMOS FC prospective number one goalkeeper for the forthcoming season Taimon Mvula, has paid tribute to his junior coach Zibonele Ncube.

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Mvula who joined DeMbare from Hwange FC at the beginning of the year, remembers the slap he got from his coach after straying while courting a girl’s favour.

“We were travelling to play in Hwange when I admired a passing girl and I followed her. Ncube and the team manager found me absent.

“When they asked where I was, my teammates said I had followed a girl. When I came back jogging, the coach asked me where I was and, as I was about to tell a lie, he slapped me in public,” said Mvula.

The goalkeeper said after being slapped in public, he tried to leave but Ncube insisted that he (Mvula) would be in goal despite being in an angry mood.

The team lost 5-3.

“After the match Ncube came to me and said he wanted me to go far in my football career.

“I met him when I was with Hwange and he reminded me of the incident and his words. He said he was moulding me into a great player,” said the Victoria Falls born star who attended Chinotimba Primary School and Mosi Oa Tunya Secondary School.

Mvula started at Victoria Falls junior club Super Eagles before graduating to the Division Two senior side.

He later graduated to Division One side Victoria Falls United who released him to Hwange Juniors.

He later was promoted to deputise, Timothy Sibanda, the son of legendary Wankie FC, Chibuku Shumba and Rhodesia goalkeeper Posani.

“The person who inspired me in football is Wellington Majazi, the former Intundla goalkeeper,” said the 27-year-old goal minder who is at the prime of his career.

Mvula who regards Ncube as one of the best coaches he has worked with, said he had left Hwange in pursuit of new challenges.

“As a Victoria Falls lad, Hwange was not my final destination,” declared Mvula who played junior football with former Bosso striker Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Sipho Ndlovu of Chicken Inn and FC Platinum’s Gift Mbweti.

Mvula is among the 2020 season’s acquisition expected to turn around the fortunes of the country’s most successful club Dynamos.

He is touted as a national team prospect.

Dembare Warn Money Game Players

DYNAMOS have warned that their players risk being slapped with heavy fines if they are caught engaging in money games or violating the Covid-19 lockdown rules.

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Coach Tonderayi Ndiraya said the club will not hesitate to hit players hard in the pocket if they are found on the wrong side of the lockdown rules, saying such acts not only tarnished the image of Dynamos, but their sponsor and the nation as a whole.

“I am glad to say that we have been very fortunate, we got a sponsor who is taking care of the boys and we wouldn’t want to disappoint that sponsor by engaging in these money game activities because it indeed paints a very bad picture. Our players are taken very good care of and that is the reason why I say we will hit their pockets if they engage in money games,” said Ndiraya.

DeMbare are bankrolled by tobacco company Rudland and George, a subsidiary of Gold Leaf Tobacco.

Sporting activities across the country were suspended indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged the world, but early this month, the Government cleared 15 sports classified as low risk to resume activities.

However, football and other contact sports remain under lock, forcing some players, especially those based in Harare, to engage in money games in blatant defiance of lockdown orders.

Ndiraya said while it was acceptable that life has not been the same for footballers and followers, it must never be taken as an excuse to engage in criminal activities. He said in order to keep their players fit, they were conducting physical training exercises using the virtual Zoom application.

Under the lockdown rules, any person who violates the orders is liable to arrest.

“It has really been difficult for these boys. We have just been doing physical work and nothing else. In the end they end up being involved in these money games, but we have been talking to them and stressing home the point that while things are certainly not normal, rules are rules and we are in this together. It’s something which is affecting everyone and such rules just have to be followed.

“We have therefore gone on further to impose fines so that our boys comply. You can’t be seen to be violating lockdown rules, it won’t be good for us as a nation, it won’t be good for us as a big institution.

“We are role models to people out there and they (people) must be seen to be following what we do and if we violate lockdown rules, what does that mean? This is what we have been talking about to our boys, but of course, in a group you will always find different characters. There are some who are really naughty and those are the ones we are really sitting on,” said Ndiraya.

Dembare Commemmorate Four Years Annivessary Of Accident Victims

JUNE 11 will be forever be enshrined in Dynamos’ modern history. It is a day the club lost nine of their fans in a road accident in Battlefields as they travelled to watch their team in a league encounter against Chapungu at Ascot in 2016.

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Seven of the fans died on the spot while two succumbed to injuries sustained in that accident that also left others disabled.

And in a ‘befitting’ send-off DeMbare went on to win the match 2-1.

In an interview, Dynamos spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said the day will forever be remembered with the honour it deserves.

“The fans remain an important constituency to us and when such tragic incidents happen as a club we continue remembering them. They were traveling to rally behind their beloved team, they are our ‘martyrs’.

“Even after all these years, we continue sending comfort to the affected families. As the Dynamos family we are also aware that Supporters Associations are also remembering them. It is unfortunate that there is no action presently, it was going to be something good to remember them with that ambience at the stadium, ” said Farawo.

The club’s Harare Chapter Supporters Association secretary-general Shungu Kamukapa said, as fans, they are still finding it hard to cope with the reality even after four years.

“The loss of a loved one is something that one can never cope with especially under tragic circumstances. Death, in itself, is difficult to digest because most of the times it leaves a void that can prove difficult to fill.

“This has been the case over the last four years within the Dynamos supporters family. Of course celebrated names like Taribo West come to mind but every loss has left its mark on us, more disheartening is the fact that these nine perished in the line of duty.

“Dynamos fans are known for being passionate about their club and it is testimony that these members were part of the vocal Vietnam Stand , a place where you find some the most loyal and passionate of fans who will sing and cheer throughout 90 minutes even when the chips are down. So you can imagine the emotions doing the rounds each time fans travel away.

“The journey always carries an extra emotional attachment as we feel that despite our many numbers there are some fellows who should have been here cheering their favourite blue & white army,” said Kamukapa.

Kamukapa said it is unfortunate that they will not remember the deceased at the stadium due to Covid-19 outbreak.

Instead, in a special honour to the nine, they will donate to their families.

“The intention is to commemorate our dedicated sons and daughters in a manner befitting their contribution to the club. Plans have been lined out to hand over donations to the respective nine families as a token of goodwill as most of the departed members were breadwinners, the wish is that in cases where some left children we aim to be able to pay for their tuition or better off give them employment or something to keep the families growing.

“The obligation to be our brothers’ keepers remains the focal point of the supporters. Every year a reception is held in the month of June in their honour but given current lockdown restrictions, we have had to adjust accordingly.

“This year we intend to distribute hampers to the families of the DeMbare 9, we have also had to call out for help to raise funds to supplement the gestures earmarked.

“Because of the economic hardships prevailing, the clarion call is being made to the outside world for every donation or hand extended is mostly welcomed and greatly appreciated. Besides the #Dembare9, we also have some of our members who survived the accident but are now permanently disabled..

“Our wish is if we can be of some assistance to them so that they can be able to sustain themselves and have something they can generate some income from. We also take the opportunity to remember another Dynamos fan Chipo Nyikayaramba who died in April last year on her way to watch our match against Chicken Inn,” he said.

Kamukapa also said they will do something when action resumes to show the football community the importance of the twelfth man.

“The 12th man, the fans stand out to be an integral member of every team who have the priceless role of cheering their team giving it an advantage over their rival on the day. The perfect commemoration indeed would have been before a huge crowd singing their praises and honouring their heroic efforts over the years.

“The hope, however, is when it is all clear to go back out there we honour them in song and dance at the stadium. And as the country continues fighting the coronavirus pandemic, DeMbare fans have also added their voice urging football lovers to comply with the regulations if they want to see action resuming soon.

“Coronavirus has put football fans in a spot that we are not accustomed to, but it is imperative to note that without life there is no football to be talked about. So until a solution is formulated and a vaccine is discovered we just have to comply with the existing safety guidelines and accept that this too shall pass.

“We take this opportunity to thank the frontline workers who have been working tirelessly in the fight against the dreadful disease.”

Dembare Want Authority Over Club Merchandise

DYNAMOS Football Club, who are undergoing a professional revolution, are putting in place stringent logistical requirements that will see them tapping all revenue streams into the club coffers..

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Club Chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa confirmed that they are in the process of finalising some copyright issues which will give them absolute authority to own all club merchandise.

The Harare giants have since set up a stand-alone commercial division that will oversee and try to exploit all available income-generating channels, including the sale of merchandise.

The Glamour Boys, the country’s most-supported football club, haven’t been cashing in on their fan base as some enterprising people have, instead, filled that gap over the years.

By their admission, DeMbare have lost millions of dollars in potential revenue from the sale of merchandise over the years.

They have only been getting income from sponsorship, and gate takings, which is usually consumed by other costs, including stadium hire, as well as mandatory payments to ZIFA, PSL and other service providers.

But, the former champions who, of late, have been desperate to transform the way they run their club, seem to have awoken from their lengthy slumber.

“We have realised we have been losing a lot in potential revenue as we have not explored this avenue,” said Mupfurutsa.

“We have a bulging fan base yet we haven’t converted that loyalty into big business.

“What a business needs is loyalty first, and we have that but, we have lacked ways of harnessing all that into revenue.

“We have a five-year plan that runs between now and 2025 in which we are planning to transform the team into a mega-project.

“We are working on establishing a commercial division which will be responsible for driving our business. We are starting by establishing a good team with a sound junior policy and ensure we produce results, which is the prime factor that brings supporters to the club.

“We will, in the near future, partner big shops to sell our merchandise. We are setting up sound distribution channels to ensure that everyone, who needs a Dynamos piece, gets it.’’

He said vendors who sell counterfeit products with the team’s logos have been a threat to their enterprise over the years.

“Of course, those (vendors) have posed a huge threat, but we cannot entirely blame them as we have not been doing what we are supposed to do as a club,’’ he said.

“We have not been providing what our fans want and those vendors have merely moved in to fill that gap which we have created as a team.

“We have now opened our eyes and decided to establish ourselves in the business world. We know our fans are loyal and they will come in and support us.

Mupfurutsa said in the long run, the club will also partner other companies, and also ensure they have mobile shops, to cater for those who want to buy their merchandise at stadiums.