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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 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.”

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.”

Jaure Discharged From Hospital

IN news likely to excite the local football family, Dynamos Football Club captain Partson Jaure has been discharged from hospital.

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The former Manica Diamonds player was involved in a car accident last month and sustained a skull fracture which required surgery.

He subsequently underwent a successful head operation at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare at the weekend.

Family sources say he has regained full consiousness and is now able to walk on his own. Doctors will continue to monitor him as he undergoes intensive physiotherapy at home.

It is not clear as yet when he will be ready to return to the field but Dembare has omitted him from the squad that will kick off the first half of the season to give him ample time to fully recover and hopefully be ready to be registered for the second half of the season.

Jaure’s Wife Happy With His Progress

“Partson is recovering well, we can even talk now

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“Personally, I prefer to keep a low profile, but I guess I have to speak out given the circumstances. It has not been easy for me since that Sunday morning when I received the call from my mother-in-law.

“My mother-in-law called me early in the morning, around 4am, that Sunday, informing me about the accident.

“It was difficult to digest her message. I was shocked and afraid at the same time.

“Partson is a humble guy, which makes him an easy-going husband and partner. He is a loving father and a very supportive husband.

“So, I was wondering why on earth something that bad could happen to a nice person like him. I kept on praying and praying for him.

“We have young children, they need their father. At least the situation is better now, from what the doctors are telling us.

“Recovery is a process, but the doctors seem to be happy with Partson’s progress.

“I have realised one thing: my husband is loved by the Zimbabwean football fraternity. The way Zimbabwe has shown love to my husband in these trying times is really amazing.

“The Jaure family is touched and we are more than grateful. He (Partson) appreciates it.”

“Dynamos have gone out of their way in support of their captain, I thank them for that. The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe, ZIFA and the whole football fraternity have been very supportive in this hour of anguish.”

FADZAI JAURE