Buffaloes' patron Bandama dies

MUTARE - Mutare-based Castle Premiership side Buffaloes have been left the club’s patron, Brigadier General Eliah Bandama passed on yesterday.

Bandama, who was the commander in charge of the 3 Brigade battalion based here, passed away yesterday morning at around 1 am after “an extremely short illness”.

Captain Luke Mafere, the 3 Brigade Public Relations Officer, confirmed Bandama’s death and said more details will be revealed at a press conference scheduled for today.

Bandama, one of the most popular service chiefs in the eastern border town, was a always present at Buffaloes homes matches at Sakubva Stadium.

The late Brigadier General was instrumental in the army side’s return to the top-flight league in 2012 and always ran around mobilising resources for the club.

Two weeks ago after Watungwa Watungwa beat Chapungu 2-0 at home to end a five-match losing streak, coach Luke Masomere dedicated the victory to Bandama, who had fallen ill at that time.

During that losing streak, Masomere had threatened to quit the club but Bandama had intervened to persuade the self-proclaimed “Doctor of Zimbabwe Football” to stay with the army side.

Bandam’s death is a big blow to Buffaloes and the entire 3 Brigade community.

Meanwhile, Masomere will be hoping that his team put this recent bereavement behind them and continue with their resurgence by collecting maximum points in tomorrow home clash with struggling Chiredzi FC.

After that win over Chapungu, Buffaloes made it two wins in a row with a 2-1 away victory over Shabanie Mine last weekend.

Those two wins have pushed Buffaloes into eighth place on the log with 20 points from 14 matches.

Watungwa Watungwa should not find it hard to get the win over Chiredzi, a team that is in turmoil following the fall out between the club’s executive and coach Moses Chunga.

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