Youth football stalwart Kadewere dies

HARARE - Harare Province Junior League chairman Onias Kadewere passed away yesterday ,aged 61, after a battle with tuberculosis.

Kadewere, who had coaching stints with Hunyani, Buymore and Starbill, was a permanent feature at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield where he organised various junior football activities.

At the time of his death, Kadewere was now running Highfield Academy. He lives behind his wife and five children.

Mourners are gathered at number 2358 Egypt in Highfield and will proceed to Murombedzi village in Zvimba for burial today. 

Kadewere’s son, Prosper a former Zimbabwe youth international, said the family had lost a leader who will is irreplaceable.

“As a family we have lost a man who was the leading light. The gap that my father has left will be difficult to replace,” said Prosper.

“The football fraternity has also lost a valuable member who was very passionate about junior football.

“He had done a lot of things to help young footballers with their careers.”  

Zimbabwe Junior League president Zivanai Chiyangwa paid tribute to Kadewere, who he said has left a lasting mark in football development circles of the country.

“As the junior league we have lost a very strong pillar that was holding our structures together.  This is a very sad day for junior football in the country,” said Chiyangwa.

“I started working with Mr Kadewere way back in 1991 shortly after he had left his coaching job at Hunyani in Division One.

“From there he developed a keen interest in junior football.

“He was so committed to the cause that he invested his entire pension after leaving formal employment into helping fund junior football activities at Zimbabwe Grounds and other venues around the capital.”

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