Zifa board under fire

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board has come under fire for failing to attend the funeral service of the late Onias Kadewere yesterday.

Kadewere, who died on Wednesday morning, was the Harare Province Junior Football League chairman.

The funeral service of the junior football stalwart was held at the Highfield Presbyterian Church and was attended by many football personalities including former Zimbabwe internationals Stanford “Stix” Mtizwa, Ashley Rambanepasi and Lloyd Chitembwe.

Also present were former Zifa technical director Nelson Matongorere, Harare City coaches Elvis Chiweshe and Richard Tswatswa.

Former Premiership players like Danger Fourpence, Tendai Mwanasanga, Tendai Gwata, Jack Mutandagai also attended. Other notable football personalities, who were in attendance included Twalumba FC manager Wilson Mtekede, Patridge Muskwe and Francis Mapenzauswa.

Even former Zimbabwe cricket team coach Stephen Mangongo and Zimbabwe seamer Shingirai Masakadza were in attendence.

There was however, no one from the Cuthbert Dube-led board in attendance.

Zifa Northern Region chairman Willard Manyengavana was the only high-ranking Zifa official who showed up at the funeral service.

Former Zifa Northern Region chairman Francis Zimunya, who had been in the spotlight for his criticism of Dube, blasted the association’s officials for failing to honour Kadewere.

“Kadewere invested his time and resources to the betterment of many footballers in this country,” Zimunya said in his eulogy at the service.

“He could have used these resources to uplift his family alone but he chose to share it with a lot of people who rose to become national team players and coaches.”

On the absence of the Zifa board officials Zimunya said:  “This is what we have been saying all along, Dube and his board do not have football at heart.

“This was a man who dedicated all his life to football but our association does not care at all for the grassroots that’s why they are not here.

“We have lost a very passionate man who was responsible for a lot of the success that our football enjoyed because of the work he was doing with junior players.”

Speaker after speaker at the funeral service described Kadewere as a selfless man, who was dedicated to see fledgling footballers reach their peak.

Born in Highfield in 1954, Kadewere was a skilful dribbler during his playing days.

He went on to coach Hunyani, Buymore and Starbill in the lower leagues.

Kadewere, who will be buried in Murombedzi, Zvimba this afternoon, spent most of his time at the Zimbabwe Grounds working with junior footballers from his Highfield Academy.

As a fitting tribute, the funeral procession passed by Zimbabwe Grounds where Kadewere’s friends enjoyed a small kick-about at the place he made his name.

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