'Mkwesha was a leader, father'

HARARE - Freddie Karamba Mkwesha did not just coach football, he taught us how to live and appreciate life.

I respect Mkwesha not as a coach who played a major role in my football career but more importantly as a great man ever to grace the touchlines.

He personified greatness and goodness.

He not only served as a great role model, club and national team coach but also he had a profound influence on my life and countless others striving to be players and leaders too.

He was the sole reason I joined CAPS United in 1989 after coaching me as a Warriors assistant coach to Mick Poole.

I have leaned on what I learnt from him many times throughout my football and work career.

I received a lifetime of positive influence from being around him, memories of all the conversations I had with him are stimulating and are an inspiration today.

He was fair and consistent, his philosophy and success principles were based on how accountable each one of us was to the team, teammates and our mission.

The star player was not treated any different than anyone else and, as a result, he maintained a positive attitude and balanced environment to better motivate and encourage all players to perform at their maximum.

This environment was conducive to an individual cycle of continuous improvement, fair and well-sustained competition between players for first team positions which raised the quality of performance of the team’s players as evidenced by the success we achieved under his leadership.

Karamba as we affectionately called him, was my mentor, he had a positive impact on my career and life by teaching me life lessons, a clear vision, hard work, compassion, cooperation, loyalty and humility which greatly influenced my personal growth and teamwork.

I am deeply indebted to mukoma Freddie, I will never be able to repay him for his leadership.

*Dzowa was a utility player for CAPS United between 1989 and the mid 2000s before relocating to Dallas, Texas in the US. By his own count, Dzowa won 37 medals with United during the period they were known as Cup Kings.

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