SRC mourns Cephas Msipa

HARARE - The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has joined the nation in mourning the late veteran politician Cephas Msipa, who was also a football administrator.

The ex-Midlands governor and Zanu PF politburo member passed away at West End Clinic in Harare on Monday.

SRC acting director general Joseph Muchechetere described the late Msipa as a “pillar of support to the Midlands’ sporting programmes”.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have learnt of the sad passing of . . . Msipa . . . a pillar of support to the Midlands’ sporting programmes such as the Zimbabwe’s participation in the Norway Cup, the Zimbabwe Paralympic and Youth Games among others,” Muchechetere said in a statement.

“The sporting community in general and in particular the Midlands Province has been robbed of a father figure who was always there to support them.”

Msipa was one of the veteran football administrators in the country. He started off with the late John Madzima in the 1950s.

Four years ago, the departed administrator voiced his concern on the Asiagate match-fixing scandal but pleaded with the then Zifa president Cuthbert Dube to have lenience on the players banned for their involvement in the scandal.

“I wanted Dube to be here himself so that I talk to him personally but anyway go and give him part of my speech because I would have wanted to tell him my feelings over the Asiagate punishments.”

“Shakespeare in the Merchant of Venice said ‘quality of mercy is not strained, it falls gently from heaven’ and in the same vein Zifa must show mercy to the players because this will bless them and bless the players as well. So  . . . Mashingaidze go and present my speech to . . . Dube,” Msipa said in his address at the Zifa Midlands awards.

He also used to host a Premier Soccer League tournament known as The Cephas Msipa Charity Cup which was last held in 2014.

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