Celebrate heroes while they live: Mutuma
Former Dynamos striker Rodrick Mutuma has castigated the tendency of celebrating people when they are dead saying heroes and legends should be given honour due to them when they are still alive.
Paying tribute to the departed football legend, David Mandigora, Mutuma said it is disheartening for people to only flock and stampede to celebrate heroes when they are dead.
“It is disheartening that people celebrate football legends when they have departed. If I have done good service, appreciate my deeds when I am alive not to so beyond the grave. This is an issue that touches me a lot,” lamented Mutuma.
Mutuma who played under the tutelage of David Mandigora, described the football legend as a disciplinarian who embraced everyone – whether young or established.
“I am hurt by the death of coach Mandigora. One thing I can take from Mandigora is discipline, he didn’t tolerate ill-discipline from his players. He loved everyone equally and would go about his business quietly and in a humble manner. No one was given special treatment under his guidance.
“Football has lost a legend considering his work for Dynamos as a player and coach as well as well as for the National team. No one will forget the run he had with Dynamos by making them reach the semi-finals of the CAF Champions league in 2008.” Mutuma added.
According to Mutuma, David Mandigora inculcated the character of playing with hearts on sleeves and representing the Dynamos badge with honour.
“My fondest memory of Mandigora is when I returned from Caps United and he challenged me to play at my level best and fulfil my potential. Before every game he would challenge everyone to fight and leave everything on the pitch,” he said.
David Mandigora had an illustrious career for Dynamos and became the first soccer star of the year in the independent Zimbabwe in 1980.
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