Heartfelt tributes continued to pour in from various football stakeholders following the death of veteran sports administrator, Willard Manyengavana on Monday.
The football family’s reaction to the death of Willard Manyengavana says everything about the impact made by the veteran administrator who collapsed following a gym session before being pronounced dead upon arrival at Avenues Clinic in Harare.
Social media has since Monday been awash with condolence messages with the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) pointing out the important role played by Manyengavana during his reign as ZIFA Northern Region chairman.
“The fact that the ZIFA Northern Region was able to thrive under very trying economic times bears testimony to the great work that he did as an administrator. As an Association we are at a loss for words as this is something we did not expect. Our thoughts are with the Manyengavana family during these trying times,” said ZIFA Spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela
Manyengavana’s administrative journey traces its roots to football giants, Caps United where he honed his skills and played a huge role in the success of the class of 2004 and 2016.
“I learnt a lot from Manyengavana when he was the Caps United team manager in that class of 2004. He is one man who had love for the game and put all he had in executing his duties. He was dedicated and had the main goal of serving football which he did with distinction. This is a big loss for Zimbabwean football and he is one man who will be very difficult to replace” SAID Caps United President Farai Jere.
Apart from his role as Caps United Team Manager and board member, Manyengavana was Premier Soccer League Vice Chairman and later Zifa Northern Region.
Mourners are gathered at number 6167 Bloomingdale, Mabelreign Harare.
He will be buried this Thursday.