FORMER Dynamos captain Memory Mucherahowa (pictured) defended his reopening of old wounds with former teammates including Moses Chunga and Ephraim Chawanda, saying his biography would not have been an honest work had he not addressed the issues.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
Mucherahowa told Standardsport in an interview from his base in the United Kingdom that he had not targeted any of his former teammates in his upcoming biography titled The Soul of Seven Million Dreams: The Memory Mucherahowa Story.
In the explosive 174-page biography, Mucherahowa claimed Chunga will never be a great coach because of his lack of professionalism.
The legendary UK-based former star also opened up on his nasty bust up with former Warriors skipper Chawanda, whom he accused of bullying and fuelling regionalism in camp during the national team’s 1990 World Cup qualifier against Algeria played in Algiers in 1989.
Without mentioning any names, Mucherahowa also opened the lid on an alleged match-fixing plot by some of his Warriors teammates during the national team’s participation in the inaugural Dunhill Cup tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Asked if he was worried that his brutal honesty and forthrightness on some of the previously undisclosed events both at Dynamos and the Warriors would affect his relations with his former teammates, Mucherahowa said:
“Worried? Hell no! I’m not and if they feel I was hard on them then that’s life. Maybe one or two should write their own books and counter mine. I think I was honest from the first day they started knowing me. But, anyway, I’m sorry if I hurt somebody, but as far as I’m concerned, I said the truth.”
Mucherahowa said he was hopeful that his book would give the readers a better appreciation of the untold challenges faced by most footballers of his generation.
“People should know how we suffered during that period and that’s more than 15 years ago, but nothing has changed, it’s even worse [now]. But nobody knows it and that’s where I got the inspiration. Our names are big in football circles, but we got nothing to show for it. So people should know what actually happened and is still happening today.
“It also provides key lessons for young people of course. I hope they will learn that if you want to be a great footballer, you will have to walk that path and it’s not an easy one in Zimbabwe.”
The biography, which is now available on Amazon, was published by R M Publishers in the United Kingdom.
The book was co-written by Standardsport’s former senior sports reporter Albert Marufu and edited by Robert Mukondiwa, while the layout was done by the NewsDay features and lifestyle editor Phillip Chidavaenzi.
Mucherahowa said plans were already underway to make the book available in Zimbabwe by the Easter holidays.