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Kasinauyo laid to rest

SCORES of people from all walks of life, including a number of football legends thronged Glen Forest Memorial Park to pay their last respects to former Warriors star midfielder Edzai Kasinauyo who was laid to rest yesterday.

BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE

Former Warriors players George Mbwando (left) and Harlington Shereni (right) carry the coffin of the late Edzai Kasinauyo before his burial yesterday.
Former Warriors players George Mbwando (left) and Harlington Shereni (right) carry the coffin of the late Edzai Kasinauyo before his burial yesterday.

Legendary Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu and former Portsmouth and Manchester City striker Benjani Mwaruwari led a galaxy of former national team stars as well as current players who graced Kasinauyo’s burial.

“It’s a great loss. Words can never describe how I feel let alone his own family for this loss. The good thing is he is resting in peace because he does not keep grudges with people. He left us fellow footballers something to lean on which is honesty and credibility,” Ndlovu told Standardsport.

“He is going to be missed, but we will try to support his family where we can. It’s not the same, but we will try and bridge the gap where we can.”

Former Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu, Harlington Shereni, Ian Gorowa, Benjani Mwaruwari and Desmond Maringwa at the burial of Edzai Kasinauyo yesterday
Former Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu, Harlington Shereni, Ian Gorowa, Benjani Mwaruwari and Desmond Maringwa at the burial of Edzai Kasinauyo yesterday

Mwaruwari also described Kasinauyo as an influential football administrator and former player who set a very good example.

“Soccer players are always portrayed in a bad way but Edzai has set an example. He left us early but it was God’s will to take him now but he was very influential as a footballer and administrator,” Mwaruwari said.

“He chose a different route that many former footballers shy away from and helped a lot of talented young Zimbabweans to move to South Africa. It’s a great loss for the football fraternity.”

Other Zimbabwean football icons such as Kennedy Nagoli, Edelbert Dinha, Harrington Shereni, Dumisani Mpofu, Ian Gorowa, Tinashe Nengomasha and Edward Sadomba, among others attended the burial.

Even the younger breed of Zimbabwean footballers such as Willard Katsande, Evans Rusike, Blessing Moyo, Tafadzwa Rusike and Ronald Pfumbidzai to mention but a few came to pay their last respects to the legendary footballer.

Kasinauyo died in Johannesburg last week after a short illness.

He left behind two sons — Jayden (12) and Justin (10) — who also bid farewell to their father by throwing soccer balls into the grave.

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