Thou­sands bid farewell to Bosso pres­i­dent

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

MORE than 2 000 peo­ple at­tended the burial of High­landers Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent Jonathan Themba Mh­langa at Lady Stan­ley Ceme­tery in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day.

Bu­l­awayo Provin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Nomthandazo Eu­nice Moyo told mourn­ers that she was sad­dened with the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion at the club.

Also in at­ten­dance were the Min­is­ter of Wel­fare Ser­vices for War Veter­ans, War Col­lab­o­ra­tors, For­mer Po­lit­i­cal De­tainees and Restrictees Tshinga Dube, High­landers’ board of direc­tors led by chair­man Mgcini Nkolomi, club ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers led by chair­man Peter Dube, for­mer play­ers and Zifa vice-pres­i­dent Omega Sibanda.

Moyo told mourn­ers that High­landers were and will re­main a part of her.

“Bosso is our club, we will never leave High­landers, it’s part of us, but it pains me to hear of th­ese huge debts. Some­thing must be done,” said Moyo.

There was an emo­tional mo­ment when Moyo said Mh­langa must have died a happy man af­ter High­landers beat old foes Dy­namos 2-1 in a league match four days be­fore he passed away.

Zifa vice-pres­i­dent Sibanda, a for­mer High­landers ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber, said Mh­langa was a uni­fier and his death had left a huge gap in the sys­tem.

“The man we are bury­ing to­day was a uni­fier. He did a lot to make sure High­landers sur­vived, even dur­ing crit­i­cal times. Foot­ball can never be the same with­out High­landers and High­landers is what it is to­day be­cause of peo­ple like Mh­langa. Hamba kahle mdala,” said Sibanda.

Mh­langa is sur­vived by wife Marvis, seven chil­dren, 13 grand­chil­dren and two great­grand­chil­dren. — @skhu­moyo2000

The late Jonathan Themba Mh­langa

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