Bosso le­gend laid to rest

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Correspondent

FOR­MER High­landers full­back, An­drew Jele was laid to rest at West Park Ceme­tery in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day with speak­ers de­scrib­ing him as a com­mit­ted and en­ter­tain­ing player dur­ing his time.

Jele (73) passed away at his En­tum­bane home on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing a long ill­ness. He joined High­landers from Hwange, then Wankie, in 1964 and played for the side un­til his re­tire­ment in 1975. For­mer High­landers chair­man Al­bert Ma­gag­ula said Jele’s im­pres­sive tal­ent made them re­cruit him as the first player from out­side Bu­l­awayo to move specif­i­cally to join the club.

He said they had gone to play at Mak­wika (Num­ber Three) and were im­pressed with Jele’s strong physique, dart­ing runs and foot­ball skill.

“I was chair­man at the time and Jele im­pressed us when we played against his side in Hwange. His style of play, runs and strong physique im­pressed us and we im­me­di­ately asked him to come and play for us. He agreed mak­ing him the first player from out­side Bu­l­awayo to play for Bosso,” said Ma­gag­ula who led Bosso for four years.

Billy Sibanda, who played along­side Jele at High­landers, de­scribed him as a warm and friendly per­son, who did not take los­ing lightly.

“He did not want to lose hence he would play his heart out but when he did lose we would have a dif­fi­cult time telling him a loss was part of the game. Skuphathi, as we called him, was full of jokes and we had no dull mo­ment around but he al­ways took his foot­ball se­ri­ously,” he said.

An­other team­mate Kenny Dzowa said Jele was an ex­em­plary and fo­cused player. He said they played to­gether with the likes of Mike Mh­langa, the late Sot­sha Mpofu, the late Mfakazi Moyo, Ken­neth “Sparks” Ngu­lube, Ed­ward Dlamini and Chris “Bhawa” Sibanda.

Lawrence “Lofty” Phiri, who was a goal­keeper at the time, said Jele was al­ways jovial and mas­tered the art of over­lap­ping runs which com­bined with his ac­ro­batic moves made him a dar­ling of the pas­sion­ate Bosso fans. High­landers board sec­re­tary, Mathew Sibindi, Kynot Luphahla, Dou­glas Mloyi and Cos­mas “Tsano” Zulu are some mem­bers of the High­landers fam­ily that at­tended the burial. Jele is sur­vived by three chil­dren and seven grand­chil­dren.

David Coltart An­drew Jele

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