George Shaya deserves to be honoured
EDITOR — I read with utmost pleasure and appreciation an article in The Sunday Mail of September 24, 2017 regarding the noble gesture to honour one of the most illustrious and decorated soccer players to emerge from Zimbabwe.
Renaming Rufaro Stadium to George Shaya Stadium chronicles a new testament in the history of social philanthropy in the country. I hail such wisdom that gives credence to our own heritage and stock. This posture is in itself an exaltation of God for Shaya’s soccer exploits were a demonstration of a gift from above. It is a celebration of life.
However, the thunderous applause that the maestro got could not translate into security for his current social and economic needs. He played at a time when the country was cramped by oppression. He, undoubtedly, could have left indelible footmarks on the globe.
I pray and hope that the mooted idea will scale the hurdles of its time, lest it be condemned to the fossils of sensation and sentiment. I would like to thank mukoma Peter Ndlovu and other soccer legends for their landmark visit and support. Countless initiatives by churches and other well-wishers are greatly appreciated. Patrick Katsaura, Glen Norah A.