Ge­orge Shaya de­serves to be hon­oured

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - COMMENT & FEEDBACK -

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.

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