Mandig­ora plots foot­ball come­back

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Don Makanyanga

FOR­MER Dy­namos coach David “Yogi” Mandig­ora, who had his right leg am­pu­tated last month, is mak­ing steady re­cov­ery and is ea­ger to bounce back as a foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor.

The 1980 Soc­cer Star of the year told The Sun­day Mail in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view that hav­ing his leg am­pu­tated was a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence he ini­tially strug­gled to ac­cept.

“Hav­ing a part of your body cut off is trau­matic and the first few days af­ter the am­pu­ta­tion were hell,” said Mandig­ora who was in a jovial mood.

“How­ever, I am grate­ful to my for­mer team­mates, Dy­namos foot­ball club, my family and all the peo­ple who have been so supportive dur­ing my time of need. It has helped me a lot in my re­cov­ery process.

“I am feel­ing a lot bet­ter now, and have been re­spond­ing well to med­i­ca­tion.”

The 60-year-old for­mer Dy­namos mid­fielder de­scribed foot­ball as his life.

“What hap­pened to me is part of life, it can hap­pen to any­one and has hap­pened to sev­eral other peo­ple as well. The trick is to ac­cept your fate and move on with life.

“Foot­ball is my life and I am look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to the game but def­i­nitely not as a coach. With my leg am­pu­tated I won’t be able to demon­strate drills but cer­tainly I can be an ad­min­is­tra­tor. I have a lot to of­fer Zim­bab­wean foot­ball,” said Mandig­ora.

The vet­eran gaffer, who led Dy­namos to their first league cham­pi­onship in 10 years back in 2007, is tip­ping cur­rent DeMbare coach Lloyd Mu­tasa to land his first Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier league ti­tle this year.

“Any of the four ti­tle-chas­ing teams is in with a chance but I feel Dy­namos have a slight edge. Lloyd has done well, build­ing this team from scratch, and de­serves to win his maiden cham­pi­onship medal,” said Mandig­ora.

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