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Award David Mandigora National Hero Status: ZIFA

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By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Local football governing body Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has officially sent a request to Government through the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) requesting it confers and honour the late Warriors player and Dynamos FC legend David ‘Yogi’ Mandigora a national hero.
ZIFA’s request comes at a time when they have described Mandigora as a pacesetter who played a pivotal role to help challenge colonial rule through sport during the colonial period.
Their (ZIFA) call backsd by the fact Yogi became the first player to earn the Soccer Star of The Year accolade in the post independence era.
Yogi was crowned the league’s best player in 1980 when Zimbabwe got her freedom from the whites.
As such ZIFA has decided to ask Government to recognise the former Dynamos FC utility player’s impact during the days of colonial era.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association has written to Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) requesting government to confer hero status on the late football legend David ‘Yogi’ Mandogora,” said ZIFA.
“Mandigora had a huge impact on the face of the colonial days when the sport was used to challenge colonial rule. It was fitting that he was crowned as the soccer star in 1980 when the country attained independence.
“His (Mandigora) transition from a devoted player into a succesful coach eptomises the life story of a true hero for many young footballers and the generality of Zimbabweans.
“David served the sporting fraternity and the nation at large with distinction and it is our humble request that he be bestowed with the greatest honour of being declared a national hero.”
Mandigora passed on at his home in Vainona in Harare early morning on Saturday.
The cause of his death has not been disclosed, though he had been battling from diabetes for a very longtime.
According to reports, disease resulted in him being amputated his right leg in October 2017 and was set to undergo another amputation the day he passed on.
Yogi had a fascinating career both as a player and as a coach.
As a coach he guided Dembare to a domestic league tittle in 2007 and helped them reach the CAF Champions League semi-finals in 2008.
Robert Tapfumaneyi

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