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SWAZ mourns soccer legend, Yogi

by Bustop TV News

By Trevor Makonyonga

The Sports Writers Association of Zimbabwe (SWAZ) has extended its condolences to the late football legend, David “Yogi” Mandigora’s family following his passing Saturday morning in Harare.

The sport writers said that they were saddened by the passing of Yogi who will be “forever a friend of the media”.

“The Sports journalism fraternity has been rocked by the demise of one o of Zimbabwe’s truly great football legends, David “Yogi” Mandigora. Forever a darling of the media, “Yogi” will personally be missed by a wide variety of our members and will always be remembered for his unique exploits during and after his playing career. Mandigora turned out for Dynamos throughout his playing days from the mid 70s to mid 80s and is among the best coaches ever groomed in this country having won the Premier Soccer League title in 2007 with Dynamos and been the first and so far only Zimbabwean to coach in Mozambique where he led Costa do Sol for two years between 2010-2012.”

The sport writers also reminisced the long lasting relationship with the now departed Mandigora whom the association voted as Soccer Star of the year in 1980.

“SWAZ salutary regard of Mandigora’s heroics stretches back to 1980 when it’s panel of selectors voted Yogi the first Soccer Star of the Year in post-independent Zimbabwe. He also continued to earn the respect of the football pundits when he worked in the Warriors technical department under the Brazilian Valinhos 2009-10 and with Rahman Gumbo between 012-14. Mandigora never shied away from the media even when occupying the hot seat in football trenches but even established long-lasting friendships with several reporters in healthy relationships that advanced the interests of football and enhanced the spirit of sport. SWAZ extends its heartfelt condolences to his wife and children, the Mandigora family, Zifa and the entire football fraternity which includes the Dynamos team and supporters and all who love sport.Rest in peace football hero!”

Mourners are gathered at 9 Gorshaw Road, Vainona in Harare.

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