Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa
Veteran football administrator and Highlanders Football Club President Ndumiso Gumede has died.
Details of the cause of his death are not yet known.
Gumede whose involvement in soccer dates back to 1974 when he was the Bulawayo giants’ representative in the then Salisbury.
He joined the club’s finance committee on his return to Bulawayo, rising to the position of club chairman, taking over from Landcut Gumbo.
Many may only know Gumede, who took part in the traditional ceremony to cleanse the National Sports Stadium with fellow traditionalists like the late academic and media personality Claude Mararike back in the day for soccer Administration and his role with ZIFA, he was also a thespian and a qualified teacher.
Among his most famous students are soccer prodigies Oliver Kateya and Shackman Tauro whom he taught at Highfields Secondary School on his first deployment.
His roles in the thespian field include a role as the football coach of Leeroy Gopal’s team in Yellow Card, a Zimbabwean movie that won international acclaim.
He also starred in the film More Time with songstress Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana who is best remembered for being the wailing voice in Albert Nyathi’s song Senzenina.
The veteran football administrator is survived by four children, three boys and one girl.
Details of funeral arrangements are yet to be communicated, but it will be in Bulawayo.