The Zimbabwe Sporting fraternity has been stunned by the untimely passing away of former Warriors and Ajax Cape Town football player Edzai Kasinauyo
By Carlo Chikomba
The veteran footballer at his time of passing was based in South Africa where he was an agent who helped secure professional contracts mostly with South African clubs having managed a number of high profile Zimbabwean internationals such as Knowledge Musona, Willard Katsande, Khama Billiat, Ronald Chitiyo and Evans Rusike.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) led a series of tributes for the ex-footballer, with the ZIFA and COSAFA president, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, expressing shock and sadness at the news.
“Edzai’s professional career, both as a player and business person was inspirational and it touched many lives in Zimbabwe, South Africa and indeed the world as he came from the playing field, to the football boardrooms and the business world with enthusiasm and professionalism worth following,” said Chiyangwa via the ZIFA website.
The Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League also issued a condolence message through their Chief Executive Officer Kenny Ndebele.
“Edzai Kasinauyo was a dedicated man and a hard worker who achieved an incredible career as a footballer, a football administrator as well as a businessman. He will be remembered as a legend who transformed the game of football in so many ways.”
With condolence messages continuing to pour in for the player, the Sports Journalists Association (Spoja) joined in to pay their respects for the midfielder.
“Kasinauyo’s death is a blow to the football fraternity as his contribution will be greatly missed. His death leaves a void which will be difficult to fill particularly when the sport Fraternity was still expecting to tap from his vast experience,” said an official statement.
The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe said were devastated to hear the passing on of former ZIFA board member, “We’re devastated to hear the news that Edzai Kasinauyo has passed away. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.”
The Acting Director General with Sports and Recreation (SRC), Joseph Muchechetere hailed Kasinauyo as a dedicated warrior who was passionate about the sporting fraternity and football in particular.
” Edzai was a dedicated Warrior during his hey days and a sportsperson with a heart for assisting the sporting fraternity so that it may be counted among the best movers and shakers in the country,” said Muchechetere.
“Our thoughts are with his family during this dark period, may they find comfort in the Lord Almighty. May his departed soul rest and anchor in eternal peace.”
Kasinauyo started his career in the local league, turning out for Arcadia United and Blackpool in the domestic PSL before sealing a move to South African league where he played for Ajax Cape Town and later on Moroka Swallows.
It was at Ajax where the midfielder had his best playing days, gaining popularity among the club’ fans and earning legendary status at the club.
Edzai also starred for the Warriors as he was part of the Zimbabwe National Team that made history by qualifying for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations in 2004 in Tunisia under then coach Sunday Chidzambwa.
As of now, details regarding the midfielder’s cause of death and subsequent burial arrangements are still yet to be made available.