HARARE – Former Monomotapa club treasurer Bhekithemba ‘Far’ Ndlovu has died following a battle with illness.
Ndlovu, 46, passed away yesterday in Harare and left behind his wife Margret, two sons and a daughter.
Ndlovu served as a Monomotapa treasurer for close to nine years before relinquish the post in 2010 to concentrate on his business investments.
Despite giving up his post in the club’s executive, Ndlovu remained part and parcel of the Monoz family and was a constant feature at the club’s matches.
Ndlovu, who was currently serving a ban after being found guilty of wrongdoing in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal, also held the post of team manager for the Zimbabwe national Under-17 side for five years.
Family spokesperson, Deborah Muchirahondo, described Ndlovu as a well-liked man, who touched a lot of lives.
“As a family we deeply touched with what has happened,” said Muchirahondo. “Everyone loved Far for the good person he was.
“Not many people knew that his real name was Bhekithemba Ndlovu, and they just called him Far. Besides his own children he also took in a lot of other children into his home and took care of them as his own.
“Russell Madamombe, who now plays for Dynamos, is one such example and lived with Far for a very long time.”
Monomotapa chairman Joseph Mukoki said everyone at the club was devastated by Ndlovu’s death.
“As the Monomotapa family we are saddened by the loss of one of our good administrators at the club,” he said. “We would like to console the family he has left behind.”
“We have lost someone who did a very good job during the time he was in our executive. He did a very good job, planning for our away trips especially when we were taking part in the African Champions League.”
The dedicated administrator was a member of the Monomotapa executive which steered the colourful Harare club to its maiden Premiership title in 2008. Monomotapa were relegated from the top-flight league after the completion of the just-ended PSL season.
Ndlovu’s body lay in state yesterday at his home at number 511 Tsika Street, New Marimba Park. He will be buried today at Warren Hills Cemetery at 2pm.