DeMbare number one fan Mugadza dies


Nigel Matongorere

©️  THE local football fraternity has been united in mourning the death of one of Dynamos’ most prominent fan Freddy “Pasuwa” Mugadza.
He passed away on Saturday following a suspected heart attack in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.
He was 42 and is survived by his daughter Tanyaradzwa.
During his time whilst in Zimbabwe, Mugadza was known as a passionate DeMbare fan with then midfielder Kalisto Pasuwa his favourite.
Those days, Mugadza, a young brother to then Dynamos chairperson Phillip, achieved notoriety for his violent clashes with opposing fans of different teams.
He also had many running battles with sports journalists, who dared to cover his misdemeanours in the stands.
To his credit though, Mugadza later on matured to become one of the most influential football fans in local football despite having migrated to the United States in 2006.
Using social media, Mugadza was able to remain relevant in local football circles despite living thousands of miles away.
Using his humour and wit on social networks, Mugadza was able to unite football fans from all teams and bridged the gap between the young and the old thorough his tales.
Family spokesperson Benjamin Musindo said they have lost a pillar after his untimely death.
“He was able to unite everyone in the family. Every time he spoke, people would listen maybe because he was the last born, that’s why people gravitated towards him.
“Freddy was also a hard worker and entrepreneur; I can say that he was his own man. Before his death, he was planning to come back to Zimbabwe and start a mining venture.
“To show you his entrepreneurship skills, even in the United States, he had set up his own business which was a self-service laundry shop.
“Even until the time of his death, he was going to work because the laundry business was considered as an essential service during this lockdown period of the coronavirus,” Musindo told the Daily News yesterday.
With the entire globe in lockdown due to the coronavirus, there are not any funeral arrangements at the moment.
“It’s very unfortunate but repatriation is the family’s wish but there is a current lockdown at the moment.
“We are still waiting for the final post-mortem to clarify the actual cause of death but the emergency services personel who attended to him when he collapsed suspect it was a case of heart attack.
“Once the post-mortem is complete and this current lockdown is over, we will do everything we can to repatriate the body,” Musindo said.
Another Dynamos popular fan Chris “Romario” Musekiwa was devastated by the death of his close friend and colleague.
“We are deeply hurt by the untimely passing of Mugadza. He was one of us and his blood was blue even though he now lived in the United States.
“I knew him personally during the 1998 Champions League run when he was the King of Vietnam Stand at Rufaro Stadium and Bay 31 at the National Sports Stadium.
“He moulded me into an all-weather fan of the club; together with the likes of  the late Taribo West (Stanford Nhau), we would cheer on the team even when the chips were down.
“He liked Kalisto from the day he was a player up to the day he became a championship winning coach and they also became very close friends.
“To show his great love for football, his other favourite player was from our great rivals CAPS United, Lloyd
Chitembwe, whom he called the Frenchman.”
On social media, there has been an overwhelming pouring of grief from the many football fans Mugadza touched with his candid comments.
Ever since the news of his death was announced, there have been numerus posts from current and former players praising the role Mugadza was now playing.



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