One of the founders of Zimbabwe's Dynamos Football Club, Morrison Sifelani, who served as chairman of the soccer powerhouse, died at his home in Gweru on Thursday.
One of Sifelani’s daughters, who declined to be interviewed for broadcast, said burial arrangements were still being made as most of Sifelani’s children and relatives were heading home to Zimbabwe from various locations around the world.
The prominent businessman, who was 75 at his death following a short illness, held senior positions in the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, ZimTrade and Lonrho Mining.
Sifelani always professed his love for Dynamos even though he was no longer active in football administration. He had become very active in civil society and at the time of his death was a board member of the Gweru Agenda and a regional board member of ZimRights.
Sifelani is survived by 11 children and several grandchildren. Mourners were gathering at No. 1 Bonnyvale Road in the Dayleford section of Gweru, the Midlands capital.
The Zimbabwe Soccer Supporters Assocation said it was saddened by his passing, saying national football has lost a key advocate and administrator at a critical time.
Sifelani is credited for helping attract sponsors to his club Dynamos during his tenure as its chairman, and to the Premier Soccer League, currently operating without a sponsor.
Zimbabwe Soccer Supporters Association spokesman Spencer Manguwa told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that Sifelani will be difficult to replace as he was a talented individual who inspired the football fratenity with his gift of the garb.