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Former Warriors Kingpin Edzai Kasinauyo Dies

Edzai-Kasinauyo (Picture: ZIFA)
Edzai-Kasinauyo (Picture: ZIFA)

Former international winger Edzai Kasinauyo has died.

According to the Zimbabwe Football Association, the former Warriors player died Friday from an undisclosed illness.

In a statement, ZIFA said, “The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is in deep mourning following the untimely death of former Executive committee member, Edzai Kasinauyo. The Warriors legend, Kasinauyo, passed on in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday afternoon.”

ZIFA and COSAFA president, Phillip Chiyangwa, expressed shock and sadness at the sudden demise of the former Warriors and Ajax Cape Town player and businessman, saying his administrative capabilities and general contribution to the game of football in Zimbabwe and South Africa, will be greatly missed.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association has learnt with shock and great sadness, the departure of its former executive commitee member, Edzai Kasinauyo,”

Chiyangwa said Edzai’s professional career, both as a player and business person, was inspirational and it touched many lives in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the world as he came from the playing field to the football boardrooms and the business world with enthusiasm and professionalism worth following.

“What even shocks us more is we did not hear of any illness prior to the sad news of his passing on. It is an undeniable veracity that he served the game of football with great distinction and his void will be extremely difficult to fill. He worked resolutely for the association and football at large, and we are hurt, deeply, by the loss of such a brilliant and intelligent administrator.

“On behalf of the ZIFA Executive Committee, the Assembly, the entire football family and on my own behalf, I would like to extend deepest condolences to the Kasinauyo family and the football fratenity during this painful period.”

Edzai managed a number of Zimbabwean internationals who include Knowledge Musona, Willard Katsande, Khama Billiat, Ronald Chitiyo and Evans Rusike, among others.

Edzai played for Arcadia United and Blackpool in the domestic Premier Soccer League before moving to South African where he played for Ajax Cape Town and Moroka Swallows.

Chiyangwa noted that Edzai also played for the Warriors with distinction, making the roster for the team that made history by qualifying for their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations in 2004 in Tunisia under Sunday Chidzambwa.