Former Dynamos Chairman, Phillip Mugadza buried

By Skilder Makona

Scores of people converged at Glen Forest Cemetery this Friday for the burial of former Dynamos Football Club chairman, Phillip Mugadza who died in Harare on the 1st of this month.

Mugadza succumbed to hypertension at the age of 60.

Several people spoke highly of his unifying and loving character.

“We were very good friends with Phillip since 1977 when we met at St Paul’s Musami for our form 1. Since then we’ve been best of friends and I learnt a lot about Phillip. The major thing he taught us was love and unity,” said long-time friend Francis Dzanya.

Farai Jere, the Premier Soccer League Chairman had this to say: “Mugadza was like a friend to me I learnt a lot from him and would periodically meet for guidance and advise, he was such a loving and humble man. We have lost a unifier and a fighter in him, it’s a major blow for us as a football family.”

“My dad taught us about unity and I promise you that his legacy of love and unity will go on. We will carry it forward from where he left. He was our pillar and we have been dealt a major blow, but be that as it may his message and will of unity and love will forever live on,” said Mugadza’s son Michael.

“I was guided a lot by my brother we are burying here, he was a good leader and in him, we learnt how best to improve the game. As Dynamos we lost a great visionary and leader and we are humbled that we took away something good, which is unity and love, from him,” added Dynamos FC Chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa.

Mugadza, who was part of the Dynamos executive which brought Zambian coach Keegan Mumba in 2003, died barely three months after his brother Freddie passed on in the United States.

He is survived by his wife Dorcas, 13 children and 7 grandchildren.