Yohane laid to rest

By Anashe Murombedzi

The local football fraternity has relieved the beautiful moments they were afforded by the late Charles Yohane, who represented his country with pride.

Yohanne was buried at Zororo Memorial Park in Chitungwiza this Saturday.

The singing of familiar football songs by former team mates punctuated the send-off of the former Warriors left back, who was murdered in South Africa last week.

The first professional coach to handle Yohane was Lloyd Chigova, and had little words except to describe him as a dove in the football fraternity.

“When I talk of Charles I see one of my sons because I recruited him from Nharira Primary School and he was quite talented. There was not much of naughtiness in him. Actually, he could be absent whilst present. It was only when you get him in the field that’s when he would make his statement. He had an artistic foot who was technically found player at an early age,” Chigova said.

Former Warriors defender, Harlington Shereni, who played in the same position with Yohane, spoke about the healthy relationship they had.

“You know, Charles he is the one who made me realise that even if you play the same position, you can play in the same team without any conflicts. Whoever went to play that position delivers well. He had no problem with anyone. He was humble and quiet, even if he was told that today you are on the bench, he would accept as it is.”

Former Warriors skipper and Manchester City striker Benjani Mwariwari shared his memories about Yohane beyond football circles.

“We used to play snooker behind our complex in South Africa. He was a person who wanted to win all the time. When he was playing, he was hard. Outside football he was quiet, but when we played football he was very competitive,” said Mwariwari.

Indeed, a Warriors legend is gone, but football lovers will never forget the assist he gave to Peter Ndlovu against Egypt in the national team’s maiden appearance at the AFCON 2004 tournament.