ZIFA have directed all Premiership and lower Division clubs to observe a minute of silence before their matches between today and Sunday in honour of Dynamos board of directors chairman Richard Chiminya, who died in the capital on Monday.
Chiminya, who was 79 at the time of his death, is expected to be buried at Warren Hills in Harare tomorrow. As messages of condolence continued to pour in yesterday Zifa president, Cuthbert Dube, joined the Dynamos family in mourning the death of Chiminya, describing the passing on of the Glamour Boys’ founding father as blow to the domestic game.
Dube said Chiminya was a larger than life character who had contributed immensely into turning Dynamos into the big brand that it is today. “The Zimbabwe Football Association is at a loss of words to describe the untimely passing on of Dynamos Football Club chairman for the board of directors Mr Richard Chiminya.
“God parades and takes back His best flowers. When God plucks from our own midst the flowers that have been part of the garden, mortals grieve endlessly.
“It is no easy to accept that the larger than life character Mr Richard Chiminya is no more. We implore the Chiminya family, Dynamos FC and the entire family of football to draw solace from the fact than the late Chiminya’s legacy shall forever spur us to scale greater heights.
“Mr Chiminya will always occupy a special seat in our Hall of Fame as he was one of our administrators who tirelessly fought to keep he Dynamos brand visible.
“We urge Dynamos to continue from where VaChiminya left off.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association urges all leagues affiliated to the association to observe, in memory and honour of the late Dynamos legend, a minute of silence before the commencement of all league games for the Week ending 17 November 2012. May the good Lord let Mr Chiminya’s soul rest in eternal peace,” said Dube.
The Premier Soccer League also weighed in with their message of condolence for the veteran administrator, who had until his death been steering the Dynamos ship at board level.
Dynamos’ surviving founding fathers are the club’s top policy making body that is also responsible for appointing the executive that runs the Harare giants on daily basis.
PSL chief executive, Kenny Ndebele, said the top flight body’s board of governors – which comprises the leaders of all the 16 clubs – had been saddened by Chiminya’s death.
Ndebele said they had learnt with a heavy heart the news of Chiminya’s death, coming as it did just hours after Dynamos had powered their way into their second Mbada Diamonds Cup final appearance following a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of rivals CAPS United at Barbourfields.
“The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Board of Governors executive committee, the secretariat and all the clubs learnt with heavy hearts the passing away of the Dynamos Football Club Chairman of the Board of Trustees and founder member, Mr Richard Chiminya.
“We express our grief and sorrow at the passing away of one of Zimbabwe’s Football Icons. Dynamos Football Club and the whole football family have lost a man who was a custodian of football tradition and culture.
“A man who was a fountain of wisdom, many football clubs have survived because of the vision and wisdom of legends and icons such as Mr Richard Chiminya.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the Chiminya family. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
“We urge the Dynamos Football Club family to remain united and work together to achieve Mr Richard Chiminya’s vision of building a club that will one day conquer not only the African Continent but the whole world. May his Dear Soul Rest in Peace,” Ndebele said.
Apart from observing a minute of silence, Dynamos are expected to wear black armbands when they take on Buffaloes at Rufaro in their penultimate 2012 Premiership assignment this afternoon.
DeMbare will then wind off their league campaign with an away assignment against Hardbody at Ascot on Sunday with victories in both tricky games guaranteeing them of the championship irrespective of the results from other matches.
Should Dynamos win the championship Chiminya will sadly not be there to celebrate with them yet another triumphant moment by the team that was basically his heart and soul.
Chiminya will, however, be also remembered for the tenacious way he teamed up with the likes of Bernard Marriot Lusengo, Freddie Mukwesha the late Morrison Sifelani and Robson Rundaba to fight to regain control of Dynamos after it had been taken over by the Zifa audit committee.
He also fronted the founder fathers’ High Court battle and thwarted a bid by general members to also wrestle control of Dynamos arguing that only those who played for the club between 1963-1968 were eligible for places on the board of directors and could thus vote at the Harare giants’ annual meetings.