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GUNDANI BURIAL UNITES FOOTBALL FAMILY

Former Warriors defender Paul Gundani was buried at Kwekwe Cemetery on Saturday on an occasion that united the Zimbabwe football family with high-profile figures attending the grand send-off.

Gundani succumbed to suspected cerebral malaria last Wednesday in his hometown of Kwekwe.

Headlining prominent personnel who graced his burial was former Warriors players Benjani Mwaruwari, Calisto Pasuwa, Dumisani Mpofu, Desmond Maringwa and John Phiri.

Zifa presidency candidate Philip Chiyangwa also attended together with PSL CEO Kenny Ndebele and his Zifa counterpart Jonathan Mashingaidze.

Politicians including the Minister of Sports and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane and Kwekwe Mayor Matenda Madzoke were present and gave speeches.

At the time of his death, he was secretary general of the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ), a body that advocated for players’ welfare and rights.

“Paul was someone who fought hard for players rights. He campaigned hard for us as Zifa to pardon many players who were under Asia gate sanctions. Surely you cannot forget a man who did such a great job. He was so stern in making sure that players are well catered for,” Mashingaidze said.

An emotional Maringwa, who is FUZ president, broke down as he struggled to go through his speech.

Maringwa worked with Gundani in establishing FUZ in Zimbabwe as well as spruce up its FIFPro membership.

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