THE Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association say they have learnt with shock about the death of the chairman of the Dynamos board of directors Richard Chiminya. Chiminya died at Parirenyatwa Hospital on Monday. "I was deeply shocked at the untimely death of Mudhara," said ZNSSA leader Eddie "Mboma" Nyatanga.
"He was one of the nicest people around in as far as football is concerned.
"I know Chiminya personally since we are in-laws and I know he was a great father. He bought unity at Dynamos and we are going to miss him greatly. On behalf of supporters l just wish to extend our heartfelt condolences. We pray for his soul to rest in peace."
PSL chairman, Twine Phiri described Chiminya as a fatherly figure in football circles.
"We have lost a father in football," said Phiri.
"Chiminya told me one day that you always have problems in football every time but how you manage it is the key. When there was a problem he was quick to respond and react that's why you see Dynamos is sitting at the top right now. Being a founder and chairman of such a big team like Dynamos speaks volumes and whoever is going to assume that position should emulate the 'old man'. He was level headed and we have lost an icon in football."
Desmond Maringwa, the Dynamos midfielder who is also the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe leader, said they have lost a father.
"It's a great loss to the Dynamos family and when you lose a father it's difficult to accept," said Maringwa.
"He is one man who gave his life to football. He was always there for the team even when things were bad.
"We benefited a lot from him and it's a sad moment for the whole team."