By Chamu Wilson
Cape Town City and Maritzburg United club chairpersons, John Comitis and Farook Kadodia respectively, have expressed sadness at the death of former Ajax Cape Town and Moroka Swallows winger, Edzai Kasinauyo (42), who passed away at Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday morning of a yet-to-be disclosed illness.
Comitis described the former Zimbabwe international as a close friend and a true gentleman of the game. The CTC boss is responsible for spotting the late Kasinauyo’s talent and bringing him to South Africa.
“It is with great sadness that I must bid farewell to my dear friend and legendary footballer, Edzai Kasinauyo. I was the one who brought Edzai to South Africa from Zimbabwe along with the likes of Ian Gorowa and Edelbert Dinha. I spoke to Edzai just last week. I am still in shock. He was a true gentleman and an example to all those around him. Rest in peace my dear friend,” wrote Comitis on the club’s twitter account.
Maritzburg United chairperson, Kadodia, said he was shocked at the passing on of Kasinauyo, who was the player-manager for the Team of Choice’s players, Evans Rusike and Blessing Moyo.
“I am still in shock after speaking to him (Kasinauyo) regularly recently ahead of our preparations for the new season.
“Edzai was the manager of two of my players, Evans Rusike and Blessing Moyo. The Team of Choice extends condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” Kadodia said.
ZIFA and COSAFA president, Phillip Chiyangwa said Kasinauyo’s administration capabilities will be greatly both in Zim and SA.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association has learnt with shock and sadness, the departure of its former executive committee member, Edzai Kasinauyo,” Chiyangwa said.
A speedy winger during his playing days, Kasinauyo was part of the 2006 Zimbabwe national team for the Africa Cup of Nations squad. However, his association with the Warriors has not been all rosy as, on 30 March 2016, he was expelled from the ZIFA executive committee on match-fixing allegations.
He was recently cleared of the charge.
Through his company, Tamba Sport International, Kasinauyo managed the bulk of current and former Zim ABSA PSL players including Knowledge Musona, Willard Katsande, Khama Billiat, Evans and Tafadzwa Rusike, Thomas Sweswe, Zhaimo Jambo, Ronald Chitiyo, Oscar Machapa among others.
The late footballer also ran a sportswear retail joint in Harare. He also ran a number of junior soccer tournament in his home country.