The late former Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman, Dynamos founder and former chairman Morrison Sifelani who died last week will be buried at his rural home in Ntabazinduna on Thursday.
Sifelani (75) died in Gweru after succumbing to diarrhoea and will be laid to rest at Mgiqwa Line in the Ntabazinduna area.
A relative who requested to be identified only as Sifelani told NewsDay on Tuesday the late former PSL founder and ex-Dynamos chairman will be buried at his rural homestead on Thursday.
“We decided as a family that he should be buried on Thursday in Ntabazinduna,” he said.
He said the death of Sifelani was a heavy blow to the family.
“We are very sad as a family on the death of Sifelani,” he said.
On visiting Sifelani’s homestead, another relative Nkosilathi Sibanda, on Sunday told NewsDay the family is very saddened by the death of the football guru.
“It is a very sad loss to the family. We did not expect him to leave us so sudden. He worked very hard from his days as a player.
“He helped in forming Dynamos and was also the founding member of the club.
“He was the founding chairman of PSL,” he said.
Sibanda also said they have lost someone they looked up to as a family.
“We have lost an elder we looked up to. We are now waiting for the burial which will be at Mgiqwa Line in Ntabazinduna.”
Sifelani was born in Ntabazinduna in 1935 and attended Dadaya High School in Zvishavane. He turned out for Dynamos Football Club at its inception in 1963.
But it was after independence that he played a prominent role in football administration.
Sifelani and colleagues like Chris Sibanda formed the breakaway
National Premier Soccer League, which later became the Premier Soccer League, ushering in a new era in top-flight football as this gave clubs more control over their finances and operations.
Sifelani was chairperson when Dynamos reached the 1998 CAF Champions League Final.
He had a long and illustrious career in club football administration.
He got involved with club football at Hippo Valley and Ziscosteel before going to the UK in 1975 for his Football Association coaching badge.
At the time of his death, Sifelani was an active member of Gweru Agenda and spent most of his time in business and farming.
He is survived by wife, Margaret, and 11 children.
Mourners are gathered at Plot 1 Shurugwi Road.