FOOTBALL legend Agent “Ajira” Sawu has cancelled a scheduled ground-breaking ceremony for his Rising Stars Football Academy in honour of his late Dream Team colleague Adam Ndlovu.
The late Adamski and his younger brother Peter were founder members of the academy together with former international striker Zenzo Moyo and ex-Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari.
The academy was due to be launched on Saturday, the day Adamski will be laid to rest.
Sawu said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call in early hours of Sunday morning that my friend (Adam) had died in a car accident. We were so close to each other and his death is a huge loss to me and to the football community in the country. He had performed so well in his duty as head coach at Chicken Inn and things even looked brighter ahead for him,” Sawu said.
“Adam and I have been involved in football for about 28 years as we started our football careers playing against each other at junior level when he played for Highlanders and I was playing for Zimbabwe Saints. We then played alongside each other in the national Under-23 side and graduated to the senior national team together. We were roommates whenever we were in camp for the national team and that is where our bond developed. I was the first to go and play overseas where I played for a club known as SC Kriens in Switzerland and when I was asked to recommend a striker from Zimbabwe to join the side, I recommended Adam. We played alongside each other there for more than three months before I moved to another Swiss side,” Sawu added. Rising Stars Academy benefited from a piece of land donated by the Bulawayo City Council along Victoria Falls Road.