Let’s recognise our legends: Chunga

7
1922
Moses Chunga

Football legend Moses Chunga has bemoaned the lack of appreciation for Zimbabwean football legends in the country.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA

The former Warriors captain is not happy with the way former footballers are treated and opines that it is one of the reasons why local football was struggling to grow.

He complained about a number of issues and revealed that the Warriors legends were each paid $3 000, while Barcelona legends received $50 000 per player following their match played in Harare in 2017.

The former Dynamos midfielder – who was part of the Zimbabwean football legends squad that also featured the likes of Madinda Ndlovu, Agent Sawu, Ronald Sibanda and Edelbert Dinha among several others said failure by stakeholders to recognise and appreciate their contribution is a big drawback for the game in the country.

“One of the reasons our game continues to lag behind is that we don’t recognise and appreciate the role our football legends played,” the Chapungu coach said.

“For example, you can imagine we were paid a paltry US$3 000 each while the Barcelona legends went home with around US$50 000. These are issues that you as reporters should be highlighting because you fail to understand why we are treated differently like that. Even at stadiums, those that have played the game for the country struggle to enter to watch matches. You can even have dogs being unleashed on you,” lamented Chunga.

The match, which was funded by the government, was graced by some of the Barcelona stars of yesteryear: Patrick Kluivert, Rivaldo and Edgar Davids, among others and attracted a sell-out crowd. Chunga voiced his concern at the way former players even struggle to gain entry into local football matches.

Last year, former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari had to use unorthodox means to get into Barbourfields Stadium to watch a match after he was denied free entry.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Visible images create lasting legacies. Pakare Paye and Amakhosi will have imprints of Mtukudzi and Mhlanga for generations to come.The legacies of most of these former soccer players hardly go beyond those who saw them in action.It is high time these guys invest in some basics of their own for posterity.Even financing a statue to be placed at one of the sports centres.

  2. Dear Chunga.
    Thank you for your concern regarding soccer legends. I have a different take altogether.
    1) Playing soccer is y other occupation like electricians, musicians, mechanics, engineers and professional boxers. You should be all responsible for your life after your occupation. Noone is supposed to take care of you.
    2) Invest wisely whilst still working. Stop drinking and spending your money on endless women. Have a professional person to manage your finances if you can’t.
    3) I heard you talk about players being neglected after their playing days. Who neglected them? What is Zifa or PSL supposed to do for them? Pay them salaries? And by the way, its not the responsibility of government to take care of former football players.

  3. When someone writes an part of writing he/she keeps the image of any user in the/her mind that how the user can know about it. Thus that’s why this paragraph is amazing. Thanks!

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