By Sports Reporter
LEGENDARY former Dynamos captain Memory Mucherahowa has described late Freddy ‘Pasuwa’ Mugadza (pictured below) as a very passionate football supporter who unified fans from across the football divide and could have helped in the revival of the Zimbabwean game.
The late Mugadza, who is the younger brother of former Dynamos chairman Phillip Mugadza, passed away in the United States after suffering a heart attack on Saturday.
Condolence messages continued to pour in from across the Zimbabwean football fraternity with various football stakeholders, from the players, fans and administrators paying tribute to the super-fan who barely missed a Dynamos match before he eventually relocated to the United States.
Despite being based in the US, Pasuwa maintained very close links with Zimbabwean football and was credited with playing an active role in ensuring former Dynamos player Callisto Pasuwa landed the Dynamos coaching job in 2011.
Pasuwa latter repaid the faith by delivering four league titles in four consecutive seasons.
Mugadza was famously known for spotting a bandaged head and Callisto Pasuwa’s shirt number, which affectionately earned him the nickname Pasuwa.
United Kingdom-based Mucherahowa, who used to regularly interact with Mugadza, said the super fan’s demise was a big loss for the local game.
“Freddy Pasuwa was very passionate about Zimbabwean football; he had managed to unify supporters from different teams through his social media group. In that group he had supporters from Highlanders, Dynamos, CAPS United and other teams, in all, the group had about 28 000 people which was quite impressive. People would discuss all football issues including those which were not covered in the mainstream media. That shows he was a very passionate fan not only about Dynamos but football in general,” Mucherahowa told NewZimbabwe.com in an exclusive interview from his UK base.
“Even when he was still in Zimbabwe before he moved to America, he was always passionate about Dynamos, he was one of the select fans who supported the team with their everything even when the team lost he didn’t care and would always be there even when the chips where down. He’s a huge loss for us not only as the Dynamos family but also as the Zimbabwe football fraternity.
The 50 year-old Mucherahowa, who won six of Dynamos’ record 22 Zimbabwean league titles, three of them as the captain, in addition to countless other trophies said Mugadza had managed to maintain a close affection with Zimbabwean football even after moving to the US.
The man, popularly known as Mwendamberi said Mugadza had revealed his plans to one day return to Zimbabwe and help in the administration of the game in order to improve the welfare of local players. Mugadza, Mucherahowa said, was saddened by the meagre earnings local players were receiving compared to their counterparts from other countries.
“In my view, if God had given him more time with us, he is one of the people who could have returned to Zimbabwe to contribute in the administration of our game. When we used to have discussions with him he always expressed displeasure in the manner our football is being administered and always said he wanted to go back and change things not only at Dynamos. He is someone who always felt sorry for players based in Zimbabwe, saying they were playing for peanuts,” said Mucherahowa.
The funeral arrangements for Mugadza’s burial are yet to be announced due to the current measures adopted by virtually all the countries across the globe to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.