Football world, politicians, business mourn Shaya

Zimstar Sports

Zimbabwe’s football world, politicians and business have come together to mourn all-time soccer great George Shaya, who died aged 77 in his Harare home Tuesday.

Sports deputy minister Tino Machakaire said the nation has been robbed of the legend.

“We have been robbed as a nation and we cherish the legacy and the memories that he leaves behind. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he said via his Twitter handle Tuesday.

England based Warriors star, Marvelous Nakamba also said, through a tweet by his Marvelous Nakamba Foundation, “We’re absolutely gutted & shocked. A legend is gone but leaves behind an incredible legacy. Football lost a jewel. Forever in our hearts. May the good Lord grant you eternal rest.”

The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League said the five-time soccer star of the year was “an integral part of Zim football history”.

“…He won the hearts of many with his unique talent on the ball. An extraordinary player who was crowned Soccer Star of the year a record five times. His legacy lives on,” said the mother body on Twitter.

Sports caster Charles Mabika said it was inappropriate for some to refer to Shaya as a Dynamos great when he was in fact a Zimbabwe great.

He added, “For me, the greatest footballer to grace our fields. He was national team senior captain (1977-78).”

The Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T said it has leant of Shaya’s death with “a heavy heart” while funeral services insurer Doves Holdings said Shaya “will surely be missed”.