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Vuvuzela send-off planned for late Ndumiso Gumede

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A carnival send-off has been planned for late iconic Highlanders boss Ndumiso Gumede with club fans urged to blow their vuvuzelas during a scheduled street guard of honour in the city in appreciation of the long, dedicated service he rendered to the Bulawayo based football powerhouse.

In a statement Sunday, the club urged fans to don their club colours and line up the streets along which Gumede’s body shall be ferried for a stopover at the club house.

Said the club, “Those in Bulawayo and surrounding places will get an opportunity to pay their last respect to the icon on Monday at Amphitheatre Hall.

“The body will leave Nyaradzo Donnington at 7am via D Square and pass through Mzilikazi, Barbourfields Stadium where the city’s ceremonial home of football is located.@

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The service starts at 8am and ends at 11.30am.

The club said its late president’s body will leave Amphitheatre Hall for Inyathi via the Highlanders club office and the sports club.

Added the club, “While it is impossible for all of us to attend the service at Amphitheatre Hall due to Covid-19 restrictions, Yours Truly can still be given a befitting send-off by painting the streets Black and White.

“The idea is to show our last respect through a street Guard of Honour from Amphitheatre Hall, through 4th Avenue, then Robert Mugabe Street where the office is located, then finally to our sports club.

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“We appeal to Highlanders fans to bring their vuvuzelas and flags and honour the fallen legend of the game.”

Gumede died aged 76 Wednesday with his passing inviting words of sympathy from President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the opposition MDC Alliance and the broader football world.

He is set to be laid to rest at his rural home in Inyathi Tuesday.

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