By Nkosana Dlamini
South Africa based retired Zimbabwean footballer, Gabriel Nyoni Monday posted a cheeky Happy Valentine’s Day message to Twitter followers while conspicuously dressed in all yellow.
Yellow – but red – is not the traditional Valentine’s Day colour but has now been closely associated with the new opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party led by Nelson Chamisa.
“Happy Valentines you all,” posted the former Highlanders and Caps United football star, who has turned to business in his new South African base.
The hidden political message in Nyoni’s post was not lost even among those who replied on his thread with some praising him for the gesture.
@mkhatsh3’s focus was also on Nyoni’s dress colour more than the message, posting, “yu look smart in that colour.”
@Mkanya923943311 was also equally amused by the footballer’s choice of yellow to communicate a valentine’s day message.
“Yellow revolution,” he wrote.
Political consciousness is nothing too distant from the one time student politics activist who once contested in a NUST Student Representative Council (SRC) presidential race albeit on a losing cause.
During his student politics days, Nyoni once said he was inspired by then President Robert Mugabe who, according to him, had done a splendid job for the country ever since it gained independence.
“I’m greatly inspired by President Mugabe. His inspiration to me has nothing to do with my first name and his middle name (Gabriel). He’s a great leader who has done well for the country since 1980. I believe I’ve the quality to lead students at Nust. I think I’m a natural leader,” Nyoni said then.