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Highlanders honour Ndumiso Gumede

by Staff reporter
23 Dec 2021 at 05:37hrs | Views
HIGHLANDERS president Ndumiso Gumede brought the 1960s groove to the clubhouse when he belted out the song Stand by Me by American singer-songwriter Ben E King to acknowledge those who participated in the initiative to celebrate his contribution to the club and football in general.

Gumede was his jovial self as club members and fans gathered at the clubhouse to honour the veteran football administrator.

Speaking at the function, guest of honour and longtime Bosso benefactor Tshinga Dube appealed to the Bulawayo City Council to name roads after legends like Gumede so that their legacy lives on.

"We appreciate this initiative. We must have a culture of celebrating people while they are alive," said Dube.

Speaking on behalf of council, Bulawayo deputy mayor Mlandu Ncube said: "As a people we should keep the culture of honouring people when they are alive. This will inspire the upcoming generation. Highlanders is not just an institution, but it's a home to all of us. We appreciate the leadership shown by Gumede. Bosso must not die."

Gumede expressed gratitude to organisers and well-wishers that made the event a success.

"I am happy that the organisers chose to stand by me because most people are appreciated when they are gone but the organisers chose to celebrate me while l am still alive.I am grateful to Tshinga Dube, who supported me throughout my journey as chairman. He assisted me a lot," said Gumede.

During his tenure as Highlanders chairman, Gumede, who also served as the club's chief executive officer, is credited with acquiring the club offices, the sports club and a camping house in Luveve suburb.

Gumede is also a former Zifa vice-president, chief executive officer and committee member.

He is also credited for helping bust the Asiagate scandal while at the helm.

At one time, he was a member of the Caf appeals committee.

Highlanders' principal sponsors Sakunda Holdings are in the process of renovating the club's offices.

Source - The Chronicle