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Max 'Shaluza' Tshuma dies

by Lovemore Dube
17 May 2014 at 12:55hrs | Views
ZIMBABWE football legend Max Shaluza Tshuma has died.

He was 62.

Tshuma died at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo yesterday evening. He had been admitted to the hospital for some days and his condition deteriorated and by Thursday he was no longer talking.

His sister Gertrude Mashayamombe said last night that Tshuma had sores in the mouth and throat. She  said he was having problems with eating and the condition deteriorated on Monday.

"He passed on this evening. He had some sores in the mouth and throat and as such he could not eat or drink."

Mourners are gathered at house number 8466 Glenkara section, Nkulumane.

Mashayamombe said funeral arrangements will be announced soon. Tshuma was born on January 1, 1952 in Guruve, Mashonaland Central province.

He attended Lobengula Primary School before proceeding to Mzilikazi High School.

His talents shone at an early age as he played football at both primary and secondary school.

The late Tshuma's football peers include Zebron Magorimbo, Barry Daka, Victor Dliwayo, Ephraim Moloi and Douglas Maneto.

He played for Zimbabwe Saints juniors and by the mid 1970s he was already a regular at Chikwata.

In 1977 he moved to Moroka Swallows and alternated between Chikwata and Moroka Swallows. In 1980 after Zimbabwe's Independence Tshuma returned home fearing worldwide ban. He was among the Warriors pioneers who won a four-team tournament held to mark the country's freedom.

In South Africa he played alongside the great Andreas "SixMabone" Maseko, Joel Ace "Mnini", Maneto and Shadreck Ngwenya and rubbed shoulders with other legends like Jomo Sono, Ryder Mofokeng, Shakes Mashaba, Patson Banda and Ace Ntsoelongoe.

For the next three years he was in and out of the squad at a time competition for places was fierce with an emerging crop of stars who included the late Joel Shambo, Stanley Ndunduma, Ernest Sibanda, Hamid Dhana and Stanford Stix M'tizwa.

Tshuma wound up his career at Eagles where he played alongside Rahman Gumbo, Elvis Chiweshe, Boy Ndlovu, Ebson Sugar Muguyo and the late Asani Karigeni.

Former Zimbabwe Saints official Vincent Pamire who arrived at Mpilo Central Hospital shortly after Tshuma had breathed his last, described Tshuma as having been one of the best footballers to emerge from Bulawayo.

He played as an attacking right link and was endowed with great skill and vision.

"As I was getting into the hospital ward where he was, I was met by Zebron Magorimbo who advised me that his former teammate was no more. It's a sad day for the game and football family," said Pamire.

Zifa board member and prominent Bulawayo lawyer Tawengwa Hara described Tshuma as among the pioneering greats of 1980 who had inspired generations of footballers in the country.

He is survived by wife Otilia Maparura and four children.

His death comes a week after another soccer personality Danny (Senior) Khumalo died. He was the father of legendary Highlanders and Zimbabwe midfielder Willard.

A fortnight ago Bashir Gaibie who was the Zimbabwe Saints medic in the late 1980s when Chiwororo were a force to reckon with, died in South Africa.

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