By Innocent Nxumalo
THE demise of veteran football administrator Ndumiso Gumede has shaken the local sporting fraternity to the core, with his death being described as a huge loss to the football family.
A diligent, corrupt-free administrator, who never sought to profiteer from public office.
This is the legacy attributed to Ndumiso Gumede by the sporting community who say they have lost a seasoned leader.
“We are short of words… Gumede is one very person I can testify that he never took a cent from ZIFA. He loved football and committed his entire life for the development of the sport,” said Vincent Pamire.
“Gumede maintained a special relationship with all football stakeholders. He inspired us to break records,” said one Bosso fan.
For Bosso family, Gumz kaSokhela as he was affectionately known, Gumede was behind Highlanders success stories as the club managed to acquire a number of properties under his stewardship,” Lawrence Phiri.
“The achievements we posted as Highlanders were because of astute leadership of Ubaba uGumede. If we had football hall of fame, Gumede automatically qualified, if we had football heroes acre Gumede was going to make it,” said another Highlanders supporter.
“We managed to procure properties as a club. Now we have offices, camping hotel and Highlanders sports club because of Gumede’s vision.
“The only thing we yearn for is that young people should try to emulate what Ndumiso did,” said another.
The late veteran football administrator died at the age 76 and mourners are gathered at House Number 12 Sheltenham in Bulawayo.
Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.