Zimbabwe Digital News
Former Zimbabwe footballers Peter Ndlovu and Ian Gorowa have been unveiled as brand ambassadors for the Zimbabwe Football Family funeral plan, underwritten by Zororo Phumulani.
Ndlovu needs no introduction as far as Zimbabwean football is concerned, and is readily recognised in some quarters as perhaps the greatest ever Zimbabwean footballer in the modern age, having starred for Bulawayo giants Highlanders, before playing at the top level in the English premier league for Coventry City.
He also starred in the Football League for Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United. In South Africa he played for Mamelodi Sundowns, Thanda Royal Zulu, Highfield United and Black Mambas. He was capped 100 times by the Warriors, scoring 38 international goals. He retired from active football in 2009, and is now football manager at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Gorowa played for Dynamos and Black Rhinos in Zimbabwe before he starred for Cape Town Spurs. He represented the Warriors 26 times, and scored 11 international goals. He played for Zimbabwe at the 1998 C0safa Cup, and was a coach with the Warriors, as well as Sundowns and Moroka Swallows.
He is now a training to be a pastor, and is on the verge of earning his preaching badges.
Zimbabwean footballers have a history of playing football at the top in South Africa over the years, and the list of players who have played, or are playing in the South African premier league represents the who-is-who of talent born, bred and nurtured in Zimbabwe.
Many however encounter mixed fortunes in their football careers plying the disk in South Africa.
While others taste the success of scoring goals, winning the league(s) and trophies, accompanied by hefty match bonuses and salaries, others experience rough patches, struggle to fit in their teams, poor runs of form, no trophies, and contractual disputes in their clubs.
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Many others have been known to quit soccer altogether, to seek work doing odd jobs, go into business, or simply return to Zimbabwe and do other things.
Gorowa told Zimbabwe Digital News that he was honoured to be brand ambassador for the Zimbabwe Football Family initiative that is powered by Zororo Phumulani, as the initiative was aimed at changing the thinking, and life experiences of footballers.
“Some of our players are known to lose their minds when they start earning big bucks in South Africa. They buy expensive cars, others blow their money on drugs, women and alcohol.
“Through this initiative we shall be imparting life skills to all the Zimbabwean footballers that we can come across, those in South Africa, but also those in the Europe. The Zimbabwe football family is big, but things like healthy living, fitness, personal responsibility and education on finances are lacking among the players.
“We need to change our attitudes, and this initiative from Zororo Phumulani will go a long way in fixing some of the problems that come with the success of football,” he said.
He added that the initiative would include all Zimbabwean footballers playing in SA, and included such greats as Edelbert Dinha, Innocent Chikoya, and the Mugeyi brothers among others.
A social soccer tournament was organised to mark the launch of the initiative, and Gorowa said more initiatives to educate the Zimbabwean community about their roadshows would be announced on social media in the coming weeks.
Zororo Phumulani director Edwin Anderson told Zimbabwe Digital News that the company had rolled out the Zimbabwe Football Family policy in order to provide cover for those in the football fraternity who fell on hard times, and died in SA without adequate funeral cover.
“We can all mention a few Zimbabwean footballers who passed away after they retired from active football. Some did not have funeral cover, and this translated into challenges for their families, friends and fellow footballers to try and raise money to cover funeral costs, and body repatriation.
“We have therefore partnered with Peter and Ian as co-ordinators for the Zimbabwe Football Family in South Africa, not only as brand ambassadors, but to instil a new way of thinking among Zimbabwean footballers and the football community on the importance of life skills and coaching, as well as financial management, healthy living and corporate social responsibility,” Anderson said.
Zororo Phumulani, which is a subsidiary of Zimbabwe’s Doves, has emerged in recent years as the top funerals services provider for Zimbabweans living in the diaspora, offering competitive funerals policies on the Zim/SA corridor.
The company now processes dozens of funerals per month, and recently repatriated prominent Zimbabweans who passed away in South Africa, including Judge Godfrey Chidyausiku, footballer Edzai Kasinauyo and former Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
The company is also rolling out a number of CSI initiatives, including donating laptops to deserving Zimbabwean students at tertiary institutions, as well as golf tournaments and consumer market promotions.
For more information on the Zororo Phumulani Zimbabwe Football Family initiative call Zororo Phumulani on 081 419 4980 or Ian Gorowa at 072 099 2449.
Ian Gorowa signs the paperwork for the Zororo Phumulani Zimbabwe Football Family initiative. Watching on is Edelbert Dinha.
Above and below. Some of the Zimbabwean footballers and part-timers who played in the social soccer match to mark the unveiling of the Zororo Phumulani Zimbabwe Football Family initiative.
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