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Unachievable Precedence: Government Denies Mandigora Hero Status

The government has turned down a request to declare Dynamos and Warriors legend David Yogi Mandigora a national hero saying that would be unachievable precedence.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) had said Mandigora, who died at the age of 64 in June, had a huge impact on the face of local football from the colonial days when the game was used to challenge colonial rule.

Nevertheless, Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Ministry deputy director Ignatious Vambe told Chronicle Sport that the national hero request did not pass.

Vambe said the request was turned down on the basis that “it would have opened up a lot of issues, especially from the sporting fraternity in general and football in particular because a lot of other footballers achieved the same feat and once one was accorded such a status, it automatically meant every other football had to be given the same status”.

Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Ministry deputy director Ignatious Vambe told Chronicle Sport that the national hero request did not pass on the basis that “it would have opened up a lot of issues, especially from the sporting fraternity in general and football in particular because a lot of other footballers achieved the same feat and once one was accorded such a status, it automatically meant every other football had to be given the same status”. He added:

_That would have created a big problem for us. What, however, was agreed was to come up with a criterion targeting sportspersons and it was felt that using what was given for Mandigora would not be enough, but would instead create problems in future._

In 2012, the political leadership from Matabeleland requested national hero status for the late Highlanders and national team legend Adam Ndlovu, brother to former Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu, but the request was turned down.

To date, no sportsperson has ever been conferred national hero status in Zimbabwe.

More: Pindula News; The Chronicle

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