VETERAN broadcaster and sports commentator Charles “CNN’’ Mabika has described the late Dynamos FC assistant coach Biggie Zuze as a workaholic midfield maestro who gave his all to the cause of Dynamos and local football in general.
Zuze died suddenly in Harare yesterday. He was 55.
“I am speechless. It is shocking. He was a larger-than-life-character on and off the pitch,’’ said Mabika, who covered the game when Zuze was at the peak of his athletic powers.
“When he joined DeMbare I coined the nickname Bindura.
“That’s where he came from and he was the first big star from Mashonaland Central to don the blue-and-white jersey. The people in that area were so proud of him that I saw it fit to give him that name.
“Shortly after that he was joined by his younger brother, Garikai, and I came up with the “Bindura Part 2’.”
Zuze joined Dynamos from Bindura United during the middle of the 1983 season and made his name playing alongside the likes of David Mandigora, Kenneth Jere, Clayton Munemo and Moses Chunga.
Mabika said Zuze was a fine grafter.
“He was a workaholic midfielder. He was not a stylish midfielder, but made that up with his workaholic attitude,’’ said the broadcaster.
“A lot of Dynamos fans will attest to the fact that when Biggie was around in midfield, the team was not short in terms of a laborious schemer who would hold the midfield together.
“He didn’t score many goals, but definitely created them.’’
At the time of his death, Zuze was the assistant coach to Tonderai Ndiraya at the Glamour Boys.
He had been heavily involved in the planning for the start of the 2020 season, which has been put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Colleagues said he complained of breathing difficulties in the morning and was rushed to a private medical facility at High Glen Centre in the capital, where he died in the afternoon.
His shock death comes just a few days after a sombre atmosphere engulfed the Dynamos offices at the National Sports Stadium yesterday as one of the survivors of the accident, which claimed nine supporters in 2016, gave a chilling account of what happened on the day.
Nine DeMbare fans lost their lives while 16 were injured, two of them seriously, when the kombi they were travelling in burst a rear tyre, rolled several times before landing on its roof at the 173-kilometre peg near Battlefields on June 11, 2016.
They were on their way to Gweru to cheer their team in a league match against Chapungu at Ascot.