By Muziwethu Hadebe
HIGHLANDERS and Zimbabwe Footbal LEGEND Barry Daka was laid to rest the football way at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo on Wednesday.
The Master of Ceremony leading the burial proceedings was Ernest “Maphepha” Sibanda, himself a living football legend having played for Highlanders and Caps united.
“Maphepha” later went on to play a key role as the manager of Highlanders Football Club as well as the national team. He is also a former Highlanders chairman and is credited with leading the last Bosso league title in 2006 as the chairman. Barry Daka also coached “Maphepha” during his playing days.
Before burial the white Casket carrying the body of Daka arrived for the funeral service at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre led by Pastor Emmet Ndlovu.
Ndlovu is also a football person. He was a medic at Highlanders as well as with the National team. He worked with Daka at Highlanders and went on to be the General manager as well as secretary general at Highlanders.
His message was that the Lord knew us and our destiny well before we were born. He said before he was born the lord knew that Daka was going to be the coach of Highlanders, the coach of Rail Stars, the coach of the national team, the coach of Bulawayo City and that the lord knew how the people of Bulawayo and Zimbabwe were going to celebrate the life of this illustrious son of Zimbabwe.
As Daka’s body was placed in front of a packed Ampitheartre by Pall Bearers who included Rahman Gumbo a legend who was brought to Highlanders from Eagles by Daka, Douglas “ British Mloyi” who played as a centre back at Bosso under Daka. It also included those that he played with namely Billy Sibanda who was a right back, Lawrence Phiri who was a goalkeeper and Weekly Mwale who played with Daka at Wankie. But there was an element of his rivals during his days as Former Zimbabwe Saints and National team player as well as Coach Gibson Homela was part of the Pall Bearers. Homela and Daka coached various national teams together as well as producing a number of players and coaches.
The body did not only lie in front of the packed house who included Daka’s family as well as current and former players but it stood in front of an impressive collection line up of medals that Daka had won both as a player and a coach in his service to football.
When the life of Barry Daka was read out it included a list of all the medals that he had won in his football journey.
Daka loved music and his children and grandchildren sang one of the songs that they said he used to make them sing at home. The song with the words Luveve Township is good as it has beautiful girls received a huge cheer from the mourners.
Maphepha then opened the floor for the speakers starting with Highlanders who were represented by its President Ndumiso Gumede. Gumede described Barry as an outstanding player, outstanding coach as well as a mentor as he influenced many people’s lives. He said he remembers spending a month in Germany as Highlanders with Barry in 1987. What Gumede did not say is that it was as a result of that Germany trip that saw two of Daka’s players Madinda Ndlovu and Willard Khumalo exported to that country and Bosso is believed to have received a payment that also included two buses.
Other speakers included former ZIFA Vice president Vincent Pamire, Weekly Mwale who represented Hwange FC and said it was Daka’s arrival that saw the colliery side start to win trophies and setting up youth developmental centres within the colliery, Lawrence Phiri who said he met Barry at the age of 12 years and he was introduced to Bosso by the late Daka.
Rahman Gumbo was also one of the speakers and said he benefitted a lot from Barry Daka as he brought him from Eagles to Bosso and helped him find his way when he arrived in Botswana. It was an emotional speech as Rahman explained how he introduced the late Daka to the church and the late Daka went on to gave his life to the lord in Botswana.
Cosmas Tsano Zulu who coached for a long time with Daka took a swipe at Bosso, ZIFA, BCC, and FUZ for failing to honour the late legend while he was alive. He accused Bosso of failing to ensure that its legends have easy access to watch its team as most including Barry, always negotiated to find their way into the stadium.
Desmond Maringwa the president of the Football Union of Zimbabwe said he had learnt a lot from Daka and said he will miss his humbleness as well as the humility and smile that Daka had, saying a few with what he had achieved would have bothered to go down and coach the little ones.
Gibson Homela was also given time to address the mourners describing Barry as his boy who worked well with him despite them playing for different teams except at national level.
Premier Soccer League CEO Kennedy Ndebele described Daka as a football national hero given what he won as a player and coach as well as his influence to many players and coaches he produced.
In between the football speeches “Maphepha” allowed Remsy Kasawaya to perform some live music. It is not a Bosso gathering without popular Bosso songs and Kasawaya belted out a remix of Fanyana Dube, Lovemore Majaivana and Zex Manatsa that was responded to well by the mourners.
“Maphepha” then handed over the speeches to the Daka’s family and they were led by her last daughter Marcelene who disclosed that she was her dad’s favourite and that it was only two weeks that she had got her Medical Officer practicing certificate.
Marcelene broke into tears towards the end of her speech saying she was cross at her father.
“I did not know that I was going to be the first to certify my father dead, I have seen many dead people but this was difficult, my life is just starting and I don’t have any kids and am not married and would have wanted dad to witness this”, said Marcelene as her sisters assisted her off the stage.
The main speech was delivered by the mayor of Bulawayo Solomon Mguni who said by burying Daka at Lady Stanley and providing Amphitheatre the City was honouring one of its heroes.
After Ndlovu’s sermon it was time for body viewing with live background music before the long drive to Lady Stanley Cemetery where Daka was laid to rest.
MYSPORTS will give you more reactions to Daka’s death during the course of the coming week.Daka died last Thursday and was 71; He leaves behind his wife and four Children.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.
Highlanders 0-2 FC Platinum (Silas Songani 2)
There were ugly scenes in the first minute of stoppage time as disgruntled Highlanders fans threw missiles onto the pitch resulting in a lengthy stoppage on Saturday.
The missile throwing which was in bits and pieces for most of the match got worse from Empakweni stand following two tackles on substitute Ray Lunga that the Bosso fans felt should have been fouls, before spreading to the Soweto stand.
With the referee Arnold Sibanda waving play on, all sorts of missiles started raining onto the pitch including Irrigation pipes extension corners which were still on the field as the stadium is going through renovations.
Riot police managed to push out of the stadium most of the fans from Empakweni and Soweto stands and the outstanding one minute was played before the referee blew to end the match.
It was a poor advertisement for the PSL as this was in a way the season’s opener although the fixtures for the new season are not yet out.
FC Platinum fans at the Mpilo end made their way onto the field to go and occupy the wings section as they feared for their safety.
On the field the platinum miners had raced onto a two nil lead at the break with a brace from new signing Silas Songani.
They seemed to slow down the pace in the second half as Bosso tried to improve with the introduction of Tinashe Makanda and Lunga.
Bosso’s damage had been done in the first half where in midfield Nqobizitha Masuku was the only genuine ball winner with , the rest in that department like Prince Dube, Divine Mhindire, Brian Banda and Mitchell Katswairo could not win the balls as FC Platinum pressed them well and forced Bosso into back passes for most of the match.
Highlanders finished the match without a shot on target as FC Platinum lifted their third consecutive Castle Challenge Cup.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
“Buya phela Tshomi sidle, dobha leyi ipiece, leyi ngeyami” (Come we share my lunch, Pick this piece, this one is mine).
This was last Friday at Luveve Stadium as the late Barry Daka shared his lunch of Chicken and Chips with me as we watched PSL returnees Bulawayo City FC play two pre-season friendly matches against Southern Region Division one side Talen Vision, alongside new Bulawayo City FC Manager Ronald “Gidiza” Sibanda.
Daka who was 71 years old at his death followed every Bulawayo City FC training session and matches for all the age groups in his role as the Technical Director and is credited with setting up the club’s junior structures which is now one of the best in a city rich with junior football.
That the U18’s won the 2019 Bulawayo Province Division 3 title and with it a promotion into the second Division under his belt and Ali Dube with the assistance of upcoming coaches Innocent Mapuranga and Bruce Tshuma speaks volumes of his love for developmental football.
Perhaps it’s something not surprising for someone who grew up playing youth football under the City of Bulawayo Youth clubs as well as playing under BAFA (Bulawayo Amateur Football Association) until he moved to play for Highlanders Football Club in 1965.
Maybe it’s also not surprising that the soft spoken mentor went on to work for the City Council for a good 26 years under the department of Housing and community Services, playing a key role in the council’s sports department as well as Housing office administration department.
“I am grateful to BCC for giving me the opportunity to work for the local authority for 26 years while I was involved in football at the same time,” he told me last Friday as we watched the two friendly matches.
Daka later moved to play for Wankie and got the team promoted into the first Division while winning the Castle Cup with the colliery side after beating Dynamos in 1973.
His love for Bosso saw him return to the Bulawayo club only but briefly as along with other players they moved from Bosso to form Olympics FC which was sponsored by Archer Clothing at the time in 1976. He was Player/Coach at the time.
He explained to me that their brave move confirms that Football money issues started long back.
“It was the money issues that saw us set up Olympics, but our sponsor also pulled out and we were lucky to secure Supersonic and the team was to be known as Supersonic and we had the likes of Boyce Malunga who had joined from Zimbabwe Saints,” Daka explained to me as we enjoyed the lunch while watching the friendly matches, with one or two laughs and questions from “Gidiza”.
Daka returned to Highlanders in 1983 in a coaching capacity and is credited with assembling the strong Bosso of the 80’s that had the likes of Peter Nkomo, Madinda Ndlovu, Alexander Maseko,Tito Paketh, Sydney Zimunya, Willard Khumalo and many more. It was under his leadership that Highlanders won every cup competition on offer in 1986.
Always an achiever Daka was to later assemble a strong Rail Stars side that got promoted into the PSL before he moved to Botswana where he won the league title and a number of cup competitions in that country.
You don’t easily get the football hero or legend status without representing your national team. Daka played and later went on to coach the national team in various capacities.
He has the Cosafa winners’ medal, Picked silver with the U23 during the All Africa Games in 1995 as assistant to Wesley Grabowski. He took a risk and was assistant coach as well to Gibson Homela when the national team travelled to an Ebola hit DRC. He was also in the structures of the famous Dream team under Reinhard Fabisch and most recently was Technical Advisor to the mighty Warriors.
As I spent the three hours with him last Friday I realised that this was a man with a wealthy of football information that a few tapped into for recording purposes.
“We should put this information on video Topi,” I said as we parted after the two matches.
Little did I know it was to be the last time to see him. I however cherish the 3 hours I spent with him last Friday and the various encounters I had with him in my football life including at times finding him negotiating entry into the stadium to watch our top flight football. Maybe we need to honour our legends while they are alive.
Rest in peace Topi, Mdala, Bhibhiza, Barry!!!
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Highlanders Sports Club
HIGHLANDERS FOOTBALL CLUB received yet another Qualified Audit Opinion as its revenue declined in the year ended 31 December 2019.
This was disclosed at the club’s extended AGM on Saturday as inflation adjusted financial statement was presented to its 40 members present on Sunday.
The auditors PNA Chartered Accountants cited two key risky items that contributed to the qualified opinion namely the International Accounting Standard (IAS) 16- Property and Equipment as well as the completeness of Revenue.
On the IAS the auditors said the entity (Highlanders FC) failed to separate between the land and buildings which results in the depreciation of the buildings separately from the land in accordance with IAS 16. The non-separation of the two tends not to give a true picture of the assets that the club is sitting on.
Completeness of Revenue was further broken down into three risky components areas which were picked by the auditors as follows;
Despite the going concern challenge the audit firm noted that the management had put in place measures to settle the debit taking advantage of the change in currency from the USD to ZWL, the inflationary environment as well as securing sponsorship with Net one up to 2021.
The Financial statement showed Bosso’s total revenue decline from $ 6 887 516 to $ 6 601 103 in the year ended 31 December 2019.
Sponsorship was the top revenue earner once more realising $ 2 435 871. The figure comprised of Net One $ 2 201 172, Nyaradzo $ 234 316 and ZBC TV RIGHTS $ 383, a decline from the inflation adjusted figure of $ 13 616 in the previous year. Nyaradzo pays either 10% or 15% for every policy sold through the club depending on where the policy is sold.
Gate takings continue to support Highlanders FC stability realising $ 1 616 124 and coming as the second highest revenue earner. This was a rise from $ 1 008 469 in 2018, with the Dynamos match once more earning the club the most with a figure of $ 258 710 and in the process contributing 16% of the club’s gate takings including cup matches.
Club House sales contributed $ 1 460 734, a rise from the $ 954 095 realised in the last financial year. Prize Money dropped to $ 721 705 from last year’s $ 862 122, Chibuku super Cup was the highest with $ 325 238.
Highlanders FC continued to struggle on the sale of players revenue realising an inflation adjusted amount of $ 13 018 for the sale of goalkeeper Nedrick Mandeya to Talen Vision.
In the previous year the club did not sell any player while sale of Merchandise realised only $ 7 196 in the absence of replica jerseys and appropriate merchandise for the club.
The Bosso leadership has a huge task of moving away from the traditional revenue streams as it attempts to clear its debit and operate at a profit. The financial statement was presented in ZWL and was inflationary adjusted.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ The ZIFA Southern Region AGM, Bulawayo.
The ZIFA Southern Region declared a surplus of $ 1 441, 41 in its financial statement as at 31 December 2019. This was disclosed by Tizirayi Luphahla Board Member (finance), in his financial report presentation at the AGM on Saturday.
Total recorded income stood at $ 207 121.35 against an expenditure of $ 205 679.94 for the just ended year.
Although the surplus was not a huge figure it confirmed the Division One league operating within its budget as compared to the previous two financial years in which it operated in excesses of $ 5 180.65 in 2017 and $ 8 133.17 in 2018.
The auditor’s letter confirmed satisfaction with the handling of the finances by the league. It however put recommendations for the league which included;
A sponsorship deal of $ 15 856.17 from Southland was realised for administration expenses while Liquor Hub provided $ 9 900.00 for the John Landa Memorial Cup.
Affiliation fees continued to be a key revenue earner for the league realising $ 35 815.00 while the National Association provided $ 28 255.50.
Luphahla also presented his proposed 2020 budget which was approved by members with the league expected to raise $ 884 320.00.
The only query raised on the financials was by Makomo secretary general Lewis Jeche who described as unclear the allocation by Luphahla on meetings in the new season, as he pointed out that a specific allocation for that was needed.
The region is targeting to get a sponsorship of $ 100 000 from Southland, $ 70 000 from Liqour Hub while affiliation fees is once more expected to raise most of the revenue at $ 470 000.
Half of the teams had not paid their affiliation fees resulting in them attending the AGM as observers. The league is incorporating new competition rules which will see heavy fines for offending teams; this is also expected to raise income for the league.
There is however no doubt that the league needs to be fully branded and surpass the million dollar value in terms of its annual budget as it has the talent and the potential to reach such heights. ZWL currency was used in the budget preparing the financial statement.