Dynamos Abandons Founding Father

The club offered U$$150 as condolences amid reports that club officials only appeared briefly for his burial held on Friday.

Only one of the three existing founding fathers Benard Marriot was there to give a hand throughout the week.

This is not the first time that the club has abandoned one of its own. Former club chairperson, the late Morrison Sifelani, was buried by Highlanders officials because none of the Dynamos family was present.

Simon Machaya Junior, the son of Simon Machaya, who along with Banda and many others formed Dynamos way back in 1963, described the club’s action as “unfortunate”. He said those running the club were neglecting their founding fathers, the same people who made them have the leadership positions that they now hold at the popular Harare club.

He said people like Banda made huge sacrifices in making Dynamos what it was today. Banda was buried on Friday, five days after his death through the efforts of Marriot who had to run around to organise a birth certificate and a national registration card to enable the burial order to be issued.

Banda who is of Malawian origin, did not have national registration papers. Along with Richard Chiminya, Freddy Mkwesha, and Marriot, were the remaining of the players who in 1963 left Salisbury United and Salisbury City to form Dynamos.

Banda was a widower with no children.