Former Soccer League Chair Burial Thursday

Sifelani died at 75 at his plot in Dalesford here after complaining of stomach cramps.

A family spokesperson told Radio VOP that the burial had been delayed as the family was waiting for Sifelani’s children who live outside the country to arrive in time for the burial.

Sifelani became popular during his days as a football administrator and as a chief executive of the trade and economic organisation, Zimtrade. He was also a head of other business groups before his fall and later became insolvent.

Sifelani had turned to the civic society and politics and was an advisor to the National Association of Non- Governmental Organisations (Nango) Midlands region. Nango midlands chairperson,Brian Dube described Sifelani as a man who yearned to see a different Zimbabwe from the current one.

“It is sad tha Sifelani has passed before he saw the Zimbabwe he so much desired. He was a man who believed in justice and he could have been in the bandwagon of those that looted and continue to loot but he decided not to join them,” Dube said.”He was a man with a wealth of wisdom and made the Midlands civic society very vibrant. He indeed has left a void that will be difficult to fill,” Dube told mourners gathered at his home.

He said Sifelani had fought to get into the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (Copac) which was gathering views from the public throughout the country for a new constitution. He said Sifelani yearned for a people’s constitution.

In politics,Sifelani had joined the revived Zapu which is led by former Zanu (PF) politburo member, Dumiso Dabengwa. He was a member of the council of elders in the party.

Sifelani is survived by a wife he had recently married and eleven children.