“Yogo-Yogo” memorial gala

The Blessing Makunike Football Memorial Gala will be held at Sakubva Stadium, Mutare in May.

Remembered - Blessing Makunike.
Remembered – Blessing Makunike.

It will mark 10 years after Mutare-born Zimbabwe Warriors and CAPS United midfield genius, Blessing “Yogo Yogo” Makunike died. CAPS United Supporters Association Manicaland chapter chairperson, Kenneth Muchina, said: “We have met with the Makunike family representatives and discovered that they also have a similar programme scheduled for May, so we will put our heads together and do one thing,” said Muchina.

“We found it prudent to follow the family and support them in their plans, since this is not a project meant to benefit us in a way. If anything, we would only be grateful to have one of our own being given due respect and remembrance even 10 years after he departed.”

Blessing’s sister, Tsitsi Makunike, said the family had a long-term plan of opening a “Blessing Yogo Yogo Memorial Trust”.

“This is a long-term plan to includes an academy to promote football in Manicaland and Zimbabwe at large,” she said.

On March 13, 2004, Makunike, together with two other former Caps United players, Shingirai Arlon and Gary Mashoko, were burnt to death in a car accident on their way from Bulawayo, where United had beaten Njube Sundowns 2-1 in a league encounter.

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