By Centre Sports Reporter
A dark cloud hovers above the Masvingo football fraternity and the
nation at large, following the untimely death of seasoned gaffer,
Cuthbert Kwangware, who collapsed while conducting a training of his
KC Junior academy young player’s yesterday afternoon at Mucheke
Stadium B Arena.
The soft spoken mentor was rushed to Masvingo Provincial
Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Adazh as he was popularly known in football circles was a revered
legend of the game who also made headlines during his heydays on the
field of play.
During his playing days he made a mark while featuring for central
region divisions one side Gatshmine in Mashava before moving to
Eastern region division one side Kismet in Masvingo city.
He hanged his boots after a blissful career and immediately began an
illustrious journey in the world of coaching where he served
In the coaching field Adazh would retrace his footsteps to Gathsmine
and Kismet were he led the two sides into formidable forces in
Division one soccer and missed Premiership promotion by a whisker.
The ever smiling Adazh also had a stint with Don Bosco FC and local
football powerhouse in Division one Masvingo United, Una Una.
After a long winding career coaching senior teams in and around the
Province, Adazh opted to call it quits with the big guys in order to
concentrate on junior football development.
His passion for grassroots football and junior development saw him
nurture a lot of young players in and around the city with many
finding succor at his KC Academy.
He also launched an ambitious football project at Hebron High School
and the institution went on to become a force to reckon in schools
His young brother, Joe Kwangware, who is also a football coach told
Centre News that Adazh will be laid to rest tomorrow.
“As a family we have been robbed of our pillar of strength and hope.
His departure came as a shocker to many and we all can’t believe that
our great father and brother has left us so soon,” said Kwangware.
Football administrators who spoke to this publication described him as
a man of honor who exhibited great quality proving his worth on and
off the field.
Seasoned football administrator, Advocate Phillip Shumba said Adazh
was a tried and tested football person who always believed in giving
chance to young players and was a man of excellence on and off the
“He was a shrewd tactician, his knowledge of the game was second to
none. I first watched him playing for Gaths Mine fc and his dribbling
skills were a joy to watch. He had unique football skills and upon
hanging his boots he became a great coach who whose main emphasis was
to give youthful players an opportunity to play and express
“He was a great motivator to many players. As an individual he was a
simple easy to approach person who was always humorous. An intelligent
man on and off the field of play.”
In a Facebook post, Dembare Dotcoms said: A popular football
administrator from Masvingo, Cuthbert Kwangware collapsed and died at
Mucheke Stadium yesterday. He had a soccer academy that natured many
talents from Masvingo. May his dear soul rest in eternal peace.”
According to family sources, Adazh will be laid to rest tomorrow at
He is survived by his wife and three children; one son and two
daughters and grandchildren.