Benjamin Moyo – Rest in Peace


The late Benjamin Moyo – second from left.

The late Benjamin Moyo, coach of Mimosa Platinum was a holder of a UEFA Coaching Licence. Benjie, as we all knew him, brother to Benedict Moyo, was a passionate and philosophical coach.  He was a late football bloomer  and did not play much football at the top.  He however donned the Highlanders reserve side jersey several times and attained his coaching badges  as age caught up with him.

 

Benjie started  his coaching  by attending classes in 1994 at Raylton Recreation Club in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. I was privileged to have been in class with him together with other great coaches like Pernel McKop, Bongani Mafu, Charles Mhlauri, Willard Khumalo, Jairos Tapela, Morgan Dube and the late Tito Asani, to name but a few.

He went on to coach Highlanders and Amazulu of Zimbabwe before travelling to Swaziland. Swazi football did not meet his quality standards and he left for overseas where he was until the recent appointment by the rich platinum mining team for the 2011 Castle Premier League season.

Moyo always had ideas to take the game to another level and sometimes misunderstood for his love for doing things right. He was one man who knew that the short-cut was not always short. He  never accepted mediocrity and wanted the best for his players all the time.

It was going to be a matter of time before Moyo would win the championship and head the Zimbabwe Warriors. There is no doubt that he was destined for great things as his current employers seemed to be providing the exact platform he thrived on.

Sadly, he will never realise his ambitious dream of conquering Africa and the world. His qualification in coaching proves how much he was prepared to work for the game. He will be missed by those who knew him and the lives he touched. Football is poorer without him and may his soul rest in peace.

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3 comments on “Benjamin Moyo – Rest in Peace

  1. Benjie was the only tangible football brother I had in the UK. We met at a Kenya/Tanzania pub in Reading and believe it or not we discussed formations, motivational approaches and his passion for everyone to the UEFA course which he pursued and finished in Scotland.

    Angazi ukuthi how I can put this but going to see his children last Friday hurt my heart too much! I am scared and lonely!

    One day i will show you the last match Benjie was in charge of in Zimbabwe as Amazulu coach for I was there with my toy gadget of a camera and took it!

    Long live my football brothers and may we never forget uBenjie!

  2. I met Benjie after he was introduced to me by Bongani Mafu.I was doing my Uefa coaching badge and he talked football.we discussed together with Memory Mucherahowa,Benjie helped me a lot to achieve my goal. Rest in peace coach. Thanx Sibale

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