Local cricket plunged into further mourning as former Tusker Fuzwayo dies

10 Jan, 2023 - 00:01 0 Views
Local cricket plunged into further mourning as former Tusker Fuzwayo dies The late Mduduzi “Zuf” Fuzwayo

The Chronicle

Brandon Moyo, Sports Reporter

LOCAL cricket has yet again been plunged into mourning following the death of former Tuskers player, Mduduzi “Zuf” Fuzwayo who died on Sunday morning after he was involved in an accident.

The late Fuzwayo is said to have been involved in a car accident on Saturday evening and passed away on Sunday morning due to injuries sustained. He was 36 years old and was doing a Master’s Degree in Accounting with a South African institution at the time of his death.

Fuzwayo’s death comes as the local cricket fraternity is grieving the passing away of Zimbabwe national women’s team assistant coach Sinikiwe Mpofu who died on Saturday, less than a month after the demise of her husband Shepherd Makunura. 

The late Sinikiwe Mpofu

Born on 22 December 1986, “Zuf” as Fuzwayo was affectionately known started playing cricket at a young age. He attended Greenfield Primary School before moving to Henry Low Primary School. For his high school, Fuzwayo went to Milton Boys High School and Christian Brothers College (CBC) where he represented the latter at the Under-16 level.

Longtime friend and former teammate at Queens Sports Club, Bonaparte Mujuru said: 

Bonaparte Mujuru

“He is me, he is a part of me. I have lost a part of me.” 

Mujuru described the late Fuzwayo as a kind and strong person who still had a lot to give.

“The game was his love, it is a very huge loss to the cricket fraternity and the province due to the passion he had for the game,” said Mujuru. 

He added that they played for Queens Sports Club throughout their careers and pushed each other to achieve the best.

Fuzwayo, a right handed batsman and leg spin bowler managed to play three first class matches for Tuskers in 2017 before an ankle injury brought his career to a premature end. He also coached the Petra High School first team for a couple of years.

“I have known Mdu since he was playing Under-16 cricket for CBC about 20 years ago. He was a very good man who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. He was also very passionate about the game and would have represented Mat ‘land Tuskers for a very long time had it not been for a career ending ankle injury.

“He was very supportive and passionate about cricket development that he took up coaching soon after the injury,” said Queens Sports Club manager Stan Rukato.

Mourners are gathered at his home in Montrose suburb in Bulawayo and arrangements for his funeral will be announced in due course. — @brandon_malvin

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