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LONG-SERVING Highlanders patron Tafi Ziyabuya Moyo has died. Moyo died at Mater Dei Hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He was 108.

His son, Lungile, confirmed his father’s death and said while the family was naturally in mourning, they were also celebrating a life well lived.

“He was a larger-than-life character,” said Moyo.

“If all goes well without major disturbances, ubaba will be laid to rest on Saturday at Lady Stanley Cemetery.”

When Chronicle Sport visited the family’s home in Famona late afternoon yesterday, mourners had already gathered there.

They included Highlanders board president Jonathan Mhlanga.

Bulawayo’s Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Nomthandazo Moyo, and Ambassador Mphelekezela Mphoko later joined mourners.

Highlanders board of directors secretary, Jimmy Ncube, said Bosso was poorer without Moyo.

“His story at Highlanders is just too long.

“He did a lot for this club including turning his O Square house in Mzilikazi into a clubhouse where the team could change before a game.

“I sincerely want to convey our heartfelt condolences to the Moyo family and the entire Highlanders.

“We are more poorer now without him,” said Ncube.

Mourners are gathered at House Number 91 Matopos Road, Famona.

In 2006, Moyo celebrated his 100th birthday with President Mugabe among the dignitaries who attended the celebrations held at the ZITF Grounds.

President Mugabe said Moyo was a pillar of the liberation struggle who supported the nationalist movement in Matabeleland.

“We needed him for the struggle. We needed his transport. We needed his money also. He was not just Baba Tafi to us.

“We walked a long, long march together with this old man.

“The tribulations, the suffering, the deprivation that he went through were even more in some cases than the deprivation that we through because he had properties and we had no properties at all.

“And being older than ourselves, he had a much bigger family to mind, but some of us were younger fellows with only perhaps a wife and children.

“But he continued to assist us in the struggle until we attained Independence,” President Mugabe said in his speech back then.

Source : The Herald