Coach Tonderai Ndiraya dedicated the 1-0 win over Harare City in the Chibuku Super Cup to former coach David “Yogi” Mandigora who passed away on Saturday.
Ndiraya and goalkeepers’ coach Gift Muzadzi were part of Yogi’s backroom staff during his last stint at the club in 2015. Ndiraya was still making the transition from playing to coaching.
“Just before kick off we received news of the passing on of our football legends David ” Yogi” Mandigora. We dedicate the win to him. He is indeed a legend, a former player with this club and the national team. A former coach for both Dynamos and the national team. We are saddened by his death and may his soul rest in peace,” Ndiraya said in the post match press conference.
The late Yogi enjoyed success with Dynamos both as a coach and a player. He joined Dembare in 1973 as an under-16 player and played for the first team in 1977. Mandigora became the first Zimbabwean footballer to be crowned Soccer Star of the Year after the country’s independence in 1980. Yogi was part of the first national team to represent Zimbabwe at Independence.
As a coach, Mandigora led Dynamos to the 2007 Premier Soccer League title, ending a 10- year wait. He reached the semi- finals of the CAF Champions League the following season.