Luke Mafere Sports Reporter —
DYNAMOS Football Club Supporters Manicaland Chapter took time to remember the seven supporters that died on their way to Gweru for their club’s encounter against Chapungu in June last year.
The provincial supporters body did this during a recent end of year celebrations at Pick and Save complex recently.
As a way of observing the lives lost by Dembare supporters who died on that fateful day, the celebrations were kicked off by observing a minute of silence.
The celebrations which were the first of that kind in the history of the supporters association in Mutare, are meant to become an annual event.
The celebrations that were attended by the greater Manicaland ‘Dembare’ supporters as well as members from other Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams are also meant to cement relations between the PSL teams.
Speaking at the occasion, the chairman of the Manicaland Chapter Dynamos Supporters Association Colin Mbato said: ‘There is no greater sacrifice than that witnessed by the Dynamos family in June when seven lives and several others were injured in a bid to support brand Dynamos. It is the supreme sacrifice and it is important that we take time to honour those lost heroes’.
He further said that even though the team had not played so well last season there was still a lot to celebrate.
‘Although as a club we have no silverware and also lost the championship race finishing a distant fifth on the log standings we still have a lot to celebrate including the fact that we remain the biggest team on the land, with 22 league titles, the only team to reach the Champions league where we were beaten by Asec Mimosa in 1995 as well as being the team with the largest support base in Zimbabwe among many other reasons,’ said Mbato.
The celebrations were also meant harness more members who might not be aware of the existence of the supporters association in Manicaland.