PSL, Pagels mourn Matongorere Nelson Matongorere

Petros Kausiyo

KLAUS DIETER PAGELS was left a devastated man following the death of his long-time friend and colleague Nelson Matongorere on Wednesday.

Matongorere who was 68 died at a private clinic in Kambuzuma, having failed to recover from a stroke he had suffered a fortnight earlier.

Mourners are gathered at 8774 Old Willowvale Flats in Highfield, while burial has, according to his son Nigel Matongorere, been set for Zororo Park at 2pm on Monday.

The Premier Soccer League also sent their condolences to the Matongorere family and directed all teams to wear black armbands and observe a minute of silence in honour of the revered coaches’ instructor.

“The Premier Soccer League is deeply saddened by the passing of a true football icon, CAPS United technical director, FIFA instructor and former U20 and U23 national team coach Nelson Matongorere.

“His life was a testament to his unwavering dedication to the beautiful game. His contributions to the sport were immense, guiding, nurturing and inspiring generations of players and coaches.

“Throughout his illustrious career, he demonstrated a profound love for football, sharing his knowledge and passion with everyone he encountered. His legacy as a visionary and leader in football will endure, inspiring future generations.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Nigel, the Matongorere family, friends and the entire football community during this difficult time. 

“We will observe a moment of silence during all the Castle Lager PSL Matchday 14 weekend matches as we remember and celebrate Matongerere’s remarkable life and legacy,’’ the PSL said.

Pagels, speaking from his base in Germany, recalled the passion and dedication Matongorere showed for developing coaches across all sectors of football.

Matongorere was the ZIFA technical director when Pagels was seconded to this country by the German Football Federation as a technical advisor in August 2010 on a government-to- government arrangement.

The pair then travelled around the country on a mission to capacitate coaches. lso instrumental in the revival of women’s football with Pagels later facilitating a tour of Germany by the Mighty Warriors.

Pagels also had a brief stint as Warriors coach and together with Matongorere, introducing the likes of Denver Mukamba, Nicholas Guyo, Partson Jaure, Augustine Mbara and Ocean Mushure to the senior team.

Yesterday Pagels paid tribute to the CAPS United technical advisor and assistant coach and said Zimbabwe had been robbed of one its best football brains.

“It’s a shock, I am still shocked and I hope the Matongorere family is strong to handle this big loss of a genius football leader, husband and father,’’ Pagels said.

“Up to this time, we felt like brothers. We often phoned each other and wrote messages via social media privately.

“Through this I always was really good informed about football in Zimbabwe. Nelson made it easy for me to work in Zimbabwe.

“We were working very hard to educate more than 1 000 coaches.

“Without him it was not possible to reach all the teachers and coaches in the rural areas. 

“He had a great vision in due grassroots, but ZIFA did not follow his ideas. I hope he can rest in peace and nobody who loves football like him will ever forget this man.

“I never will forget the time I had together with my brother Nelson,’’ Pagels said.

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