Jomo Cosmos mourns Banana

Colleen Tafireyi

SOUTH African Premier Soccer League side Jomo Cosmos has sent condolences over the death of former president Canaan Banana, who was an ardent soccer follower.



face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The premiership sidesaid Banana, who was a supporter of the South African giants will be remembered for introducing lethal Zimbabwean international striker, Benjani Mwaruwari to the team.


“The management, players and staff of Jomo Cosmos hereby extend their heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Zimbabwe for this loss and wish Banana’s family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” read a statement issued by the club.


Cosmos boss, Jomo Sono also commended in his personal capacity, the contribution made by the former president of Zimbabwe who had the game of football at heart.


“Banana’s death was a big shock to us at Cosmos. We will surely miss him because he was our number one fan, a part and parcel of the family and a very good friend,” said Sono.


“He will always have a place in our hearts, especially for the fact that he introduced Benjani Mwaruwari to us. It’s sad to lose such a wise old man, he lamented.”


Banana recommended Mwaruwari to Sono in 1999 after the former president had been impressed by the striker’s talent when he was playing for then first division side, University of Zimbabwe.


Sono paid a visit to see the aggressive hit-man in action and didn’t hesitate to sign him on. The former Young Warriors chief goal-getter was a huge success at “Ezenkosi” where he scored 14 goals after joining them halfway through the season.


The following year Mwaruwari won the top goal scorer’s and player of the year awards before moving to Grasshoppers Zurich in Switzerland enroute to AJ Auxerre in the French league.

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