ZIMBABWEAN football legend Shakeman Tauro died in Harare on Wednesday after a short illness.
He would have been 54 at the end of this month.
Tauro was admitted at St Annes Hospital in Avondale at the weekend with a kidney ailment.
Considered one of Zimbabweâ€™s all time best strikers, Tauro â€” who was nicknamed â€œMr Goalsâ€ because of his prolific scoring rate â€” played for several local clubs but only came to real prominence in the late 1970sÂ and early 1980s while turning out for local giants Caps United.
He recorded huge successes with the Harare side. During his heyday, Tauro played alongside such top players as Stix Mtizwa, Brenna Msiska, Joel Shambo, Anthony Kambani and Friday Phiri.
After hanging up his boots, Tauro assumed different roles in the game, including coaching.Â His highest post was as head coach of the Zimbabwe national womenâ€™s team.
At club level he coached the now defunct Blackpool.
â€œHe was a very good man,â€ said former Zimbabwe international Alois Bunjira, who played under Tauro at Blackpool. â€œHe was always cracking jokes. I think that was his undoing as a coach. Bla Shackso was never serious. But I guess that made him a lot of friends.â€
Bunjira added of Tauroâ€™s revered ability as a player: â€œTo me he was the best Zimbabwean striker. ever.â€
Tauro is survived by his wife and three children.
He will be buried at Warren Hills Cemetery tomorrow. â€” Staff Writer