Highlanders fans have embarked on an initiative to celebrate and honour former chairman and chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede for rendering 40 years of service to the oldest club in the land.
Gumede, a trained school teacher, has served Highlanders in various capacities, as chairman, chief executive officer and now as club president.
He also held a number of posts at the Zimbabwe Football Association – Zifa.
Born on 14 October 1945 in Bulawayo, Gumede grew up in Mzilikazi’s 63 R square with his late parents Sithelo Gumede and Elina Msimanga.
Since his father was a teacher, he did his education at a number of schools in and around Bulawayo every time Gumede Snr was transferred.
Gumede’s involvement with Highlanders dates back to 1974 when he was the club’s representative in the then Salisbury (Harare). When he returned to Bulawayo, Gumede was part of the Bosso finance committee before he became the club’s chairman in 1978, a position he took over from Landcut Gumbo.
It was under Gumede’s chairmanship that Highlanders acquired three properties, that is the offices on Robert Mugabe Way and the camping house in Luveve in 1986 before they secured the Clubhouse in 1987.
Many a time, illustrious administrators such as Gumede have been hailed as legends of the game when they pass on but this time around Bosso supporters want to honour their former chairman while he is still alive.
Donations are expected to be collected in South Africa – where Bosso commands a huge following – as well as in Zimbabwe.