TO HELL with football now I want a wife!
Those are the words of one of the most eccentric football administrators to ever grace the local game, Ndumiso Gumede who is leaving football for good on Saturday.
“It’s now time I devoted my energy to looking for someone in my life who will wake me up every morning,” he said.
Gumede insists that football cost him one of his marriages when one of his ex wives asked him to choose between her and football and he chose the latter. But he has no regrets.
“Besides training as a teacher, football is a hobby that had become my career. It’s with sadness that I’m waving goodbye to my life because football had become the real part of me,” said Gumede who qualified to become a football referee in 1968 at the age of 23.
A divorcee since 1993, Gumede, who is also a former Zifa vice-president between 2010 and early 2014- served the local football mother body in different capacities since being invited as a committee member by then Youth, Sport and Recreation minister Joice Mujuru in 1980.
He thanks Highlanders Football Club for giving him space to shine.
“Bosso made me. Had I been a teacher I wouldn’t have got so much exposure and prominence that I command now.
I’m grateful to the club and people should remember that it was very difficult for me to come back to the club after holding so many portfolios at Zifa and CAF,” he said.
Gumede is a former Zifa secretary general, Zifa vice chairman, Zifa committee member, Zifa CEO, a member of the CAF Appeals Committee, Highlanders chairman, ex ZBC continuity announcer and actor.
He was Sports Master while teaching at Highfield Secondary School in 1969 before he became a Highlanders executive’s representative in Harare in 1974. He started teaching at Mzilikazi High School in 1975.
In the same year he joined the Highlanders fundraising committee.
He became Bosso’s executive chairman in 1978. In 1979 he reportedly played a big role in making sure that the club returned to the Super League following their break away in 1975 to form the South Zone.
He waves goodbye at a time he is a member of the Fifa Interpol Match Fixing Prevention Programme.