By William Milasi
Former ZPC Kariba coach Oliver Matava who passed on this week after succumbing to suspected Covid-19 was finally laid to rest.
Matava died at the age of 42.
The veteran gaffer was buried a family farm in Milsonia some 45km east of Kwekwe town.
Brother to the deceased and family spokesperson Owen Matava who is a top publisher and owner of Midlands News confirmed the burial.
“My brother was laid to rest yesterday at a family farm in Milsonia some 45 km east of Kwekwe town,” Owen said.
The football coach died at his Kariba home in self isolation.
“He has not been feeling well for the past few days. He got tested for Covid 19 four days ago. At the time of his death, Matava was waiting for his results,” Owen said this week.
The newspaper publisher went on to thank variuos sectors of the society.
“We want to thank the Zimbabwe football fraternity in particular the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association led by Jairos Tapera for their support, the Kariba town community for showing love, the entire Mataba family and Milsonia community and the media for their unwavering support during Oliver’ burial yesterday,” Owen said.
Before turning to coaching the now deceased played for variuos football teams in the country.
He played football under Zesa Munyati, Jit Bata, Tech Mate and GMB Silo in Kwekwe before hanging his boots. He started his coaching career with Lake Croco in Kariba. “He then joined Lake Croco a division two team based in Kariba and left for ZPC Kariba which was in division two as well,” the family Spokerperson said.
He then coached the team together with Jostein Mathutu until they got promoted into the PSL. After the promotion of the team he later worked under Soul Chaminuka as assistant coach and Sunday Marimo in the same capacity.
He then later on left to join Kariba Waves were he was currently attached as head coach. Kariba Waves is in Northern Region Division One League.
Matava is survived by his wife and five children.