Who is David Mandigora? David Mandigora Bio/Wiki
Following the passing of the national team and Dynamos legend David “Yogi” Mandigora, Zimbabwean football has lost one of its best players of a generation.
On Saturday, the 1980 Soccer Star of the Year died at his house in Harare’s Vainona district, the same day he was scheduled to have surgery for an unidentified illness.
Mandigora had been out of the spotlight since his right leg was amputated nearly four years ago owing to peripheral vascular disease, despite his accomplishments as a player and coach with Dynamos.
He was 64 years old.
During his playing days, the Highfield-bred star was known as Yogi, and he began his football career in the early 1970s when he joined the DeMbare under-16 squad as a livewire striker in 1973.
Before being named soccer star of the year in 1980, he made a name for himself as a midfielder. Mandigora was a member of Zimbabwe’s first national squad after the country gained independence in 1980.
Yogi coached Dynamos to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title in 2007 and to the Champions League semi-finals the following season.
In 2014, he returned to DeMbare to take over for Callisto Pasuwa, although he was fired halfway through the season. Mourners have congregated at 14119 Goshaw Road in Vainona to pay their respects.
How Did David Mandigora Die? (Death Cause)
Mandigora died early this morning at his Vainona residence. Laban Kandi, a former teammate and close friend, confirmed the news to The Herald today.
He said, “I can confirm that David (Mandigora) has died. He passed on early this morning at his Vainona residence,”
Mandigora was said to be undergoing an unspecified operation today, according to reports.