GEORGE “mastermind” Shaya was moved to tears on Friday after he was guaranteed monthly groceries by worldwide Funeral Plan by Zororo-Phumulani – a subsidiary of Doves Funeral Life Assurance.
Shaya was also given a curved UHD TV in celebration of his 77th birthday.
The Dynamos’ Legend career was celebrated in the high density suburb of Glen Norah with Doves spicing up the event by bringing on board Zimbabwean singer and songwriter Gemma Griffiths to light up the occasion.
Shaya is one of 35 million people in the world who live with dementia, a broad category of brain diseases that causes a gradual decrease in the ability to think properly and remember events.
His wife Agnes, a nurse by profession, was employed full time and took care of the family, before reaching the age of retirement in 2017.
Doves Life Assurance managing director Talent Mazivisa hopes the assistance will help make Shaya’s life more comfortable.
Mazivisa paid tribute to Shaya’s contribution to football and urged the corporate world and sport stakeholders to come up with solid mechanisms that sustain the lives of sportsman and musicians post their prime.
“It is an honour to be here as Doves recognising the value of our legends be it in the cultural sphere or key figures within our realm. We are privileged to we have Gemma (Griffiths) as our brand ambassador as well as Peter Ndlovu,” he said.
“We should at every turn appreciate our living legends. We should ensure that the livelihoods of those who raised our flag is sustained. We are the water around this fish, our legends, the moment the water moves away the fish will die. Let us support our legends while they are alive,” he continued.
“As the business community we have to realise that sports have a short lifespan and we have to identify sound safety nets so that in the post sport era one still retains sustenance of their livelihoods. This is a challenge to the corporate world. Let us seat down and come up with proper safety nets that ensures a post football, basketball, swimming source of livelihood,” he concluded.
Legendary former Zimbabwe Warriors captain and now Mamelodi Sundowns team manager Peter Ndlovu said Shaya’s contribution to football can never be underestimated.
A pure-bred Dynamos son, Shaya spearheaded the Glamour Boys at a time when the club was considered more than just a football club but a political force that stood as a symbol of black pride and resistance to white minority rule in pre-independent Zimbabwe.
Shaya continues to be hailed by former opposition, teammates and critics alike as the greatest footballer to ever run onto a football pitch in this country.
“Today we are not celebrating his football alone but we are celebrating him as a man. We love you and wish you many more years to come. You are not going anywhere mdhara because it’s impossible for people not to appreciate your legacy,” Ndlovu.
He added that the former Dynamos players is the greatest Zimbabwe player ever.
“I want to echo the support given by Doves. Its unbelievable how they appreciate legends, and for them to go an extra mile to be part of this celebration and all of us in general. I say to Doves thank you so much for reaching out,” he said.