GWERU-Veteran ZIFA Midlands Province football administrator, Austin ‘Boston’ Chishanga is no more.
The highly regarded Boston was described as the ‘Archbishop of football’ by the soccer mother body, ZIFA, in its letter of condolence to the Midlands Province and family.
Prior to his death, Chishanga was one of the most outspoken ZIFA councillors of his time until November 2018.
Chishanga was one of the longest serving ZIFA councillor having been part of the regional and provincial structures for 21 years, with three terms served as the chairman.
Chishanga rose through the ranks from Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) officer to a bus driver at Fletcher High School, before cutting teeth into full time football administration where he easily became a king maker because of his oratory skills.
“Our heartfelt condolences go to the Chishanga family, the football fraternity at large as well as the loved ones of the late Mr Chishanga following news of his passing on. Fondly known as ‘Archbishop of Football’ in the circles of football in the Midlands Province, Chishanga served the association with great distinction for over three decades.
“He was one of the longest serving ZIFA councillors, having begun his journey as a football administrator when he joined ZIFA as chairman for Mashonaland West Province in 1987.
“In 1998, he assumed the chairmanship of the Midlands Province after his elevation from the vice chairman to the top office until September 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the departed. May his Soul Rest In Eternal Peace.” highlighted the message.
Chishanga was an influential figure during business executive Cuthbert Dube’s era at the helm of ZIFA, and he remained a loyal administrator when the presidency changed hands to business mogul Philip Chiyangwa.
He was dethroned from the ZIFA Midlands Province chairmanship by Pervious Mathe but he remained influential as he was one of the advisors of Telone FC until the time of his death
Chishanga will be laid to rest on Thursday 8 September 2022 at Senga Cemetery in Gweru.