Yesteryear football star Saidi Saidi Laid to Rest

By Lloyd Mwale

The late Eiffel Flats and Amazulu striker,Saidi “Jah” Saidi (49) who died in a horrific accident last Friday morning in Sanyati, was laid to rest in Sanyati’s Arda Estate township on Sunday.

Jah, as he was popularly known, was born in Chegutu in 1972 and later moved to Kadoma when his parents secured employment at Pixie Combie, a farm on the outskirts of Rimuka. He attended Mupamombe Primary school and later Kuwadzana Secondary School in Rimuka.

While turning out for Pixie Combie (KwaRioni) in Kadoma Area Zone League, he was snatched Oliver Tazarura’s Kadoma WildCats, then in Northern Region Division One League in 1992.

His first premiership taste was with Highfiled-based side, Black Aces and from Aces he trekked south to join Amazulu.

After hanging his boots he went into coaching. He coached Northen Region Division One League side Golden Valley, then in MashWest Division Two League.

At the time of his death, Saidi was employed at Arda Estate in Sanyati.

He leaves behind one 21 year-old son, Daniel.

Memory Mwale Saidi, sister to the late Amazulu star, bemoaned the death of her brother

“Saidi was the family breadwinner and his death has come as a shock to the family. Our family was looking up to him,” said Memory.

Norman Nkomani who partnered the late Saidi at Kadoma WildCats and Amazulu in 2003 when the club won the  Premier Soccer League Championship, described him as a player who worked hard in training and in matches.

“Saidi joined Amazulu in 1997 and was part of us when we won the championship in 2003, he was hardworker during training sessions and in matches, we grew up together in Rimuka and at Amazulu we also stayed together at Block 90 Mpopoma South, in Bulawayo. He was always cheerful, and was like brother to me. I will really miss him.”

Raphael Phiri, the coach who snatched Saidi from Pixie Combie, also described him as disciplined, a hardworker and a fighter.

“Saidi was a fighter, very disciplined and an honest player. He was a player who did not like a defeat. I used to feel pity for him after  a defeat as you could see his hardwork in a game by the dry-white foam on his mouth.”

Phiri is credited with the introduction of Saidi into the domestic premiership when he advised the player to join Black Aces.

“I plucked Saidi from a farm club which was playing in Kadoma Area Zone League in 1992 while I was at Kadoma WildCats, then in Northern Region Division One League where he partnered former Amazulu hitman, Norman Nkomani.

“He left WildCats for Aces, after he had drawn interests from Dynamos’ Moses Chunga and Oliver Kateya and Black Aces. The scouts came to watch our game in Mabvuku and they spoke to him about a move to Dembare, but I  advised him to join Aces so that he could get premiership taste and to get more playing time.

“He later moved to Amazulu in Bulawayo from Aces and when Eiffel Flats won promotion into Premier Soccer League in 2004, I recalled him to be part of my squad. In 2005 when Eiffel Flats and Kadoma WildCats merged he was once again in my squad.

“He was part of Kadoma Football Ambassadors.”


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