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Former Dembare star Norman Maroto dies, aged 40

Harare- Former Dynamos and Gunners football clubs Norman Maroto has died.

He was 40.

He died in the wee hours of Friday morning and the exact cause of his death is yet to be ascertained.

Close associates however say he succumbed to the deadly flue that has been resulted in by the current low temperatures.

His employers Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) confirmed his death in a condolence message.

“Footballers Union of Zimbabwe would like to notify friends and all football stakeholders on the untimely passing of our Communications Officer, Norman Maroto.
“Mourners are gathered at No. 2360 Tynwald South, Harare
“More information will be shared in the near future,”read FUZ condolence message.

Maroto had an illustrious football career and he holds the record of scoring more than 2O goals in one season in the domestic Premier Soccer League in the past 14 years.

He found the back of the net 22 times to claim the Golden Boot 14 years ago while playing for now defunct Chando Kupisa.

Maroto started his playing career at De-Mbare where he played for the club’s junior teams before breaking into the senior team in 2001.

In 2002, the former Churchill High School player was part of the famous Kidznet team under the guidance of Moses Bambo Chunga.

He established himself as a trusted gunman for the club until an emotional departure from the club in 2005 mid-season when he joined Buymore and left Dynamos fighting relegation.

He would later rejoin Dynamos but the coaches then overlooked him and he joined Moses Chunga at Gunners Football Club where he managed to lead them to a league title at the expense of Dynamos and scored one of the goals against Dynamos in a title decider match in 2009.

Maroto went on to play for Motor Action and FC Platinum in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League and was named Soccer Star of the year in 2002.

Source | ExpressMailZim


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