FORMER Dynamos captain Tawanda Mparati is battling against hypertension and stroke at his Rugare home in Harare, and the former club that he played for with so much passion is nowhere near him.
Mparati suffered a cerebrovascular accident on April 19 and the stroke affected his left side and his ability to walk and hold things. Now, he can walk slowly, with those movements restricted to his yard, at his Rugare home.
The Herald reports that officials from his former club, Dynamos, have not visited him since he suffered the stroke. His former teammate, Patson Jaure, is among the few football people, who have cared to pay him a visit.
The 37-years-old father of three stays with his wife, and three sons. His boys attend to him, during the day, when his wife is at work. The eldest, Tatenda, is 12.
During school days, he spends the day alone, with his wife saying she has to strike a balance, between taking care of her husband, and fending, for the family. Mparati, with the aid of his wife, narrated his new life, in which he has been left grounded.
“I am now on hypertension medication, since I suffered the stroke,’’ he said. ‘’The doctor said my BP was very high, when I had the attack. When I suffered the stroke, I couldn’t walk, for close to a month but now, at least, I can walk around the house, on my own.
“I am feeling better, though, sometimes I experience pain on my left side, especially my hand.”
Mparati last played for a club, in the lower division, owned by sportscaster Barry Manandi. Manandi and his friend, Mike Madoda, now own Division One club, Golden Eagles. After that stint, he left for South Africa, before returning home. He said Manandi has been playing a big part, in his recovery, and paid most of the hospital bills.
Mparati says he requires regular physiotherapy.
“My left hand only has finger movements but it cannot lift anything. I am now better, there is change and I am able to walk,’’ he said.
“But, I require regular physio, to fully recover, and regain my life back. At the moment, I am not affording the sessions, and have since stopped having them. I am now doing some exercises, on my own, holding a stress ball.”
He is hopeful, one day, he will regain his life again, and venture into coaching, where his passion lies.
Born on September 10 1983, in Kambuzuma, Mparati started playing football in Rugare. He is the community’s posterboy and, asking for directions, to his house from the main road, brings many willing volunteers.
He first featured, mainly for Division Two sides, and then played for the defunct Douglas Warriors, helping them to get promotion into Division One. He joined Lengthens in 2007 on a loan.
Mparati briefly returned to Douglas Warriors before moving to Dynamos when gaffer, Lloyd Mutasa, was still in charge. He became part of the team, which won four consecutive league titles. That was the last time the Glamour Boys lifted the league trophy.
Mparati says winning the 2013 Soccer Star of the Year remains the highlight of his career.
“Sometimes, we would motivate each other, as players,’’ he said. “During our time, everyone would put individual effort, and even plan gym sessions on our own, then we would go to play, and grind results. I urge current players to work hard and to be united. ‘’But, it is difficult, with Covid-19, and by the time football returns, the players will find it very hard.’’
He said he always admired the talents of Obadiah Tarumbwa and Clement Matawu. – via Herald