Francis Shonhayi
Francis Shonhayi.png
Image via Football Line
Born(1968-02-01)February 1, 1968
DiedMarch 31, 2006(2006-03-31) (aged 38)
Victoria Hospital, Cape Town
Cause of deathmeningitis and tuberculosis
  • Footballer

Known forPlaying for the Dream Team
ChildrenTanaka Shonhayi

Francis Shonhayi was a former Dynamos Football Club player and captain of the Zimbabwe Warriors.


Shonhayi was born on 1 February 1968 [1]


Shonhayi is among some of the most celebrated footballers to have played for the Glamour Boys. He was part of the Reinhard Fabisch coached Dream Team playing along the likes of Rahman Gumbo and Mercedes Sibanda. Shonhayi joined Dynamos after having stints with Gaths Mine and Bata Power. He turned into one of the best imports in the South African Premiership where he played for Cape Town Spurs and AmaZulu and was, at some point, the highest paid player across the Limpopo.[2]

During that time, he attracted interest from some top European clubs and was even invited for trials in Scotland and Belgium.


Shonhayi died in South Africa under the care of a friend.[3]

Similar Profiles You Might Want to See


  1. Ex-Warriors skipper Shonhayi dies, The Standard, Published: August 4, 2006, Retrieved: August 14, 2015
  2. Eddie Chikamhi, [1], The Herald, Published: 4 April, 2020, Retrieved: 8 May, 2020
  3. SY LERMAN PSL's 'Mr Classy' was a credit to SA soccer, Mail and Guardian, Published: April 1, 2006, Retrieved: August 14, 2015