David Mandigora

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David Mandogora
David Mandigora
BornDavid Isaac Mandigora
(1957-05-02)May 2, 1957
DiedJune 12, 2021(2021-06-12) (aged 64)
  • Football Coach.
Years active2007 to 12 June 2021
Known forGuiding Dembare to the semi-finals of the African Champions League in 2008
Notable workZimbabwe Premier Soccer League Soccer star of the year:1980

David "Yogi" Mandigora was a former Dynamos midfielder. Mandigora was part of the all-star Dynamos Football Club team that included the likes of Sunday Chidzambwa, Moses Chunga and Misheck Chidzambwa.[1] In recognition of the outstanding performances that he displayed, he was deservedly crowned the country's soccer star of the year in 1980. He was also famous for guiding Dembare to the semi-finals of the African Champions League in 2008.

Mandigora died on 12 June 2021. The cause of death was not revealed.

Family Background

He was born on May 2, 1957 in Kadoma but grew up in Highfield and went to Chipembere andSt Peters for his primary and secondary education respectively. David Mandigora was born in a family of ten children consisting of seven girls and three boys with him being the seventh born. He grew up in Highfield on a police camp where his father worked.[2]

Footballing career

Mandigora started his footballing career at a very young age. He played soccer from the under 10, 12 and 14 age groups before joining Dynamos Football Club at 16. Having joined Dynamos as an under sixteen player in 1973, Mandigora only got to play in the first team in 1977.At Dembare, Mandigora was popular for his skillful play and clinical passing which saw him being crowned the soccer star of the year in 1980.[3]

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Coaching career

  • He coached Dynamos to a league title in 2007, ensuring the club's qualification to the African Champions League where they did very well until they were knocked out of the tournament by Cotton Sport of Nigeria in the semi final stages of the competition.[4]
  • Mandigora also became assistant coach for the national team on three occasions under Ammando Ferreira, Charles Mhlauri at AFCON in 2006 and Rahman Gumbo.[5]
  • He made a come back at Dynamos at the end of 2014 to coach the Glamour Boys replacing the history making Callisto Pasuwa. Mandigora's return to the glamour boys was largely necessitated by the dry spell that the club had gone through in the African Champions during Pasuwa's four year reign but was dismissed halfway through the season following a lacklustre performance[6] After his return to the club, Mandigora was fired half way through the season following a string of poor results. Former Dembare player Tonderai Ndiraya who was deputising Mandigora was appointed interim coach.

Football Administration

After Mandigora's exit from Dynamos football club in 2009, he went on to coach various teams in the first division before bouncing back at the club as the deputy chairman.[7]

Leg Amputation

It has been reported that David Mandigora's right leg was amputated in 2017.The major cause was not revealed however speculations were pointing to cancer.Dynamos was qouted as pledging to stand by him since he was with the club for a long time.[8]


David Mandigora died on 12 June 2021. The cause of death was not revealed.

Request For Hero's Status

On 14 June 2021, the Zimbabwe Football Association wrote to the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) requesting government to confer hero status on Mandigora.


  1. Godknows Matarutse, Daily News, Published: July 12, 2014, Retrieved: November 20, 2014
  2. Mugove Chigada DAVID “YOGI” MANDIGORA, Fcaebook, September 13, 2013, Retrieved: December 23, 2014
  3. Karel Stokkermans, Zimbabwe Player of the Year List of Winners The Herald, Published: December 10, 2005, Retrieved: November 20, 2014
  4. Coach David Mandigora of Zimbabwe's Dynamos Soccer Club Resigns, Published: November 2, 2009, Retrieved: November 20, 2014
  5. Mugove Chigada, Interview with David Mandigora, Published: September 10, 2013, Retrieved: November 20, 2014
  6. Tawanda Tafirenyika Pasuwa irreplaceable: Mandigora, Newsday Published: December 19, 2014, Retrieved: December 23, 2014
  7. Mandigora to assist DeMbare, Zimbabwe Government Online, Retrieved: November 20, 2014
  8. "David Mandigors right leg amputated = Bulawayo24". August 16, 2017. Retrieved October 09, 2017. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)