Football Legend & Forward Norman Maroto Dies

Norman Maroto, renowned as the last forward to achieve over 20 goals in a premiership season, passed away early Friday at a private hospital in Harare. He was 40 years old.

Maroto’s death was confirmed by the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ), where he served as Communications Officer alongside fellow football icon Desmond Maringwa and a team of former stars.

FUZ expressed sorrow over the loss and announced that mourners are gathering at Maroto’s residence in Tynwald South, Harare. Known affectionately as “Normara,” Maroto carved out an illustrious career that included stints with prominent clubs such as Gunners and Motor Action.

His journey began at Churchill School and accelerated when he emerged as a teenage talent for Dynamos, earning recognition as part of the famed “KidzNet” squad. “The KidzNet squad was Dynamos’ response during a period of senior player strikes, comprising academy graduates who made an immediate impact in the league,” recalled media reports from that era.

Maroto’s prowess on the field extended beyond scoring milestones; he became a symbol of resilience and skill in Zimbabwean football. His contributions to the sport, both as a player and later as an advocate within FUZ, leave a lasting legacy in the nation’s footballing history.

As Zimbabwe reflects on Maroto’s achievements and mourns his untimely passing, tributes pour in from fans, colleagues, and officials across the football community. Details regarding funeral arrangements and commemorations will be shared by FUZ in due course, as the nation remembers and celebrates the life of a true football legend.

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