United States of America
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Education||Oriel Boys High|
|Alma mater||cowley university|
|active years||1986 – 2023|
|known for||Being the pioneering tennis player/coach|
|Relatives||Ellen, Sithembeni Chada|
Godwin Madzima was a pioneering Zimbabwean tennis player/coach who spent the rest of his career as a youth coach. He died on Saturday, July 15, 2023 in the United States at the age of 54.
Madzima learned at Oriel Boys High before moving to the US, where she played college tennis for Cowley College. He later ventured into coaching youth players and was a director at an Academy in Florida. He was one of the first black tennis players to emerge from the high-density suburb of mufakose to obtain a scholarship and study in the United States in 1986.
Madzima was the backbone of the Mufakose Tennis Training Agency, established by veteran administrator and honorary vice president for life of Tennis Zimbabwe Albert Nhamoyebonde just after independence to help spread tennis to high-density suburbs.
Madzima moved to the US, where he played college tennis for Cowley College and later ventured into coaching youth players and was a director at an academy in Florida. In January 2023, he was inducted into the Cowley College Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame, as he was part of the team that was recognized for his outstanding contributions to Cowley College athletics in 1991. Unfortunately, Madzima was never able to celebrate her award because she got home late.
Madzima died on Saturday, July 15, 2023 in Florida, United States after suffering a cardiac arrest.
- Grace Chingoma, , The Herald, Published: July 18, 2023, Accessed: July 18, 2023