Covid-19: Jaure’s blessing in disguise

02 Aug, 2020 - 00:08 0 Views

The Sunday Mail

Langton Nyakwenda
Sports Reporter

IT’S been over 130 days, but the incident is still fresh in his mind, as if it happened last night.

Partson Jaure could have lost his life that Sunday morning.

Only three days after he was unveiled as the new Dynamos captain, Jaure suffered serious head injuries in an accident that occurred in Harare on March 22.

Today marks exactly 133 days since that near-fatal accident and Jaure now feels he has over 100 reasons why he has to play the game again. The 30-year-old defender has been recovering at home and has now resumed light training, with the hope of featuring once more for his beloved DeMbare.

“It has been a very stressful period for me, my wife and the whole Jaure family. At some point I told myself it’s over, no more football. I actually believed I would never play again.

“My brain was not stable, ndaitoti zvangu zvapera. But I am almost back to full fitness now. Actually, I am 90 percent healed and I have started training at home,” Jaure told The Sunday Mail Sport.

Jaure rejoined Dynamos from Manica Diamonds at the beginning of the year and was named DeMbare’s new skipper at a function held in the capital on March 19.

Three days later, he was in the intensive care unit, battling for his life after suffering multiple injuries in a car crash.

The accident occurred near Prince Edward High School after Jaure lost control of his vehicle, which veered off the road before crashed into a nearby tree. His chances of returning to the pitch were 50-50, with some medical experts expressing fear the Warriors defender would never be normal again. Hope was revived after Jaure underwent a successful head operation early April and since then, the former University of Pretoria star defender has been on a miraculous recovery path.

“It’s a big miracle I tell you.

“When I look at my wife and my little kids I feel rejuvenated. I feel the zeal to want to play again and take care of them.

“Yet it all looked unlikely a few months ago. I have come to realise that with God everything is possible and I owe my life to the Almighty.”

Jaure is married to Fadzai, a Chinhoyi University of Technology student and the couple has two children — a girl, Taylor Makatendeka (5) and a boy, Dwayne Tawananyasha — who is now 21 months old.

“My children inspire me . . . they still need their dad to look after them.

“That’s why I am focused on returning to football.

“The recovery has been quicker than expected.”

“I am doing club training via zoom.

“I am also doing some gardening at home. You see, apart from football I also like gardening a bit,” said Jaure.

The coronavirus-induced lockdown has meant a delayed start to the Premier Soccer League term and this has been a blessing in disguise for Jaure. The 2020 PSL season is yet to kick-off as the nation battles against the ever-rising cases of Covid-19. For Jaure, this delay has afforded him time to recover without any pressure. “This Covid-19 break has been like a blessing in disguise because it has given me time to recover when there are no games.

“It would have been more stressful for me, you know, watching others play and you are sidelined. Maybe that would have exerted more pressure on me, and I would have probably rushed back to play prematurely.

“I am staying at home during this lockdown and making sure I follow all the team’s training programmes.” The Dynamos skipper received massive support from the football community, especially from his club, the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe and some foreign-based Warriors who raised over US$5 000 in two days for Jaure’s medical expenses back in April.

“Once again, I want to thank all those who have been helping me in these trying times. My club Dynamos, ZIFA, the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe, local and foreign players . . . they have all been so helpful.

“The Jaure family will forever remain grateful to the Zimbabwean football fraternity.”

Jaure began his professional career at Dynamos and went on to win three straight league titles with DeMbare between 2011 and 2013.

He moved to South Africa in 2014, where he turned out for University of Pretoria.

In 2017, he returned home after University of Pretoria’s relegation from the ABSA Premiership and played for Ngezi Platinum Stars.

Jaure would then join the Great Trek to Zambia, where he joined Buildcon in January 2018.

He quit Buildcon in October 2018 and was unveiled at Manica Diamonds in January 2019.

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