WHEN Premiership newcomers Greenfuel were celebrating their 1-0 win over Bulawayo Chiefs on November 4, the joy was short-lived.
Utility player Tatenda Gora received the sad news of the death of his mother, who was battling cancer.
Gora had to travel back home to Chitungwiza for her funeral.
Soon after the burial of her mother, he had to go back and join the rest of his squad at their base in Chisumbanje, ahead of another crucial tie against CAPS United last Sunday.
While he could have taken a sabbatical on compassionate grounds, Gora opted to return to the field as a dedication to his late mother.
The Ethanol Boys coach, Rodwell Dhlakama, also trusted Gora in the starting line-up against an in-form CAPS United and the 24-year-old was up to the task.
Besides Greenfuel blowing a two-goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw, they collected a crucial point in their quest for survival.
Three would have secured their status in the Premiership.
“The game was actually not bad as we were leading two-nil in the first half,” said Gora.
“We dominated them totally but then came the second half.
“We were still on top of the situation and we got a penalty which we missed and that was when things started to turn against us.
“The game really meant a lot to me.
“It was a dedication to my mom, she always wished to see me take part in such big games.
“It was a crucial game as I sacrificed playing soon after the burial of my beloved mom.
“My dearest mom was a very supportive person in prayers.
“I can say she really fought a good fight in nurturing me to be a prayerful son from day one. She gave me hope and faith in every aspect of life, including my football career.”
Greenfuel have gone nine games unbeaten in the league.
The impressive form has been instrumental in their quest for survival.
With just two games left, Greenfuel have 40 points and just two more points will see them secure their position in the top-flight for next season.
They are set to play Dynamos away this weekend before hosting Triangle in the last match.