Onward Gangata in GWERU

FORMER CAPS United captain, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, who died on Sunday, was laid to rest at Mtapa Cemetery in Gweru yesterday.

Scores of mourners, including Khumbuyani’s ex-teammates, former and current players and administrators gave him a befitting send-off.

He also featured for Chapungu in the Premiership.

Footballers Union of Zimbabwe president, Desmond Maringwa, led the cast of former players who came to pay their last respects.

Wonder Sithole, Hebert Dick, Norman Maroto, Matthew Mahala, Dumisani Mufudze, Nomsa “Boyz’’ Moyo and many others also attended the burial ceremony.

Yesteryear great Wonder Chaka, who worked with Khumbuyani at ZimAlloys during the early days of the late defender’s career, said the football community had lost a leader.

“I am deeply saddened by Tapiwa’s death, he was such a level-headed player during the time I worked with him.a

“It came as no surprise that he went on to captain several other teams during his career,’’ Chaka said.

Maringwa said:

“It is sad that we have lost him at such a young age, I played against him several times when he was at CAPS United and we developed mutual respect for each other,’’ Maringwa said.

“As FUZ, we had hopes in such young men like him, we all heard what he was doing for his family and that shows he was organised.

“We had hoped to continue working together with him in our programmes.’’

Kumbuyani succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 41.

He played for Chapungu just after the turn of the millennium and went on to play for several clubs, which included Masvingo United, Monomotapa, CAPS United, How Mine and Bantu Rovers and was capped seven times at senior national team level.

He is survived by his two children – Charmaine and Troy.

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