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Watson loses son in accident


FORMER Highlanders player Mark Watson lost his son Branden in a car accident in Harare last week.

Sukoluhle Mthethwa
Sports reporter

The 17-year-old Falcon College student was a sportsperson as he represented the country in cricket and hockey.

In an interview with Southern Eye Sport yesterday, a distraught Watson confirmed his son’s death saying they had lost a larger than life sportsperson.

“He (Branden) died in a car accident in Harare on February 22. We want to get him cremated, but we are waiting for approval from the city council.

“The cremation will be done in Bulawayo. He was a fun loving boy.

“He represented Zimbabwe cricket at Under-16, U-17 and Under-18 levels. He was part of the Hockey Under-17 Zimbabwe team,” he said.
He was the head of Hervey House, captain of hockey and opening bowler for First XI at Falcon.

A service was held in his honour at Falcon College on Friday.

Falcon College headmaster Reg Querl said in the schools Facebook account: “Many young people have been affected by this tragic event and the solidarity shown has been amazing.

“We as a College and the young men, need to go forward and become stronger in the wake of what has transpired.

“Our thanks go to all the parents and friends who have rallied round to help in so many ways, this past week.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Watson family as they deal with this tragic loss,” he said.

Watson (Mark) played for Highlanders from 1980-1984 alongside the late Majuta Mpofu, Douglas “British” Mloyi, Highlanders goalkeepers’ coach Peter “Oxo” Nkomo and Madinda Ndlovu.

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