Football family mourns Sibanda

CONDOLENCE messages continue to pour as Zimbabwean football mourns Twalumba Holdings and Twalumba FC owner Nkululeko Sibanda who passed away at Parirenyatwa General Hospital in Harare on Saturday.

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Lifelong Footballers’ Trust of Zimbabwe chairman Francis Zimunya described Sibanda’s death as sad loss to the whole football fraternity.

“The Lifelong Footballers’ Trust of Zimbabwe wishes to pass its condolences to Mrs Sibanda and family for the sad loss of Dr Sibanda,” he said.

“He has left a void that will be difficult to fill as his professional advice, support and contributions to the development of the game will be sadly missed. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

Zifa Northern Region chairman Willard Manyengavana said they had known Sibanda for a very long time as his football club Twalumba FC was a member of their league before it was relegated to the second division at the end of 2014.

“It’s a great loss to our region and the whole football fraternity,” he said.

“Sibanda was one of our members before his team was relegated to second division last season. He was one person who gave us advice although he was not involved directly into the day to day running of the league. He would call me personally and offer his advice on certain issues. We are very sorry to Mrs Sibanda and her entire family. We have lost as a region.”

Sibanda, who was heavily involved in athletics, sponsoring the Kujatana Kubotu International marathon in Binga, is survived by his wife Miriam and two children. Miriam is the current Zifa board member in charge of women’s football.

Mourners are gathered at No 12 Woodlane Road, Borrowdale, Harare.  Burial arrangements were still to be confirmed last night.

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