FORMER Njube Sundowns player Mephias Webb has died.
BY THANDIWE MOYO
He was 38.
Webb died yesterday morning during a social soccer match at Bango Grounds in Bulawayo.
His teammates said during the game he complained of fatigue before he collapsed and died.
Former Sundowns secretary and now Chicken Inn secretary Tavengwa Hara confirmed Webb’s death.
“I heard he collapsed during a match today (yesterday). I do not have all the details at the moment,” he said.
Webb was one of the longest serving Njube Sundowns players.
“It comes as a shock to me. We were friends even after Njube Sundowns and there is so much we were doing together,” said Hara.
At the time of his death, Webb was assistant coach to Philani “Beefy” Ncube at Southern Region Soccer League Division One side Bulawayo City.
He played briefly for Highlanders when Madinda Ndlovu was coach and also coached Ajax Hotspurs.
Ncube said they had lost a dedicated assistant coach who wanted to see the team succeed.
“He is gone. We have lost someone who wanted to see the team succeed,” he said.
At 19, Webb broke into Premier Soccer League football in 1997 as part of the juniors that saved Highlanders from relegation after most of the senior players had boycotted matches due to unpaid salaries and allowances. He played alongside Gift Lunga Jnr, Bekithemba Ndlovu and Richard Choruma.
He moved to Masvingo United in 1998 and returned to Bulawayo in 2000 to join Njube Sundowns, a team that he captained from that year until 2009.
Mourners are gathered at 50217 Mandebele Flats in Mpopoma.