Zimbabwe’s football governing body Zifa has sent a condolence message following the passing on of legend Freddy Mkwesha.
Below is Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa’s full statement:
The Zimbabwe Football Association has learnt with great sadness of the tragic passing on of the legendary footballer, Freddy Mkwesha.
Mkwesha’s immense contribution to the beautiful game is undisputed and it touched many lives in pre-independent and post-independent Zimbabwe.
He was an outstanding player, administrator and coach and we will never forget his countless accomplishments and contributions he made to the number one game.
The legend served football with distinction and will be remembered for huge successes in the beautiful game.
The Zimbabwe Football Association is greatly hurt by the death of such a gifted footballer, who moulded the lives and careers of plenty Zimbabwean footballers.
Our gallant footballer, Mkwesha served the game with great distinction and was no doubt an inspiration to our country’s current crop of exciting players.
Allow me on behalf of the Zimbabwean football family, to extend my deepest condolences to the Mkwesha family and his loved ones.
Zifa is in mourning with his family, friends and the local football family as everyone grapples with the painful loss.
As an association, we will ensure Mkwesha is awarded a befitting send-off.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mkwesha family in this time of grief and we encourage them to seek comfort and solace in the Almighty.
Rest in peace true football hero.