The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is in deep mourning following the death of three Nembudziya FC players, Munetsi Ashton (24), Chenzara Clemence (35), Maendaenda Zivanai (24), and a supporter Andrea Christopher (43), who perished in a road accident in Gokwe on Saturday. In a statement to www.zifa.org.zw, ZIFA President Dr Phillip Chiyangwa said it is saddening that football continues to lose talented stars.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association has learnt with great consternation, of the death of Nembudziya FC players and a supporter in a car accident in Gokwe on Saturday. It is indeed saddening to lose such a group of talented players. Our beautiful game has been robbed of dedicated and committed stars and it will be very difficult to replace them. ZIFA has been profoundly shaken by this terrible accident.
“On behalf of the ZIFA Executive Committee, the ZIFA Assembly, the ZIFA Secretariat and the entire football family and on my own behalf, I extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved families, the ZIFA Midlands province and the Nembudziya community during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the deceased, may they find comfort in the Lord.
“May the souls of the departed rest in peace. We also pray for a swift recovery to all those who were injured in the fatal accident.”
Nembudziya FC is a ZIFA Division Two team based at Nembudziya growth point in Gokwe North.