Caps legend Joe Mugabe dies in the UK

Zimstar News

Caps United legend Joe ‘Kode’ Mugabe has died in the United Kingdom where he relocated when he ended his football career.

The once popular football star succumbed to cancer in Reading where he was now based since leaving the country in the early 2000s.

Reports say the former Zimbabwe soccer star of the year finalist passed on early Sunday morning, a few weeks shy of his 53rd birthday.

Popularly known as Kode from Mabvuku, Mugabe was the Caps United poster boy in the 1990s, captaining the club to their first league title in post independent Zimbabwe in 1996 under Steve Kwashi who passed on recently.

Mugabe was the Caps United Players’ Player of the Season a record four times in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2001.

Having made his debut in 1988, Mugabe, won a lot of trophies which saw Caps United get the tag ‘ Cup Kings’.

At the time of his death, Mugabe had started the CAPS United UK-based legends, a registered community organisation that is assisting in the growth of junior football in Zimbabwe.

He had partnered other former Caps United players that includes Frank Nyamukuta, Timothy Chirozvani, Cannisius Tongesai, Liberty Masunda, Tichaona Nyenda, Leonard Chirozvani, Charles Chikeya and United States based Mpumelelo Dzowa.