Zimstar News sports
Caps United and the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League have led tributes following the death of former Makepe kepe star Joe ‘Kode’ Mugabe who died from cancer in his United Kingdom base on Sunday.
The former Warriors fringe player died aged 52.
In a statement, Caps United president Farai Jere said the club saddened by the former star’s demise.
“The Caps United Football Club President, Mr Farai Jere, would like to extend his most profound and heartfelt condolences to the Mugabe family follow the sad death of our former Captain Joe Kode Mugabe today in the UK
“The President reached out to Joe’s family in Reading and passed his sympathetic condolences message on behalf of the Club,” he said.
Also in a condolence message posted on its Twitter handle Sunday, PSL said it is also saddened with the football legend’s passing on.
“We are saddened by the untimely passing of legendary footballer Joe Mugabe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. MHSRIP,” said the football association.
The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe also sent its condolences saying, “We mourn the passing of former Warriors and @capsunitedfczw Legend, Joe ‘Kode’ Mugabe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mugabe family during this difficult time.”
Herald sports editor Rabson Sharuko took time to reminisce over the time the former soccer star of the year finalist used to illuminate stadiums in a green shirt.
“JOE, it had a rhythm to it at CAPS, whether it was about Shambo or about Mugabe, now both are gone and as a football community we are poorer without them. Kode from Mabvuku, it just rolled so nicely from the tongue, what a man, what a player, what a star,” he said.
Sports caster Barry Manandi said Mugabe described the late former football star as a consummate gentleman.
“Farewell #Legend RIP to the one player for whom I’m certain nearly all fans of opposing teams had a soft spot. A phenomenal player, consummate gentleman, a great one! Loved watching him play, football is poorer without him. Rest well Joe ‘Kode from Mabvuku’ Mugabe!” he said.