FIFA president Gianni Infantino has sent a message of condolence to the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) following the death of former Warriors left-back Charles Yohane.
Yohane was killed in an apparent hijacking in South Africa last week. He was 48.
“I would like to express my sincere and sincere condolences on the tragic passing of former international Charles Yohane. Words seem insufficient to express the sadness we feel because of this
loss,” read a statement Infantino to Zifa as reported by Zimbabwe’s Soccer24 website†
“During his international career, Charles Yohane was capped by Zimbabwe more than 20 times, most notably taking part in the 2004 and 2006 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations. At club level, he will be remembered for his career with Bidvest Wits FC, in South Africa, where he played for almost ten years.
“He also played for Fire Batteries FC and CAPS United FC in Zimbabwe, as well as other South African clubs.
“The legend of Zimbabwean football, leader, disciplined and dedicated player, his personality and his human qualities will not be forgotten and he will be truly missed.
“On behalf of the international football community, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the Zimbabwe Football Association and to Charles’ family, friends and loved ones. Our thoughts are with you all.”
Meanwhile, soccer24 also reports that South Africa-based Zimbabwean former players have contributed to the purchase of a box for Yohane.
Former players including Benjani Mwaruwari, Esrom Nyandoro, Alexander Maseko, Edelbert Dinha and Lazurus Muhoni attended Yohane’s farewell service held at AFM Kempton Park last weekend.
“It was during that shift where they revealed that they had contributed to buy a coffin for the late former Wits captain.
Yohane’s body will be repatriated to Zimbabwe this week to be buried there website.