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Zimbabweans in USA Mourn Death of Soccer Ace Abel 'Shadow' Sebele

  • Gibbs Dube

Abel 'Shadow' Sebele played for San Diego Sockers, USA. (Photo: Official website, San Diego Sockers)

Abel 'Shadow' Sebele played for San Diego Sockers, USA. (Photo: Official website, San Diego Sockers)

Zimbabweans are mourning the death of Abel ‘Shadow’ Sebele, who died in a road traffic accident a few days ago in California.

Police are understood to investigating the death of Sebele, who came to the United States under a football scholarship and played for West Virginia University, Wichita B52's and San Diego Sockers.

There was no immediate police comment from San Diego Police.

One of his relatives, Priscillah Ndlovu, told VOA Studio 7 that a memorial service will be held this Sunday for the late player in Virginia.

The service will be conducted at Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia.

Zimbabweans living in America are expected to attend the service.

Ndlovu said, “We are currently working on the service which will be held at his former high school. I have already posted the address on my Facebook wall where this event will take place.”

She added that “I encourage many Zimbabweans in the DC metropolitan region to support us in attending this event on Sunday at 2pm.”

Sebele was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on December 31, 1989. He came to the U.S. in 2005 and settled in the Washington D.C. area.

Shadow played for West Virginia University from 2009-2012. He joined the Sockers this season from the Wichita B52's where he had an impressive 2014-2015 with 11 goals and 10 assists in 14 games.

The nickname, "Shadow" came from the fact that growing up he would follow his older brother everywhere he went.

He once featured for Bulawayo soccer giants, Highlanders, before being identified by Grassroots Soccer for a scholarship to study in USA.