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Date Set for Burial of Soccer Legend Freddy Mukwesha

Former Dynamos utility player and board member the late Freddy Mkwesha, who died in Harare on Tuesday following a long battle with diabetes, is expected to be buried Thursday in Goromonzi.

Dynamos Football Club chairman Kenny Mubaiwa confirmed the death and told Voice Of America's Studio7 the soccer legend will be hard to replace as he did not only have an illustrious career in soccer but was also an adviser to the team players and the board.

Mubaiwa met with the Mkwesha family Tuesday night, who announced the burial will be Thursday after the body is ferried from Nyaradzo Funeral Parlor, to his house at the Glenora Flats followed by body viewing at Rufaro Stadium and burial at Goromonzi his rural home.

“We are urging all our supporters and football club members to join us in celebrating the life of Mkwesha. We hope that they will be able to visit one of these places,” said Mubaiwa.

Mkwesha a Dembare striker and became the first person in Zimbabwe to sign for an overseas club in a move that some soccer enthusiasts say unlocked doors for other locals who went to Europe and other continents.

"We will be notifying the team that he played for in Portugal of his death, as he was one of the first soccer players to sign for a European club," said Mubaiwa, who noted that the player was an inspiration to other local young players that followed in this footsteps.