Football fans are in mourning in Zimbabwe following the death of Twalumba Holdings Executive Chairman, Nkululeko Sibanda, who was also the owner of Division One soccer team, Twalumba Football Club.
Sibanda (42), who became a soccer giant after securing the services of Zimbabwe’s soccer legend, striker Peter Ndlovu, died Saturday at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare after a short illness.
Doctors say the cause of his death is not yet known.
Sibanda is survived by his wife, Mirriam, who is the chaiperson of the Zimbabwe Women Football Association and two children aged 16 and 5.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalized but he is expected to be buried at his rural home in Binga.
Sibanda was also a businessman, whose company in 2013 was reported to have signed a $1.6 billion deal with Thompson Cole Consortium, a British-based company for the construction of a solar power generation plant.
Early this year it was reported that the fortunes of Twalumba Holdings had gone on the wane following a High Court order that the company pay Wilberg Investments $106,640 for construction material.
Sibanda, who also had financial problems with Peter Ndlovu, was a staunch soccer supporter.
Soccer commentator, Ezra Tshisa Sibanda, says soccer fans have lost a dedicated football supporter who was keen in developing the game.