The body of the late soccer legend Freddy Mkwesha, who died in Harare Tuesday following a long battle with sugar diabetes, lay in state today at Rufaro stadium for viewing by family, friends and soccer fans.
His wife, Agnes Eunice Mkwesha, told Voice of America's Studio 7 her family has lost a humble and great father while the football fraternity has been robbed of a mentor.
Mkwesha is survived by ten children with some of his off springs from Portugal failing to make it for the funeral and burial tomorrow. His daughter from Germany is in the country but his other daughter from Wales could not make it due to work commitments.
"I was married to the late Mkwesha for 25 years and he has 10 children eight girls and two boys, and this is to the best of my knowledge. Some of my husband's children could not make it to Zimbabwe for the funeral tomorrow at Goromonzi but his daughter from Germany arrived today and is here to bury her father," said Mrs. Mkwesha.
Mbira legend Stella Chiweshe, who has two daughters with the late Mkwesha, paid tribute to the father of her children on her facebook page by writing: "Deeply saddened by F.Mukwesha's death. Father of my two daughters, before he left for Portugal in 1966. May his dear soul, peacefully rest.”
Chiweshe is married and is based in Germany.
Mrs. Mkwesha called on the footballing nation to join her family Friday in Goromonzi where her husband will be laid to rest. She thanked Dynamos football club for offering assistance in the burial of the soccer legend.
"The whole funeral was under the Dynamos funeral plan with Nyaradzo Funeral Home, and we are grateful as a family for all the help we got and hope that the football family will not forget us now that Mr. Mkwesha is gone," said Mrs. Mkwesha.