In sad news reaching this publication, 63-year old former player-turned-coach, Cuthbert Kwangwari, widely known in soccer circles as Adazhi, last Sunday collapsed and died while conducting a training session for yesteryear soccer players under the banner of Masvingo Football Ambassadors.

According to the regional Mirror newspaper, Adazhi collapsed at Mucheke B Stadium at around 4pm on Sunday. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Masvingo Provincial hospital.

Adazhi’s brother Joe Kwangwari said the former Gaths Mine player and Kismet-owned KC Soccer Academy coach will be burried at Mangwandi Cemetery in the ancient city of Masvingo at a day to be announced in due course.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the tragic passing on of a father, brother, veteran coach committed to the development of youth talents. I call upon any well-wishers to take KC Soccer Academy forward,” Kwangwari told the Mirror.

George Charumbira, the Masvingo Youth Academy Director, described the late gaffer as a veteran footballer, saying:

“I convey my condolences to the family of the departed gaffer who gave so much to our community and made football richer in this country. May his soul rest in peace,”

Some team members of Masvingo Football Ambassadors include Joe Magariro, Josephat Musekiwa, and Charumbira.

Mourners are gathered at House number 16430 Tendai Kubatana Street, Runyararo West in Masvingo.

Adazhi was born in Zimuto, Masvingo and is survived by wife, Mary Kwangwari, 2 daughters and a son.

Adazhi’s KC Soccer Academy was formed in 2015 to identify and develop soccer talent for 13 to 22. mirror.