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The local football fraternity, led by Zifa, yesterday joined the region in mourning Zambian coach Keegan Mumba who died in Lusaka on Saturday.

Mumba was in charge of Dynamos in 2003 and helped them win the Zifa Unity Cup. He also had stints with other local clubs such as Black Rhinos and Shooting Stars.

In a brief press release Zifa said the coach contributed to Zimbabwean football and would be missed.

“The national football governing body , Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa), has learnt with great shock and sorrow of the untimely death of Keegan Mumba, a respected and talented coach.

“Mumba was a diligent mentor at both Dynamos and Black Rhinos and it is undeniable veracity that he contributed immensely to the development of Football in Zimbabwe.

“The beautiful game has lost a great hero and he will be very difficult to replace.

“Zifa and the entire football family joins our sister federation, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), and the Mumba family during this difficult time.

“May his soul rest in eternal peace and may the family also find comfort in the Lord Almighty,” read the statement.

Mumba loved Zimbabwean football and it remained in his heart even long after he had returned to his home country. He always wanted to have another coaching stint in the top-flight league, especially at Harare giants Dynamos, where he was loved by the fans.

Yesterday, some of the people he worked with remembered the good times they shared with the mentor.

Former Dynamos captain, Desmond Maringwa, said Mumba’s sudden death was a big blow.

“He was a nice man. He was a motivator and a father figure. You could talk about life issues and not football only with him.

“Even when coaching, he was mixed fun and serious work.

“I remember the words he told me when he left the club that we should protect the club. He was a professional. We were almost champions despite the fact that things were bad at the club.

“He was one of the few foreign coaches to do well at the club. He quickly adjusted to fit into the system and culture of the club.

“Normally, the club takes its former players to coach but he was unfortunate not to win the league due to some circumstances. May his soul rest in peace,” said Maringwa.

Former Dynamos player Stanley “Samora” Chirambadare, who was Mumba’s assistant at the club in 2003, said the game had lost a good person.

“He was a good coach and we worked very well together. We did a lot of winning together though the partnership didn’t last long as I only worked with him for six months. “It was difficult for him as a foreigner working in a foreign land but he did well,” said Chirambadare.

Source : The Herald