By Anashe Murombedzi
THE football family has once again been plunged into mourning following the death of yet another legend, former Caps United captain Joe Mugabe, at the age of 52.
Affectionately known as “Kode from Mabvuku”, Mugabe succumbed to cancer this Sunday morning in the United Kingdom where he was now based since leaving the country in the early 2000s.
The former Caps United midfielder joined the Green Machine when he was 14, making his debut in 1988 and was part of the 1996 all-conquering Makepekepe which won the league title under legendary coach, Steve “the Dude” Kwashi who also passed on recently.
Veteran football commentator Charles Mabika says the prolific midfielder is regarded as one of the finest players to come out of Caps United.
“The soccer fraternity has been robbed of yet another fining soccer legend…a prolific midfielder, a lot of Caps United supporters still think that he’s the finest player to be produced at Caps United.”
Mugabe was voted the club’s player of the season a record four times in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2001 where he showed his exceptional skills against arch rivals which include Highlanders and Dynamos, among others.
The former Caps United captain was also a Soccer Star of the Year finalist in 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2001.
Mugabe had started the CAPS United UK-based Legends, a registered community organisation that is assisting in the development of junior football in Zimbabwe, having partnered with other former Caps United legends.