Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
LONDON – CAPS United have paid tribute to club legend Joe ‘Kode’ Mugabe who passed away at the age of 53 after losing his battle with cancer.
He died on Sunday morning in Reading, England where he was now based since leaving the country in 2002.
The club which ushered Mugabe into the limelight during his playing career saluted their legendary son who “selflessly served the club” during his era as player.
“The Caps United Football Club President, Mr Farai Jere, would like to extend his most profound and heartfelt condolences to the Mugabe family following the sad death of our former Captain Joe Kode Mugabe today in the UK,” said the club in a statement on Sunday.
“The President reached out to Joe’s family in Reading and passed his sympathetic condolences message on behalf of the Club.
“The President is calling upon all the Caps United Fans and Patrons to unite in mourning our legendary Captain who served the club with full distinctions in the 90s.
“The President has reassured the Zimbabwe Football Fraternity that Caps United FC will work closely with the Mugabe Family and support them to ensure that Joe is peacefully mourned and laid to rest in a manner he deserves as Club Legend.
“The President also expressed his gratitude for the manner in which Captain Joe Mugabe selflessly served the Club during his era as player/captain and as Chairman of the Caps United UK Legends Association.
“Caps United Football Club will forever cherish Joe’s great works and dedicated service to the club on and off the pitch,” the statement reads.
Mugabe, a former captain of the Green Machine in the 90s, often referred to as Kode from Mabvuku, was born on September 3, 1968.
He was the son of former BAT Ramblers player and Circle Cement manager, the late Joshua Mugabe.