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Former Highlanders midfielder dies

Former Highlanders and Mwana Africa midfielder Costa Maradzike has died. He was 41.

By Sportbrief Reporter

He died upon forming a soccer team Trojan Stars in Bindura. According to The Chronicle, his brother Tawendi said Costa suddenly got a headache before being ferried to Mpilo Hospital where he died.

“He had been based in Bindura where he was coaching Trojan. We went to pick him up when we heard that he was not well and took him to hospital on Monday,” said Tawendi.

Costa joined a then star-studded Bosso side in 2003 and immediately endeared himself to the hard to please Bulawayo giants’ faithful with his booming shots. He then left to join and captain Bindura-based side Mwana Africa on their promotion to the Premier Soccer League and was a vital  cog in the now defunct team’s midfield department.

Maradzike later on formed his own soccer team in Bindura, Trojan Stars a team he managed till the time of his death.

He is survived by a wife and three children, one girl and two boys. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course, but mourners are gathered at number 375 in Nguboyenja suburb in Bulawayo.

Highlanders coach, Madinda Ndlovu has conveyed his condolences message.

“I didn’t know he was ill. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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