Friday Phiri burial today

HARARE - The late former CAPS United and Warriors winger Friday “Amayenge” Phiri will be buried today at the Zororo Gardens Memorial Park in the capital.

Phiri, 60, passed away at his Glen Norah home on Friday morning after a long battle with lung cancer and is survived by his wife Rose and three children.

Yesterday condolences kept on pouring for the football legend, who will be remembered for his slippery dribbling skills while turning out for Makepekepe and the Warriors in the late 70s and 80s.

Former Dynamos and Warriors goalkeeper Japhet “Shortcat” Mparutsa, who is based in the United Kingdom, was devastated by the news of Phiri’s death.

“Heartbreak...Friday Phiri my good friend promoted to heaven to join other heroes. Hard pill to swallow this but I have to accept it! Rest In Peace, Amayenge, Breakdown, Hoza Friday...will keep the memories!” Mparutsa wrote on his social media page.

Ex-CAPS United winger Phillip Zulu, who is also based in the UK, described Phiri as a football legend. 

“So sad to hear the untimely death of our football hero, legend and brother, Friday Phiri. He was my mentor when I was a junior at CAPS United and he always pushed us to work hard. Rest in eternal peace Amayenge,” he said.

Former Masvingo United and Highlanders forward Simbarashe Gate, who is now based in Malaysia wrote this on Facebook: “Sad news, I have lost my coach the legendary Friday Phiri, who coached me from a young age and helped me to became what I am today.”

Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa also paid tribute to the late former Makepekepe player.

“Friday is one of the finest strikers ever to be produced in this country and achieved huge successes at CAPS United and for Warriors,” Chiyangwa said.

“As both player and coach, Phiri served the game of football with great distinction and commitment and the void he has left will be enormously difficult to fill.

“It is indeed very painful that we continue to lose our legends at a time we are making great strides to re-position the game .

“On behalf of the Zifa Executive Committee, the Assembly, the Secretariat,  the entire football family and on my own behalf, I would like to extend deepest condolences to the Phiri family and CAPS united during this painful period.

“We mourn with you and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult moment. May you all find comfort in the almighty God and may his dearest soul rest in eternal peace.”

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