Ex-Zimbabwe footballer killed in South Africa

Former Zimbabwean footballer abducted and assassinated in South Africa [Image: courtesy]
South Africa—Charles Yohane, a former Zimbabwe footballer has died in South Africa at the age of 48 in an apparent car-jacking incident.

Defender Yohane was in the Warriors’ squad for their debut appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004.

Charles Yohane worked as a football coach and a cab driver in Johannesburg after retiring from playing.

“He was hijacked, they took his car and shot him in the head,” his brother Lewis said.

The deceased moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa in 1996 and played for top-flight side Wits, becoming captain and making a club record 268 appearances from 1997 to 2006.

Later, he became coach of the Wits’ developmental side but was released from his job when the club sold its franchise to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in 2020.

Innocent Chikoya, the long-known friend,  played with him at Fire Batteries FC and they moved together to African Wanderers in South Africa, with Yohane returning briefly to Zimbabwe in 1996 for his stint with Caps United.

“He wasn’t a friend, he was a brother, and we have lost him in bad circumstances,” Chikoya said.

“He was clever, an intelligent footballer, he had ways of getting things done. He was a leader, disciplined and dedicated.

“I will be collecting his body from the funeral parlor on Thursday and will be taking him home.”

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