Mutare soccer star dies from cardiac arrest

Fungayi Munyoro-Chingaira

MUTARE- Former Buffaloes FC player Wonder ‘Hanzu’ Kapangazuwiri has died of heart problems at his home in Pretoria, South Africa last week and was buried at Dangamvura cemetery last Wednesday, family spokesperson Trymore Kapangazuwiri has confirmed. Trymore told Chipinge Times that his 48-year-old brother’s High Blood Pressure had been unstable for years.

“It’s so painful to lose him. His High Blood Pressure has been unstable for years. He was so caring . He would always check on us every day,” said Trymore.
Born on February 7, 1974 in Mutare , in a family of five, Wonder was the second born. He started playing football at City Vellos Junior Club and later plied his trade at the now defunct Division 1 outfits CPMZ and Redwing Mine, and also played for Acturas Mine FC.
He attended Chisamba Primary School and Sakubva 2 Secondary School in Mutare. He is survived by his son Brendon (22).

A Mutare born former Highlanders star Blessing Gumiso described Kapangazuwiri as one of the most talented players to come out of Sakubva.
“ It’s sad and scary to lose such a great talent. We grew up together playing junior football in the streets and in primary and secondary teams. We would spend some time together and we were very close. We are age mates. He was one of the best and talented players in Mutare,” said Gumiso.
Manica Diamonds FC team manager Ticha Zikai said Mutare has been robbed of great talent after losing former national Under-20 midfielder Achiford Chikodzore few days ago.

“We have been robbed of great talent after losing Chikodzore and Wonder within as short space of time. It’s so sad and painful. There is nothing we can do. We can only say rest in peace Hanzu,” he said. His teammate at CPMZ Razaford Choma said Kapangazuwiri had all the qualities of a top striker.
“We played together at CPMZ for more than three seasons. He was talented and had all the qualities of a top striker. Would partner as strikers or he would play behind me .We played together from 2000-2002. From CPMZ he joined Redwing Mine FC and Buffaloes before moving to Acturas mine which is sister company of Redwing,” said Choma.

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