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banner Thursday, 11 October, 2001, 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK
Coach and player die
Ndhlovu pictured at the 1992 Cup of Nations where he took Zambia to the quarter-finals
Ndhlovu pictured at the 1992 Cup of Nations where he took Zambia to the quarter-finals
Former Zambian national team coach Samuel 'Zoom' Ndhlovu has died after a long illness, while Julius Berger winger Aikhionbare Ogbemudia has been killed in a car crash.

In a sad week for African football, the much-respected Ndhlovu passed away in Mufulira, where he had been involved at local club Wanderers.

Ndhlovu coached Zambia at the 1992 Nations Cup, where they lost in the quarter-finals in extra time to eventual winners Ivory Coast.

He last coached Zambia during the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, and he also had stints in a number of other countries.

Ndhlovu will also be remembered for nurturing some of Zambia's best ever players such as Kalusha Bwalya, Charles Musonda and Johnson Bwalya.

'Sad development'

Zambian FA acting general secretary Machacha Shepande said: "It really is a sad development that Zambia has lost another footballing legend."

Other well-known figures who have died this year include James Phiri and Gibby Mbasela, members of the Zambia squad that reached the final of the 1994 Nations Cup.

It has also been learned in Nigeria that 20-year-old forward Ogbemudia died when he was attacked by armed bandits after they stopped his car with a fake roadblock.

The incident occurred on Sunday night, just hours after Ogbemudia had helped the Abeokuta side beat TP Mazembe of Congo 1-0 in a Champions League Group A tie.

The left-sided winger had played well in the campaign, scoring in the 3-2 defeat by Esperance of Tunisia last month.

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