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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 March, 2004, 14:26 GMT
Zimbabwe mourns footballers
Steve Vickers
BBC Sport, Harare

Caps United fans
Two fans are among the victims
Three players from Zimbabwean Premier League club CAPS United and two supporters died in a road accident in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The players include former Zimbabwe international midfielder Blessing Makunike and striker Shingirai Alron.

The third player has been named as Garry Mashoko, a 24-year-old left-back.

It's a complete tragedy, I'm lost for words
CAPS United chairman Andy Hodges
The accident happened after the team was returning to Harare from Bulawayo after beating Sundowns 2-1 in a league match.

The three players did not travel in the team bus, and the car they were using hit the pillar of a bridge before catching fire.

They were trapped and then burnt to death.

"It's a complete tragedy, I'm lost for words," said CAPS United chairman Andy Hodges.

Makunike, who was 27 years old, had 14 caps for the Zimbabwe national team, for whom he had scored two goals.

CAPS United have won their first two matches of the season and were looking likely to mount a strong challenge for the league title.

In 2001, the team was also stunned by a road accident when the car that coach Steve Kwashi was driving hit a tree on his way back from a match.

He sustained serious head injuries and was unable to return to his post.




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