TRAGEDY has struck army side Black Rhinos ahead of their first match of the 2023 Premier Soccer League season against rivals Cranborne tomorrow following the death of their new signing Marcus Mapanhure yesterday.
Mapanhure, who was earmarked to make his debut for the club tomorrow passed away yesterday morning at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare after succumbing to injuries sustained after he was hit by a car on his way to training on Friday.
Black Rhinos announced the sad news in a statement on their social media platforms.
“Another sad day for the Black Rhinos family. The club regrets to announce the passing on of one of our new players, Marcus Mapunhure, popularly known as ‘Rojo’, this morning (18 March 2023) at Parirenyatwa Hospital,” the club said.
“He was hit by a car in the Harare central business district yesterday morning on his way to the training ground.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
"May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Mapanhure’s death comes after the club lost goalkeeper Simbarashe Nkosi, who passed away in January after a chest infection.
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The army club has also been mourning the death of former Black Rhinos Queens and Mighty Warriors player Rufaro Machingura, who passed away in January after a long illness.