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A former football player who became a taxi driver was slain in a carjacking.

Former Zimbabwe player Charles Yohane died in a carjacking incident in South Africa at the age of 48.

Yohane was a member of the Warriors’ side that competed in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 2004.

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

His body was discovered on Monday in Soweto, however he is thought to have died on Saturday night.

His brother Lewis told Bazzup Sport, “He was kidnapped, they took his car and shot him in the head.”

Yohane arrived to South Africa from Zimbabwe in 1996 to play for Wits, where he became captain and made a club record 268 games between 1997 and 2006.

He eventually became the Wits’ developmental coach, but was fired when the club’s franchise was sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in 2020.

Yohane made 23 appearances for Zimbabwe, swiftly establishing himself as the country’s first-choice left-back in 1996, while playing for CAPS United in Harare.

Innocent Chikoya, a close friend of Yohane’s, played alongside him at Fire Batteries FC, and the two later went to African Wanderers in South Africa, with Yohane returning to Zimbabwe briefly in 1996 for a stint with Caps United.

“He wasn’t a friend; he was a brother, and we lost him tragically,” Chikoya told Bazzup Sport.

“He was a sharp, astute footballer who knew how to get things done.” He was a dedicated and rigorous leader.

“On Thursday, I will pick up his remains from the funeral home and transport him home.”

Edelbert Dinha, a Zimbabwean living in South Africa, was a member of the Zimbabwe squad at the 2006 Nations Cup and was close to Yohane.

“From Saturday to Monday, we tried phoning him and couldn’t get through,” Dinha told Bazzup Sport. “I went to the police station after that.”

“Charles was a peaceful man who never argued with anyone and was usually smiling. In the ABC, he was the head coach of Leruma United FC.


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