Highlanders legend Willard Mashinkila Khumalo has died.
The former Highlanders and Warriors player passed away at a Bulawayo hospital. Mashinkila as Khumalo was affectionately known had been hospitalised since Wednesday after a long battle with diabetes.
The midfield kingpin had great charisma, passion and skill featuring prominently in the days of the dream team which was coached by the late German coach Reinhard Fabisch. Khumalo was also a former Bosso coach and team manager.
Below are a few of the remarks made about Mashinkila:
“R.I.P Mawiwi, Willard Mashinkila Khumalo, the midfield kingpin who had great charisma, passion and skill that made every game very exciting in Zim Football. He was a total footballer who server the game with pride, passion and great determination. He was one of my most respected footballers of all Time and sadly, we Will all miss him. Rest in peace, Nduna, we will always remember those special moments you shared with us.” Philip Zulu
“Another sad day in Zimbabwean football…rip my brother, Willard “Mawii, Nduna” Mashinkila Khumalo…go well my brother…” Henry Mckop
“Rest In Peace Coach Father Brother Mentor Willard Mashinkila Khumalo we no u in a better place coach with the Angels in Heaven u played a major role in my career coach to b where im now thank very much Lala Ngoxolo zororai Murugare true legend of zimbabwean football. Ndunaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.” Thomas Langu Sweswe