Former Highlanders legend Willie “Matholwane” Luphahla has died, Sunday News reports. Luphahla reportedly died in Bulawayo yesterday after a lengthy illness.
Luphahla who was 64 at the time of his death will be buried in the City Of Kings tomorrow and he survived by three children and four grandchildren. Willie who retired from football in 1976 after breaking his right leg’s family has a rich history with the Bulawayo giants:
- His late father, George Luphahla is a former Bosso president.
- Albert Magagula, who shares the same mother with Willie is an ex-Highlanders chairman, a post he held from 1963 until 1966 and then served as team manager for two years after that.
- His older brother Kynot is also a former Bosso player.
A short bio about Willie published by the publication reads:
Willie started off at Bosso in the juniors in 1966 before he broke into the first team in 1971. He retired in 1976 because of a broken right leg. Luphahla played for Highlanders at the same time with the likes of Douglas Mloyi, Barry Daka (late), Tymon Mabaleka, Lawrence Phiri, Josiah Nxumalo, Tommy Masuku (late) and Billy Sibanda. Those who watched Luphahla during his playing days described him as one of the finest midfielders to come out of Highlanders. His exploits in the middle of the park are put in the same bracket as those of the also late duo of Willard Khumalo as well as Benjamin Nkonjera.
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