Zimbabwe women’s national cricket team coach Sinikiwe Mpofu has died, less than a month after the death of her husband and Chevrons coach Shepherd Makunura.
Mpofu died “suddenly” at the age of 37 on Saturday.
The former international, nicknamed ‘Sneeze’, was married to Zimbabwe men’s team outfield coach Makunura who died on December 15, 2022 after a long battle with illness.
They are survived by two children.
Mpofu was pronounced dead on arrival at a medical facility after collapsing at her home in Masvingo. An autopsy to determine the cause of his death is to be performed.
Mpofu, born in Bulawayo on February 21, 1985, was a talented all-rounder who was part of the historic squad that played in the Lady Chevrons’ first-ever international match in December 2006.
A statement from Zimbabwe Cricket described her post-playing career as “an integral part of Zimbabwe Cricket’s game development structures” at provincial and national levels.
Mpofu was part of the technical teams that saw Zimbabwe women dominate in Africa, earning one-day international status and recently finishing one win away from qualifying for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
As head coach, she guided the Mountaineers Women to victory in the inaugural Fifty50 Challenge – Zimbabwe’s provincial women’s one-day championship – in the 2020-21 season.
Last season she led them to another final, finishing second in the Women’s T20 Cup.
Zimbabwe Cricket chief executive Givemore Makoni said: “Death has robbed us of a truly warm person, more importantly a loving mother, and robbed so many others, including all of us, of one of the pioneers of women’s cricket in Zimbabwe who went on to excel as a coach at provincial and national levels.
“With her sudden passing coming just weeks after the death of her loving husband, who was also part of our National Coaching Team roster, this is a particularly difficult and painful time for their young children, their families, their friends and the whole of cricket. brotherhood.
“As we send them our deepest condolences, we wish them courage and strength to endure this devastating loss.”