Former ZPC Kariba coach Matava dies

By William Milasi 

Former ZPC Kariba coach Oliver Matava has died. 

He was 42. 

Confirming the death of the veteran gaffer Owen Matava top publisher and owner of Midlands News said his brother had been unwell for the past few days. 

He died at his Kariba home in self isolation.

 “He has not been feeling well for the past few days. He got tested for Covid 19 four days ago. At the time of his death, Matava was waiting for his results,” Owen said.

 Before turning to coaching Matava played for variuos football teams in the country according to his brother.

 He played football under Zesa Munyati, Jit Bata, Tech Mate and GMB Silo in Kwekwe before hanging his boots. He started his coaching career with Lake Croco in Kariba. 

“He then joined Lake Croco a division two team based in Kariba and left for ZPC Kariba which was in division two as well,” the family Spokerperson said. 

He then coached the team together with Jostein Mathutu until they got promoted into the PSL.

 After the promotion of the team he later worked under Soul Chaminuka as assistant coach and Sunday Marimo in the same capacity.

 He then later on left to join Kariba Waves were he was currently attached as head coach.

 Kariba Waves is in Northern Region Division One League. 

Matava is  survived by his wife and five children.
According to the family burial is to be advised.

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