Highlanders has lost one of its legends, Luphahla popularly known as Matholwane who was part of their midfield from the 1971 when he broke into first team.

According to reports, Willie Luphahla died in Bulawayo yesterday at the age of 64 after a lengthy illness and will be laid in the City of Kings (Bulawayo) tomorrow.

His father George Luphahla has a rich history with Highlanders as he once became the president of the club.

His brother Albert Magagula (sharing same mother) once served as the chairman for the club from 1963 up to 1966 before he became team manager for two years.

Luphahla who played at the same time with the likes of Douglas Mloyi, Barry Daka (late), Tymon Mabaleka amd Lawrence Phiri retired from football in 1976 as a result of his broken leg.

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.

Luphahla is survived by three children and four grandchildren.

Mourners are gathered at P72 Mzilikazi

Credit: Sunday News

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