Former Zimbabwe footballer Charles Yohane has died in South Africa at the age of 48 in an apparent car-jacking incident. He was found dead on Tuesday after reportedly being attacked by armed carjackers in Soweto, South Africa.
Defender Yohane was in the Warriors’ squad for their debut appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004.
Following retirement from playing he had been working in Johannesburg as a football coach and a taxi driver.
His body was found in Soweto on Monday, though it is believed he died on Saturday night.
“He was hijacked, they took his car and shot him in the head,” his brother Lewis told BBC Sport.
Yohane moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa in 1996 and played for top-flight side Wits, becoming captain and making a club record 268 appearances from 1997 to 2006.
He later became coach of the Wits’ developmental side, but was released from his job when the club sold its franchise to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in 2020.
Yohane played for Zimbabwe 23 times, quickly establishing himself as his country’s first-choice left-back in 1996, when he was playing for Harare side CAPS United.
His good friend Innocent Chikoya played with him at Fire Batteries FC and they moved together to African Wanderers in South Africa, with Yohane returning briefly to Zimbabwe in 1996 for his stint with Caps United.