In a somber start to the new year, the football world mourns the loss of Patrick Mpofu, a former striker for Highlanders FC, who passed away at the age of 39. Known affectionately as ‘Mboma’ during his playing days, Mpofu’s death was confirmed by Highlanders in a heartfelt statement released earlier today.
“We are saddened by the passing on of Patrick ‘Mboma’ Mpofu, a former club striker. He passed away today, January 1, 2024,” the statement read. Mboma, a notable figure in the club’s history, began his journey with Highlanders FC’s U19 squad in 2003 and earned his place in the senior team by 2005.
His career, marked by a blend of skill and determination, saw him briefly with the senior squad of Highlanders, before moving to Hwange in the middle of the 2006 season. He later joined the Bulawayo Chiefs in 2017, contributing significantly to their ascension to the top-flight league.
Prior to his illustrious career with Highlanders, Mpofu was a shining star at the AmaZulu Academy. His transition to professional football was marked by his distinct playing style and commitment to the sport.
Mpofu’s passing comes after a challenging year of battling a long illness. His demise is not just a loss to his former clubs but to the football community at large, who remember him not just as a player, but as an ambassador of the sport’s spirit and camaraderie.
As the football community comes together to mourn, tributes from fans, former teammates, and clubs have been pouring in, commemorating the life and career of a player who left an indelible mark in the hearts of many. Patrick ‘Mboma’ Mpofu will be remembered as a player who played with heart, brought joy to fans, and inspired many young footballers.
Highlanders FC has announced that they will be holding a memorial service to honor the life and legacy of Patrick Mpofu. Details regarding the service will be shared in due course.