Tanzania’s Simba SC skipper Jonas Mkude has been injured in a car crash at Dumila in Morogoro Region yesterday afternoon when he was in his way back from Dodoma.
The club’s member, Shose Masao, who was also travelling in the car, died after sustaining serious injuries.
Mkude, who was attending the senior national soccer team ‘Taifa Stars’ camp in Dar es Salaam, was rushed to a hospital in Morogoro for treatment.
"Mkude has already headed to Dar es Salaam, he didn’t suffer serious injuries, other persons that were injured in the accident are receiving treatment at Dumila Hospital. We feel sad that one of our members died,” Simba executive committee member, Musleh Ruwaih, said.
The car’s owner, Mohammed, who is a Simba member, was heading to Dar es Salaam with Mkude and several other members of the club after attending the Azam Sports Federation Cup competition’s final between the outfit and Mbao FC of Mwanza held at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma a day before.
Simba cruised to a 2-1 victory over Mbao FC to lift the Azam Sports Federation Cup event’s trophy.Morogoro Regional Police Commander, Ulrich Matei, confirmed the accident, saying the car veered off the road following tyre puncture.
“The car’s driver lost control following tyre puncture, the car veered off the road and overturned,” Matei said.Matei disclosed the car had carried six passengers, with some of them having suffered injuries. They are Mkude, Justine Mdoe (24), Faudhia Ramadhan and Hamza Mapunda.
Winger Shiza Kichuya and forward, Fredrick Blagnon, registered Simba’s goals in the Azam Sports Federation Cup Competition’s final to help their side make it to the CAF Confederation Cup competition.