The late Retired General Solomon Tapfumaneyi Mujuru has been a hailed as a keen sportsman and great supporter and patron of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces team and Black Rhinos Football Club.Former Black Rhinos players and officials say Cde Mujuru was a father-figure, leader, commander and a founder of the club.
Black Rhinos Football Club was formed in 1983 with the late General Mujuru playing a major role.
The team attracted top players from CAPS United and Dynamos and went on to win the league in 1984 and the then prestigious Castle Cup to clinch a double.
The team then won right to compete in the CAF Champions League and CAF Cup Winners Cup.
Some of the players were selected into the Defence Forces team which was a combination of the army team Black Rhinos, Air Force teams Chapungu and Blue Swallows.
The team went on to compete with the worldâ€™s best in Italy during the World Military Games.
Former Zimbabwe and Black Rhinos star players midfielder Stanford â€œStixâ€ Mtizwa and striker Jimmy Mbewe said the death of General Mujuru has robbed them of a father and leader.
Black Rhinos football club is now playing in the Northern Region First Division following their relegation from the top-flight Premier Soccer League.