How did Sinikiwe Mpofu die? Lady Chevrons pioneer’s cause of death Explained


How did Sinikiwe Mpofu die? Lady Chevrons pioneer's cause of death Explained

Pioneer of the Lady Chevrons Sinikiwe Mpofu passes away after her husband’s recent death. Let’s see what happened to her and Sinikiwe Mpofu cause of death in detail.


What happened to Sinikiwe Mpofu?

Sinikiwe Mpofu (Zimbabwe Ladies National team Assistant Coach) passed away in Zimbabwe at 9 am after she collapsed, she was 37 yrs old.

Sinikiwe was the wife of the late Shepherd Makunura (Zimbabwe National Team Fielding Coach at the time of his passing away) who passed away on the 15th of December 2022 aged 46 yrs old after a long illness.

Shepp was my childhood friend/cricket brother & will forever miss him – We played & talked a lot of cricket together from the early-mid 1980s whilst growing up in Zimbabwe.

Sinikiwe Mpofu cause of death

It is with great sadness and shock that Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) announces the sudden death of Zimbabwe Senior Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Sinikiwe Mpofu, less than a month after her husband, Shepherd Makunura, was laid to rest.

Mpofu, the former Zimbabwe international cricket player affectionately known as Sneeze, was pronounced dead on arrival at a medical facility after she collapsed at her home in Masvingo this Saturday morning. A post-mortem to determine the cause of her death was due to be carried out.

ZC Board Tribute

The ZC Board, Management, Staff, and Players wish to convey their heartfelt condolences to the Mpofu and Makunura families on the passing of a gifted and hardworking young woman who excelled both as a player and a coach.

ZC Managing Director Givemore Makoni said,

“Death has robbed us of a genuinely warm individual, more importantly, a loving mother, and deprived so many others, including all of us, of one of the pioneers of women’s cricket in Zimbabwe who went on to excel as a coach at provincial and national levels,”

“With her sudden passing coming just a few weeks after the death of her loving husband, who was also a part of our national team coaching setup, this is particularly a difficult and painful time for their young children, families, friends, and the entire cricket fraternity,” he added.

“In extending to them our heartfelt condolences, we wish them courage and strength to bear this devastating loss.” Arrangements for Mpofu’s funeral will be announced in due course.

Who was Sinikiwe Mpofu?

Mpofu, born in Bulawayo on 21 February 1985, was a talented all-rounder who was part of the history-making team that represented Zimbabwe Women in their first-ever international cricket match in December 2006.

She started playing the game while she was still a student at Mpopoma High School and went on to feature for the provincial side Westerns.

In 2007, she joined Takashinga Cricket Club and also made it into the Northern team after she moved to Harare to pursue further education.

After ending her playing career, she ventured into coaching and scoring, becoming an integral part of ZC’s game development structures at provincial and national levels.

Mpofu has been part of the technical teams that have seen Zimbabwe Women dominating Africa, earning one-day international status and recently finishing just one win away from qualifying for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

Under her tutelage as Head Coach, Mountaineers Women won the inaugural Fifty50 Challenge – Zimbabwe’s provincial one-day championship for women – in the 2020/21 season. Last season, she led them to another final, finishing as runners-up in the Women’s T20 Cup.

Social media Condolences & tributes:

Zim Cricket

I come to you with more sad news. Zimbabwe National Ladies Cricket Assistant Coach Sinikiwe Mpofu the wife of the late former Zimbabwe Men’s Cricket Team Assistant Coach Shepherd Makunura has gone to be with her beloved husband Shepherd. Tragedy has struck twice in the Makunura and Mpofu families in a space of a month. Thoughts and prayers are with the two families as they mourn the departure of Sinikiwe. May God give them strength, and comfort them in these difficult times.

Cricket 24

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad news of the passing on of Zimbabwe Lady Chevrons’ assistant coach Sinikiwe Mpofu. Her death comes barely less than a month after we laid to rest her husband Shepherd Makunura… Rest in Peace Sneeze


I come to you with more sad news. Zimbabwe National Ladies Cricket Assistant Coach Sinikiwe Mpofu the wife of the late former Zimbabwe Men’s Cricket Team Assistant Coach Shepherd Makunura who passed on in December has passed on. She will be remembered as the first female to coach a national cricket team in Zimbabwe. The first female to both plays and coach the national team in Zimbabwe  My deepest sympathies to the family May God give you strength, and comfort in this difficult time. Hugs to the kids  Go well Sneezy 




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