10 Things You Didn’t Know About Derby Makinka

  1. Derby Makinka was born on 5 September 1965 in Harare, Southern Rhodesia.
  2. Irregardless of being born in Zimbabwe, he was a Zambian footballer.
  3. He was among those killed in the crash of the team plane in Gabon in 1993.
  4. Makinka had three children – one son and two daughters.
  5. Derby played club football for Profound Warriors in Zambia, where he was voted Zambian Footballer of the year in 1989.
  6. Before moving to Pomir Dushanbe in the Soviet Top League near the end of 1989 after being spotted during their 4-0 win over Italy at the 1988 Olympics.
  7. He became the first African, along with Pearson Mwanza and Wisdom Mumba Chansa, to play in the Soviet Union.
  8. Makinka’s debut came on 2 October 1989 in an away match against Torpedo Moscow, before appearing twice more, against Rotor Volgograd and Metalist Kharkiv, before leaving at the conclusion of the 1989 season.
  9. Makinka went on to play for Darryn Textiles in Zimbabwe, Lech Poznań in Poland and Ettifaq FC in Saudi Arabia.
  10. He died on 27 April 1993.