Derby Makinka

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Derby Makinka
Derby Makinka (left).jpg
Derby Makinka, Kalusha Bwalya and Whiteson Changwe
Personal information
Full name Derby Makinka
Date of birth (1965-09-05)5 September 1965
Place of birth Harare, Zimbabwe
Date of death April 27, 1993(1993-04-27) (aged 29)
Place of death Libreville, Gabon
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984-1989 Profound Warriors
1989 CSKA Pomir Dushanbe 3 (0)
1990 Darryn Textiles Africa United
1991 Lech Poznań 3 (0)
1993 Ettifaq FC
National team
1986-1993 Zambia

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Derby Makinka (born 5 September 1965, in Harare, Zimbabwe, died 27 April 1993) was a Zambian footballer and member of the national team. He was among those killed in the crash of the team plane in Gabon in 1993.[1]


Makinka played club football for Profound Warriors in Zambia, where he was voted Zambian Footballer of the year in 1989,[2] 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.[3] With this move he became the first foreigner, along with Pearson Mwanza and Wisdom Mumba Chansa. Makinkas debut came on 2 October 1989 in an away match against FC Torpedo Moscow, before appearing twice more, against FC Rotor Volgograd and FC Metalist Kharkiv, before leaving at the conclusion of the 1989 season. Makinka went on to play for Darryn Textiles in Zimbabwe, Lech Poznań in Poland and Ettifaq FC in Saudi Arabia.[4]

Personal life

Makinka had three children - one son and two daughters (Debby, Debbie and Diana).[5]


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