Ex-Zambia coach Patrick Phiri has paid tribute to the late former Zanaco and Zambia U20 defender Aaron Simutowe.
Simutowe died over the weekend in the United States in a road traffic accident.
The left-back was part of the first Zambia Under-20 team to qualify to the FIFA U20 World Cup in 1999 under coach Phiri.
“It is a great loss to Zambia and to the family. It is a terrible moment, “Phiri said.
“The young man has gone before his time after a fantastic time during his youth career.
“Our hearts are with his family.
“He was a very determined young man who wanted to excel and never gave up.”
Simutowe is the son of the late Zambia defender Boniface Simutowe.
He played for Zanaco from 1999 to 2000 before moving to America. Simutowe collected a couple of senior caps in friendlies in 2000 under late Chipolopolo coach George Mungwa.
His contemporaries in the Zambia Under-20 Class of 1999 include Kampamba Chintu, Andrew Sinkala, Emmanuel Zulu, Perry Mutapa, Ronald Mbambara, Bernard Makufi and George Chilufya.