The country's second largest city, Bulawayo, came to a standstill on Friday as thousands of weeping mourners thronged the streets to bid farewell to football legend Adam Ndlovu.
Ndlovu's casket was driven through the streets of Bulawayo on its way to Luveve stadium where 10,000 people joined the family and friends for a church service. Police struggled to keep the crowd at bay as they pushed into the stadium.
Supporters, officials and players from the country's football teams, notably Caps United and Dynamos, made it to Bulawayo for the service.
Former football commentator Ezra 'Tshisa' Sibanda told SW Radio Africa that thousands of people lined both sides of the road from the city centre to Luveve, to mourn Ndlovu who died in a horrific car crash on Sunday near Victoria Falls.
It is believed the province's commanding officer has cancelled all leave for police officers, in anticipation of an even bigger crowd at his burial at Lady Stanley cemetery on Saturday.
The accident left Adam's brother Peter seriously injured, but he is reportedly recovering well at the Mater Dei hospital. The crash also claimed the life of Nomqhele Tshili, believed to have been Peter's girlfriend.
Tshili was laid to rest in Esiphezini, Esigodini on Thursday at a ceremony attended by footballers, administrators and members of the Ndlovu family.