Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
OLYMPIQUE Lyon players on Saturday paid tribute to their teammate, Tino Kadewere’s brother Prince who died in Harare last Wednesday at the age of 40 and was buried in Zvimba on Saturday.

The French club’s players wore black T-shirts written “Rest in Heaven PRINCE KADEWERE” in their warm up before they faced off with Manchester City in a Uefa Champions League quarterfinal fixture in Lisbon, Portugal.

Not only did the players wear black T-shirts but the screen at José Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon also had a message paying tribute to a man popularly known local football circles as “Pipi”.

In a Twitter post, Lyon said they were able to pay tribute to Kadewere’s brother after an agreement with Uefa.

“OL, with the agreement of UEFA, was able to pay tribute to Prince Kadewere, who died in recent days. We think of Tino and his family,’’ posted the club on Saturday.

Les Gones went on to beat the Cityzens 3-2 to play a place in the semifinals of Europe’s premier club competition where they will face off with Bayern Munich who hammered Barcelona 8-2 on Friday. The Lyon players were even spotted holding the shirts with the tribute as they celebrated their unexpected win over Pep Guardiola’s men.

Kadewere, not registered for Lyon’s current Champions League campaign was granted special exemption to attend his brother’s funeral.