EXTRA TIME: Southern African football pays respect to Cyclone Idai victims

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A devastating cyclone has caused massive damage in the coastal areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi this weekend

On Monday relief workers assessed the damage and fears are that the death toll could rise over 1000 across Southern Africa.

Leading figures in Southern African football have come out with messages for unity in the region, to help the victims and those who have lost their homes.

The storm caused winds reportedly at 177 km/h, and here's how the United Nations World Food Programme worker Gerald Bourke described the desperate circumstances.

"No building is untouched. There is no power. There is no telecommunications. The streets are littered with fallen electricity lines," Bourke was reported to have said by the BBC.

"The roofs on so many houses have fallen in, likewise the walls. A lot of people in the city have lost their homes."

Before the cyclone hit Mozambique we saw Banyana Banyana star Janine Van Wyk share her fears about the potential destruction on Twitter.

Then Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic expressed his astonishment after the event.

There are also supportive video messages from The South African Football Players Union and the Footballers Union in Zimbabwe.