HARARE – The Zimbabwean football community is in mourning following the untimely death of former national team goalkeeper, George Chigova, who passed away at the age of 32 due to a heart ailment on Wednesday.
Chigova, renowned for his exceptional goalkeeping skills, had a decorated career, representing clubs such as Dynamos, Polokwane City, and SuperSport United.
His journey in football took a tragic turn in July this year when he suffered a heart attack during training, forcing him out of action until his demise.
The news of Chigova’s passing came just hours before the Zimbabwe national team, the Warriors, were set to face Rwanda in a crucial 2026 World Cup qualifier in Kigali.
In a poignant tribute, Warriors players wore black armbands to mourn not only Chigova but also Rahman Gumbo, who tragically passed away in Botswana the previous Friday.
Chigova’s death follows a heartbreaking pattern, similar to that of Gumbo, as reports suggest he collapsed and died at his residence in South Africa.
A product of the esteemed Aces Youth Soccer Academy in Harare, which has produced football luminaries like Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat, Chigova made a significant impact on the sport.
The late goalkeeper’s heroic moment will forever be etched in the memories of Zimbabwean football enthusiasts.
During the 2018 COSAFA Cup quarter-final in South Africa, Chigova exhibited remarkable skill by saving three penalties in a shootout against the hosts.
The Warriors secured a semi-final berth with a 4-1 victory, following a tense 1-1 draw in regulation time.
Chigova’s sudden departure has sent shockwaves through the football fraternity, and tributes are pouring in for the talented goalkeeper who left an indelible mark on the pitch.
Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) acting President Lincoln Mutasa expressed his condolences describing Chigova as a true warrior.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of George Chigova. He was a true warrior on the field and a beloved figure in Zimbabwean football. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
The loss of George Chigova has left a void in Zimbabwean football, and the upcoming matches for the Warriors will undoubtedly be played in his memory as the nation bids farewell to one of its football heroes.