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Wednesday, 15 November 2023 18:29

SuperSport United's goalkeeper George Chigova passes away aged 32.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

SuperSport United goalkeeper George Chigova has passed away on Wednesday afternoon, the club confirmed in a statement.

The details of his death are still sketchy.

"It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of former SuperSport United player, George Chigova," a statement read.

"George had two stints with the club, having joined us in 2014 from Dynamos in Zimbabwe. He rejoined SuperSport in 2020 after having played for Polokwane City from 2015. While he just started seven games for the club, he formed a great backup and training partner for the likes of Ronwen Williams, Ricardo Goss and Boalefela Pule.

Chigova, 32, is said to have suffered a heart attack in July. But he is reported to have returned to training before collapsing.

"He also represented his country, Zimbabwe, making 32 appearances.

"The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) mourns the passing of former Warriors goalkeeper George Chigova," the statement from ZIFA read.

"Chigova, affectionately known as "Jojola," played a pivotal role in Zimbabwean football, representing the Warriors with distinction at various international tournaments, including the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

"His sudden passing has left a void in the hearts of football fans and the Zimbabwean sporting community. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Chigova's family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time.

"His contributions to Zimbabwean football will not be forgotten. May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace."

Just ten days ago, Amazulu's Bonginkosi Ntuli died after losing his battle with an "aggressive form of cancer". He was 32.

Earlier this year, South Africa under-20 captain and Stellenbosch FC's Oshwin Andies died days after being stabbed during a party.

Last season, in March of this year, Richards Bay Siphamandla Mtolo also died after collapsing during a training session at the age of 29.