RIP: George Chigova’s last save breaks hearts in Zimbabwe

The football community mourns the loss of former Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova, who passed away at the age of 32, four months after enduring a suspected heart attack.

Having earned 32 caps for his country between 2011 and 2019, Chigova’s impact extended beyond the pitch, with his passing eliciting tributes from fans and his former club, Dynamos.

The goalkeeper, who had faced a series of heart-related challenges, represented clubs like Dynamos, Supersport United, and Polokwane City during his career, leaving an indelible mark on Zimbabwean football.

His presence in the African Cup of Nations further underscored his dedication to the sport.

Chigova’s recent social media post, expressing gratitude for life’s blessings, takes on poignant significance in the wake of his untimely death.

In July, he had suffered a cardiac arrest during training, returning after medical attention.

However, the football world faced another tragedy as the manager of Supersport United, Grant Hunt, acknowledged a grim prognosis despite the supportive measures in place.

Chigova’s passing marks the second heartbreak for Zimbabwean football within a week, following the demise of former player and caretaker manager Rahman Gumbo.

The loss of these two football figures not only leaves a void in the sport but serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the broader health challenges faced by athletes.

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