Former Zimbabwean goalkeeper George Chigova passes away at 32
Former Dynamos and Zimbabwe national team goalkeeper, George Chigova, tragically passed away at the age of 32.
Chigova, who had been playing for SuperSport United in the South African Premiership, collapsed and died at his home in South Africa yesterday.
Chigova, a talented goalkeeper who emerged from the Aces Youth Soccer Academy, was asked to take a break from the game and was considering early retirement after an incident during the off-season preparations. He had been diagnosed with a heart ailment, which led to a lengthy lay-off from the sport. However, Chigova had recently returned to training.
SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt had expressed concern about Chigova’s condition, stating, “…but I know that there is a problem that we are attending to at this point in time and we will know in the next week or so. He’s going to spend four weeks just being inactive and go from there. But it doesn’t look positive, but we will give him all our support we can and stay behind him as best we can.”
Chigova’s football career included playing in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League with Gunners FC from 2010 to 2012, after which he joined Dynamos until 2014. He then moved to SuperSport United for a season before joining another South African Premiership side, Polokwane City, from 2015 to 2020. Chigova eventually returned to SuperSport United for a second spell until his untimely passing.
The football community mourns the loss of George Chigova, remembering him as a talented goalkeeper who contributed significantly to the sport in Zimbabwe and South Africa. His sudden demise is a tragic reminder of the fragility of life, and he will be dearly missed by fans, teammates, and all those who knew him. May his soul rest in peace.