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Former DeMbare player Chingoka dies

Former DeMbare player Chingoka dies

Former DeMbare player Chingoka dies

FORMER Dynamos football player Douglas Chingoka has died.

Chingoka died at his home in Avondale on Sunday.

He was 60.

He was brother to the late prominent sports administrators Peter and Paul.

The late Douglas’ nephew and namesake, Douglas Chingoka, confirmed his passing on and said it was due to a kidney ailment.

“He had a kidney ailment, a long kidney ailment. He passed on yesterday (Sunday) morning at his home in Avondale,” said Douglas.

“He was a caring gentleman and well known. He had a lot of friends. He hailed from a sporting family, he leaves behind two children,” said Douglas.

The Chingoka family is prominent for their involvement in sport at various levels. More prominent were the late Peter and Paul involvement in cricket and tennis administration.

Paul also served as Zimbabwe Olympic Committee president.

Peter was one of the first black Zimbabweans to establish themselves in cricket where he started as a player and then administrator.

While his late brothers, Paul and Peter, were involved in cricket and tennis as administrators, Douglas Chingoka turned out for Dynamos in the early 1980s. “So he is the youngest one.

He had his older brothers who were sports administrators Paul and Peter and he has got another brother, Bonnie, who is late and his oldest brother, Patrick, who is a prominent businessperson.

“Then he has two sisters, who are both involved in sport, one was a basketball player and the other one is a sports administrator in cricket. He did play for Dynamos in the 1980s. He played with fellow stars such as David Mandigora, Sunday (Marimo) Chidzambwa, Edward Katsvere and Oliver Kateya,” said Douglas.

Mourners are gathered in Old Highfield and burial is set for today at Warren Hills Cemetery.

Meanwhile, Warriors skipper Knowledge Musona and his family have been plunged into mourning following the sudden death of his eldest brother George Musona.

He was 39.

He passed on Sunday evening in the dormitory town of Norton.

He collapsed at the local shops where he was hanging out with his friends, a day after coaching his Division 2 club to victory in a Cup game. George died on his way to the hospital, leaving behind a wife and two children.

He was a former Division Two footballer and now had a team in Division Two.

George was the third born and the eldest son in a family of six. Knowledge is the fifth born and Walter is the last born.

The first born Rita passed on in 2019.

George was influential in the careers of his younger siblings, particularly Knowledge, who joined Haka, a Division Two side at a tender age when George was turning out for the club. He played the big brother encouraging Knowledge, who he had seen had great talent as a young boy.

A year later Knowledge was scouted by Aces Academy and joined the Academy together with other players such as Khama Billiat, who went on to become household names.

Winnet Musona, the second born in the family, told The Herald that Knowledge is gutted with the loss of his brother but unfortunately won’t be able to make it for the funeral wake due to Covid-19 restrictions especially when returning to Saudi Arabia.

Knowledge, who had a stellar performance last Friday night for his Saudi Arabian side Al-Tai, is unlikely going to travel back home for his brother’s funeral.

“George complained of numbness before he collapsed while in the company of his friends while drinking beer at the shops. He was okay all along and on Saturday was coaching his team which won a trophy. His friends drove him home and he died on our way to the hospital. He tested Covid negative. We are waiting for a post mortem and once if it is conducted tomorrow, then he will lie in state at home and burial will be on Wednesday. But everything relies on the post mortem,” she said.

Yesterday, Ngezi Platinum and former Young Warriors coach Rodwell Dhlakama said the elder brother of the Musona siblings, Knowledge and Walter, was talented although he never really made it to the top.

“He was an attacking midfielder, who was gifted with rare dribbling skills and the prowess to hit long-range shots. He was very humble, respectful, and down-to-earth. I took him from Haka United, a Division 2 side, then in Norton.

“He was referred to me by Benjamin Mapetese who was my assistant coach at Zimasco Tigers. Then was under 17 national men’s team coach and he sounded me about Knowledge Musona, his younger sibling, it was in 2005.

“I am not sure why he failed to make it in the Premier League yet he was even better than his hometown boys like Levison Soulus and Wonder Ngoko, who were also from Norton.

“May his soul rest in peace,” said Dhlakama.

Mourners are gathered at K499 in Katanga, Norton.

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