Soccer player collapses and dies during training session


Zifa Northern Division One side ZRP Morris defender Nyasha Chakanyuka collapsed and died during the team’s morning training session at Morris Depot yesterday.

The league’s secretary-general Sweeney Mushonga confirmed Chakanyuka collapsed as the players were going through their warm-up routine.

“They were warming up in pairs and he told his colleague that he was having some chest pains and feeling dizzy, so he needed to sit down and rest a bit. He then collapsed moments later,” Mushonga said.

A post-mortem to determine the cause of the death will be carried out today. Funeral arrangements are also expected to be announced today.

The 27-year-old left behind a wife and three children.

As Northern Region Division One, we are in shock following the sudden death of one of our own, a player who had a bright future and a lot to offer to our football,” Mushonga said.

“We mourn this loss and we will observe a minute of silence for all our matches at the weekend in his honour.”

The tragedy struck 11 months after another player, Eliah Munyaradzi, also collapsed and died during a Division Three league match in May last year.

Munyaradzi, who was a midfielder for Epworth-based Maguta FC, collapsed minutes after coming on as a substitute.

In 2002, Blue Swallows player Elisha Chikuni collapsed and died during a match after scoring a hat-trick in the team’s 5-1 thrashing of their opponents.

Former Caps United and Fire Batteries goalkeeper Elwyn Mushangazhike also collapsed during a match and later died.


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