Chapungu keeper Roy Mazingi dies

HARARE - The Castle Lager Premiership has been plunged into mourning following the death of Chapungu goalkeeper Roy Mazingi.

The Waru Waru goal minder passed away at Manyame Air Base Hospital after a short illness. He was 31.

Chapungu spokesperson Tawanda Zowa confirmed Mazingi’s death.

“It is with great sorrow that we as Chapungu FC  announce the death of our first choice goalkeeper...Mazingi,” Zowa said.

“Roy passed away last night (Wednesday), in Harare, after a short illness. Mourners are gathered at 537 Mbizo 3, Kwekwe. Burial will be in Kwekwe on Saturday (tomorrow). Burial times will be notified in due course.”

Mazingi was part of the Chapungu players that are currently under-going military training at Jason Ziyapapa Moyo Field Air Base in Chegutu.

It is a requirement for all Chapungu players, who are not yet attested into the Air Force of Zimbabwe to attend this military training.

Former Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino was devastated by Mazingi’s death.

“During the time I worked with him at Chapungu he was a very disciplined player. In fact, I owe my long stay at Chapungu to him,” Nyikadzino said.

“He was one of the crucial players during my stay there. He was a dedicated young man. I was very close to him outside football. He was more like my younger brother. I am very saddened by his departure.”

Mazingi had been one of the most consistent performers for the Gweru-based side since joining from Shabanie Mine at the start of the 2014 season.

The Chinda Boys took to Facebook to pay their respects to Mazingi.

“Shabanie Mine Football Club would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the Mazingi family following the untimely death of Roy Mazingi who was our former goalkeeper,” the club said.

“Roy played for Lancashire Steel and served Shabanie Mine FC from 2008 to 2013 where we managed to lift BancABC Supr8 Cup.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, may God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace. It was an honour to have known such a great person and we will truly miss him.

“God will grant you the serenity and peace that you need to get through this difficult time. Rest in peace.”

At the end of the 2017 season, Mazingi was presented the Golden Glove Award at the club’s awards dinner after another stellar performance between the sticks.

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