Richard Choruma is no more

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FORMER Warriors and Highlanders midfielder Richard Choruma, has died at the age of 42.

Choruma passed away early yesterday morning in a South African hospital, Tembisa, where he had reportedly been admitted on Christmas eve after complaining of stomach complications.

The talented and skilful Choruma made his senior national team debut against Malawi on March 16, 2003. Nicknamed “Dabuka Express” because of his industrious work ethic on the pitch, Choruma picked up a number of silverware with Highlanders in the early 2000s which include the league title.

Choruma was part of the trailblazing and star-studded Highlanders side, playing alongside stars such as Tapuwa Kapini, Bekithemba Ndlovu, Gift “Thebe” Lunga Jnr, Thulani “Biya” Ncube, Dazzy Kapenya, Johannes Ngodzo, Charles Chilufya, Honour Gombami, Zenzo Moyo and Thabani Masawi that was coached by Eddie May.

His death has shocked the football fraternity, with the untimely departure completing what has been a tough year for the local football family.

Choruma joins a growing list of football personalities who passed on in 2020 that includes Barry Daka, Biggie Zuze, Gift Kamuriwo, Philip Mugadza, Rueben Tsengwa and Willie Lupahla.

While his former teammate Mkhokheli Dube was the first to break the news on micro blogging site Twitter, many others followed with their condolences to the Choruma family.

Locally, he also turned out for Air Zimbabwe Jets while outside the country he played for Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa. At the time of his death, he was one of the directors of Zifa Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Division Two side Sabona Mzilikazi.

“He was a friend, we were so close. We played together at the national team and club level doing business together, it’s a huge loss to me,” Footballers Union of Zimbabwe vice chair Herbert Dick said.

“This is a very sad and painful loss. Richard was very progressive. “Way back, Ken Ndebele asked me to speak to Air Zim about his transfer to Highlanders, I wasn’t even an official then and lived in Harare,” Highlanders chief executive Nhlanhla Dube told the Daily News.

“Suffice to say all worked out well and Dabuka would become very instrumental in our exploits …. in that glorious
class of early 2000s. When he left with Adamski for Dynamos of SA he had made sure that his name would never be forgotten.”

Premier Soccer League CEO Ndebele said “we learnt with deep shock the passing away of Richard Choruma. He was one of the most talented players Zimbabwe has produced since Independence.

“A very intelligent footballer who was a leader on and off the field. Our sincere condolences to the Choruma family,” said Ndebele.

Choruma joined Highlanders in 2000 and won three consecutive championships with Bosso between 2000 and 2002. In 2001 he shared the Highlanders most consistent player award with Lunga Jnr, he was also second runner up in the Soccer Stars of the Year awards and two years later he won Bosso Player of the Year

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