FORMER Monomotapa and Motor Action striker Edmore Chitato has died.
He was 32. Chitato passed away on Thursday at Parirenyatwa Hospital where he had been admitted due to heart disease.
His wife Sibongile Kahondo said: “He has been battling with the heart disease since March and he has been in and out of hospital since then until he passed away on Thursday evening at Parirenyatwa Hospital.”
As news of his death filtered through, the football fraternity expressed shock and sorrow at the untimely death of the former Masvingo United, Kiglon and Black Mambas striker who made his name at Hwange.
Born in Dzivarasekwa, Harare, in 1982, Chitato showed promise as a striker at an early age for his primary and secondary school teams.
Upon completing his studies, he went on to play for lower division sides such as Willdale, Grain Tigers and Rufaro Rovers.
Chitato finally got his big break when he joined Hwange in 2001 and went on to play at the Colliery for five seasons, making a name for himself as a lethal striker. He then moved to Monomotapa at the start of the 2006 season.
Chitato played in Norman Mapeza’s championship winning Monomotapa side of 2008 which went on to reach the CAF Champions League mini league phase in 2009.
In 2012, Chitato left Motor Action for Swaziland, but his stay there was short lived as he returned home to sign for Black Mambas during the mid-season transfer period.
Chitato called time on his career at the end of the 2012 season.
Chitato is survived by his wife Sibongile, and two children — Clara (14), and Arshavin (5).
Mourners are gathered at Chitato’s family home at house number 1277-A Munondo Street, Dzivaresekwa 3.
Funeral arrangements were yet to be finalised.