The sporting fraternity has paid tribute to former football star, midfielder Richard Choruma, who died this Tuesday from stomach complications at Tembisa Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Paying tribute to Choruma, Highlanders football club Chief Executive Officer, Nhlanhal Dube chronicled Choruma’s professional football journey saying the late contributed immensely to the glory days of Highlanders in the early 2000s through his great football antics which earned him the nick name “Dabuka Express”.
“Choruma engineered a lot for the football sector and also for Highlanders. His death is a huge blow; It is a huge subtraction to the football brand ambassadors. He has left a huge gap,” he said.
Former Highlanders striker, Zenzo Moyo, who played alongside Choruma said the football fraternity is poorer without him as he was passionate about scouting for talent and uplifting underprivileged talented children.
“He has true professionalism on and off the field. I Zimbabwe yonke ilahlekelwe kakhulu. He wanted to be an admistrated helping young talented kids.”
His mother, Hilder Muganiwa echoed the same sentiments, describing his late son as mentor for aspiring players.
“He was involved in a lot of charity work. He was mentoring young children who aspire to play soccer professionally. He kept young people occupied and in a way helped keep them off the streets,” she said.
Burial arrangements for Choruma are yet to be finalised as the family is still working on bringing his body back home.
Mourners are gathered at Number Y7 in Mzilikazi, Bulawayo.
Choruma joined Highlanders in 2000, winning 3 championships with Bosso and scoring 16 career goals for the team. In 2003 he was honoured as the Highlanders player of the year.