Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in a national lockdown, Polokwane City Goalkeeper Cyril Chibwe personally went through some difficult times.
Chibwe lost his father Paul in January this year after a long illness. In March during a League match against Maritzburg United the keeper caused a stir when he fell and seemingly couldn’t breathe and was subsequently taken off.
It turns out the 26-year-old played that match while he had flu symptoms prior and had to be given an oxygen tank to be able to breathe properly.
“I didn’t feel like it was a curse at all, I believe everything happens for a reason. I had a touch of flu on the day and as the game progressed my chest felt tight hence the substitution,” he told FARPost.
“I was back to full training after that game however corona interrupted our league. I wasn’t too worried when the incident took place as I had been battling with a cough for a couple of days leading up to the game,” said Chibwe.
The Zambian international has also opened up about his late father, whom he was very close to. “It has been hard but it is life. I remember he was the first person I called after getting the call ups from both Bafana Bafana & Chipolopolo and he was very proud,” Chibwe stated.
He was called to the Bafana Bafana squad by current coach Molefi Ntseki for the Nelson Mandela Challenge against Mali last year but he opted to play for his father’s country of birth.
“It is tough now as we are used to a certain schedule however we are individually working out at home and trying to keep fit,” added Chibwe referring to the forced-break that has seen them training at home.
The former Jomo Cosmos keeper has played in 11 matches in all competitions this season.
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By Ofhani Munyai