FORMER Premiership footballer, Philip Chandisaita, is reported to have committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance on Sunday.
Wife cheating in Binga
A defender, Philip ‘Chandi’ Chandisaita turned out for Buffaloes FC before retiring.
At the time of his death, he was 38.
Reports suggest he had a spectacular fallout with his wife over infidelity issues. Details of how he discovered his wife’s extra-marital affair are still sketchy, but all hell broke loose when he travelled to Binga where his wife was working.
His close friend, Lloyd Katongomara, said he tried in vain to convince the deceased to do away with suicidal thoughts.
“The last time he phoned me he had gone to Binga, where his wife was working as a teacher. He was actually still in Binga by then, when he phoned me.
“In that telephone conversation, he told me that he was heartbroken over what his wife had done to him.
“I asked him what exactly his wife had done but he could not divulge anything more. He only promised to let me know the whole story when he returned.
“Yesterday (Sunday), I phoned him knowing he was now around. We arranged to meet and that is when he told me that he had discovered that his wife was cheating on him and he had decided to take his life.
“He said his wife was cheating on him in Binga. He told me that he had come back here in Mutare on Thursday together with his two children and his wife.
“He looked and sounded distressed. I tried to counsel and urged him to do away with suicidal thoughts.
“After some time, I left him for some errands I had to do. The next thing was receiving a phone call that he had committed suicide at his rural home around Headlands,” said Katongomara, who is now turning out for Manica Diamonds.
According to Buffaloes FC coach Shepherd Nkata, the veteran defender was one of the spectators when Tenax was thumped 2-0 by visiting Harare giants Dynamos FC. After the game, Chandisaita headed to Headlands to his family home.
He took some poison, then called his mother
He then took an unknown poisonous substance before reaching home.
“Chandisaita was at Vengere stadium yesterday for the Tenax-Dembare game. After the match, he did not return to Mutare. Instead, he said he was visiting his mother in Headlands. Along the way, he took poison. He then called his mother and told her to come and pick him up along the way.
“When his mother arrived, he was already dead. I’m in pain. I did not expect this from him, but that’s what is there now. It’s so sad. As Buffaloes FC, we were saddened by Chandisaita’s death,” said Nkata.
The then team manager at Buffaloes FC, Ticha Zikai, recounted the years he spent with the now deceased.
“I personally took them from Masvingo United; Philip Chandisaita, Bevern Chirere and Elton Dzumbunu.
“I remember personally giving them bus fare to travel from Masvingo to their rural homes in Rusape before they came to Mutare to join Buffaloes. He was with us for the four years that we played in the Castle Lager Premiership.
“It is painful to lose a colleague in this manner. We are really finding it difficult to understand why he had to take his life.
“He was a very disciplined player. I recently saw him getting the armband at Buffaloes in Division One, which is testimony of his discipline.
“We are saying when one gets into problems we are supposed to share. This is a message to our football players.
“If we had had the opportunity to sit down with him perhaps it could have ended in a different way without losing a life just like that.”
Eastern Region Soccer League (ERSL) vice chairman, Wisdom Simba, said the region is saddened by Chandisaita’s demise.
“It’s true that we lost Chandisaita yesterday after an undisclosed domestic dispute. As ERSL, we are saddened by the loss of the experienced defender. He was a disciplined player. We also urge our players to learn to share with others their challenges. It helps a lot. Committing suicide is not the solution,” he said.
Post-mortem and funeral
Chandisaita’s death comes just weeks after Boss Pango, the Ximex dealer, committed suicide after having shot and killed his estranged girlfriend.
Last night there were reports that the post mortem results showed he succumbed to hypertension. He is being mourned at his rural Headlands home.
There is also a sizable gathering at his rented Chikanga Phase One home in Mutare.