from GIFT NDOLWANE in Rustenburg, South Africa
RUSTENBURG, (CAJ News) – POLOKWANE City goalkeeper, George Chigova, is determined to maintain a stranglehold on the Zimbabwe national team goalkeeper’s jersey following a triumphant return to the national team fold.
Deemed surplus to requirements at South African side Supersport United and eventually losing his berth the national team, Chigova is experiencing a positive turn of fortunes after moving to Polokwane City and was part of the Zimbabwean side that lifted the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Castle Cup this past weekend.
The 26-old-year kept goal as Zimbabwe beat Zambia 3-1 to win the regional tournament for a record-breaking fifth time.
Chigova has endured a torrid time since his heroic exploits in goal as part of Coach Ian Gorowa squad that defied critics at the 2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa by finishing fourth.
A dream move to Supersport United turned a nightmare as he saw little game time.
“I lost my place in the national team because I was not playing regularly at Supersport,” said the Harare-born player.
A move to Polokwane played dividends.
Chigova is the only goalkeeper to feature in all Premiership games in the 2016/17 season.
Some football pundits believe the goalie should have at least gotten a nomination in the just-finished end-of-season awards after his heroics were instrumental in Polokwane City finishing sixth on the table and securing their maiden top-eight finish.
However, the goalkeeper refuses to be drawn into the controversy, choosing to revel in the glory of winning the COSAFA Castle Cup.
“It feels great to be back in the national team when you are playing well for your club you expect to be called on the national team,” Chigova said.
– CAJ News