June 11 2018- WARRIORS goalkeepers’ coach Brenna Msiska, basking in the glory of the heroics of George Chigova, believes the country’s first-choice goalminder is now ripe to take a crack at clubs in the bigger European leagues.
Chigova has been the star of the Warriors show so far, etching his name into the world’s records for goalkeepers with the most successive penalty saves.
The 27-year-old Polokwane City goalkeeper has been the difference for the Warriors at this tournamentalso winning praise from President Mnangagwa.
“As we currently debate which candidate has the safest hands for Zimbabwe, we can all agree the answer is without a doubt George Chigova, the Warriors heroic goalkeeper who has saved FIVE penalties this week to get the Warriors into the COSAFA Cup final,’’ the President said on his official Twitter account.
“We are a country that is blessed with very good goalkeepers and the competition is very stiff. We can call on Edmore Sibanda, Donovan Bernard, Talbert Shumba, Takabva Mawaya but George has shown vast improvement over the years and what you are seeing from him is not a fluke. It is a result of a lot of hard work and I think he is now ready for Europe. I am so happy for him.
“The way he is playing even for his club shows that he deserves to go to Europe.
“I think he is now too good for the South African league and he has made us proud.
Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa agreed with Msiska and in paying tribute to Chigova, also said his first choice goalkeeper should now take aim at Europe.
“I think he has done enough to prove that he has grown and as far as I am concerned, he must be playing in Europe and the fact that he saves penalties like that is a plus for us,’’ Chidzambwa said.
Meanwhile, Chigova has said he will share part of the R100 000 he received from ZIFA benefactor Wicknell Chivayo yesterday with some of his Warriors teammates.
Earlier in the week, Chigova also received R3 000 from Zimbabwean businessman Laston Murerwa.
The South Africa-based businessman, through his company Last Power Spares, set the tone in motivating the Warriors when he hosted a welcome dinner for them and then dangled a R40 000 incentive for the senior football team, while also giving injured skipper Ovidy Karuru R1 000.
Chivayo yesterday said he was impressed with the way Chigova has represented his country.
“I did it wholeheartedly and it is in appreciation for what he has done for the country with those penalty saves,’’ he said.
“This my way of saying ‘George you are a gallant son of Zimbabwe and an achiever.’’
Chigova, humbled by the gesture, said he would also share some of the money with his teammates.
He also took to social media to thank the Harare businessman, urging him to continue backing the national team.
“I just want to thank him for the reward, may the Lord bless him and also he must continue supporting the Warriors, we appreciate his help, it means a lot,’’ said Chigova. – Herald