Chigova gets Warriors call
30 May 2017
POLOKWANE City goalkeeper George Chigova has been called up for international duty head of the 2019 AFCON qualifier against Liberia next week.
Chigova, who is yet to play international football after a short term ban following his ‘alleged’ involvement in the Limpopo gate match fixing scandal, is expected in camp tomorrow.
Warriors’ interim coach Norman Mapeza initially opted for Edmore Sibanda, Petros Mhari and Ariel Sibanda.
However, Sibanda, who was between the posts in their last international assignment against Zambia, is struggling with an ankle injury he sustained over the weekend.
“I just received a call from the coach Mapeza and the manager Mupandare. They have also notified my club. I might join the team on Wednesday. I had not planned for the trip since I wasn’t in the initial squad but will be home by Wednesday,” Chigova confirmed.
Following his initial snub, Chigova admitted to our sister paper The Sunday Mail that he was hurt after being overlooked despite his sterling performance in the ABSA Premiership this season in which he played all league games for Polokwane City.
Chigova was placed second among the goalkeepers who have kept clean sheets in the 2016/17 this season.
He kept 11 clean sheets out of 30 league games.
Chigova has been in good form for Polokwane City since moving to the North West in 2014 and this season alone, he has featured in each of their 30 matches and three cup games.
“It’s a flattering record. I am always keen to learn and improve. I am happy with such consistency but I feel I can do better than that. It’s a great recognition ahead of big players in South Africa,” Chigova said.
The lanky shot-stopper lost the top spot to Platinum Stars’ Mbongeni Mzimela who managed to keep a clean sheet 11 times.
On second position Chigova is tied with Mamelodi Sundowns’ Dennis Onyango.
ABSA Premiership champions Bidvest Wits’ Dareen Keet has nine whilst Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs goal-minder Khune is on fifth position, also with nine.