Gorowa hails George Chigova

CAPE TOWN - Zimbabwe coach Ian “Dibango” Gorowa has heaped praise on goalkeeper George Chigova after his impressive display between the sticks against Burkina Faso on Monday.

The Warriors beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in a Group B encounter and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 African Nations Championship (Cha) for the first time in the tournament’s three year history.

Dynamos new signing Masimba Mambare’s 57th minute header was all the Warriors needed to register their first win at the tournament, but most importantly progressed to the knockout stages.

The Warriors and Morocco finished the group with five points each while Uganda ended the group stage with four points and Burkina Faso with one.

Morocco, who won the group on goal difference, will now meet Nigeria in the quarterfinals while the Warriors will battle it out with Mali. Mali and Nigeria progressed to the quarterfinals after they finished first and second in Group A respectively. 

But before he could think of the quarterfinal match against Mali, Gorowa was left praising Chigova, who made a number of fine saves in a tight affair against the Stallions.

“I think our goalkeeper, George Chigova, who has attracted a lot of attention, is still young and can improve,” Gorowa told the media after the match.

“Look, I’m happy that we have such a player in the team. But I must mention everybody. The total commitment of everybody must be commended.

“I have said it before that good performances here at Chan can open a ticket to the PSL for our players or any players in the tournament.

“But the picture is much bigger than that – it is all about doing well in the tournament. I said to the boys that a transfer or something for their own benefit will come if the team does well and is successful in the tournament.

“We have qualified the hard way; we waited right till the end of our group. But overall we defended very well and have not conceded a goal so I am very happy with that.”

Zimbabwe, the only side not to have conceded a goal, will though have to be more potent in attack as they mustered only their first goal of the championship through Mambare, ending the team’s woeful run of 236 minutes without a goal.

Zimbabwe’s victory over Burkina Faso also ensured the Warriors maintained their impressive record over the Burkinabes. The Warriors have never lost a match against the Stallions in all competitions.

Comments (10)

Makorokoto boyz dzangu sando dzenyu munetipasa manyemwe!!!!!!!!!!!

FIREMANN77 - 22 January 2014

iwe ian gororo kwana mhani, was chigowa playing alone????????, ita mushe mhani.

Mumba - 22 January 2014

Gorowa you are very right ,heap praises where they deserve...Chigova has shined so why one should be barred or discouraged from saying so ?Infact praising inspires othes as well.Kwedu kana paita agona tino pembedza nokufadza .hats off to Chigova and the entire team

sinyoro - 22 January 2014

Can Ian Gorowa please explain to the nation as to why Peter Moyo did not play the first two openning matches and can he please talk to the boys on maintaing possetion, they sometimes give away possetion unneccessary

muzimba - 23 January 2014

As far as i know Ian is the coach and he does not owe anyone an explanation on his team selection. Pple can select their own teams when they eventually become coaches as well. Judge him by his team's results, not by who he puts in the team.

The Oracle - 23 January 2014

haiwawo gorwa gorowa kuitasei 1 win ne draw kuwinha kewzanu uku mxm zvipi

dboy - 23 January 2014

Let's now focus on the next game guys. Take each game as it comes. Well done.

blazo - 23 January 2014

no 2 draws and 1 win kupinda ne luck kuti rio moyo ndokuti bhora

lovemore - 24 January 2014


vatete - 24 January 2014

better one foot ahead than one foot backwards ,keep it up coach

robbie nyamhingura - 25 January 2014

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