Chigova is taylor-made for Europe

JOHANNESBURG - Following his impressive showing at the recently-ended Chan tournament, Zimbabwe and Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova is the most sought-after player within Mzansi’s money spinning Premier Soccer League.

The giant goalkeeper was in splendid form during the Warriors’ participation in the Chan tournament which saw them finish fourth, with Chigova playing a big part in that accomplishment.

And since then there have been stories doing rounds within the PSL clubs that it is a question of time before one of the top clubs here requests the signature of the imposing goal-minder.

With a huge presence, striking alertness within the posts and great command around his goal area, it is no surprise that Chigova is the talk of town in Mzansi at the moment.

I, however, have to hasten to say it would be a monumental error for him to sign for any of Mzansi’s clubs. This is one player who has the attributes of a great goalkeeper and should walk straight into some big European clubs.

I know the South African Premiership has a wide television viewership audience which include overseas scouts which makes it easier for one to move overseas from Mzansi than Zimbabwe. But I believe Chigova did enough to get spotted while at Chan.

I had time to talk to this colossal goalkeeper while at Chan to give him some insights about the dos and dons of using Mzansi as a stepping stone to get to greater things. The most glaring one being that the lifestyle in Mzansi for such a young hot property has all the makings to obstruct one’s focus.

We have heard stories of how most players plying their trade here have had running battles with the tabloids newspapers regarding sleazy lifestyles. This is a country with an amazing social way of life and coming from a country steeped in traditional way of doing things like Zim, one has to be very strict to properly adjust in Mzansi.

I would like to use this platform to advise the colossal keeper not to be tempted by anything from here in Mzansi and remain focussed on earning an automatic entry into Europe because that is where he rightfully belongs.

The mere fact that the January transfer window has closed and that his team Dynamos will be featuring in Africa’s Champions League, gives Chigova ample opportunity to further impress the international scouts and seal his place in Europe.

With his cool temperament, the Dynamos goalkeeper has the right qualities to take him to the top and become one of the greatest keepers Zimbabwe has ever produced.

Remember Dynamos is the same club that once produced what some say was the best ever goalkeeper to come out of Zimbabwe in Japhet Mparutsa. However, the Short Cat’s diminutive frame consigned him to the domestic league and only went to Mzansi’s Bloemfontein Celtics at the twilight of his career.

Between the posts there are striking similarities between Mparutsa and Chigova but the added advantage of the later is what most overseas clubs look for in a ‘keeper – a n imposing character between the posts.

It is his choice if he decides to come to South Africa’s PSL but I honestly believe Chigova does not need the Mzansi stop over.


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