SuperSport pay $120 000 for Chigova

HARARE - Dynamos have agreed to sell goalkeeper George Chigova to South African club SuperSport United for $120 000, the Daily News can reveal.

Chigova has been on the radar of a number of South African clubs after starring for the Zimbabwe national team at the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) in South Africa, where the giant keeper conceded just two goals.

The Warriors lost to eventual tournament winners Libya in the semi-finals.

SuperSport won the race to sign the highly-rated 22-year-old stopper, who will only join the Pretoria-based side in July.

Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa said the Zimbabwean champions saw it wise to sell Chigova now than to see him go for free when his contract expires in December.

“They submitted their offer some two weeks ago and we have been negotiating with their agent. Initially we wanted $150 000 but we finally settled for $120 000,” said Mubaiwa.

“The good thing though, is that he can only leave in June/July so we will use that time to look for his replacement.”

SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews expressed his satisfaction with the acquisition for the next season saying:

“We are fortunate to have a great goalkeeping compliment at the club in Ronwen Williams and Boalefa Pule, and with Rowen Fernandez likely to leave at the end of the season it was important for us to have fierce competition in every position-including the keepers.

“I am certain that George will push Ronwen and Boalefa all the way and I’m looking forward to seeing a record amount of clean sheets next season.”

Chigova, who joined Dynamos from Gunners three seasons ago, is tipped to replace veteran goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez, whose contract expires at the end of June.

At Matsatsantsa, Chigova will have to fight for the number 1 jersey with Ronwen Williams, who has been the SuperSport first choice goalie for the last two seasons.

Chigova’s departure will come as a big blow to coach Calisto Pasuwa, who is under pressure to guide the club to the group stage of the African Champions League following three years of failure on the continent.

The Glamour Boys last reached the mini-league stage of Africa’s premier club competition in 2010 when they finished bottom of their group.

Chigova, a product of the famed Aces Youth Academy in Harare, has been the integral part of the DeMbare defence since taking over from Washington Arubi in mid-2012.

Meanwhile, Mubaiwa revealed that the Glamour Boys are yet to receive any offers for defender Partson Jaure.

Jaure, who captained Zimbabwe at the Chan finals, also had an outstanding tournament and has been rumoured to be a target of several Super Diski clubs.

DeMbare are now in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers, where they face Democratic Republic of Congo side AS Vita in the first leg at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.

The Glamour Boys progressed to the first round of the tournament courtesy of an impressive 4-1 aggregate win against Botswana champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs last month.

If DeMbare negotiate their way past AS Vita, a potentially-explosive final round clash against South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs is on the cards.

Chiefs, however, need to beat Mozambique champions Liga Muculmana in their first round for the mouth-watering clash with DeMbare to materialise.

Comments (8)

all the best chigova,always remember to pray and ask god to guide you in jesus name.

tonderai marime - 25 February 2014

Well done Dynamos ,thats good ,its good for Chigova ,Dynamos and Zimbabwe ,thanks Kenny ndokuti aspiring PSL chair uku

sinyoro - 25 February 2014

The progress achieved by Chigova is good for him and for the nation,we hope Pasuwa will begin giving Mukandi game time to ensure he climatises with high profile games.Good luck Big man.

GLAMOURBOY - 25 February 2014

good lucky King George we will miss you at Dembare but I know you will miss us too especially that moment when we will be crowned African champions this season hahahahaha

evans mutuvi - 25 February 2014

ko ndokuyarusazve makorokoto kuDembare.Chigova we will continue supporting you to the end

Mashiriyapungana - 26 February 2014

thumps up to you young man, do not forget your roots and always pray to god, he gives you special guidence. Remain yourself George

wellington - 26 February 2014

welldone mr Chigova

lovemore pfaira - 26 February 2014

We have Mukandi at the wings so he is not gonna missed absolutely.

chief - 27 February 2014

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