'Chipolopolo won't be easy'

HARARE – Warriors’ man-of-the-moment and goalkeeper George Chigova believes Zambia will have extra motivation in today’s Cosafa Cup final at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Zimbabwe reached today’s final following a 3-1 penalty shoot-out victory over Lesotho on Wednesday night after the match had finished goalless at the same venue.

Chigova was the star of the show after saving two penalties during the shoot-out that ensured the Warriors reached their second successive Cosafa Cup final.

In the quarter-finals, the Aces Youth Soccer Academy graduate had also grabbed the headlines after stopping three consecutive spot kicks as Zimbabwe beat Botswana 3-1 in the shoot-out.

The tie had finished 1-1 in regulation time with Evans Rusike grabbing the opener for the warriors before Onkabetse Makgantai equalised for the Zebras.

Zimbabwe now face old nemesis Zambia, whom they beat 3-1 in last year’s final, and Chigova reckons it will not be an easy task.

“It will be a difficult game because we know Zambia will be out for revenge since we beat them in last year’s final,” Chigova, who is now leading the team following the injury to regular captain Ovidy Karuru, said. 

“We know that if we are to defend our trophy, we have to be at our best because Zambia will not make it easy for us.”

Rusike’s strike against the Zebras is the only goal the warriors have netted in two matches at the tournament but Chigova is confident the forwards will come good this afternoon.

“Although we have not been scoring that many, we have created a number of good chances; that’s the sign of a good team,” the Polokwane City goalkeeper said.

“It shows that our strikers are getting into good areas but we just need to improve on our finishing.

“This is what we have been working on at training and I’m sure there will be an improvement in the final.”

Chigova has earned praises back home for his heroics with President Emmerson Mnangagwa even taking to social media to commend the Warriors shot stopper.

Controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo, who is under-fire for failing to implement government solar projects despite getting an advance payment, transferred

R100 000 into Chigova’s bank account.

However, the goalkeeper is not getting carried away by the hype as he is focused on getting his hands on the Cosafa Cup trophy.

“It feels good to be appreciated for the good work that you have done but the job is not complete yet,” he said.

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