THE name George Chigova is suddenly synonymous with super heroic penalty saves that have made him a darling in the eyes of football loving Zimbabweans.
But few people know that he is a Mzilikazi boy – from the same school that churned out legends Peter Ndlovu, Johannes Ngodzo, the late Benjamin Nkonjera among others.
Who is Chigova?
“I grew up in Mvuma but I later moved to Bulawayo where my father worked. I attended How Mine Primary School where I started playing for the first team in Grade Six. I did my Form 1 to 3 at Mzilikazi High School before moving to Harare where I completed my Form 4 at Lord Malvern in 2006,” he said.
The big goalkeeper joined Aces Academy in 2007 and later moved to Gunners in 2010. His biggest move was joining Dynamos in 2012.
Interestingly, on his DeMbare debut against Bulawayo giants Highlanders he saved a penalty.
“It boosted my confidence but above all it initiated my cordial relationship with Dynamos fans, which proved to be handy throughout the season,” he added.
Born on 5 March 1991, Chigova turns out for Absa Premiership side Polokwane City.
Chigova, who has just turned this year’s edition of the COSAFA tournament to his own, inspired the Sunday Chidzambwa and Rahman Gumbo mentored side into the final.
The Warriors will take on old time nemesis Zambia on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s final.
Chipolopolo edged Mauritius 1-0 in another semi-final match.