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George Chigova’s farewell match


DYNAMOS shot-stopper George Chigova might be playing his last match for the champions on Sunday when they travel to the Colliery for a clash with Hwange in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie.


Chigova is heading for Absa Premier League side SuperSport United after an impressive performance in national colours at the African Nations Championships (Chan) tournament.  SuperSport United are expected to start their pre-season training on June 23.

The goalkeeper proved his heroics between the poles at the Chan tournament where Zimbabwe reached the semi-finals — their first time to achieve that feat since the tournament designed exclusively for home-based players was inaugurated some four years ago.

The Dynamos keeper manned his goal jealously at the tournament conceding just two goals in open play and was also the hero in the penalty shoot-out against eventual champions Libya after saving two penalties in the 5-4 defeat which saw them crashing out of the tournament at the semi-final stage.

That heroic show between the posts, caught the eye of SuperSport United who immediately swooped on the Zimbabwean goalkeeper.

Chigova who signed a three-year contract with the Pretoria outfit, revealed yesterday Sunday’s match could be his last as he prepares for a new life in the Absa League.

“I am supposed to join Supersport for pre-season training, but I am not sure when because they (SuperSport) are yet to send me a ticket. I am just waiting, but the Sunday match against Hwange could be my last,” Chigova said.

“It’s sad that I will be leaving Dynamos — the team that helped me to be what I am today. These things happen in football, but at the same time you also need challenges as a player. I am also happy at the same time to be leaving Dynamos after winning three league titles. I hope I will be able to get a first team jersey at SuperSport. It will not be easy, but if I work hard it will be possible.”

Should he leave DeMbare after the match against Hwange, he would miss the big clash against old foes Highlanders in Harare on June 22 as well as the Harare derby against Caps United, leaving second choice Artwell Mukandi between the sticks.

Former Dynamos and Highlanders striker Makwinji Soma-Phiri, Joel Luphahla, Kaitano Tembo and Simbarashe Sithole had a stint the Absa League side while former Warriors goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar once served the team as the goalkeeper’s coach.

Meanwhile, troubled Caps United, steel reeling from a 0-3 morale shattering defeat to Chapungu last weekend will host tricky Shabanie Mine hoping for a change of fortunes.

Taurai Mangwiro’s men are low on confidence as they are owed outstanding salaries by the club management. They are a distant eighth on the league table with only 14 points from 10 matches while Shabanie Mine are sixth on the table with 15 points from the same number of matches — five behind log leaders Highlanders.

Buffaloes v How Mine (Sakubva SS9)

Saturday: ZPC Kariba v Chapungu (Gwanzura, SS9),
FC Platinum v Black Rhinos (Mandava),
Chicken Inn v Chiredzi (Luveve)

Sunday: Hwange v Dynamos (Colliery),
Caps United v Shabanie Mine (NSS, SS9),
Triangle v Highlanders, (Gibbo).

Monday:  Harare City v Bantu Rovers (Rufaro SS9).

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