By Paul Nyathi|President Emmerson Mnangagwa has showered praises to Zimbabwean senior soccer team goalkeeper George Chigova for his heroics at the on-going COSAFA Cup.
The giant goalkeeper wrote his own piece of history by completing five successive penalty saves in two shootouts at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium in South Africa and led Zimbabwe to the finals of the regional soccer challenge.
Chigova made two straight saves in the Warriors 3-1 win over Lesotho in penalty shoot out on Wednesday three days after stopping three straight penalties in the first shootout in Sunday’s quarter-final against Botswana.
Writing on his Twitter timeline, President Mnangagwa said,
“As we currently debate which candidate has the safest hands for Zimbabwe, we can all agree the answer is without a doubt George Chigova, the Warriors’ heroic goalkeeper who has saved five penalties this week to get the Warriors into the Cosafa Cup final.”
The President also congratulated the Mighty Warriors for beating Zambia 1-0 in the first-leg of the final qualifying round of the Africa Women Cup of Nations played at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday.
Star striker Rutendo Makore’s strike gave the Mighty Warriors the important away goal ahead of the second-leg encounter at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.
“Congratulations also go to the Zimbabwean women’s team who beat Zambia in the first-leg of the final qualifying round of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations yesterday (Wednesday). Best of luck to both teams facing our neighbours Zambia this weekend.”