Zimbabwe Warriors number one and Polokwane City shot-stopper, George Chigova will reach his 100 league games milestone at the club on Sunday against Black Leopards, soca263 took time to chat to the 28-year old star who arrived in South Africa at only 23 when he joined SuperSport United from Dynamos in 2014, but didn’t make an appearance for the Tshwane side prompting him to move to Limpopo based side, Polokwane City a year later and has been with the club ever since- making himself one of the most consistent and capped player at the club.
A.M : Congratulations George, reaching 100 premier league games is a huge milestone, how is the feeling and what is this mean to you?
Chigova: It means a lot to me and i thank God for guiding me through in my entire career.
A.M : From all the games you have played so far for City, which one stands out for you? And the one game you would choose to forget?
Chigova: My first game for Polokwane where we played against (Orlando) Pirates and i got man of the match was my best and the one we lost 5-nil against Bidvest Wits is the one I would choose to forget.
A.M : How did you come to Join City, Who recommended you and what was your feeling then?
Chigova: The chairman (Johnny Mogaladi) called me and said he wanted me to join the team, I didn’t hesitate to come because things were not going well for me at Supersport (United F.C) so i took the opportunity with both hands.
A.M : Which team did you grew up supporting and who were your role models?
Chigova: I grew up supporting Man. United (in the English League) and Dynamos (in Zimbabwe Premier League). I always looked up to Iker Casillas (FC Porto and Former Spanish number one goalie) and Moeneeb Josephs (Amazulu FC and former Bafana-Bafana goalkeeper) as my role models.
A.M : Who has been your greatest support in your career so far?
Chigova: My wife, father and the rest of my family have been very supportive to me.
A.M : Where did you grow up and how did you become involved in football?
Chigova: I was born in Mvuma (small mining town in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe) but my dad had to relocate to How Mine (about 26km north west of Bulawayo) where he was working as a bus driver but for me football was just part of my DNA. I attended Mzilikazi High Schoool (in Bulawayo) and after 2 years of High School football i was selected to be part of the national under 17 team thus when i moved to Lord Malvern High School in Harare and consequently joined Aces academy. From there, the rest was history.
A.M : I understand you are married. Do you have kids?
Chigova: Yes, I’m married and I have two daughters – Kayla and Kylie
A.M : Do you have any special diet you practice during the season? What do you eat regularly?
Chigova: I eat just like any other sports people nothing special just try to have a clean life and healthy diet.
A.M : You have a total of 30 Clean sheets at City so far and you have won many great games. What has been your proudest moment on the field so far?
Chigova : For me every game is important and i approach each and every game like a cup final, so it makes me proud every time i get selected to play.
A.M : Besides goalkeeping position, what other positions have you tried playing?
Chigova: I have always been a goalie from the start.
A.M : What do you do in your spare time?
Chigova: I spend most of my time with my family.
Are you close to your City teammates? Who do you spend much time with?
Yeah, I’m a very open and friendly person. I’m close to almost every one in the team so i cant choose one exactly because i socialize with everyone in the team.
A.M : You’ve Walter Musona and Charlton Mashumba at City, What are the advantages of having your countrymen in the same team as you?
Chigova: Yeah its good to have someone from home in the team, so having those two around is a good thing.
A.M: Do you have a special routine or superstition before you play a big game?
Chigova: I always pray before each and every game.
A.M : By the way Congratulations for booking a spot at this year’s AFCON finals. What would be your main aim at the tournament?
Chigova: Our aim is to go past the group stages and see how far we go after that
A.M : Do you see the Warriors proceeding from the group stages this time around?
Chigova: Yeah i see that cause we have a good team and all wee need is to work hard.
A.M : Who is your roommate in the national team?
Chigova: Khama Billiat
A.M : Who is the funniest guy in the national team? And the most humble one?
Chigova: Ronald Pfumbidzai is funniest and Tendai Darikwa is the most humble one.
A.M : Where do you see George Chigova in the next 5years?
Chigova: I want to see myself playing in one of the big leagues In Europe
A.M: What is your training schedule like? Do you train everyday?
Chigova: I go to training almost everyday but it depends on how our games are lined up.
A.M: Lastly, what advise can you give to young Zimbabwean players wishing to follow in your footsteps?
Chigova: They must just continue working hard nothing comes easy in life and nothing beats hard work in life.
A.M : Thank you for your time bro George
Chigova: Pleasure my brother.