Cosafa win will open doors, says Chigova

Warriors goalkeeper George Chigova hopes that his country’s Cosafa Cup success will increase opportunities for Zimbabwean players.

Zimbabwe, impressive throughout the tournament, secured a record-breaking fifth Cosafa Cup title after a deserved 3-1 win over Zambia last weekend, courtesy of goals by Knox Mutizwa, Talent Chawapiwa and Ocean Mushure.

As the Warriors turn their attention to Sunday’s 2018 Chan qualification game away to Namibia, Chigova says he believes there will be more positive spin-offs from the Cosafa win.

“I think this tournament will open doors for a number of our players to get clubs and I can give an example of Talent who played very well. I’m sure the scouts were watching and he can only get better.

“For Knox, he had a slow start but he started to gel with the others and you saw what he did for the team, and he can only get better, so the chances are there that a good number of our players will get clubs wanting to sign them.

“It was also good preparations for the Chan and even if we leave I think this team has gelled into a unit and only a few additions can be made. We have also had a chance to see how Namibia have been doing and to also learn from our mistakes,” Chigova told the Chronicle.

The Polokwane City-based goalkeeper is ineligible to play in the Chan tournament and the competition is for domestic-based players only. 

Captain and Cosafa Golden Boot winner Ovidy Karuru, as well as Mitchell Katsvairo, Knox Mutizwa and Eric Chipeta, are also set to return to their clubs in South Africa.

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