Polokwane City and Zimbabwe’s number 1 goalkeeper, George Chigova, says it would only be fair if the 2019/20 season continues until the last game, even if it ends in June or in December.
The whole country has been on national lockdown for the past 2 weeks in a battle against COVID-19 which has resulted in all sporting codes in the country, which also includes the Premier Soccer League (PSL), suspended and games abandoned until further notice.
“I think the season must finish! Whether it’s in June or December, it’s fair for everyone. So I just hope this pandemic finishes quick and we get back to do what we love most,” said Chigova when asked if he thinks the League season should continue or if it should be abandoned completely.
All players from the 32 PSL teams which includes the ABSA Premiership and the GladAfrica Championship have been training at home to keep fit for when the season resumes, and the burly goalkeeper says he has also been doing like the rest of his colleagues
“The team gave us a training program. So, we’re just training by ourselves at home trying to keep fit as we don’t know when the league will resume,” he said.
“Rise and Shine” had a bright start to the 2019/20 season, collecting 13 points out of a possible 18 in their first 6 league games beating the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United in the process.
Things fell apart for the Limpopo based side, as soon after their last victory back in September 2019, which was a 3-1 win over SuperSport United, the club went on a 9 games losing streak. A string of poor results which saw them languish at the bottom of the ABSA Premiership log.
“Yeah we started the League the way we wanted, but things got bad during the season. Things didn’t go well the way we anticipated, but that’s football for you. As a team we started to regroup, our main focus now is to fight relegation.
“Before the league was abandoned, we had picked up few points so our main now is to collect as much points as we can in the remaining 6 games. As I said, we picked up some points and having coach Clinton Larsen helped us a lot we all saw what he did with Chippa last season,” Chigova added.
An unfortunate injury to the lanky Zimbabwean saw him losing his number spot in the team to teammate and Zambian international Cyril Chibwe. But the goalkeeper remains grounded and says he will continue to work hard, and wait for his chance in the team
“You know when you get injured it’s difficult to regain your place again, especially when someone is playing well and the team is doing well. All you have to do is wait for your chance” Concluded the Zimbabwean number 1.
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By Shane Matsoyane