Tembo keeps goalkeeper cards close to his chest

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SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo wasn’t giving anything away in terms of who will be deputy to first-choice goalkeeper Ronwen Williams in the upcoming DStv Premiership season.

Tembo signed former Zimbabwe and Polokwane City’s number one goalminder Chigova to strengthen the goalkeeping department and keep Williams on his feet.

While some teams prefer to rest their first-choice goalkeepers in Cup games to afford reserve glovemen a taste of action, SuperSport have insisted on Williams playing every minute for the last few seasons as Boalefa Pule has been a reserve goalkeeper at ‘Matsatsantsa’ for nine years.

However, SuperSport mentor, who is yet to decide on his second-choice goalkeeper has underlined the importance of Pule and Chigova in the team as he believes the pair will keep the captain, Williams, on top of his game by providing stiff competition.

“If you look at it, we also renewed Pule’s contract with another three years, so that shows the belief we have in him but at the same time we have to look at strengthening that department as well because we had lost Washington Arubi,” said Tembo.

“Chigova came in free and that gave us an opportunity to bring him over but we want to compete and we will need to solidify in all positions and that’s one area we thought we can also try and strengthen.”

The fact that Williams has played every single game for SuperSport over the last three campaigns doesn’t bother new goalkeeper Chigova, who was a regular starter for ‘Rise and Shine for a number of years.

In fact, the Zimbabwean shot-stopper is relishing the opportunity to compete with Williams as he strongly believes that will improve his game.

“It is never easy in football. It is the competition and challenge which you want, and I will be taking my career to the next level,” said Chigova as quoted by Sowetan.

“Competing with someone like Williams, South Africa’s number one, and I will learn a lot from him. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m sure I’m going to improve also as a player training with him every day. It will be good for me as well.”

The Tshwane side will take on newcomers Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in the quarterfinal of the MTN8 on Saturday, October 17 at Thohoyandou Stadium in Venda and remains to be seen who Tembo will select as Williams duty.

“Pule has been extremely well and all the goalkeepers, Chigova will push Williams for a starting berth and that can only improve Williams and the rest of the goalkeepers,” concluded Tembo.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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