By Wellington Toni
ZIMBABWE international goalkeeper George Chigova continued to charm Polokwane City with yet another fine performance as his side held giants Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw n the Absa Premiership on Tuesday evening.
The result meant Sundowns failed to leapfrog leaders Bidvest Wits into top spot.
Wits have 37 points from 20 matches while Sundowns are second with 35 points, but have played two games less due to their participation in the Caf Champions League.
Sundowns went ahead after just 10 minutes when Themba Zwane finished off a well-worked move from Gaston Sirino, beating Chigova at the near post, but that was the beginning and the end as the Zimbabwean international later turned on the style.
On the stroke of halftime, the visitors were level when Salulani Phiri’s glancing header was helped into the net by veteran
Ugandan stopper Denis Onyango.
According to reports from South Africa, the match basically turned out to be a battle between Chigova and Zwane.
Chigova denied Zwane a second goal with an impressive block just before the hour mark. The latter stages of the half was turning into a battle between Chigova and Zwane, but the goalkeeper came out tops once again on 75 minutes to thwart the Sundowns attacker.
Polokwane handed starting berths to fellow Zimbabwean internationals Walter Musona and January signing Charlton Mashumba.
Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa will certainly be impressed by how key members of the Zimbabwe national senior soccer team have been playing since the start of the year ahead of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifier.
The Warriors host Congo-Brazaville at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on March 24, needing just a point to qualify for the finals set for Egypt in June and July.