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ZIMBABWE goalkeeper George Chigova believes the Warriors are in the right frame and shape to go all the way and reach this year’s COSAFA Cup final.

Group A table toppers Zimbabwe take on second-placed Namibia in a decisive encounter at the Moruleng Stadium late this afternoon (5pm) with the outcome of that game determining who will proceed to meet defending champions Zambia in Sunday’s quarter-final at the same venue.

A battle of the Indian Ocean islanders — Seychelles and Mauritius — will also be on at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace at the same time.

Continental minnows Seychelles and Mauritius will merely be playing for pride and bragging rights ahead of their Indian Ocean islands Games in August.

The real deal in Group A is the clash between the Warriors of Zimbabwe and Namibia’s Brave Warriors but Chigova feels his team is poised to clinch top spot in the pool.

Zimbabwe can also afford to draw today’s game and still aance as they enjoy a two-point cushion over Namibia.

But just like his coach Saul Chaminuka, who wants an outright win, Chigova yesterday demanded that his side maintain their 100 percent record in this competition.

The tall goalkeeper is yet to concede a goal.

Chigova attributed the clean sheet to his defenders — Partson Jaure and Richard Kawondera in the centre, Hardlife Zvirekwi on the right, Thomas Magorimbo on the left and holding midfielder and skipper Danny Phiri.

“It is not as if I have been doing well by myself or that I have been off duty without being tested. It is because my defenders have been doing a great job to protect me and I hope to continue organising them the way I have been doing,” said Chigova.

“The first two games we won are past us now and I think Namibia will be tougher.

“Namibia have brought all their big players here but we are not changing our approach, we are keeping our winning mentality and we are confident we can do it.

“Namibia are good in attack, they have quick players, especially their number seven (Deon Hotto of South African Premiership returnees Golden Arrows), and another striker who plays in Botswana (Benson Shilongo of Gaborone United). “They are also more physical in approach than both Seychelles and Mauritius but we are ready for them,” Chigova said.

The former Dynamos man, who has just been loaned to Polokwane City by SuperSport United. said despite being the Group A favourites, on the basis of their rich COSAFA Cup history, the Warriors would not be under pressure in today’s match.

Chigova will next season move from Pretoria-based SuperSport United to Polokwane in a move designed to guarantee him more game time and the goalkeeper, one of the stars of the Warriors’ CHAN tournament in 2014, said he was happy with the switch.

“I think the pressure is more on Namibia as they try to beat us and take over top spot,” said Chigova.

“The secret to our success so far has been hard work and we have also been working as a group in everything that we do so it has been all about team work.”

The Brave Warriors of Namibia have brought to this tournament their 10 foreign-based players, nine of whom play for South African clubs — Maritzburg United, AmaZulu, Golden Arrows, Free State Stars and University of Pretoria.

Namibia coach Ricardo Manneti expects a tough battle for his men.

“Zimbabwe have the talent and I think they have the highest number of foreign players in the South African leagues. Their own league is also very g and you have to respect such a team.

Source : The Herald