Class of 2014-Where are they now?

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - Go Warriors Go - Lang­ton Nyak­wenda

GE­ORGE CHIGOVA, Mil­ton Ncube, Part­son Jaure, Eric Chipeta, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Danny Phiri, Masimba Mam­bare, Ali Sadiki, Peter Moyo, Kuda Ma­hachi and Simba Sit­hole started for the War­riors in the his­toric Chan semi fi­nal match against Libya played on Jan­uary 29, 2014 at the Free State Sta­dium in Bloem­fontein, South Africa.

Don­ald Ngoma re­placed Mam­bare af­ter 52 min­utes of play be­fore coach Ian Gorowa in­tro­duced Simba Nhivi Sit­hole for his name­sake 25 min­utes be­fore full time as he sought for the elu­sive goal.

That match ended 0-0 af­ter 120 min­utes of play and the reg­u­lar penalty kicks failed to sep­a­rate the two na­tions be­fore Zim­babwe suc­cumbed 4-5 in the sud­den death penal­ties.

Tawanda Mu­parati, Au­gus­tine Mbara, Nelson Mazivisa, Os­car Machapa, Mun­yaradzi Diya, Charles Sibanda, Felix Chin­dungwe, Pas­cal Man­hanga, Themba Ndlovu and Tafadzwa Dube were the un­used sub­sti­tutes for the du­ra­tion of the match.

Chipeta, Phiri and Zvirekwi con­verted while Nhivi and Moyo missed to leave the scores at 3-3 af­ter the first 10 spot kicks.

Jaure con­verted in the sud­den death, while Ncube and Sadiki missed be­fore Libyan keeper Mo­hamed Fathi Ab­daula beat Chigova to send the War­riors tum­bling out of the tour­ney.

Sadly that was to be the end of Zim­babwe’s fairy­tale run dur­ing the 2014 Chan tour­na­ment, the clos­est the War­riors have come to win­ning any piece of Con­ti­nen­tal sil­ver­ware.

Now, The Sun­day Mail looks at what be­came of that 23-man squad that did the na­tion proud at the Chan 2014 fi­nals.

Chigova

The for­mer Dy­namos keeper, who con­ceded only two goals at Chan 2014, signed a three year con­tract with South African Absa Premier­ship side Su­per­sport United two weeks af­ter tour­na­ment.

Af­ter a frus­trat­ing year and half of in­ac­tion at Skeema Mat­santsantsa, Chigova packed his bags and joined Polok­wane City where he signed a 3-year con­tract in July 2015.

Ncube

The for­mer High­landers util­ity player signed a two-year deal with Ajax Cape Town, three months af­ter the tour­na­ment.

The deal ex­pires in May.

Jaure

Af­ter a frus­trat­ing wait Jaure, who was named among the best 11 play­ers of the tour­na­ment, fi­nally made his move from DeMbare to Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria in July 2014.

Chipeta

His solid show at the heart of the War­riors de­fence, where he part­nered skip­per Jaure, per­suaded then newly pro­moted Absa Premier­ship side Chippa United to sign the for­mer Hwange de­fender in May 2014.

The Sprout­ing Academy prod­uct is hav­ing a de­cent time at the Chilli Boys.

Zvirekwi

The diminu­tive player is still at Caps United and he will lead the War­riors at this year’s edi­tion.

Phiri

“Deco” was linked with nu­mer­ous teams in South Africa, namely Polok­wane City and Free State Stars, while in­ter­est also came from Botswana but the gritty an­chor­man is yet to find a for­eign move.

He was ruled out of this year’s Chan squad due to an an­kle in­jury and is ex­pected to re­cover in time to lead Chicken Inn in their maiden CAF Cham­pi­ons League match against Mamelodi Sun­downs next month.

Mam­bare

A nag­ging knee in­jury has kept the for­mer High­landers and Mo­tor Ac­tion linkman out of ac­tion for most of his stay at Dy­namos since mak­ing the block­buster move from Bosso just be­fore the Chan 2014 fi­nals.

Sadiki

The 27-year-old left footer is now based in the DRC where he turns out for African gi­ants TP Mazembe.

Sadiki moved from FC Plat­inum on a 5-year deal signed in May 2014.

Moyo

The player they nick­named “Rio” at High­landers fol­low­ing a glitzy 2013 sea­son, has had a stut­ter­ing ca­reer since the 2014 fi­nals.

His dream move to Mpumalanga Black Aces in July 2014 col­lapsed at the last minute af­ter he failed to im­press coach Clive Barker.

He later moved to South Africa’s First Na­tional Divi­sion side Wit­bank Spurs in Novem­ber 2014.

Ma­hachi

The poster boy of the tour­na­ment, thanks to his flashy hair­style and daz­zling skills that saw him also make it into the tour­na­ment’s best XI, Ma­hachi signed for Mamelodi Sun­downs in March 2014.

He of­fi­cially joined his new team­mates the fol­low­ing July.

The for­mer Chicken Inn winger was how­ever frozen out of ac­tion at the star stud­ded Brazil­ians and opted for a sea­son long loan deal to Golden Ar­rows in Septem­ber last year.

Sit­hole

The force­ful striker, who scored the open­ing goal in the War­riors’ 2-1 vic­tory over Mali in the round of eight, signed a twoyear con­tract with Ajax Cape Town soon af­ter that game.

How­ever, Sit­hole’s ca­reer took a dra­matic nose­dive when the Ur­ban War­riors off­loaded the fad­ing striker seven months later.

Sit­hole re­traced his roots back home and joined High­landers in Septem­ber 2014.

Bosso dumped Sit­hole in June last year be­fore the striker found a new home at newly pro­moted Bulawayo City.

Sub­sti­tutes

Ngoma

The hard run­ning for­mer FC Plat­inum for­ward failed to se­cure a for­eign move soon af­ter the fi­nals but fi­nally made it at Tan­za­nia’s Young Africans in Au­gust 2015.

Nhivi Sit­hole

His post Chan ca­reer was blighted by a stalk­ing knee in­jury that kept him on the side­lines at Dy­namos for a num­ber of games dur­ing the 2014 Cas­tle Lager Premier League.

He opted to re­turn to his boy­hood club Caps United dur­ing the 2015 mid­sea­son trans­fer win­dow but the trans­ac­tion failed to beat the dead­line.

Nhivi is now ex­pected to line up for

Makepekepe this sea­son.

Un­used subs

The 2013 Soc­cer Star of the Year, Mu­parati, is now at How Mine, while Mbara is the cur­rent DeMbare skip­per.

Mazivisa was last week off­loaded at FC Plat­inum.

Diya has been the se­cond choice to Young War­riors keeper Dono­van Bernard at How Mine while Chin­dungwe moved from Chicken Inn to join Bosso af­ter the tour­na­ment.

The dread­locked Sibanda also joined High­landers soon af­ter the 2014 Chan fi­nals be­fore the no­madic for­ward dumped Bosso for neigh­bours How Mine in Jan­uary 2015.

Man­hanga beat the 2014 mid-sea­son trans­fer dead­line to join High­landers but the pint sized mid­fielder has how­ever since re­turned to Tri­an­gle.

Ndlovu is now Harare City’s de­fen­sive pil­lar while vet­eran keeper Dube is also now at The Sun­shine Boys.

Machapa had stints at both DeMbare and Caps United be­fore he left for AS Vita of DRC in Au­gust last sea­son.

Ku­dak­washe Ma­hachi

Ge­orge Chigova

Sim­barashe Sit­hole

Peter Moyo

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