FORMER Zimbabwe youth international Guide Goddard recently took some time to open up to die-hard Dynamos fans about his career and why he always makes it difficult for Dynamos forwards to penetrate the Chicken Inn rearguard.
In a no-holds-barred interview with Dynamos Bulawayo Chapter faithfuls that included Corcy Majoni and Kilian Bangi in the high density suburb of Cowdray Park, Goddard, a Gamecocks defender, who has seen it all after also playing for Highlanders, said while losing a match was part of the game, succumbing to a DeMbare defeat hurt him more.
“It’s a fact that you cannot win all the games and that is why I always fight for my team. Football is a full-time career for me and as such I take each and every game seriously to avoid defeats. While we win and lose as a team, personally, losing to Dynamos seriously hurts me. As a result, I will make life difficult for my Dynamos opponents,” said Goddard, who happens to be Chicken Inn’s longest serving player.
“Dynamos is a very big united family and letting them get the better of you really upsets me,” added the former Inyanda High School pupil.
In the past four seasons, Chicken Inn and Dynamos have met eight times in Premier Soccer League matches with the former registering four wins and the latter getting one. The remainder ended as stalemates.
Consequently, from a possibility of getting 24 points against Dynamos since 2016, Chicken Inn have collected 15 points which suggests a 75 percent success rate over Zimbabwe’s most successful club.
Dynamos, who got seven points from a possible 24, are on a 29 percent success rate over the 2015 league champions.
Goddard was part of the Chicken Inn squad that successfully toured Malawi in February where they clinched the 2020 Malawi Energem International Bonanza tournament pre-season tournament. At the contest, Gamecocks finished the tournament with a 100 percent record and without conceding a goal after they beat UD Songo (2-0), Be Forward Wanderers and Malawi champions Nyasa Big Bullets by an identical 1-0 score line.
To echo coach Joey Antipas sentiments, Goddard, said: “While we decided to remain clear from the coronavirus I must say these coronavirus developments have greatly affected us as a club because after our trip to Malawi, we were ready to go. However, life is more precious than football. We have to look after ourselves and we have been encouraged to remain professional.”