By Collen Nikisi
@Maglas Stadium, Zvishavane
Shabanie Mine 2-2 Nichrut
(Richard Kawondera 7’, David Temwanjira 71’)(Nigel Mupinduki 46’, Farayi Vimisayi 86’)
Nichrut were a long way from their best as Farai Vimisai 86th minute strike secured a draw against a dominant Shabanie in an exciting Midlands Castle Lager premiership match on Friday at a packed Maglas stadium.
Shabanie Mine coach Takesure Chiragwi was left to rue his side’s unforced errors as they allowed the Shurugwi based side to snatch a draw late in the game.
The game marked the first senior teams meeting between the two neighbours in the elite league and the fans did not disappoint filling up the stadia.
The game got off to a frenetic pace with “Bvaru Bvaru” marauding in attack led by David Temwanjira who has so far banged in four goals. And it came as no surprise when Richard Kawondera reacted quicker to goalie spill from a Temwanjira header for Shabanie to take the lead with the match only seven minutes old.
With the goal advantage Shabanie kept probing the Nichrut defence with the Mupumha brothers Ozil and Tinashe wreaking havoc on the flanks, but for all their creativity and energy they could not increase their tally.
Instead some tactical reorganisation by John Nyikadzino(Nichrut coach) at halftime changed the complexion of the game in second half. With most fans still to take their seats Nigel Mupinduki restored parity scrambling home the equaliser following a mix up at the back in the 46th minute.
From then on it was Nichrut all the way as the striking duo of James Chivasa and Shepherd Sithole used their sheer strength and power to shrug off the lightweight Bvaru defence forcing them into committing mistakes.
However, David Temwanjira would return to deflate Nichrut with a powerful header in the 71st minute off a pinpoint cross from the exciting Tinashe Mupumha.
Bvaru lack of imposing defenders and hesitation to put in a defensive player would cost them maximum points conceding an 86th minute Vimisayi header after ghosting unmarked from the blind side.
The lapses in concentration left Chiragwi fuming at his players after the game though he chose to downplay it during the post-match press conference.
“We again let in two goals and a total of five from the Dynamos game and this is frustrating, but I am happy with the attack. With these performances we are definitely not going to be talking about relegation”, Chiragwi said.
John Nyikadzino chose to lay the blame on off the field problems, however he could not divulge further. “The boys played well coming from behind twice but I insist we lost the match off the field”
Unconfirmed reports indicate the concerns are monetary and the sight of the team bus arriving at the match venue at 2pm fuelled speculation that the players had threatened a last minute boycott of the match.
Shabanie Mine- Petros Moyo, Benjamin Mukundu, Ali Maliselo, Denzil Taderera, Joe Nyabinde, Tinashe Chigede, Trevor Ajana, Ozil Mupumha(Amon Kambanje), Tinashe Mupumha,David Temwanjira and Richard Kawondera.
Nichrut- Tafadzwa Jabangwe, Bruno Madanire, Nkosilathi Moyo, David Boriwondo, Ephraim Mwinga, Asani Nhongo, Farayi Vimisayi, Nigel Mpinduki(Tatenda Hapazari), Kudakwashe Sibanda, sherpard Sithole and James Chivasa(Victor Moyo 79’).
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Barbourfields Stadium, Bulawayo
Highlanders 0-0 Triangle United
Yellow cards (Ben Munsaka 51’) (Donald Dzinyai 56’, Arnold Chiveya 80’)
TRIANGLE UNITED picked their first point of the season in three matches as they held unbeaten Highlanders to a goalless draw before a good crowd on Good Friday, for the fourth goalless draw of the season.
Highlanders coach Madinda Ndlovu, made two changes to the team that beat Herentals last week starting with Ozias Zibande ahead of Newman Sianchali as well as preferring Brian Banda instead of Adrian Silla.
Banda was to pick Zibande with a long pass in the box and the double scorer from last week did well to get onto the ball but only to see his effort miss the target by a few inches in the 14th minute.
A minute later he connected another pass outside the box and his effort went over the bar. He was to return in the 20th minute directing his header wide while near the goal post from a fine Honest Moyo Cross.
The visitors played deep in the first half and created little though they had a rare chance from a Courage Denias free kick which was collected well by the Bosso goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda in the 37th minute.
On the other end after a quick counter attack Triangle goalkeeper Chang Mariyoni used his feet to scoop out a goal bound Zibande shot, after he turned well in the box receiving a low cross from the right.
Triangle started the second half as the better team as they kept possession well. Collin Duhwa ran well from the right and got into the box, but saw his effort go wide seven minutes into the second half.
In the 66th minute Ndlovu made a double change introducing Sianchali and Silla for Gabriel Nyoni and Ben Munsaka respectively, Sianchali almost scored with his first touch of the ball within a minute of his introduction after he was fed by the overlapping Peter Muduhwa but he shot wide in the box.
Former Caps United and Harare City forward Phineas Bhamusi had a chance to seal the points on the counter in the last minute of the 90 minutes but took long to pick his spot resulting in Tendai Ndlovu sweeping out the challenge.
Silla’s long range effort in stoppage time was pushed for a corner by Mariyoni who was blocking most of Bosso’s raids the whole afternoon.
Highlanders- Ariel Sibanda, McClive Phiri, Honest Moyo, Tendai Ndlovu, Peter Muduhwa, Ben Munsaka(Adrian silla 66’, Brian Banda, Nigel Makumbe(Bukhosi Ncube 72’), Gabriel Nyoni(Newman Sianchali 66’), Godfrey Makaruse and Ozias Zibande.
Triangle- Chang Mariyoni, Ralph Kawondera, Arnold Chiveya, Kudzai Chigwida, Donald Dzinyai, Trevor Mavhunga, Collin Dhuwa, Anelka Chivandire, Courage Denias(Erico Phiri 69’), Russell Madamombe(Guthrie Zhokinyu 83’) and Phineas Bhamusi.
Madinda Ndlovu– “ We had a lot of issues to deal with coming into this match, the first thing was looking at the way we played against Herentals in which we did not play well, so we had to approach this game with a lot of caution and continue from where we left seeing that we were playing against an experienced side, the boys surprised me as we kept the ball and forced them to want to waste time, but credit to Triangle they played well in the second half but when it’s not your day it’s not your day but the boys did very well although we could not score”.
Taurai Mangwiro– “We were under pressure after dropping points in our two opening matches and dropping all points today would have seen us in a very catastrophic situation, we are not yet out of the mud but the point picked will go a long way in giving us the confidence, we managed to diffuse their width and cut out their crosses, allow me to congratulate my colleague I think he has done a good job, Highlanders are now playing with flair and we last saw this a long time ago from them and I think he has done a good job and we can only wish him well on his return to the premiership”.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Heath Streak looks to be on his way out as the Zimbabwe Cricket national team coach. This follows an email that has been circulating on social media allegedly written to Streak by Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Faisal Hasnain.
In the email Hasnain says “Futher to our discussions, please give your technical staff (and yourself included) until 3PM tomorrow to formally resign. After which time the technical team can consider themselves dismissed and relieved of their duties with immediate effect”.
The email seems to have been written on the 29th of March and it will seem Streak and his technical team have up to today to resign with indications that discussions on their dismissal have been going on.
Indications are that Zimabwe Cricket wanted the technical team fired soon after the ODI series defeat to Afghanistan just before the world cup qualifier hosted by Zimbabwe recently. Zimbabwe lost out to lowly United Arab Emirates blocking their passage to the world cup in England next year. It will seem this is what caused the former Zimbabwe bowler and captain to be fired.
Streak has coached Matebeland Tuskers locally as well as Bangladesh as the bowling coach. He has also had stints in the Indian Premier League with Gujarat Lions between 2016-2017 at the same time he was appointed the Zimbabwe coach taking over from Dav Whatmore.
Last week he was appointed the bowling coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders also in the Indian Premeir League.
Streak who turned 44 years two weeks ago played 65 tests for Zimbabwe picking 216 wickets and was involved in 189 ODI’s managing 239 wickets.
His backroom staff included Lance Klusener as the Batting coach and Douglas Hondo who was the bowling coach. So far this year under Streak Zimbabwe had played 17 matches in all formats of the game winning 7, losing 9 while the other was a tie.
Zimbabwe Cricket is yet to confirm the latest development.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
XOLISANI MOYO scored the only goal at the Baobab Stadium as Ngezi Platinum Stars maintained their perfect start to the season with a big win over Dynamos on Thursday.
It was Moyo’s second goal inside two matches after he scored as the platinum miners beat Triangle 2-0 last Sunday. Ngezi started the season with a 2-0 win over newcomers Herentals on the opening day of the season. They sit at the top of the log with three wins out of three in which they are yet to concede.
Champions FC Platinum and 2016 Champions Caps United also remained unbeaten after they played to a goalless draw at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. FC platinum lie in second position and for Caps United who kept their second clean sheet of the season, they have played three draws in their three matches. It was the third goalless draw of the season.
Darryl Nyandoro scored the fourth brace of the season as Chicken inn also maintained their unbeaten run with a 2-1 win over Mutare City at Luveve Stadium. Mutare City has lost all of its opening three matches of the season and scored through Billy Vheremu.
New comers Bulawayo Chiefs remained unbeaten as they recorded their third draw of the season and they are yet to taste a win. Bulawayo City had taken the lead through former How Miner Player Timothy January at Babourfields stadium but Chiefs equalised from the spot through Arthur Musiiwa, in what was the third goal from the spot this season.
Another of the new comers in the league Herentals tasted their first goal and first win in top flight football as they shocked ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga stadium 1-0. The “Students” scored through Blessing Majarira. Herentals had lost its opening two matches by identical score lines of 2-0 to Ngezi Platinum Stars and Highlanders respectively. ZPC kariba are pointless in their opening three matches of the season in which they are yet to score a goal.
Allan Tavariswa and Martin Vengesai both scored their second goals of the season as their teams Chapungu and Harare City respectively played to a 1-1 draw at Ascot Stadium in Gweru. City remain unbeaten with two draws and a win while Chapungu have lost one, won one and this was their first draw in the new season.
Former Motor Action, Highlanders and Dynamos midfielder Masimba Mambare scored his second goal of the season but that was not enough as his Black Rhinos lost 3-1 to Yadah FC who scored through Wilson Chakanyuka, Leeroy Murape and Jimmy Dzingai at Rufaro stadium in the capital.
Match day three will be completed on Friday as unbeaten Highlanders face winless Triangle at Babourfields Stadium in Bulawayo. Unbeaten midlands sides Shabanie and new comers Nichrut clash at Maglass stadium in Zvishavane.
Chicken Inn 2-1 Mutare City (Darrly Nyandoro 2) (Billy Vheremu)
Ngezi Platinum Stars 1-0 Dynamos (Xolisani Moyo)
Yadah FC 3-1 Black Rhinos (Wilson Chakanyuka, Leeroy Murape, Jimmy Dzingai)(Masimba Mambare)
Caps United 0-0 FC Platinum
Bulawayo City 1-1 Bulawayo Chiefs (Timothy January) (Arthur Musiiwa P)
Chapungu 1-1 Harare City (Allen Tavariswa) (Martin Vengesai)
ZPC Kariba 0-1 Herentals (Blessing Majarija)
Highlanders vs Triangle United (Babourfields)
Shabanie Mine vs Nichrut (Maglass)
By Muziwethu Hadebe
West Indies 290 for 6 (Samuels 86, Hope 76, Muzarabani 2-36) beat Zimbabwe 289 all out (Taylor 138, Mire 45, Holder 4-35, Roach 3-55) by four wickets
THE WEST INDIES brightened their chances of making it into the cricket world cup in England next year after they beat the hosts Zimbabwe by 4 wickets in this super six stage world cup qualifier at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe to go top of the log.
The Chevrons won the toss and as they have done in all of their matches in this tournament elected to bat first posting what looked like a reasonable total of 289 runs all out after 50 overs.
Brandon Taylor top scored with 138 runs from 124 balls, which comprised of 20 fours and 2 sixes. Other significant contributions came from Solomon Mire who scored 45 runs and Sean Williams who made 34 runs.
Jason Holder and Kemor Roach had a combined 7 wickets as they picked four and three wickets respectively.
In reply the West Indies managed 290 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Malon Sammes top scored with 86 runs from 80 balls. Shai Hope scored 76 runs, with Evin Lewis on 64 runs from 75 balls.
Earlier Zimbabwe had picked the big wicket of Chris Gayle in the sixth over through Blessing Muzarabani and was caught by Kyle Jarvis after managing only 17 runs from 13 balls.
The victory put the West Indies in firm control of qualifying while Zimbabwe needs a win over the United Arab Erimates to secure a place at the world cup.
It was the first defeat for the hosts in this world cup qualifier, as the West Indies did well in chasing their biggest ODI score.
By Muziwethu Hadebe; Images By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
ZIMBABWE TENNIS BOYS made it into the ITF 12 years and Under Juniors Team Competition in Morocco after finishing second to South Africa at the recently ended Southern Africa tournament at the Bulawayo Country Club in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe boys recorded three wins over Botswana, Mozambique and Madagascar while losing one clash with overall winners in the boys South Africa. South Africa won all of their four matches to join Zimbabwe in Morroco for the Africa ITF 12 years and under Team competition.
Zimbabwe’s passage was secured by two 3-0 consecutive wins on Saturday and Sunday over Madagascar and Botswana on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The most significant one was the Saturday victory as in the singles Marko Milosavljevic beat Andrianaivo of Madagascar 3-6, 7-5 and 6-1. It was his ability to recover after losing the first set that impressed many at the club that is known for golf.
Takura Mhwandagara was the next to shine for Zimbabwe in the singles beating Toddy Rajaobeina 6-0 and 6-1.
Mhwandagara then partnered Mengezi Sibanda in the doubles to win 6-3, 6-1 for the hosts to complete the whitewash over Madagascar.
The girls could not make it to Morocco after they finished third with just one win over Botswana. Madagascar topped the girls with 3 wins out of 3 and will be joined by South Africa who finished second with two wins after they lost one match to Madagascar.
By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
@Babourfields Stadium in Bulawayo
Highlanders 2 (Godfrey Makaruse 36’, Gabriel 50’)
Black Rhinos 1 (Lot Chiunga 48’)
Yellow cards (Tendai Ndlovu) (Effort Kopeni, Lot Chiunga)
Highlanders Football Club joined city rivals Chicken Inn and Bulawayo City as they recorded their first win in the season opener of the 2018 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League on Sunday.
A 36th minute header by winger Godfrey Makaruse and a 50th minute strike from the speedy winger Gabriel Nyoni were enough to de-horn the visiting Black Rhinos side and give Bosso the much needed three points.
Highlanders launched an attack through a long ball by defender Peter Muduhwa who found Nigel Makumbe on the left, Makumbe waved his way past Rhinos defenders and put up a good chip across the goal which found the lurking Godfrey Makaruse who made no mistake this time around and headed the ball into the back of the nets for Bosso to take the lead.
Although Highlanders bagged their first three points it was not a walk in the park. Black Rhinos equalized three minutes into the second half through their skipper Lot Chiunga after he was let to execute a free header to beat Ariel Sibanda.
Adrian Silla was charged for bringing down King Utete on the edge of the box and the referee Philani Ncube gave the visitors a free kick. Farai Banda stepped up with his left foot and sent in an inviting cross that found an unmarked Lot Chiunga who did not dissapoint and beat Ariel to bring Rhinos back into the game.
In the 48th minute Gabriel Nyoni put Bosso back in the lead after McClive Phiri sent in a cross that found Makumbe who then laid the ball for the oncoming Gabriel Nyoni.
Highlanders Technical Manager, Madinda Ndlovu was happy and acknowledged that Black Rhinos did their homework (research) as they gave them a run for their three points.
“I am happy, just like the supporters are, but l am not going celebrate like the supporters because looking at the game the way we started, Rhinos had done their homework, Rhinos are a formidable team they were very tricky customers to us, they are organized. Out of all the games we have played this was the most difficult one that we have played” said Ndlovu.
Black Rhinos coach Hebert Maruwa said it was always going to be difficult playing Highlanders in front of their fans although he was quite happy with the way his boys did their job especially in the second half. Overall he gave credit to Highlanders as he said they lost to a good team.
Highlanders showed their intentions in the first minutes of play as Nigel Mukumbe’s free kick which was tipped over the cross bar by Black Rhinos goal minder Hebert Rusawo resulting in the first corner kick of the game.
Highlanders were caught flat footed in the 19th minute but Black Rhinos striker Wellington Taderera failed to capitalize on an Adrian Silla mistake as he sent his effort straight into the safe hands of Ariel Sibanda.
In the 27th minute Taderera was back asking questions and could have put Rhinos in the lead as he came face to face with Ariel Sibanda after an Allan Gahadzikwa shot deflected off defender Tendai Ndlovu. Taderera’s effort could not trouble Sibanda as it rose up and wide to the stands.
McClive Phiri was moved up front to help Sianchali as Bukhosi Ncube came in for the goal scorer Godfrey Makaruse. The substitution could have yielded results given time as Phiri showed his worth by whipping in brilliant crosses.
Highlanders missed the services of defensive link man Ben Munsaka who was out of action due to issues to do with his International clearance.
Meanwhile CAPS UNITED played to a goalless draw with Harare City at the National Sports Stadium. SHABANIE MINE kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 win over triangle through a goal by David Temwanjira in the 55th minute.
Team Line ups
Highlanders FC Ariel Sibanda, Honest Moyo(c), McClive Phiri, Adrian Silla, Brian Banda ( Chitambwe Munyaradzi 86th), Newman Sianchali, Makaruse Godfrey ( Bukhosi Ncube 68th), Ndlovu Tendai, Muduhwa Peter, Nyoni Gabriel, Makumbe Nigel( Zibande Ozias 79th)
Black Rhinos FC Rusawo Hebert, Sibanda Tapiwa, Banda Farai, Homora Bruce, Kopani Effort, Mudadi Donald, Gahadzikwa Allan( Wonder Kapinda 54th), Mambare Masimba, Utete King( Mekiwa Malvern 54th) , Taderera Wellington( Tafadzwa Jaravani 64th) Chiunga Lot.
By Charles Ndlovu
@Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo
Bulawayo City 2-0 Chapungu
Ishmael Wadi 16’ and 87’
Red Card Sipho Ndlovu 61’
TEN MEN BULAWAYO CITY beat Chapungu through a brace by Ishmael Wadi, to start the new season on a high note on Saturday.
Chapungu started as the better team with good offensive play as they looked to create scoring opportunities.
Wadi scored his first goal after 21 minutes, in what turned out to be the first goal of the season when he received a pass from veteran defender Morris Kadzola.
Early in the second half Chapungu`s Bastos Chitowa failed to convert a set piece on the edge of the box as the Air force of Zimbabwe side tried to get an equalizer.
Chapungu coach Tendai Chikuni brought in Phillip Marufu and Allan Taurwisa in a bid to get an equalizer but found the defense line of Morris Kadzola, Humphrey Ncube, the impressive Crispen Ncube and former Highlanders defender Eric Mudzingwa at its best.
Chapungu gained the upper hand the in the last 30 minutes of the match after Sipho Ndlovu earned himself a red card for a second bookable offence for his tackle on Lloyd Gwerina in the 61st minute of the match but failed to capitalize.
Zephania Ngodzo came in for Kadzola who got injured in the second half of the match, while Justine Kaunda formerly with Hwange came in For Timothy January.
Wadi’s second goal sealed the match for City when he finished off a Toto Banda cross in the 82nd minute. It also marked the first brace of the season.
Darlington Dodo the Bulawayo City coach was happy with the performance of his team whereas Chikuni was disappointed that they failed to secure at least a draw after playing with an extra man.
Bulawayo City: Muuya Wellington, Defenders: Humphrey Ncube, Kadzola Morris (Zephania Ngodzo), Eric Mudzingwa and Crispen. T Ncube, Midfielders : Tatenda Tavengwa, Rainsome Pavari, Ishmael Wadi, Sipho Owen Ndlovu. Forwards: January Timothy and Clive Junior Rupiya(Toto Banda)
Chapungu: Shumba Talbert,Tapiwa Kumbuyani, Chitowa Bastos, Matutu Rinny, Mavarira Blessed, Muzunenhamo Edmore, Gwerina Lloyd and Mtigo Bruno, Chimoyo Tafadzwa(Allan Tawariswa) Sibanda Blessing and Sahondo(Philip Marufu)