By Washington Sibanda
@ Babourfields Stadium, in Bulawayo.
Chicken Inn 1-0 Dynamos (Obadiah Tarumbwa 52’)
Yellow Cards- (Divine Lunga, Moses Jackson,Simon Munawa, George Majika) Chicken Inn and( Romeo Matova) Dynamos
A second half strike by Obadiah Tarumbwa was enough to give Chicken inn maximum points and kick start their 2018 Castle Larger Premier League campaign on a high note as they edged Harare giants Dynamos on Saturday.
Chicken Inn who beat Dembare two seasons ago in another opening fixture of the local premiership could have buried their opponents had they been more clinical in front of goal with the chief culprit being the goal scorer Tarumbwa who fluffed a number of good scoring chances.
On the other hand Lloyd Mutasa’s boys had their moments in the opening 20 minutes of the match.
The match was an exciting one and as early the first minute Dynamos could have opened the scoring through Tawanda Macheke who fluffed a delicious cross from captain Ocean Mushure after he misdirected direct his header.
Chicken Inn then responded in the 10th minute as a Passmore Bernard cross found no takers in the box. The referee Nkosana Nduna flashed his first yellow card to Devine Lunga of Chicken inn after a foul on Cleopas Kapupurika.
Action then swung from one end to the other with both sides trying to look for that elusive goal but with no clear cut scoring chances. In the 27th Minute Dynamos left back Romario Matova was lucky not to be sent off after a lunge on Clemence Matawu with the defender getting away with a yellow card, the second for the match.
Chicken inn were awarded the first corner of the match after a Simon Munawa drive was blocked for a corner and the gamecocks continued pressing and got another corner with the gigantic Kudzai Chideu failing to do justice after being set up by the impressive Lunga. Another chance went begging again for Chicken in in the 30th minute when Innocent Mucheneka directed his header inches over bar after a cross on the left from Lunga once more.
The home side felt hard done by the referee Nkosana Nduna in the 41st minute when Dynamos skipper Mushure, seemed to have handled in the box and the man at the center waved play on much to the disappointment of the Chicken inn players.
The second half started on another electrifying pace with Dynamos being caught offside as early as the 46th minute but Chicken inn never panicked and forced a corner kick in the 48th minute which was wasted.
Elvis Chipezeze almost gifted Dynamos striker Macheke with a goal in the 50th minute after he toyed around with the ball in his 12 yard box but was quick to clear the danger.
The goal finally came in the 52nd minute from the boot of former Bantu Rovers and Highlanders striker Tarumbwa who coolly slotted home from the 12 yard after some good work by Mucheneka. Mutasa quickly responded by sacrificing his captain for the young Valentine Kandodzvo. Another yellow card was flashed to George Majika for remonstrating after Nduna had blown for an offside on Obadiah Tarumbwa. Dynamos fought for an equalizer but to no avail.
Chicken Inn:ElvisChipezeze,Passmore Bernard ,Kudzai Chideu,Divine Lunga,Moses Jackson©,Simon Munawa,Wellington Kamudyariwa(Goredema 68th),Clemence Matawu,George Majika(Samakwere 82nd),Mucheneka Innocent, Tarumbwa Obadiah(Chirinda 78th )
Dynamos:Blessing Mwandimutsira,Blessing Moyo,Romario Matoya,Marshall Machazane,Jimmy Tigere,James Marufu,Dhemere Kudzanai(Mwerahari 73rd ),Rahael Manuvire(Kangadze 84th),kapupurika Cleopas,Tawanda Macheke,Ocean Mushure(kandozvo 55th)
The start to the Castle Larger Premier Soccer League was greeted with controversy on Match Day 1 after ZPC Kariba did not travel to the National Sports Stadium to host FC Platinum insisting that their stadium Nyamhunga in Kariba had passed a re- inspection by ZIFA inspection team.
ZIFA later issued a statement that the inspection team had passed the stadium fit on Saturday 17 match. The PSL had already fixtured the ZPC Kariba/FC Platinum match for the National Sports Stadium in Harare during the week, after the ZIFA Stadium inspection team had deemed Nyamhunga not fit to host top flight football matches. The Platinum miners had already travelled to Harare for the tie.
The unfortunate confusion once more exposed the low levels of professionalism in our football, it also showed lack of proper communication between ZIFA and the PSL, more so after the two organisations and the Sports and Recreational Commission all attended a workshop on Club licencing during the week.
It is a wake up call for ZIFA to come up with basic minimum requirements for stadium approval as most teams, the PSL and even ZIFA don’t own any stadium, making teams travel to play home matches kills the development of our football which in all honesty is yet to reach top levels of professionalism. Full Club licencing will take a process.
Away from the ZPC Kariba/FC Platinum challenges the other Saturday fixtures were played as scheduled;
The clash of the new comers saw Nichrut travel to Mandava stadium in Zvishavane to host Mutare City and start with a 1-0 win through a goal by Spencer Masunda in the 21st minute.
Another new comer in top flight football Bulawayo Chiefs raced to a 2-0 lead inside three minutes with goals from Moses Majika and Perfect Chikwende, only for former Highlanders striker Ralph Matema to pull one back two minutes before the break and Byron Madzokore to equalise from the spot in the 83rd minute as the match ended 2-2 at Rufaro stadium.
Ngezi Platinum kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over debutants Herentals at the Baobab Stadium. Ngezi scored through Walter Mukanga in the 66th minute and Keith Murera just three minutes from full time.
On Sunday Highlanders host Black Rhinos, Caps united host Harare City and Shabanie Mine is at home to Triangle United.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
THE START of any Football’s topflight league is always an exciting moment the world over. Zimbabwe is no exception in this regard. The Castle Larger Premier Soccer League kicks off without Television and Radio coverage after the PSL announced 24 hours before the start of the new soccer season that all the bidders for Television and radio rights failed to meet its expectations.
In a press statement the league said “The Premier Soccer League Media Audio-Visual Tender Adjudication Committee has met and decided on the Media Rights tenders submitted by various media organisations. The PSL would like to advise that it has accepted no bid at all as the submitted tenders did not meet the mandatory requirements and expectations of the PSL. The League has advised all the bidders and officially closed the tender process.
The PSL will possibly invite media rights tenders in the very near future”
The league did not expand on what its expectations were; it is however believed that it is had to do with the financial aspects of the rights. The league expects to make money from the rights and is said to have requested for audited financials of the bidders.
Away from the controversial broadcasting rights issue the league gets underway with 2015 champions Chicken Inn hosting Dynamos at Barbourfields stadium on Saturday. Dynamos chasing their 22nd title have assembled a balanced squad under the guidance of Lloyd Mutasa, while Chicken Inn welcome back Joey Antipas who won the title with them in 2015. Antipas will be chasing his third league title.
ZPC Kariba, Nichrut and Shabanie have to play away from their home grounds which were deemed not fit by the ZIFA inspection team and start at a disadvantage.
ZPC Kariba host champions FC Platinum at the National Sports stadium on Saturday. Also on Saturday Nichrut travel to Zvishavane to host Mutare City at their adopted home ground Mandava Stadium. It was a double blow for the new comers as their Shurugwi stadium was marked not fit as did the closest stadium they could use Ascot stadium in Gweru.
The rest of the Saturday fixtures will see Ngezi Platinum Stars host new comers Herentals at the Baobab stadium. Bulawayo City now under Darlington Dodo host Chapungu at Luveve stadium. Bulawayo Chiefs in their first season in top flight football start away at Yadah at Rufaro stadium.
Tomorrow Highlanders host Black Rhinos at Babourfields Stadium. Shabanie won’t use Maglas stadium and will host Triangle at Mandava stadium. Caps united will face their former assistant coach Mark
By Muziwethu Hadebe: Images By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
South Africa continued with their dominance in the ITF 12 years and under Juniors Tennis tournament at the Bulawayo Country Club in Zimbabwe on Friday.
The hosts Zimbabwe beat Mozambique 3-0 in the boys. Zimbabwe’s Mengezi Sibanda was stretched to three sets by Luca Figueirrgo of Mozambique after winning the first set 6-1; he then lost the second set 5-7. Sibanda got a scare but held his nerve to win the third set 6-4 and won the match 2-1.
In the second singles match Marko Milosavevic did well to beat Edilson Rosa of Mozambique in two sets 6-0, 6-2. Takura Mwandagara combined with Milosavevic to beat Figueirrogo and Rosa 6-1, 6-3 in two sets for Zimbabwe to clinch victory over Mozambique 3-0.
Earlier on South Africa had continued with their dominance in this Juniors tournament beating Botswana 3-0. Guy Vormerk won 6-1, 6-0. Jordan Georgiev won 6-2, 6-1, Georgieve and Molefe combined to beat the pair of Mathehsen and Saleshando 6-1, 6-1 for South Africa to record another win in the boys.
On Saturday Botswana meet Mozambique, Madagascar play Zimbabwe, while on Sunday Zimbabwe will meet Botswana with Madagascar set to face red hot South Africa in the boys section to complete the round robin fixtures.
Still in the boys on Wednesday South Africa beat Zimbabwe 2-1, Madagascar beat Botswana 3-0. On Thursday Madagascar beat Botswana 2-1 and South Africa outclassed Mozambique 3-0.
In the girls section South Africa beat Botswana 3-0 as the Zimbabwe girls were shocked by Madagascar 2-1. The girls saw Tadiwanashe Mauchi fall 6-0, 6-1 and Tanyaradzwa Midzi win her singles matche 6-1, 6-1. In the doubles Mauchi partnered Chimedza and lost 6-4, 6-7(3) and 10-3
On Saturday in the girls Botswana will play Madagascar and the big one will see Zimbabwe face South Africa. On Thursday Zimbabwe had done well to beat Botswana in the girls 3-0.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Zimbabwe 211 for 9 (Raza 69*, Murtagh 3-36, McBrine 2-42) beat Ireland104 (Stirling 41, Chisoro 3-22, Cremer 3-18) by 107 runs
Sikandar Raza posted a crucial 69 runs to guide Zimbabwe to 211/9 after it looked gloomy at one stage with the chevrons sitting on 139/7 as Zimbabwe beat Ireland to remain unbeaten in the ICC cricket world cup qualifiers in this match played at Harare Sports Club.
Ireland won the toss and put Zimbabwe to bat and Raza was the only one with a significant performance with the bat. The batsman second to Raza was Brandon Taylor who hit 25 runs on a wicket that provided little in terms of runs.
Murtagh was the peak of bowlers with 3 wickets but Raza’s patience with the bat paid off as he went on to pick one wicket and was named the Player of the match.
Ireland struggled with the bat. Only PR Stirling and GL Wilson managed double figures on 41 and 15 runs respectively. It was a day of spinners with Tendai Chisora managing 3 wickets. Captain Graeme Creamer also managed 3 wickets as Zimbabwe bowled out Ireland for 104 runs after 34.2 overs.
Only two teams will make it to the world cup from the super six stage.
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By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
South Africa demolished Zimbabwe while Madagascar dominated Mozambique in the boys matches in the ITF/CAT 12 years and under Southern Africa Junior Team Competitions played on Wednesday at the Bulawayo Country Club.
The round robin matches saw the boys kick start the five day competition. Zimbabwe faced off with South Africa while Madagascar squared off with Mozambique.
In the first singles match Zimbabwe’s Mengezi Sibanda beat South Africa’s Guy V Vorwerk 6-1, 6-1 and 2-6. While Mhwandagara Takura fell to Georgiew Jordan G by 6-3 and 6-4.
In the doubles match Takura Mhwandagara partnered Milosovlyevic Marko but could not defeat South Africa’s Jordan Georgiew and Matthsen. Zimbabwe lost 6-3 & 6-1.
In the other group Magadascar’s Tody A Rajaobelina beat Rose Edilson 6-1 and 6-4. While in the second single match Robarijaona Tefy R beat Mozambique’s Figueredo Luca 6-3 and 6-4.
Adrianoaivo and Rajaobalina partnered to beat Rose and Matingue 6-3 & 6-1 in the doubles match.
According to Zimbabwe boys coach Vincent Nyatoti, it was going to be tough to play in the first day of the competitions and facing a much stronger side in form of South Africa, but overall he was impressed with the display from the boys.
“Although we lost the doubles and one single l believe we lost to a better team. Ideally the boys played very well, l cannot say there is anywhere we went wrong, generally they played well”, said Nyatoti.
Zimbabwe Tennis Chairperson Cliff Nokwara said the competitions are for developmental purposes and they were developing players from an early age to feed into the elite group and they are hoping the players will graduate to represent their countries not only in Zimbabwe but also in their respective Southern African Countries.
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar and Bostwana are the countries taking part. The competition ends on Sunday.
BY WASHINGTON SIBANDA
Bulawayo City Football Club announced their squad for the upcoming 2018 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League Season which is set to roll into action over the weekend.
The squad is dominated by a number of new faces who have been added to the team in the hope of challenging for honors and maintain their status in the league.
The City Of Bulawayo owned team will hope to do better than last season and display good entertaining football as they have strengthened the team in almost all departments which gives the technical team more headaches in terms of team selection. A total number of 17 players have been signed with notable names being former Highlanders skipper Eric Mudzingwa who joined as a free agent after he was released by the Bulawayo giants, Ishmael Wadi who makes a return though on a loan deal from defending champions FC Platinum.
Trust Nyabinde, Lucky Nyathi and Ayanda Ncube join from Tsholotsho.
They have also captured Timothy January ,Mgcini Sibanda and Toto Banda from How mine as well as goalkeeper Takunda Ndoro who is a twin brother to warriors striker Tendai Ndoro who was playing in Botswana for Gilport lions.
Speaking to MYSPORTS immediately after the announcement of the squad, Fitness trainer Try Ncube expressed optimism and belief on the squad and believes they can go all the way and surpass what they achieved last season. “We are happy with the preparations so far and and the quality of players we have both old and new are pushing so hard in training and they are responding to the tactics of the coaches”.
On the targets for this season Ncube said they are targeting a respectable position and will try by all means to gunner as many points as they can, “We want to get as many points as possible and not to be found wanting like last season where we had to fight for relegation, we want to finish on a respectable position”, Ncube said.
Public Relations Officer Thandiwe Moyo assured the City fans that the club will do whatever it can to remain in the league.
When asked about the financial capacity of the team she said that they hope they won’t be affected by the economic instability and go the How mine route.
“From the players signed it seems there won’t be any additions up until the second window period, the technical team is happy with what they have now and the only slots left are for the under 20 players who are currently being assessed by the coaches. City will kick start their 2018 Premier League season with a home fixture against Chapungu at Luveve stadium on Saturday.
Bulawayo City are in their third season in top flight football in which they have played 64 matches, when 22 games, 11 in each season and managing 14 draws, they have so far lost 28 matches, scoring 64 goals and conceding 71 goals. They finished on position eight in 2016 and survived relegation on the last day last season. Darlington Dodo is the current coach after Philani Ncube, Try Ncube and Mandla Mpofu have coached the team before.
Bulawayo City 2018
Aaron Ngwenya, Wellington Muuya, Takudzwa Ndoro
Zephania Ngodzo, Dzumbunu Admire, Morris Kadzola, Crispen Ncube, Eric Mudzingwa, Trust Nyabinde, Zibusiso Sibanda, Gift Lunga
Timoth January, Toto Banda, Ishmael Wadi , Tatenda Tavengwa,Rainsome Pavari, Lucky Nyathi, Trevor Ndlovu, Sipho Ndlovu, Ayanda Ncube , Humphrey Ncube, Innocent Kutsanzira , Justin Kaunda
Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Tawanda Chagaresango, Tawanda Muyendi, Mgcini Sibanda,Clive Rupiya
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Zimbabwe 210 (Ervine 57, Sharif 5-33, Leask 4-37) tied with Scotland 210 (Berrington 47, Cremer 3-21, Chisoro 3-42)
ZIMBABWE AND SCOTLAND played out to the first tie of the ICC Cricket world cup qualifiers at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Monday.
It was another nerve wrecking end to the match as Scotland needed 14 runs from 12 balls with two wickets remaining as they sat on 197/8 after Zimbabwe had won the toss and elected to bat posting 210 runs after 50 overs.
Watt recorded no runs in the first two of those balls. He then hit two consecutive boundaries with the third and fourth balls and followed with another 2 runs with the fifth ball. On the last ball of the 48th over, Watt needed another boundary to secure victory for the Scots but was bowled out by Chatara with a fine catch from Sean Williams.
Into the last over of the match the Scots still needed three runs from six balls with the tall Muzarabani facing BTJ Wheal. The first ball was a wide and Scotland were left needing 2 runs from 5 balls but Muzabarani held his nerve to bowl out Wheal, caught Taylor for the chevrons to secure a tie.
The chevrons who batted first as they have done in their opening three matches, batted first for the fourth consecutive time, in their fourth match in these qualifiers with Craig Ervine top scoring with 57 runs, there were decent contributions from Brendon Taylor who managed 44 runs. Solomon Mere got 35 runs, Zhuwao 18 and Masakadza who was the player of the match against Hong Kong getting 16 runs.
SM Sharif was the peak of the bowlers with 5 wickets, MA Leask got 4 wickets while BTJ Wheal was on one. For his five wicket haul, SM Sharif was named the player of the match.
In response Scotland were patient with the bat in a match they could have won at the end. Rd Berrington top scored with 47 runs, Coetzer managed 39 runs, MA Leask made 28 runs and Munsey was on 29 runs.
Scotland and Zimbabwe, both unbeaten, had already sealed progress to the Super Sixes stage of the tournament. Afghanistan also progress from Group B despite winning just one of their four matches.
In Group A, Ireland and West Indies are through, with Netherlands failing to beat the United Arab Emirates, The UAE is through to the super 6 stage.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Zimbabwe 263 for 9 (Masakadza 84, Nawaz 4-47) beat Hong Kong 174 (Rath 85, Raza 3-30) by 89 runs
ZIMBABWE won their third match on the trot at the ICC cricket world cup qualifiers over Hong Kong by 89 runs at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday.
The hosts who won their opening two matches over Nepal and Afghanistan after winning the toss and electing to bat on both occasions, this time saw Hong Kong win the toss and putting the chevrons to bat as Zimbabwe managed 263-9.
There was an improvement with the top three batting order managing 144 runs as Hamilton Masakadza top scored with 84 runs. Zhuwao managed 45 runs and Solomon Mire got 20 runs. Brendon Taylor was 4 runs short of half a century.
Ehsan Nawaz was brilliant with the ball picking 4 wickets and conceding 47 runs. In reply Hong Kong made 174 runs as Anshuma Rath was outstanding knocking 85 runs from 117 balls.
Player of the match in the past two matches Sikandar Raza picked 3 wickets while managing just 10 runs.
Masakadza was named the player of the match. In the other matches on Saturday the West Indies beat Ireland by 52 runs at Harare Sports Club. The Netherlands won by 57 runs over PNG at old Hararians.
Zimbabwe plays their last group match against Scotland on Monday, in a match that will decide who tops the group as the teams head to the super six stage. Only two nations will qualify to the world cup from these qualifiers.
By Bonweyinkosi Sithole
Malan Pierre and Cataldi Taylor won the top prizes as they both emerged victorious in their final matches of the International Tennis Federation Juniors Circuit at the Bulawayo Country Club played on Saturday.
Malan Pierre slaughtered Dylan Salton 6-2, 6-3 in the boys under 18 category to win the top prize in what was a South African affair. Both players gave their all in the first set but Salton could not match the top seed Malan who dominated throughout the tournament.
In the girls section, it was a bad day for the number one seeded MJ Changwereza representing Great Britain as she was not on her best throughout her final match. USA’s Cataldi Taylor emerged victorious after winning 7-5, 6-2 in both sets.
Tournament organizer Cliff Nkokwara said “ initially we were targeting this tournament to be a developmental one, targeting mostly regional players and a lot of Zimbabwean participants to benefit but looking at the depth of the tournament we ended up having players from Australia, America and the likes of Pierre Malan who are top players in the juniors circuit, so that certainly increased the quality of the tournament but not to undo our Zimbabwe players they put up quite a good show.Some reached the quarter finals of tourney , we had the likes of Thabo who got into the semis”.
Chairperson of the Bulawayo Metropolitan Tennis Board, Tarwirwa Chikunichawa also thinks most Zimbabwean players benefited from the tournament which ran for six days and was quick to say they looked forward to hosting more of sùch events.
“It has been a good tournament most of our local players benefited from it and l think as usual we managed to put up a good host and definitly we look into the future we could get more tournaments coming our way in the province” said the Chairperson.
Although most Zimbabwe’s representatives came from the different parts of the country with a noticeable few coming from the host province, the Chairman pointed out that they were making progress as they lost quite a number of junior players who finished playing last year.
He also added that, ” right now we are on a rebuilding process as you can see we had young players who participated in the tournament, so this means that within the next three to four years to come we will have quite a number of players and the continuity of this ITF coming to Bulawayo is going to be a big boost to us, overall l think we hearding in the right direction”.
Tarwirwa was impressed by the Zimbabweans especially those coming from Bulawayo considering how big the stage was and playing against international players but were able to put up quite a show, which is a good thing.
The 13yr old MJ Changwereza who was born in Britain but his parents are originally from Zimbabwe started playing tennis at the age of five but decided to go pro at the age of ten year says she was happy with how the tournament unfolded.
The number one seed of the tournament has reached the semifinals and the finals of the ITF prior to her recent achievement.
The ambitious 13 year old tennis player said her number one goal was to be the World number one and to win all the Grand Slams. More so, she also wants to reach the top 50 of the ITF Juniors and to get a ranking in the ITF Pros.