By Muziwethu Hadebe
The World Cup in Russia reached 132 goals after half a century of matches ahead of Sunday’s action. The 132 goals have come according to MYSPORTS counting from 100 players as Cheryshev of Russia who is on three goals has also scored one of the 9 own goals so far.
19 of the 132 goals have come from the spot with 6 spot kicks missed so far.
Four players have scored twice from the spot namely Griezman (France), Jediank(Australia),Granqvisit(Sweden) and Harry Kane the England captain.
Only two players have managed a hat trick that is Kane and Ronaldo the Portugal captain.
There are a good 10 braces from 9 players as Lukaku of Belgium has managed two braces and sits on 4 goals.
MYSPORTS has counted a massive 167 yellow cards with only three of the fifty matches finishing without a yellow card and these were Nigeria vs Iceland, Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia and Argentina vs Iceland. The three reds have gone to Sanchez (Colombia), Boateng(Germany) and Smolinkov of Russia.
Only one match from the 50 ended goalless and it featured Denmark and France. Until their 2-1 victory over Portugal, Uruguay had completed the group stages without conceding a goal.
Here is the 132 goals list compiled by MYSPORTS, check if your favorite player scored a goal.
HARRY KANE England 5, 2P
RONALDO Portugal 4, 1P
LUKAKU Belgium 4
CHERYSHEV Russia 3
DIEGO COSTA Spain 3
MBAPPE France 3
CAVANI Uruguay 3
GRIEZMAN France 2P
DZYUBA Russia 2
JEDINAK Australia 2(P)
MODRIC Croatia 2, 1P
COUTINHO Brazil 2
HAZARD Belgium 2, 1P
AHMED MUSA Nigeria 2
STONES England 2
SAUREZ Uruguay 2
SALAH Egypt 2, 1P
GRANPVIST Sweden 2 P
KHAZRI Tunisia 2
AUGUERO Argentina 2
LINGARD England 1
MENTENS Belgium 1
BATSHUAYI Belgium 1
JANUZAJ Belgium 1
NEYMAR Brazil 1
PAULINHO Brazil 1
THIAGO SILVA Brazil 1
GANSKIY Russia 1
GOLVIN Russia 1
GIMENZ Uruguay 1
NACHO Spain 1
ISCO Spain 1
LAGO ASPAS Spain 1
PAVARD France 1
POULSEN Denmark 1
ERICKSEN Denmark 1
MESSI Argentina 1
ROJO Argentina 1
DI MARIA Argentina 1
MERCADO Argentina 1
REBIC Croatia 1
RAKITIC Croatia 1
MINA Croatia 1
FALCAO Croatia 1
JU CUADRADO Croatia 1
BADELJI Croatia 1
PERISIC Croatia 1
FIMOBOGASON Iceland 1
SIGURDSSON Iceland 1
KALAROV Serbia 1
MITROVIC Serbia 1
ZUBER Switzerland 1
XHAKA Switzerland 1
SHAQIR Switzerland 1
DZEMAIL Switzerland 1
DRMIC Switzerland 1
LAZANO Mexico 1
VELA Mexico 1 P
HERNADEZ Mexico 1
TOIVONEN Sweden 1
AUGUSFINSSON Sweden 1
SASSI Tunisia 1
BRONN Tunisia 1
F BEN YOUSEF Tunisia 1
QUINERO Colombia 1
MINA Colombia 1
KAGAWA Japan 1P
OSAKO Japan 1
INUI Japan 1
HONDA Japan 1
KRYCHOWIAL Poland 1
BEDNARECK Poland 1
NIANG Senegal 1
MANE Senegal 1
WAGUE Senegal 1
REUS Germany 1
KROOS Germany 1
SON HEUNG South Korea 1
BALOY Panama 1
AL FARAJ Saudi Arabia 1 P
AL DAWSARI Saudi Arabia 1
QUARESMA Portugal 1
PEPE Portugal 1
ANSARIFARD Iran 1 P
BOUTAIB Morocco 1
EN NESYRI Morocco 1
CARRILLO Peru 1
GUERRERO Peru 1
VICTOR MOSES Nigeria 1
KIM YOUNG GOVON South Korea 1
SON HEUNG-MIN South Korea 1
WATSON Costa Rica 1
Own goal vs Australia FRANCE 1
Own goal vs egpty RUSSIA 1
Own goal vs Tunisia IRAN 1
Own goal vs Nigeria CROATIA 1
Own goal vs Poland SENEGAL 1
Own goal vs Russia Uruguay 1
Own goal vs Sweden Mexico 1
Own goal vs Swiss Costa Rica 1
Own goal vs Tunisia Panama 1
By Muziwethu Hadebe
While top runners always fight for the top finish and to improve their times at any marathon event throughout the world, a strong number of social runners is on the increase as many people try to keep fit and monitor their health condition through the boot camps.
One such Boot camp is the BIG AND BOLD which is based in the Belmont Industrial area of Bulawayo and also uses the Hillside dams in Bulawayo.
A group of 7 ladies from the boot camp is off to the ECONET VICTORIA FALLS MARATHON which is on Sunday and this time it’s not just about their fitness levels but for a cause.
They are running the half marathon which is 21.1 km for a colleague, Lily Masuku who suffered a Disc pro lapse at the finish line of this year’s PPC MATOPS MARATHON. Alongside Masuku, the ladies managed to finish the half marathon (21 km), with a fellow female runner helping the injured Masuku to cross the finish line.
Due to the injury Masuku can’t join her colleagues at the ever growing ECONET VICTORIA FALLS MARATHON and her friends Zolisa Dube, Zanele Chimhanda, Tabitha Woodend, Lucinda Hughes Afzal, Rejoice Madonko, Nyarai Chabikwa and Ntombizami Mabuya made a surprise visit to her before departing for the falls to say they will run the race with her in spirit.
While the 7 ladies will be doing the Victoria Falls Marathon for the first time, Masuku who inspired them into marathon races will miss out on her third.
Her first was in 2016 finishing in 2 hours 20 min, in the same year she also did the Tour De Falcon 21km and the PPC 5km.
In 2017 she did her second Victoria Falls half marathon finishing in a time of 02:14:07, the PPC, the Tour De Falcon in 2hrs 15 min two weeks after the Victoria Falls marathon. The Tour De Falcon is a difficult course with 11 km off-road, but she added a new cap by completing the Soweto marathon in South Africa in that year.
Besides this year’s PPC Marathon which she completed in a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 1 second, she also completed the Maritzburg City Marathon in South Africa in a time of 02:24:29.
Masuku was excited by the visit from her colleagues. “They surprised me wearing T shirts labelled WE DID IT FOR YOU, they know what running means to me and I know they will finish the race not just for me but for themselves as well and all the other runners who are injured and can’t be at the Victoria Falls Marathon, she said.
“I know I will recover, I was in the process of upgrading to full marathon and my first full marathon was going to be the Victoria Falls until that injury, I hope to make it to the Two Oceans marathon in Cape Town as I have always wanted to run the most beautiful marathon in the world, if I don’t make it into the selection list I will run for a charity organization it’s on my bucket list for 2019”, she explained further.
Their coach at the boot camp Brian Keti says the ladies have surprised him as they joined about 3 years ago.
“This group of women averaging the age of 40 has surprised me a lot coming from a sedentary lifestyle. They are definitely better prepared for this run as our preparations included gym functional training twice a week for robust power output. Hill sprints and runs and our traditional unconventional boot camp style. They love the bush so now thy will wine and dine at the falls. Wishing the BIG and BOLD boot camp brand all the best”, he said.
On how starters can be part of this daily training routine Keti says it’s not impossible at all.
“Building up of cardio endurance is a process. A paced program from walking to brisk walk to jogging and interval training for heart rate adaptation is important .There are many other activities such as social sports that greatly improve one’s performance without measure such as social soccer, basketball just to mention a few”.
“This year marks on average 3 to 4 years that most of these ladies have been with the boot camp and setting of reasonable achievable goals is also very important. Rome was not built in a day. The whole group started on a boot camp trail run that they used to complete in an hour and it was only 5km and in 2018 midway through the year they are off to complete their second 21km run”, said the National University of Science and Technology Sports Science graduate.
Besides running the Bootcamp with Wisdom Likitsho, Keti does consultancy work with CIMAS medical aid. He has previously worked as a fitness trainer with Pro Active gym in 2012 and has also played the same role with Tuskers Cricket team and Highlanders Football Club.
Away from a host of social runners, the big one will be the full Marathon 42, 2 km which was won by Mathews Mutawa last year in a time of 2:21:32 ahead of veteran runner Mike Fokoroni who clocked 2:22:24. Two Oceans Marathon top ten finisher Lyno Muchena is set to compete as well and finished third last year in 2:22:24. Muchena has recoverd from his injury that saw him do half of the comrades marathon in South Africa.
Tabitha Tsatsa won the women’s full marathon in 2:57:06 ahead of Lizh Chikore who was almost 5 minutes behind, while veteran Samukeliso Moyo finished third in 3:03:57.
The half marathon was won by Robson Chigara in the men’s and Patience Garauziye in the women’s in a time of 1:21:03.
This Writer(Muziwethu Hadebe) who struggles to complete 2km will try his own 5km somewhere in Cowdray Park at the same time with the Victoria Falls Marathon as he surpports the ladies initiative.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
THOMAS CHIDEU has joined Champions and log leaders FC PLATINUM for an undisclosed amount from Lamontville Golden Arrows of South Africa.
Club spokesperson Chido Chizondo confirmed the capture of the 21 year old former Prince Edward High School Student to MYSPORTS, but did not disclose the finer details of the contract.It is however an open secret that the Zvishavane based platinum miners are one of the highest paying clubs at the moment in the league.
Chideu was off loaded at the end of the South African season by an Arrows team he had joined at the start of the 2017-2018 season in which he managed 2 goals from 6 matches and later saw little action after starting well alongside Knox Mtizwa, Kudakwashe Mahachi and Danny Phiri, his fellow Zimbabweans.
He had joined Arrows from Ajax Cape Town where he struggled for game time and played one league match.
Chideu surprised many when he had a short stint at Highlanders in the 2015 season under the then coach Bongani Mafu before making the swift move to Ajax where he joined Milton Ncube who was at the club at that time.
On his return from Arrows he briefly trained with Highlanders alongside Supersport’s Prince Dube as the transfer rumour grew that the pair were headed for a return to Bosso.
Dube has since returned to Supersport who are now under the guidance of former Dynamos defender Kaitano Tembo.
Tembo is also set assess the FC Platinum duo of Kevin Moyo and Nigel Makumbe. Moyo has been a key player for FC Platinum after joining them with his twin brother Elvis from Bantu Rovers in 2013.
Makumbe was a fringe player at the Zvishavane club until his loan move to Highlanders this year where he has performed well with a goal and numerous assists.
Chideu moves to an FC Platinum team that is second best in terms of scoring to Ngezi Platinum stars with 27 goals and will be expected to score goals as the youngest striker in the team.
Welcome to this weeks’ Mysports show where this week we take a look at the COPA COCA COLA with COCA COLA donating textbooks to four time winners of the tournament Mzilikazi High, we talk to former head at the time Cutberth Chiromo and former student who played at the COPA and was a top goal scorer at one of the finals they won.
We also have the Southern Region Netball results alongside the Division One Football ZIFA Southern Region Results where Hwange are two points clear of Tsholotsho.
Lastly the PSL takes a two week break and ahead of the break FC Platinum are 6 points clear of sister club Ngezi Platinum Stars on top of the log. ZPC Kariba continued with their recovery form after beating Bulawayo Chiefs 0-2. Their coach Godfrey Tamirepi says they will need a striker in the second half of the season.
Enjoy the show!!!
By Collen Nikisi.
Red hot striker David Temwanjira has officially ended speculation with regards to his next destination by revealing ZPC Kariba as his next club.
The striker who is currently leading the scoring charts with 9 goals has been heavily linked with a move away from Shabanie for the past three months, with talk of a move to cash rich Manica Diamonds being followed by reports of a switch to Caps United.
However, Temwanjira bade farewell to his coach Alex Sijoni and Rowan Nenzou last week. Even though the coaches were still keen in retaining him, efforts to convince him to stay were in vain with the player having already agreed terms with Kauya Katururu.
A ZPC Kariba official watched Temwanjira last outing for Bvaru against Herentals at the National stadium and immediately whisked the player after the match where a deal was agreed on. Temwanjira scored the equalizer in the 1-1 draw.
Ironically ZPC Kariba mentor Godfrey Tamirepi in his post-match conference after beating Bulawayo Chiefs 2-0 on Sunday in Bulawayo alluded to the fact that the club was on the hunt for a new striker to convert the numerous chances the team creates.
Quizzed further by Mysports’ Muziwethu Hadebe where the club would get a prolific striker in the country Tamirepi said the club was even prepared to look beyond borders to acquire one.
It seems therefore David Temwanjira was the chosen one and had charmed Tamirepi. The big question now is will he continue to sparkle at a demanding club like ZPC Kariba, having disappointed on his short-lived stint at Chicken inn.
For Shabanie information reaching our desk is that Fc Platinum strikers Nigel Papias and Farai Mupasiri could be on their way to the Chinda Boys having failed to command starting berths at Pure Platinum Play.
Temwanjira joins ZPC Kariba where joint top scorers Moses Demera and Tawanda Nyamandwe are on four goals.He leaves a Shabanie team where the closest player to his scoring ability Richard Kawondera is on two goals.
The nine goals he has scored are part of the 299 goals scored so far this season as the league heads into a two week break.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Bulawayo Chiefs 0-2 ZPC Kariba (Moses Demere 43’, Tawanda Nyamandwe 46’)
After beating FC Platinum, Ngezi Platinum stars, Highlanders and drawing with Caps United, Bulawayo Chiefs were expected to do well against ZPC Kariba in this clash watched by a handful of fans, but it seems they always wait for the big boys as they struggled and lost this tie through goals from Moses Demera and Tawanda Nyamandwe.
Yet despite their struggles they should have taken the lead in the 10th minute of the match when Lucky Ndlela did well to come with a fine grounder that agonisingly hit the upright.
Impressive midfielder Perfect Chikwende also saw his grounder in the box pushed for a corner five minutes later by Tendai Hove the ZPC Kariba goalkeeper.
With defender Last Sithole coming in for the injured Malvin Mkolo in the first half ZPC Kariba took advantage of Sithole trying to settle and took control of the match.
Searching for a hat trick of victories over Bulawayo teams this season after beating Bulawayo City and Highlanders before this visit to Luveve, the power generators took a one nil lead at the break when Demera easily nodded home a Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe cross for his 4th of the season just two minutes before the break.
With the second half 55 seconds old Nyamandwe capitalised on a loose ball in the box to make two nil to the visitors as the two scorers moved to four goals this season.
They could have got a couple more goals in the second half but wasted numerous scoring opportunities.
Chiefs also had chances of their own in the second half but it proved not just their day although their second half showing was a lot better.
Bulawayo Chiefs Kelvin Moyo, Shadreck Nyahwa, Malvin Mkolo(Last Sithole), Polite Moyo, Andrew Tandi, Takunda Nuzuva, Gracious Muleya, Perfect Chikwende, Lucky Ndlela, Clement Makamba, Farau Matare(Arthur Musiiwa).
ZPC Kariba Tendai Hove, Peter Ganhi, Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe, Ian Nekati, Sylvester Appiah, Tawanda Munyanduri, Bornface Ziberi, Collen Muleya, Talent Chamboko(Tsepo Rantokoane), Moses Demera(Samuel Makawa) and Tawanda Nyamandwe(Daniel Chakupe).
At the National Sports Stadium Ngezi Platinum Stars suffered a third straight defeat losing 2-1 to Black Rhinos.
Tafadzwa Jaravani put Rhinos ahead with a free kick after 75 minutes for his second goal of the season.
Ngezi equalised three minutes later through a header from Keith Murera who connected a Michael Charamba corner kick, also his second goal of the season.
Rhinos won it 10 minutes from the end with a goal from Lot Chiunga, his 6th of the season.
At Rufaro stadium goals from Tatenda Tumba in the 73rd minute, Takudzwa Chimwemwe three minutes later and Wilfred Muvirimi seven minutes from time saw Harare City stroll past Yadah. Muvirimi is now on four goals.
At Ascot stadium in Gweru two first half goals from Simba Nhivi in the 33rd minute and Brian Muzondiwa in first half stoppage time ensured that Caps United beat Chapungu 2-0.
United finishd with 10 men after Justin Jangano was red carded. It was Nhivi’s 6th of the season while Muzondiwa was scoring for the first time since his move from FC Platinum to United.
At Gibbo stadium in Triangle Clemence Matawu rose from the bench to supply an assist as Obriel Chirinda scored his 3rd goal of the season for Chicken Inn to beat Triangle 1-0.
Dynamos 2-1 Nichrut
DYNAMOS recorded a second consecutive victory with goals from Blessing Moyo and Kuda Kumwala. Nichrut got their face saver from Andrew Kanchwachwa.
It was Moyo’s second goal of the season, while Kumwala the former Harare City forward picked his third of the season.
Herentals 1-1 Shabanie
Richard Hachiro scored from the penalty spot for Herentals but David Temwanjira scored his 9th goal the season as he equalised for Shabanie Mine at the National Sports stadium.
Bulawayo City 1-0 Mutare City
Innocent Kutsanzira scored after 69 minutes as Bulawayo City beat Mutare City at Babourfields stadium in Bulawayo. It was his second goal of the season.
Chapungu vs Caps United(Ascot), Bulawayo Chiefs vs ZPC Kariba(Luveve), Black Rhinos vs Ngezi Platinum Stars(National Sports Stadium, Triangle vs Chicken Inn(Gibbo) and Harare City vs Yadah.
By Collen Nikisi
@ Mandava Stadium, Zvishavane
FC Platinum 1-0 Highlanders (Gift Mbweti 92’)
Yellow Cards (Winston Mhango, Kelvin Moyo) (Tendai Ndlovu, Godfrey Makaruse, Adrian Silla and Peter Mudhuwa)
Highlanders maverick utility player McClive Phiri has admitted that they were left gutted after losing to Fc Platinum one nil at the small mining town on Saturday afternoon.
Bosso wasted numerous chances during the first half and had a few shots at goal in the second compared to just one shot at goal for the hosts.
Fc Platinum winning goal came through substitute Gift “Jikela” Mbweti who redirected a Farai Madhananga shot into the net with the faintest of touch in the 92nd minute to inflict heart-breaking defeat for the Bulawayo giants and its travelling fans who arrived in Zvishavane in different forms of transport.
“You could see that we should have won or got a point but that is football. We thought that the match will end goalless but we conceded late. It hurts and it is hard to accept the result, but it happens. No one expected us to lose if you factor the good shift we put on, “said Phiri.
Highlanders assistant coach Mandla Mpofu also admitted that they did not deserve to lose at Mandava.
” I’m feeling disappointed and if we had come out with a draw it would be better maybe, considering the way the game played out, the defeat is hard to swallow”, said Mpofu.
“A defeat when you had quite a few chances, it is the worst thing that could have happened in injury time but it is what it is. We will grudgingly accept the outcome but praise the team for a polished performance how we switched off for those few seconds only God knows”, said Mandla Lulu Mpofu.
While Mpofu and Madinda were dejected Fc Platinum coach Norman Mapeza praised his team’s character and how they signed off the first half of the season with a gutsy win.
“It was not easy for us and they were moments where I felt we were not in control of the game. Bosso had a game plan and they implemented it very well they could have hit us on the numerous counter attacks of theirs”, quipped Mapeza.
With the victory Fc Platinum will go into the two week season break at the top of the log standings while Bosso are on danger of missing out on a top four place.
Onto the game itself it was a contest of tactics. The tactical acumen of both coaches was so evident as if it was a game of chess.
Bosso were so compact and maintained shape while stifling Fc Platinum play in the middle third pressing their midfield quartet of Winston Mhango, Madhananga and Rodwell Chinyengetere.
As a result Pure Platinum never got going with the few notable chances coming in the 6th and 30th minute
Rahman Kutsanzira was clear on goal from Chinyengetere lobby over the Bosso defence but Prosper Matutu did well to thwart Kutsanzira.
Kutsanzira would again weave his magic on the half hour mark leaving two Bosso defenders in a heap but Mkhoheli Dube hit the side netting.
Highlanders were dangerous on the counter all afternoon and in one sweeping counter Newman Sianchali shot straight at Petros Mhari in goals for Fc Platinum.
Right winger Mclive Phiri was at the heart of his team’s promising moves with his intelligent runs down the right flank but twice he fluffed his lines on good positions.
In the second half it was the same story Fc Platinum having more of the ball and with no pace and urgency in their build up play they could not carve open the Bosso defence.
Adrian Silla was outstanding in midfield ably assisted by Brian Banda while Charlton Siamalonga neutralized the wing play of the slippery Rahman Kutsanzira.
But in carbon copy the of the world cup opening games played so far Bosso were made to pay deep in injury time Madhananga allowed to space into the box and with no challenge coming g through from the opposition defenders, his attempted shot was redirected home by an alert Gift Mbweti.
Siamalonga with a decent afternoon except for the opening few minutes rushed his throw in to Phiri who was jittery in that spilt of a second and allowed the former Harare City player to come up with what looked like an off target shot only for Mbweti to sneak in and finish in the box.
Bhula Sangoma facts
Fc Platinum will end the first half of the season at the top of the standings.
Fc Platinum first half season 44 point haul is the best they have ever achieved after 17 games or at the half way of the season.
For the second time against title contenders Fc Platinum have scored winning goals deep into injury time. Never Tigere stoppage time goal against Ngezi Platinum and Mbweti 92nd sucker punch against Highlanders.
Fc Platinum is the only team unbeaten at home after 17 games played so far.
Pure Platinum last tasted defeat at home on 7 May 2016 losing to ZPC Kariba, Never Tigere the scorer then playing for the power generators.
The defeat is Bosso second in a row with the identical slender one nil margins and their 4th overall in the first half of the season.
FC Platinum Petros Mhari, Raphael Muduviwa,Gift Bello, Kelvin Moyo, Elvis Moyo, Winston Mhango, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Farai madhanga, Rahman Kutsanzira(Charles Sibanda 69’), Marshall Mudewe(Gift Mbweti) and Mkhokheli Dube(Never Tigere 60’).
Highlanders Prosper Matutu, Charlton Siamalonga, Honest Moyo, Tendai Ndlovu, Peter Mudhuwa, Adrian Silla, Brian Banda, McClive Phiri, Godfrey Makaruse, Gabriel Nyoni and Newman Sianchali (Ozias Zibande).
By Moeketsi Kaitse
It is the last round of matches and teams are fighting to go for the mid-season break on a high.
Bulawayo City v Mutare City Rovers (Barbourfields)
The Bulawayo side continues to let down rate payers who have given the boys much needed, yet hard to put together resources. The position they find themselves in(anchoring the log) is not what they hoped for but things continue to fall apart despite bringing in self-confident gaffer Amini Soma Phiri. The Mutare side co-anchor the log and they might exert more pressure on Amakhosi who will seek this win to boost chances of survival as they look to ‘start’ an enhanced fight come last 17 matches. Anything other than that will see them sinking and drowning.
Bulawayo City Win/Draw
FC Platinum v Highlanders (Mandava)
Highlanders had started well but find themselves miles away from the platinum miners and a loss will take them off the touching distance. Suspensions and injuries have been their major undoing week in week out. Platinum are coming from a massive win over their sister club and are already looking beyond a Bosso team that however turns up the heat away from home.Kugona kunenge kudada have only been beaten once and they are looking set to shield a further loss being inflicted on them.
Herentals v Shabanie Mine (NSS)
Everything for Shabanie Mine seems to be falling apart save for David Temwanjira, who has scored eight goals thus far, the same as Ngezi’s Terence Dzukamanja. The interim coach is certain to negotiate a better deal after this match but it will make sense to do so with a result. Herentals are above Dynamos with 18 points on 11th and a win will take them further away from their lectures at college, to in turn give big guns football lessons.
Dynamos v Nichrut (Rufaro)
It is Dembare’s dream to salvage yet another three points on the trot rare feat for them this term. Fans now follow them without much belief. They just need to bag this one to make their multitudes happy. Nichrut, who recently threatened to pull out of the league have less pressure with just keeping their PSL place their top agenda.
Chapungu v CAPS United (Ascot)
Chapungu are yet to recover from the 3-0 baptism in the hands of the men of God Yadah and Caps United are all set to inflict further pain on the Airmen. Their ship has not steadied despite the departure of Tendai Chikuni. If they pull a houdini act over a hopeful Makepekepe team the better. Caps Utd continue to believe and it is their belief that see them 6th and setting the fight on.
Caps Utd Win/Draw
Bulawayo Chiefs v ZPC Kariba (Luveve)
After beating the top teams, Chiefs will need to garner points over fellow small teams to be taken serious. ZPC have been rising and will be on the hunt to shock the Bulawayo side. A shrewd Thulani Sibanda, the team’s technical analyst will need to be at his best to give the technical team the tip to beat the usually un analysable teams. ZPC’s last visit to the City of Amakhosi saw them bagging their first victory over Bosso which set their stay in the league on course.
Bulawayo Chiefs Win/Draw
Black Rhinos v Ngezi Platinum Stars (NSS)
The Mhondoro Ngezi platinum miners have gone a rare two games without tasting victory and this is one match that they are looking at with a hawk’s eye to bring back their title battle with sister club Pure Platinum Play. The soldiers have fared well so far, avoiding defeat 12 times and have the highest number of draws(7) together with Shabanie mine. They have not lost in their last seven matches a good return for a team of their stature. In the last two matches they have four points while Ngezi have ZERO….A third loss on the trot is possible.
Triangle United v Chicken Inn (Gibbo)
A mouth-watering encounter is on the cards. Both teams are part of the main actors in the ZPSL movie. Two points separate them with Triangle now on third position, tied on 29 points with Highlanders. Their nine wins make them third as well in terms of wins with the Gamecocks two wins behind. The Sugar Sugar boys have however lost two more than C/Inn compared to their weekend opponents .It can surely go either way although home territory might count for the Chiredzi side.
Harare City v Yadah (Rufaro)
The 7th placed City have hit a bad patch since their week 14 loss to Ngezi and it won’t be easy over the prayerful Yadah who have rediscovered their anointing oil. A tense match is on in this unheralded Harare derby. It can go either side.
Draw/Harare City Win
Wilfred Mashaya was conferred to the Barcelona Martial Arts Hall of Honors after he was voted the best Kobudo Martial Artist for the year 2018 in the World Cup Weapons Forms Martial Arts Competition under Unified World Association of Martial Arts (UWAMA) a world martial arts body based in Spain.
The Zimbabwe Weapon Warrior came first ahead of Hassan Yaakoubd and Jose Manuel of Morocco and Spain respectively.
The competition was done by UWAMA panel of judges through evaluations of various competitions and personal video evaluations of performances done by participants around the world.
They were more than 20 participating countries that included, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Brazil, France, India, Poland, Argentina, USA, and Portugal among others.
Mashaya broke history by becoming the first Zimbabwean and African to win the World Champion title in this competition held by UWAMA.
Mashaya’s achievements in Russia last year where he won a silver and two bronze medals also contributed to his success. The function was held on the 9th of June at Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona and was attended by Martial arts from different countries as some received awards for their contribution in Martial Arts.
Don “Dragon” Wilson from Los Angels in America a successful Hollywood Martial arts film actor was the guest of honour.The event was hosted by UWAMA President Jose Luis Montes. The award presentation also recognized other top achievers and martial artists from around the world who were honoured in different categories.
Mashaya was the pioneer of Kobudo Martial arts in Zimbabwe and he broke new ground in 2016 as the first Zimbabwean and debutant in an International Martial Arts Weaponry Tournament in Russian where he won silver and bronze medals.
Also this year in April, Mashaya was invited to represent Zimbabwe in Benoni South Africa where he attended a World Nunchaku Association (WNA) training seminar. Sport Nunchaku was being introduced to Africa for the first time and Zimbabwe alongside South Africa were chosen by the visiting WNA delegation.
During the Seminar Mashaya impressed the WNA delegation in the handling and was selected to be WNA country and Africa representative of sport Nunchaku.Mashaya says it was as a result of hardwork and dedication to the sport that he achieved the world titles in Spain.
“ It took lots of training and dedication and I would urge people out there not to be afraid of martial arts as it is a sport that encourages lots of discipline in life and am happy I represented Zimbabwe very well”, he said.
Apart from the World Champion gold medal award and the Samurai World Champion Trophy, Mashaya was honoured with other two medals by two countries, Spain and Montenegro.