@Rufaro Stadium, Harare.
Dynamos 0-1 Ngezi Platinum Stars (Kelvin Bulaji 45+1)
NGEZI PLATINUM STARS closed the gap at the top of the log between them and FC Platinum to just two points with a 1-0 narrow victory over Dynamos at Rufaro stadium in this Castle Larger Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro stadium on Sunday.
Kelvin Bulaji scored the only goal in the first minute of first half stoppage time and the second placed team on the log was to hold on in the second half despite some good attacking play from Dynamos in that period.
The win means that Ngezi not only beat Dembare for the first time in Harare, but also complete a double over the glamour boys after they beat them by the same score line at the Baobab stadium in the second half of the season.
Dynamos Simbarashe Chinani, Peace Makaha, Marshall Machazane, Godfrey Mukambi, Blessing Moyo, Gift Saunyama, Cleopas Kapupurika, Emmanuel Mandiranga, Marvellous Mukamba, Pakamani Dube and Valentine Kadonzvo.
Ngezi Platinum Stars Nelson Chadya, Tichaona Chipunza, Liberty Chakoroma, Kenneth Bulaji, Malon Mushonga, Steven Owusu, Walter Mukanga, Michael Charamba, Tichaona Mabvurs, Frank Mukarati and Godknows Murwira.
Mutare City 0-1 Chicken Inn (Innocent Muchaneka 2’)
INNOCENT MUCHANEKA scored the only goal in this match after two minutes as Chicken Inn maintained their fine run to stay in third position on the log, in this Castle Larger Premier Soccer League at Vengere Stadium in Rusape.
Pride Zendera the Chicken Inn goalkeeper was one of the top performers for the Bulawayo side with three important saves.
In the 33rd minute Honest Muzharara had his fine header tipped for a corner by the alert Zendera. The Game Cocks keeper who has been in top form since Elvis Chipezeze left for South Africa was called upon again to make two consecutive saves in the 43rd minute from Billy Verema and Bakela Kutinyu.
But it was Chicken Inn who could have added another when captain, Moses Jackson had his effort crushing against the post.
Meanwhile Herentals beat ZPC Kariba 1-0 in another Castle Larger Premier Soccer League match at the National Sports Stadium. Blessing Maunganidze scored the only goal.
Mutare City Alfred Chiname, Piniel Gumbo, Gift Jimu, watch Mafa, Kelvin Bingala, Malvin Moyo, Bakela Kutinyu, Billy Vheremu, Honest Muzhara, Joseph Chitawira and Tinashe Kabanda
Chicken Inn Pride Zendera, Passmore Bermnard,Xolani Ndlovu, Last Sithole, Moses Jackson, Simon Munawa, Innocent Muchaneka, Darrly Nyandoro, Clemence Matawu, George Majika and Obriel Chirinda.
@ Gibbo Stadium, Triangle.
Triangle 0-1 Highlanders (Newman Sianchali)
NEWMAN SIANCHALI put aside his reported move away from Highlanders to score a crucial goal in the 7th minute as his team secured maximum points away from home. It was only his third goal of the season as Bosso recorded a second win a row.
Bosso could have added two more goals in the first half but Gabriel Nyoni was twice denied by Ronald Mudimu the Triangle goalkeeper ion the 32nd minute and two minutes later.
Triangle also had their moments in this half but Man of the match Highlanders goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda made two crucial saves.
Sibanda first denied Kudzai Chigwida who had come with a good header after 34 minutes and five minutes before the break he pushed a Russell Madamombe free kick for a corner kick as Bosso lead 1-0 at the break.
The second belonged to the hosts and they were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute which again Sibanda saved from Madamombe and the rebound was cleared from danger.
Phineas Bhamusi had a chance to equalise in the 78th minute but blasted his effort over the bar. Highlanders held on to pick a valuable three points away from home.
Triangle Ronald Mudimu, Ralph Kawondera, Arnold Chiveya, Kudzai Chigwida, Donald Dzinyai, Trevor Mavhunga, Anelka chivandire, Collin Dhuwa, Russell Madamombe, Phineas Bhamusi and Lameck Nhamo.
Highlanders Ariel Sibanda, MacClive Phiri, Charlton Siamalonga, Andrew Mbeba, Peter Mudhuwa, Adrian Silla, Brian Banda, Godfrey Makaruse, Gabriel Nyoni, Nigel Makumbe and Newman Sianchali.
Former Hwange defender David Boriwondo scored in the last minute of the match as Nichrut beat Shabanie Mine 1-0 at Ascot stadium in Gweru on Saturday.
At the National Sports Stadium Yadah FC managed to stop Black Rhinos’ 10 match unbeaten run with a 2-1 win.
Simba Sithole put Yadah ahead and Honey Chimutimunzeve equalised for Rhinos before Milton Makopa got the winning goal for Yadah.
In the other match on Saturday Harare City and Chapungu played to a goalless draw at Rufaro Stadium.
FC Platinum 0-0 Caps United
Harare City 0-0 Chapungu
Black Rhinos 1-2 Yadah (Honey Chimutimunzeve) (Simba, Milton Makopa)
Byo Chiefs 4-1 Byo City (Perfect Chikwende, Arthur Musiyiwa two pens, Staney Ngala pen)(Zibusiso Sibanda)
Nichrut 1-0 Shabanie Mine (David Boriwondo)
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Bulawayo Chiefs 4-1 Bulawayo City
HARDLY NDAZI is a referee who will make a decision regardless of the circumstances. Remember the two red cards he flashed to Ngezi Platinum stars at the same venue as the then log leaders suffered their first defeat against Bulawayo Chiefs.
Well the Hwange based referee returned to Luveve stadium to award three penalties in the second half that saw Chiefs beat Bulawayo City 4-1 after going 1-0 down in this Castle Larger Premier Soccer League.
City missed three chances in the opening 30 minutes. Two of those fell for Sipho Ndlovu who shot wide on each occasion in the 18th and 27th minute as he played as a striker.
The best chance went to Ayanda Ncube in the 30th minute when Timothy Januray broke on the left and found Ndlovu who squared for Ncube in the box, with keeper to beat he shot wide.
Chiefs came back into the game two minutes later when former Tsholotsho forward Stanley Ngala used his height well to connect with a header, a Malvin Mkolo lovely cross on the right, only for his effort to miss the target.
City took the lead in the 34th minute when Humphrey Ncube’s cross from the left saw Ncube picking Ndlovu in the box who came with a rising goal bound shot that took a slight deflection off captain and defender Zibusiso Sibanda. It seemed like Ndlovu’s goal although the match officials credited it to Sibanda.
Hardly had the few City fans taken their seats, Chiefs equalised a minute later. Ngala again using his height to head back a long ball from Andrew Tandi onto the part of Perfect Chikwende who obliged with a sharp grounder into the nets as the two teams were deadlock 1-1 at the break.
With the second half three minutes old Arthur Musiyiwa was said to have been held back by a City defender as he was about to deliver a cross in the box. Ndazi pointed to the spot with a few if not no protest from the City players. Musiyiwa stepped up and converted.
Ayanda could have equalised for City but saw his fine header well collected by Winston Chiwetu the Chiefs keeper in the 56th minute.
In the 68th minute Zibusiso Sibanda appeared to have handled in the box while pulling down Ngala, Ndazi again pointed to the spot as he flashed a yellow card to the City captain. There was a two minute stoppage as Bulawayo City protested the penalty. Musiyiwa did well to beat former Chiefs keeper Kelvin Nyoni to complete his brace.
The penalty drama was not over as yet as Tatenda Tawengwa handled in the box and Ndazi for the third time pointed to the spot. With all eyes on Musiyiwa to pick a hattrick of penalties, he instead went for a drink by the Chiefs bench, leaving Ngala to convert the penalty as Chiefs picked valuable points and leaving City in even more danger for survival.
Bulawayo Chiefs Winston Chiwetu, Shadreck Nyahwa, Malvin Mkolo, Sherpard Mhlanga(Eddie Chidavaenzi), Andrew Thandi, Takunda Muzuva, Graciuos Muleya, Arthur Musiyiwa(Dillian Chivandire), Stanley Ngala(Lucky Ndlela), Perfect Chikwende and Moses Majika.
Bulawayo City kelvin Nyoni, Zephania Ngodzo, Humphrey Ncube, Zibusiso Sibanda, Rainsom Pavari(Mgcini Sibanda), Innocent Kutsanzira, Tatenda Tavengwa, Sipho Ndlovu, Ayanda Ncube(Toto Banda) and Timothy January(Trevor Ndlovu).
By Collen Nikisi
@ Mandava Stadium, Zvishavane
FC Platinum 0-0 Caps United
IT was dubbed the battle of wits, Mapeza Vs Chitembwe, former teammates and hommies from Chitungwiza, whose passion and temperament and football philosophies are almost similar. And true it was a game of chess as Fc Platinum and Caps United played out a thrilling goalless draw at Mandava on Saturday.
The stalemate meant Fc Platinum maintained their 11 point gap over Caps United and a five point cushion at the top of the standings though the lead could be cut to 2 points if second placed Ngezi win away at Dynamos on Sunday.
While the two teams would be pleased to have not lost on the day, the fans left the stadium disappointed by the lack of goals.
For both set of fans all eyes were on 3 points as the two clubs are yet to collect maximum points after the mid-season break.
Makepekepe captain Hardlife Zvirekwi also enjoyed the limelight for his never say die attitude, and sparkling performances in midfield following his return from the horrific car accident which resulted in his hand being amputated.
A first half full of defensive mistakes from the two teams but dominated by Caps United nearly saw Fc Platinum go into the half-time break on the back foot but thanks to some poor finishing by John Zhuwao both teams were locked at 0-0 at the interval.
Caps midfield quartet of Joel Ngodzo, Dominic Mukandi, Zvirekwi and Cabby Kamhapa kept the home side busy with their pinpoint passing, but could not trouble Pure Platinum goal minder Wallace Magalane.
Despite their dominant first half display which included a few half scoring chances, it was Fc Platinum who came close to scoring from a Never Tigere set piece.
But the fact that Caps had their opponents against the ropes for the better part of the half with no goals would be a worrying factor for Chitembwe.
For Norman Mapeza he could be worried by his side’s failure to register a win in 3 games and during the week he spoke about how the players mental strength as key in securing the elusive win.
Some would criticise his decision to leave new signing Thomas Chideu on the bench and play Rowell Chinyengetere as an advanced number 9.
The fact that Fc Platinum came back from the dressing rooms with a different mind-set with the introduction of Chideu legitimises the argument.
Tigere almost broke the deadlock but he shot wide in the 56th minute. Three minutes later Chideu skied his shot into the stands as the hosts turned on the power forcing four corner kicks.
Chitembwe’s men did have the ball in the back of the net in the 74th minute, but it was disallowed for offside, much to the dismay of Zhuwao who had already peeled away in celebration.
With 10 minutes remaining the impressive Method Mwanjali would put his body on the line as his timed suicidal block off a Thomas Chideu shot inside the box , with the ball rolling out for a corner.
In the end, both teams settled for a share of the spoils with both coaches agreeing that it was a good game of football where the two teams applied themselves well tactically and entertained the fans.
FC PLATINUM Wallace Magalane, Raphael Muduviwa, Gift Bello, Kevin Moyo, Elvis Moyo, Winsto Mhango, Never Tigere(Gift Mbweti 81’), Farai MaMadhanaga, Marshall Mudehwe, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Ali Sadiki.
CAPS UNITED Prosper Chigumba, Stephen Makatuka, Method Mwanjali, Kudzai Nyamupfukudza, Valentine Musarurwa, Cabby Kamhapa, Dominic Mukandi, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Joel Ngodzo, John Zhuwawo and Brian Muzondiwa.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
NASH has given the strongest hint that they are prepared to explore a new method of vetting players against age cheating at the leading schools sports competition, the COPA COCA COLA tournament. This was disclosed by Nash Vice President Aurthur Maphosa at the end of the 30th edition tournament in Zvishavane.
“We are an organisation that listens to constructive criticism and we will listen to make this tournament better and that includes the need to move away from physical appearance vetting method, we have heard of suggestions to include our football legends, it is something we will consider as well as going scientific” said the NASH Vice President Aurthr Maphosa, in his closing remarks and vote of thanks at this year’s tournament in Zvishavane.
Almost a quarter of the players in the boys were vetted out using the physical appearance of the players and also a good number in the girls. All of the vetted out kids had taken part in the Provincial championships leading up to the finals.
Mutare Boys High were the most hit despite bringing all the necessary documentation of their players as they were left with 8 players from the 20 they had brought to the tournament.
One of its players was injured in their first match against the hosts Mandava High School and could not continue with the tournament leaving them with 7 players with the match still goalless.
With the 7 players they scored towards the end of the match to win 1-0 and secure a quarter final place after they lost their other match 2-0 to Prince Edward after a good fight. They lost 5-1 in the quarter finals to Waddilove.
Earlier addressing the huge crowd after the two finals for boys and girls the PED for the midlands Agnes Gudo had urged NASH to embark on a new vetting system to ensure the issue of age cheating is addressed once and for all.
Speaking to Journalists soon after the vetting exercise the NASH head in charge of football Albert Mucheka admitted that the Physical appearance method was not the best method or full proof in determining the age of the players.
“It tarnishes the image of NASH for some schools to be involved in age cheating by bringing older players to the tournament, it’s unfortunate we don’t have a machine and other scientific methods to address the issue but it’s something we have to invest in, to ensure that all the kids are given a fair chance and not disadvantaged”, he said.
Last year Rusununguko won the boys tournament with 10 players extending calls for a re look at the vetting process. Some have called for the scrapping of the prize money and other expenses so that an investment into the scientific methods is made.
This year’s tournament was won by Pamushana High School of Masvingo in the boys and Nyamauru of Manicaland in the girls. Both schools received $ 5 400.00 each while the two schools will have a legacy project of their own choice constructed at the school by Coca Cola to the value of $ 3 500.00.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
SAM MUZWANYA one of the COPA COCA COLA legends on the administrative side passed away last Sunday, soon after attending the 30th edition of the COPA COCA COLA at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.
Muzwnya played a key role in the first edition of the 1989 tournament, working for the Delta system. He went on to attend all the COPA COCA COLA tournaments including this year’s one in Zvishavane.
The late Muzwanya was honoured last Thursday at a cocktail ahead of this year’s tournament along with four other legends Cuthbert Chiromo, former headmaster at Mzilikazi High School who was behind the four titles that the Bulawayo School won, John Madhuku and Aurthur Maphosa the current President and Vice President of NASH respectively as well as former NASH president Tonderai Choga.
He went on to attend Friday matches as well as Saturday which was the day of the finals and was part of the dignitaries who celebrated the 30th birthday cake cutting on the final day.
Muzwanya was diabetic and fell ill in the early hours of Sunday and was rushed to hospital where he later died.
In a statement the Coca Cola Company, Delta Beverages and Mutare Bottling Company and Schweppes Zimbabwe Ltd expressed deep sadness at the loss of Muzwanya whom they described as a COPA COCA COLA legend. The statement went further to say Muzwanya played a pivotal role in the success and what the COPA COCA COLA tournament is today.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
NYAMAURU HIGH SCHOOL of Manicaland became only the third school to win the girls COPA COCA COLA in its eight year history after beating Mpopoma High School of Bulawayo 2-1 at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane last Saturday.
The opening two editions of the girls tournament were won by Vainona High School of Harare in the years 2011 and 2012.
Chidyamakono High school of Masvingo dominated the last five years winning between 2013 and 2017. They came into the 2018 edition as favourites to retain their title but were booted out in the group stages after going down in their opening match 1-0 to Gweshe of Mashonaland central and playing a goalless draw with Mwami.
NYAMAURU have worked hard at the last few COPA COCA COLA tournaments and were finally rewarded this year with the big win over a Mpopoma side that had done well in the tournament but struggled before a big Mandava crowd.
The Manicaland School topped Group A ahead of Thekwane High School of Mat South. They scored nine goals in the group stages after beating Thekwane 3-0 and Zvishavane 6-0. They then beat Gweshe 2-0 in the Quarter finals. They sailed to the final after a 2-1 win over Mwami in the semi-finals.
Mpopoma emulated Magwegwe High School, who reached the final in 2016 in Gwanda and lost 1-0 to Chidyamakono, also topped group D after beating Seke 1 High School 3-0 and Birivenge 5-0.
In the quarter finals they clobbered Simbo High School of Mat North 6-0. They played to a goalless draw with Gweshe in the semis before winning the tie 3-1 on penalties to reach the final.
Three girls from Mpopoma High School Thando Sibanda, Pricilla Marikosi and Nomqhele Thwala made it into the girls COPA COCA COLA dream team of 20, Sibanda went on to be the top goal scorer of the tournament managing 10 goals.
2018 COPA COCA COLA GIRLS SUMMARY
2nd Place- Mpopma
3rd Place- Mwami
4th Place- Chenhuta
Top Scorer- Thando Sibanda- Mpopoma
Best Keeper- Martha Vangana- Nyamauru
Player of the tournament- Charmain Magoronga- Nyanauru
Best defender-Nyasha Katsara- Nyamauru
Best Midfielder-Charmain Magoronga- Nyamauru
Best Coach- Albert Mutasa- Nyamauru
By Muziwethu Hadebe
PAMUSHANA HIGH SCHOOL of Masvingo won its second COPA COCA COLA title with a 2-0 win over Guinea Fowl at the 30th edition of the country’s leading schools sports competition at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane last Saturday.
Goals from Washydence Mavunduke and Frank Muhle ensured that the Masvingo School reclaim the title they had only won in 2007.
They now join Lord Malvern, Dewure and Chemhanza who have won this tournament two times and take total titles won by Masvingo Province to nine as they match the most titles won by a province to that record which was previously held by Harare going into the 30th edition of this competition.
It was not an easy road to the title for Pamushana as they came second in Group D after all the three teams in the group had to go through penalty shoot outs after finishing on 2 points with identical 1-1 draws in their respective two matches.
In the Quarter finals they beat Somvubu of Matebeleland North 4-0 and a controversial equalizer saw them getting the nod to the semis after Prince Edward was booted out of the competition for refusing to go ahead with play as they disputed the equalizer which was scored with two PE boys receiving treatment on the pitch.
Guinea Fowl from the midlands, who have a partnership with FC Platinum also finished second in Group B and beat Pfupajena 5-3 on penalties after it was goalless during regulation time in the Quarter finals.
They then accounted for Waddilove 4-2 in the semi finals on their way to the final.
For their pains they collected $ 5 400.00 and will have a legacy project constructed by Coca Cola at the school.
Mandava 0-4 Prince Edward, Mutare Boys 1-0 Mandava and Prince Edward 2-0 Mutare Boys
Prince Edward and Mutare Boys to the last 8.
Mpopoma 1-1 Guinea Fowl, Somvubu 1-0 Mpopoma and Guinea Fowl 1-1 Somvubu
Somvubu and Guinea Fowl to the last 8.
Kanyemba 7-0 Mtshabezi, Waddilove 1-0 Kanyemba and Mtshabezi 0-5 Waddilove
Waddilove and Kanyemba through to the last 8.
Pamushana 1-1 Rusununguko, Pfupajena 1-1 Pamushana and Rusununguko 1-1 Pfupajena
Pfupajena and Pamushana through to the last 8 after a penalty shootout.
Prince Edward 2-0 Kanyemba, Waddilove 5-0 Mutare City, Somvubu 0-4 Pamushana and Pfupajena 0-0 Guinea Fowl (GF won 5-3 on penalties)
Prince Edward 1-1 Pamushana (match abandoned) PE booted out and Pamushana through.
Waddilove 2-4 Guinea Fowl
Pamushana 2-0 Guinea Fowl