Ngezi Platinum Stars 1-1 Herentals (Herentals won 4-3 on penalties)
NGEZI PLATINUM STARS is out of the Chibuku Super Cup after falling to Herentals at the Baobab Stadium in a post-match penalty shoot-out.
Ngezi took the lead through Donald Teguru in the early stages of the match. The students then equalized from the penalty spot through Richard Hachiro after Keith Murera handled in the box.
Herentals eventually won the tie 4-3 on penalties to boot out the Chibuku Super Cup 2016 Champions.
Dynamos 1-0 Bulawayo Chiefs
Tawanda Macheke scored the only goal in this match as Dynamos beat Bulawayo Chiefs to advance to the next round of the Chibuku Super Cup.
In the other first round ties of the Chibuku Super Cup, Nichrut shocked Black Rhinos winning 2-1 away from home to advance to the next stage.
On Friday Chibuku Super Cup specialist Harare City edged Bulawayo City 1-0 through a goal by William Manondo as he continues to shine in this tournament.
Sunday Chibuku Super Cup Fixtures
Highlanders vs Yadah (BF); Caps United vs ZPC Kariba (NSS) and Triangle United vs Shabanie Mine (Gibbo)
By Collen Nikisi
@ Mandava Stadium, Zvishavane.
FC Platinum 2-2 Chapungu
(Chapungu won 5-4 on penalties)
Fc Platinum ambitions of a comprehensive sweep of the two major trophies on offer this season suffered a setback at Mandava stadium on Saturday after they lost again at the first hurdle in the Chibuku super cup.
It takes just four matches to win the Chibuku super cup and a handsome purse and so is a trophy much coveted by coaches and players in the realization that there are not many easier ways to garner a winner’s medal.
The reigning league champions chose to rest Gift Bello and Winston Mhango as coach Norman Mapeza made 6 changes to his first eleven. Regardless of the changes Pure Platinum depth and tremendous quality meant they started off as favorites but blew their chances in front of their home fans.
A post-match penalty shootout defeat to Gweru based Chapungu in the first round was the second year in a row Pure Platinum had been eliminated at the first hurdle by the same opposition.
The home side were quick off the blocks taking the game to the opponent but a combination of poor decision making and inspired defending denied the hosts an early lead.
However it was the visitors who scored first, Raphael Manuvire piercing pass through the middle had the Fc Platinum center backs back peddling with Kelvin Moyo slipping and in the process allowing Osborne Mukuradare to slot it past Francis Tizai.
A goal down the hosts started panicking and with Raphael Manuvire at his creative best it looked like a case of just when Chapungu would score another.
Parity would be restored in the 23rd minute with Kelvin Moyo compensating for his mistake in the build up to the Chapungu opener. Never Tigere deep searching corner found Moyo unmarked on the blind side and he easily converted home.
The goal sprung the home side into life as they started to play with more purpose and conviction.
When the half time whistle blew sadly Fc Platinum had nothing to show for their dominance except for the most number of corner kicks.
For the away side in the last 25 minutes of the half things went horribly wrong from being pegged deep in their half and having to defend for dear to the sending off- of coach Rodwell Dhlakama
After the breather the hosts continued from where they had left with Never Tigere and Edwin Madhananga coming close.
The wait was over before the hour mark as the ageless Mkhokheli Dube finished off a beautiful cross from the left by Rahman Kutsanzira.
It could have been three but Mkhokheli fluffed his lines 5 minutes later. Chapungu would make the home side pay when Eddie Muzanenhamo expertly rifled home a scorcher on the turn. A beautiful goal worth winning any contest and one of the best goals scored at Mandava.
Immediately after Madhananga missed a glorious chance to restore Fc Platinum lead. With the goalkeeper Talbert Shumba rushing off his line some 25 meters, Madhananga was first to the ball but he lacked the presence of the mind to glide it past Shumba.
A golden chance blown and a magnificent chance that Fc Platinum would regret. Thereafter a couple of long range free kicks by Madhananga and Tigere could not propel the visitors to victory.
Even for the away side the throwing in of Philip Marufu still could not salvage a Waru Waru win in regulation time but the experience would show in the dreaded penalty shoot-out as he blasted home the decisive and winning penalty.
In the penalty shootouts William Sitima, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Never Tigere and Kelvin Moyo converted theirs but Madhananga had his effort saved.
The Airmen’s Blessed Mbavarira, Muzanenhamo, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Xolisani Ncube and Philip Marufu al converted.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo
Highlanders 3-0 Dynamos (Tafadzwa Sibanda, Gabriel Nyoni and Newman Sianchali)
HIGHLANDERS recorded their fourth double over Dynamos since the year 2000 with a comprehensive performance before a full house at Babourfields stadium in Bulawayo.
Tafadzwa Sibanda playing in only his fourth match for Highlanders and in his third start in Bosso colours gave the hosts the lead with a flashing header in the 15th minute from a Nigel Makumbe corner kick, for his first goal of the season in the PSL.
Four minutes later Kudakwashe kumwala should have equalised when he found space in the box but failed to pick his spot placing his effort wide.
Peace Makaha then forced a brilliant save from Ariel Sibanda with a fantastic left shoot that Ariel did well to push for a corner kick.
Midway through the first half Sibanda could have picked a brace but his intelligent left footer in the box was parried for a corner by the impressive Dynamos goalkeeper Simbarashe Chinani.
Both teams tried to look for openings in the second half but it was not until seven minutes from time that Adrian Silla who produced another solid performance in midfield sent in a good corner kick that was headed home by Gabriel Nyoni for his 5th goal of the season.
With Dynamos on the attack they were caught on the counter in stoppage time as Nyoni with a good performance on his birthday finding substitute Newman Sianchali who came with a rising shoot that settled at the roof of the net and Bosso had wrapped the points and the double.
Madinda Ndlovu the Highlanders coach said “It’s one of those days when my players came to the party and its credit to them, we continued from the good second half against Ngezi and we strengthened our defence by introducing Tendai Ndlovu at the back, we had nothing to lose and had two young stars in midfield who did well in Denzel Khumalo and Brian Banda”.
Joseph Tangaringofa said “We were our own waste enemies and failed to defend the corner kicks twice, we are all disappointed with the defeat”, was the reaction of Dynamos stand in Coach Tangaringofa.
Highlanders Ariel Sibanda, MacClive Phiri, Mbongeni Ndlovu, Peter Mudhuwa, Tendai Ndlovu, Adrian Silla, Denzel Khumalo, Brian Banda, Nigel Makumbe, Gabriel Nyoni and Tafadzwa Sibanda.
Dynamos Simbarashe Chinani, Peace Makaha, Ocean Mushure, Jimmy Tigere, Phakamani Dube, Blessing Moyo, Gift Saunyama, Kudakwashe Kumwala, Denvar Mukamba and Quality Kangadze.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
HIGHLANDERS will be aiming for their fourth double over Dynamos since the year 2000, when the two giants clash in this Zimbabwe’s flagship clash in the Premier Soccer League at Babourfields stadium in Bulawayo. KICK OFF is at 3PM.
Highlanders won the first encounter 1-0 in the capital giving them a unique chance to emulate the only other three years 2004, 2006 and 2016 in which they completed doubles over Dynamos since the year 2000.
The 2004 double saw Bosso win 2-1 at BF through a Tapiwa Kapini penalty and Zambian Charles Chilfya penalty. In Harare a Ralph Matema Strike secured the double in a 1-0 victory for Highlanders. The 2006 double marked the last time Bosso picked a league title.
Dynamos are already on four doubles over Highlanders since that year, doing so in 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2014. The 2009 double included a 4-0 victory with a hat trick for Cuthbert Malajila and one strike from Philip Marufu for the glamour boys.
The Harare giants are the favourites to wrap all three points at Emagumeni. In 37 league meetings since the year 2000 Dynamos has won 15, Highlanders 8 with the other 14 matches ending in draws.
In the last 18 matches played at BF Dembare has won 8, Bosso 3 and the other 7 ended in draws, In their last 8 victories over Dembare since the year 2000, 5 have come from Harare for Bosso.
Current form also favours Dembare, with the boys in Blue unbeaten in their last three matches, they actual sit on one defeat in their last five matches with two wins and two draws for the other four matches.
Bosso is without a win in their last three matches, losing consecutive matches to Chicken Inn and Ngezi Platinum stars and drawing with Nichrut. Before that they had beaten Triangle and Herentals.
Dynamos is however without a league win in open play over Highlanders in their last 6 matches, save for the awarded match which was abandoned last year at BF following the controversial Epoupa goal and it’s something that might motivate Highlanders.
In their defeat to Ngezi last Sunday Highlanders started with Ariel, McClive, Mbongeni, Charlton, Peter, Adrian, Danzel, Brian, Nigel, Gabriel and Tafadzwa. Tafadzwa Sibanda has been impressive since coming as a substitute against Nichrut although he is yet to score. He is a doubt to start as he carries an injury and Adrian Silla alongside the speedy NUST marketing graduate Gabriel Nyoni remain the key players for Highlanders. Nyoni is the top goal scorer at the club with four goals and Silla is on three goals but has had an outstanding season in midfield.
Dembare will still miss Bulawayo born central defender Marshall Machanzane who completes his two match suspension after picking a red card in their goalless draw with Yadah. In their 2-1 victory over Bulawayo City last Saturday at the same venue they started with Simbarashe Chinani, Peace Makaha, Ocean Mushure, Phakamani Dube, Jimmy Tigere, James Marufu,Gift Saunyama, Marveleous Mukumba, Denvar Mukamba, Kudakwashe Kumwala, Quality Kangadzi. Chinani with important saves of late as well as captain Mushure remain the key players to deliver for Dynamos. Kangadzi is the top goal scorer at the club with 6 goals. The cheapest ticket is going for $ 5.00