By Muziwethu Hadebe
@Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
CIWU 2-0 AJAX
CIWU recorded their fourth win of the season in five matches in the ZIFA Southern Region Div One with a comfortable win over the boys from Bulawayo’s Mpopoma high density suburb.
CIWU, who have beaten Arenel, Mosi Rovers and Binga Pirates by an identical 2-1 score line before losing to ZPC Hwange away 1-0, surged ahead in the 14th minute through a penalty converted by left back Gift Gumbo.
The penalty came after Keith Chikama who was preferred to start ahead of Muziwakhe Dlamini was brought down in the box.
CIWU who also dropped right back Nqobizitha Mpofu and started with khalimani Ncube from the team that beat Binga Pirates got their second goal from former Tsholotsho forward Tambudzai Ngulube when he finished a scrambled effort in the box, 21 minutes into the second half. It was his second goal of the season.
The only blow for CIWU was the red carding of centre back and Captain Edwin Sibanda for rough play very late into the second half.
Bosso 90 also won for the fourth time, with one defeat so far after beating new boys Arenel 3-1 at Crescent Sports Club. The Highlanders football club developmental side got its goals from Dominic Jaricha (his 3rd of the season), Donnet Fosho(his second of the season) and Tony Sibanda in what was his first strike of the season.
Former Highlanders striker Tapela Ngwenya saw his Makomo side picked a valuable three points away to Binga Pirates, thanks to a goal from Abel Machaka. Its turning out to be a diffucult place to visit(Binga).
Gift Lunga kicked off his new job at Mosi Rovers with a goalless draw against Casmyn in Victoria Falls.
Week 5 however started on Friday as Talen Vision who are unbeaten so far beat Pumula East boys Toronto 3-1. Grey Kufandada scored his first goal of the season for TV, while there were single strikes from Brian Muza and Adrian Banana (both are now on two goals this season). Toronto got their consolation through Jefta Ndlovu( a goal which had earlier been credited to Thabiso Ndlela) Ndlela remains on three goals.
Veteran player Cannan Nkomo scored in the last five minutes as title favourites Bulawayo City dropped points away to Main Line in Plumtree, while Indlovu Iyanyathela managed to hold ZPC Hwange to a goalless draw in Hwange.
Week 5 Results
Talen Vision 3-1 Toronto
Arenel 1-3 Bosso 90
Binga Pirates 0-1 Makomo
Ajax 0-2 CIWU
Main line 1-1 Bulawayo City
ZPC Hawnge 0-0 Indlovu
Mosi Rovers 0-0 Casmyn
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.
Chicken Inn 3-0 Highlanders
MADINDA NDLOVU was left short of announcing his resignation during a post-match press conference after watching his team succumb to their third defeat of the season at the hands of their City neighbours and remained without a win in their opening seven matches of the season.
“I cannot tell if there is going to be any change in the next minute at Highlanders and judging by today’s performance I don’t see anything changing, the situation is not normal at Highlanders”, Ndlovu reacted to the defeat.
Asked if the statement meant he was resigning, he had a twisted response.
“You can ask that to the chairman of the club, I have a contract and what are contracts for, you have to win matches and if you not winning the matches and you are the reason then you have to march out just like any other coach”.
Ndlovu who took long to come to the press conference opting to go and address his players after the final whistle is understood to have told his players and members of the technical team that he will think about his position at the club overnight.
His mood in the press conference presented someone who felt hard done by the Bosso system despite his efforts. It will seem he will play a waiting game and will want the club to fire him rather than him resigning.
On the pitch the Game Cocks raced to a 3-0 lead at the break with a brace from a Brett Amidu and a single strike from Clive Augusto who picked his sixth goal of the season. His goal in 37th minute caused a 20 minute stoppage as Bosso fans threw missiles onto the pitch saying the former Ngezi Platinum striker had scored from an offside position.
With a team thin on leadership following suspension of its two executive members there was no leadership on the pitch to control the crowd, save for treasurer Donald Ndebele who enter the pitch in the 15th min of the violence forced stoppage.
There is simple chaos at Highlanders as the defeat left the team without a win in the opening seven matches and without a goal at Babourfields stadium. It was Chicken Inn’s eighth league win over Highlanders since they came into the PSL and Bosso has managed just two wins, with the other seven matches ending in draws.