By Mandlenkosi Ncube
@Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Bulawayo City 1
Toronto FC 0
BULAWAYO CITY maintained their top spot in the ZIFA Southern Region Division One league with hard fought win over Toronto FC on Friday.
A Trevor Ndlovu solitary goal on the stroke of half time ensured that City grabbed all three points.
The win saw Bulawayo City maintain their three point lead at the top ahead second placed Talen Vision who beat Main Line 3-0 at Gifford High School with goals from Mlungisi Ncube, Adonis Nyoni and Adrian Banana.
The game started at slow pace as both teams were cautious in their approach, with the game’s first real chance coming in the 11th minute when City’s Thabani Goredema sharp shot came close to opening the score sheet.
At the other end, Mayibongwe Sibonela almost opened the scoring for the visitors but blasted his effort over the bar in the box after some good work on the left wing by Thabiso Ndlela as the Pumula East side utilized the counter attack very well.
City took the lead just before halftime through Ndlovu who took advantage of a rebound to slot the ball into the nets. It was his second goal of the season.
The second half produced very little chances as Toronto sought to sit back and not push forward. City found it hard to break the visitor’s defence something which Toronto Coach (Gift Nkala) was satisfied with at the end of the match.
“We only wanted to frustrate them, we know they want to go back to the Premier League, we wanted them not to score many goals, and it is unfortunate that they scored that one goal but our strategy was to get a goalless draw”, he said.
Bulawayo City coach Try Ncube seemed a frustrated man after the match although he happy with the win.
“The boys played well, it was a professional approach, it was a tight match and we got a goal and controlled the game. As we saw in the second half they didn’t give us any problems, I don’t remember them playing a shot off target, they had 10 players behind the ball”, he said.
Week 10 Fixtures on Saturday
Mosi Rovers vs Moto Moto, Chinotimba, 1500 HRS
CIWU vs Indlovu, Crescent, 1200 HRS
Arenel vs Binga, Crescent, 1500 HRS
Makomo vs Bosso 90, Mpumalanga, 1200 HRS
ZPC Hwange vs Ajax,Ingagula, 1200HRS
By Muziwethu Hadebe
The Castle Larger Premier Soccer League reached 200 goals after Week 11 fixtures, with Bulawayo Chiefs involved on the 200th goal, just like they did with the 100th goal of the season.
Chiefs were involved in the goal that marked a century of goals in the PSL when they lost to Yadah 3-2, as Yadah midfielder Johannes Sibanda scored the winning goal.
This time around it was Chief’s player Hussein Zvavakapano who scored from the spot what turned out to be the 200th goal of the current PSL season. The goal not only gave Chiefs the three points but only their second win of the season.
It was the 25th goal of the 200 goals to be scored from the penalty spot this season. The 25 goals came from 14 different players, as only four teams Dynamos, Ngezi Platinum Stars, Black Rhinos and Herentals are yet to score from the spot.
Chapungu and Harare City have scored the most from the spot through Allen Tawariswa (3 times), also on three goals from the spot is Harare City although it’s through different players namely Moses Muchenje, Walter Mukanga and Captain Marshall Machazani.
Other teams to benefit from the spot include Highlanders (2) all converted by goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda, Chicken Inn (2) all scored by Clive Augusto, Mushowani Stars (2) all scored by Evans Katema, FC Platinum (2) all scored by Devon Chafa.
The other teams on two penalties are Hwange (Gilbert Zulu and Ernest Gwitima), Triangle (Russell Madamombe and Timothy January) and Bulawayo Chiefs (Authur Musiyiwa and Zvavakapano. There have been single penalties for Caps united (Joel Ngodzo), ZPC Kariba (Tavaka Mawaya), Tendayi Kachembere (Manica Diamonds), Leeroy Mavhunga (Yadah) and Jacob Muzokumba (Tel One.
Harare City beat Chicken Inn 2-1 in week 11 despite finishing the match with ten men after Jerry Chipangura was red carded for a second bookable offence. It was the 10th red card of the season as Chipangura became the 9th player to be red carded. ZPC Kariba left back Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe is already on two red cards he picked against Bulawayo Chiefs and Ngezi Platinum Stars. Ian Nekati who also plays for ZPC Kariba was the first player to pick a red card against Chicken Inn on the first day of the season. The other red cards have gone to McClive Phiri (Highlanders), Edward Sadomba and Godfrey Mukambi both Dynamos, Piniel Gumbo (Chapungu), Frankson Bushiri (Tel One) and Collen Kwaramba of Chapungu.
Other statistics in the league so far are as follows;
2 Hatricks from Ishmael Wadi and Clive Augusto.
3 Own goals (Donald Teguru, Patson Jaure and Takunda Muzuva).
14 braces from 12 players with Augusto and Evans Katema on two braces while the following players are on single braces Ngandu Mangala, Brighton Mungoni, Ian Nyoni, Johaness Sibanda, Wellington Taderera, Brett Amidu, Joel Ngodzo, Donald Teguru, Phelius Sibanda and Moses Demera.
Augusto is the current top goal scorer with 11 goals from 11 matches. He also picked the April and May player of the month awards while Lloyd Chitembwe of Caps United was named the April coach of the month as Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas picked the May coach of the month.