By Muziwethu Hadebe
@Rimuka Stadium, Kadoma.
Bulawayo’s Mpopoma High School won its first Copa Coca- Cola title after beating Nyamauru of Manicaland 5-4 on penalties as the two teams were deadlocked 0-0 at full time in the girls final.
Known for its academic excellence over the years especially with Advanced level examination classes, the school has in the past invested a lot into sport and the results are starting to show as the boys team who also qualified for this year’s finals finished on third position.
The Mpopoma girls failed to score for the first time in this year’s competition and the five penalties apiece saw the two teams who also reached final last year tied 4-4 after a single penalty miss each.
Mpopoma won it in sudden death as Nyamauru missed their spot kick. The huge task was left to Nosipho Dube who did well to coolly convert her spot kick leading to some wild celebrations from the small Bulawayo travelling contingent. It was sweet revenge for Mpopoma as they lost this final to Nyamauru last year.
Besides the big title Mpopoma won the Sam Muzvanya trophy for most goals scored by a single team in both boys and girls after scoring 26 goals in the tournament.
They also provided the best goalkeeper in the girl’s tournament after Thandikile Msipha conceded just one goal. Thando Sibanda also emerged as the top goal scorer with nine goals.
For clinching the title James Rugovera was named as the coach of the year. They then capped it all by providing four players to girls Copa Coca Cola dream team namely Patience Ndlovu, Thando Sibanda, Thandiwe Msipa and Elice Moyo.
Ten men Prince Edward also won the tournament for the first time in the boys section after Player of the tournament Alvin Dube scored the only goal of the match in the second half to beat 2017 champions Rusununguko.
The Harare school finished the tournament without conceding a goal and picked the following individual awards on top of the player of the tournament, Best Goalkeeper (Ronald Uraya),Best defender(Clivet Tshuma), Best Midfielder(Stephen Chatikobo and the coach of the tournament Pathisam Mauto.
The winners collected $ 10 800, a trophy and medals.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Rimuka Stadium, Kadoma.
Mpopoma High School of Bulawayo put on a good show in the 2019 Copa Coca-Cola finals in Kadoma as the boys team finished third while the girls made it into the final for the second time in a row after they did the same last year in Zvishavane.
Mpopoma will face Nyamauru on Saturday, in a repeat of last year’s final which the school representing the Manicaland province won. On the road to the final Mpopoma topped its group with four points.
In the quarter finals they accounted for Rimuka 2 High School by 2-0 and then beat Nkankezi by the same score line in the semi-finals.
The defending girls champions Nyamauru only finished second in their group behind Mwenenzi but improved in the knockout stages beating Macheke 4-2 in the quarter finals and getting revenge over Mwenenzi who had beaten them 2-0 in the group stages to beat them by the same score line.
Nyamauru will be looking for their second title while Mpopoma who are now certain to be the winners of the new award, the Samson Muzvanya Floating Trophy for scoring the most goals will be looking for only their first title. The award is in honour of the late Copa Coca_Cola legend Muzvanya who passed away last year soon after witnessing the 30th edition of the tournament.
Mpopoma High School boys finished third overall after beating Vimbai High School from Mashonaland West 2-1 with goals from Pakanisha Mpofu and Tafadzwa Mamboma, while Vimbai scored through Messi Gushero in a third place play off.
Mpopoma had topped its group with four points ahead of Somvubu of Matabeleland North who finished with two points but also qualified from the group. In the quarter finals they beat Tongwe 2-0 with Mpofu once more on target while the other goal came from Shingai Chimoyo. They were bundled out in the semis losing to Prince Edward 2-0.
PE as the school is popularly reached the final without conceding a goal while scoring twelve goals in the process. In the quarter finals they edged Guinea Fowl 1-0.
The Harare province champions will face Rusununguko who won this trophy in 2017 in Bindura. Rusununguko also topped their group and beat Chapwanya 2-0 in the quarter finals. Their battle in the semi-finals with Vimbai ended 1-1 and they won it 5-4 on penalties.
Rusununguko will be looking for their second title while Prince Edward target a maiden win.
By Mandlenkosi Ncube
Leaders Bulawayo City will be aiming to remain on track in their quest to regain promotion into the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, in yet another weekend that promises spills and thrills in the ZIFA Southern Region Division One league.
City, who had a bye last weekend, will be even more confident of returning to action with a win against third placed CIWU after seeing second placed Talen Vision fail to capitalize on their game in hand last weekend.
Talen Vision will hope to bounce back to winning ways following their back to back draws against Mosi Rovers and Binga Pirates respectively when they welcome fifth placed ZPC Hwange at Luveve Stadium on Friday.
Vision’s new signing from Chicken Inn Obadiah Tarumbwa is expected to make his first start for Vision after a ruling from ZIFA barred him from making his debut at Mosi last weekend.
The weekend’s action starts with an early kick off as sixth placed Bosso 90 host Indlovu Iyanyathela at Luveve Stadium.
A fierce relegation battle will be on the cards when bottom sides Toronto and Casmyn clash at the Khumalo Barracks on Saturday.
Meanwhile Ajax Hotspurs would be hoping to pull clear from the relegation when they play Binga Pirates in Binga.
By Mandlenkosi Ncube
CHICKEN INN Football Club was presented with a brand new branded bus by their sponsors Nyaradzo Group on Wednesday.
The club who struck a lucrative sponsorship deal with Nyaradzo Group earlier this year was promised a branded bus as part of the deal. Since the beginning of the season the Game Cocks have been using one of Nyaradzo’s buses to travel to their games.
The sponsorship deal also provides funeral cover to 50 members of Chicken Inn including some of its former players.
Speaking at the handover ceremony of the bus Nyaradzo Group general manager Tendayi Kanjanda outlined the Group’s reasoning behind providing sponsorship to football clubs.
“The score pack plan on the back of which we are sponsoring this bus is to provide solutions to football clubs so that they have financial independence”, he said
Simbisa brands, the principal sponsors of Chicken Inn FC were represented at the function by the Finance Director Onias Moyo. He urged the players to promote the two brands, Nyaradzo and Simbisa.
“We need to be exemplary as Chicken Inn FC, You can imagine after fighting on the pitch and then you get into the Nyaradzo bus, it won’t work”, he said.
Chicken Inn club chairman Juta Tshuma challenged the team to push for the title now that Nyaradzo had honored its promise.
“It is now up to the team to also live to its billing and once again be the champions at the end of the season”, he said.
Chicken Inn who are second and a point behind the pace setters FC Platinum will get a feel of the new bus when they travel to the Colliery to face Hwange in week 14 of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
By Mandlenkosi Ncube
Chicken Inn Football Club held their first awards ceremony of the year to recognize their player’s performance in the opening 13 matches of season on Monday.
Chicken Inn who are gunning for the league title sit second on the table a point adrift of defending champions FC Platinum having amassed 26 points.
Speaking at the awards ceremony the club chairman thanked the club’s partners for their immense contribution to the club.
“We want to thank our partners who have contributed so immensely for this achievement, our partners assist us in motivating our players to perform as they are doing”, said Juta Tshuma, Chicken I Read More
By Mandlenkosi Ncube
@ Luveve Stadium.
CHICKEN INN 3
MUSHOWANI STARS 1
Chicken Inn got back to winning ways with a win over Mushowani Stars in a Castle Premier Soccer League match played at Luveve Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Fresh off the PSL break, second from bottom placed Mushowani Stars were looking to give Chicken Inn a stern test but were outclassed by a quick and eager Chicken Inn side that ensured they remain within touching distance of league leaders FC Platinum who beat Manica Diamonds at Mandava through a goal by Albert Eonde.
Clive Augusto bagged a brace taking his goal tally to 13 goals in 13 matches. However, he squandered a chance to score a hat trick blasting a penalty kick over the bar early in the second half.
Shortly after the quarter mark Chicken Inn were awarded a penalty after some lovely exchange between Clive Augusto and Marlvin Gaki which saw Mushowani’s Clive Dzingayi handle the resulting cut back.
Augusto coolly converted the spot kick to give Chicken Inn a deserved lead.
Chicken Inn did not take their foot off the pedal and continued to push for a second goal and Mushowani Star’s goalkeeper Admire Masuku had to be at his best to keep out Innocent Mucheneka’s long range strike on 25 minutes.
Immediately after the half hour mark Chicken Inn doubled their lead through Sipho Ndlovu who started and finished the fine move, coming to the end of a Passmore Bernard cross with a perfect header.
Clive Augusto put the game beyond reach six minutes before half time with a well taken strike inside the box after being fed by Marlvin Gaki whose fine work did enough to draw defenders to give Augusto enough space.
The second half began where Chicken Inn had left off in the first half earning a second penalty kick of the day when halftime substitute Obriel Chirinda was brought down in the box. Clive Augusto stepped up looking to extend his tally but blazed his effort over the bar.
Still in need of three goals, Mushowani seeking a response went all in with their substitutions subbing on three players all at once in the 50th minute.
They became the better team in the second half but failed to convert their chances with Evans Katema on top of his game.
With a minute left to play Katema scored a consolation goal for Mushowani with a fine strike just inside the 18 yard box for his 7th of the season.
After the game Mushowani Stars head coach bemoaned his charges slow start to the game.
“I think we gave them too much space and respect in the first half and we conceded first, they had up to five corners in the opening ten minutes”, said Newman Mashipha, Mushowani Stars Coach.
Chicken Inn coach praised his side’s first half performance but remained critical of his team’s complacency in the second half
“First half we were explosive, good tempo to the game and a lot of intensity that we put on our opponents but we seem to take our foot off the pedal especially in the second halves, especially when we are up as we think that we have won and I think we got to learn to continue to play for 90 minutes not just 45 minutes”, said Joey Antipas.