By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.
Highlanders 0-1 Harare City (Jerry Chipangura 20’)
Harare City completed a double over Highlanders in the Castle Larger Premier Soccer League with an easy goal from Jerry Chipangura on sunday as Lloyd Chitembwe also completed his own double over Highlanders inside two weeks after his win over Bosso when he was still in charge of Caps United last Sunday.
This was the first match for Chitembwe since taking over at City during the week and implored a physical approach to the match which Highlanders could not cope with.
It was a match in which Bosso created plenty chances with two falling to Brian Banda just before the City goal. The first in the 15th minute as a diagonal Prince Dube pass found an overlapping MacClive Phiri on the right who delivered a lovely cross into the box, only for Banda to head wide.
Three minutes later Banda delivered a weak shot in the box which was easily collected by Maxwell Nyamupanendengu after Phiri had combined with Divine Mhindirira to set him through in the box.
In-between Banda’s chances Ishmael Wadi shot weakly at Ariel Sibanda after 17 minutes. There was however no denying City when Chipangura met a Takudzwa Chimwemwe low cross in the box to score with an easy touch.
With the break two minutes away Chimwemwe came with a tricky grounder which Ariel Sibanda, the Bosso goalkeeper pushed out for a corner, before that Mhindirira had his own grounder in a congested box blocked for a corner at the other end, with Ray Lunga blasting an opportunity from the resultant corner kick over the bar.
Bosso were the more offensive in the second half, creating five chances as Mhindirira, Peter Mudhuwa, Prince, Mbongeni Ndlovu and Tendai Ndlovu failed to convert while there was just one penalty shout for City when a William Manondo effort seemed to have been handled in the box but referee for the day Hardly Ndazi waved play on.
This was the second consecutive defeat for Mandla Mpofu since he took over from Madinda Ndlovu. He has won two, drawn three and lost two in his seven matches.
In the only other match on Sunday Dynamos and Chicken Inn played to a 1-1 draw at Rufaro stadium. Nigel Katawa gave Dynamos the lead after 30 minutes but former Dynamos player Valentine Kadonzvo equalised for Chicken Inn in the 78th minute after receiving a pass from Sipho Ndlovu.
On Saturday Chapungu beat Caps United 4-2 at Ascot stadium in Gweru; Philip Marufu got a brace with other goals coming from Gracious Muleya and Ian Nyoni. Makepekepe who started life without Chitembwe scored through Newman Sianchali and Clive Rupiya.
Defender Shaderck Nyahwa scored his first of the season as Bulawayo Chiefs beat Black Rhinos 1-0 at Luveve stadium.
ZPC Kariba beat Tel One 3-0 with a brace from Bornface Zuberi and a goal from James Gwara at Nyamhunga stadium in Kariba.
Yadah and Herentals played to a 1-1 draw with goals from Paddington Nyamakura and Tino Benza respectively, it was another 1-1 draw in the match between Ngezi Paltinum Stars and Hwange as Bruno Mtigo and Ernest Gwitima were on target for the respective teams.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo
FC Platinum 3-2 Nyasa Big Bullets (Devon Chafa P, Never Tigere, Perfect Chikwende) (Peter Banda, Patrick Phiri)
Red Card Albert Eonde (FC Platinum)
After the goalless draw in Blantyre FC Platinum arrived in Bulawayo needing an outright win, while the visitors from Malawi needed a scoring draw to advance to the first round of the CAF Champions League.
With ten minutes to the end it was 2-2 and FC Platinum were seemingly out of the competition until a perfect cross from the right by Raphael Muduviwa was met by a perfect header from the perfect substitute, Perfect Chikwende for the platinum miners to seal their passage into the first round of this competition, despite a scare in stoppage time as Bullets substitute Chisepo Msowoya saw his rising effort brush the cross bar.
FC Platinum had started well taking the lead through a penalty converted by Devon Chafa in the 4th minute after the speedy Gift Mbweti was hacked down in the box.
With a few raids from Bullets and FC Platinum in a comfortable mood Cameroonian forward Albert Eonde latched onto Precious Sambani earning himself a straight red card with the match only 26 minutes old.
Four minutes later the Malawians took advantage of the extra man scoring a beauty through Peter Banda. Banda was wide on the right just a few meters after the centre line and came up with what looked like cross but had height and settled into the top corner to beat Wallace Magalane, the FC Platinum goalkeeper.
FC had other ideas and took a 2-1 lead at the break when Never Tigere met a through ball in the box and slammed it into the nets after 37 minutes.
Bullets had a better second half with Idana Chimwemwe controlling the midfield, it was one of his through balls that found the short but skilful Patrick Phiri in the box who made no mistake with an intelligent strike in the box after 73 minutes.
It all looked gloomy for the Zimbabwe Champions until that 80th minute header from Chikwende, who had been on the pitch for only two minutes. It was another thrilling CAF encounter at BF which was also watched by Zimbabwe soccer legend George Shaya.
Kalisto Pasuwa “At this stage we need maturity, the boys were playing the ball in front of the goalkeeper, they are young and they are still learning and at this a stage if you make one mistake you are punished, scoring goals here means they are doing well but we conceded one goal when we were had wrapped up the game, we wanted to circulate the ball, building from the back and punishing them when they open up, I am proud of my boys and most of these boys are new in the team and they will learn as we go on”.
Norman Mapeza “I appreciate our fans and everyone involved in the club, but we are struggling for consistency as we keep trying combinations and it’s difficult to be trying combinations in the middle of the season, it’s always difficult to play with a man down, it was difficult for me as a coach, difficult for my players, I am just happy with the win as it was a collective effort at the end”.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Former Dynamos and Zimbabwe National team coach Kalisto Pasuwa believes they can still get a good result when his Malawian side Nyasa Big Bullets takes on Zimbabwe Champions FC Platinum in a CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg match at Bulawayo’s Barbourfields stadium on Saturday.
“We travelled by road from Blantyre, we brought a lot of young stars and they have the zeal, hunger and energy, We playing a good side in FC Platinum, the last time we played them they did not open up spaces and we hope they will this time so that we take up those spaces, we also had to ensure that the players loosen up given the travelling arrangements”, said Pasuwa.
Pasuwa who won four consecutive league titles with Dynamos and took Zimbabwe to the 2017 Africa Nations Cup expressed happiness to be back in Zimbabwe and Bulawayo in particular.
“Coming back home it’s something else, you need to be knowing how things are back home in terms of football, the last time I came to Bulawayo I was about to be fired and I almost quit football because of the pressure and the Bulawayo chapter was all over me with support and so coming here it’s more like coming home, as a player and as a coach I don’t remember coming here and losing a match, it was more home than Harare so we hope this will translate to the FC Platinum match but we playing a good team”, he said.
Pasuwa refused to take MYSPORTS suggestion that the goalless draw in Malawi is in favour of the Zimbabwe Champions.
“We were cautious in Malawi, when you don’t score a goal in the opening 20-30 minutes of the match there is always pressure from the fans and that pressure piles on the players as FC Platinum defended with nine players but with no goal scored in Malawi any team that scores first will have an advantage, we can score and they can score so it’s still an open game”, Pasuwa responded.
Pasuwa said his players will have to adapt to the natural grass of Babourfields as they use the artificial surface in Malawi saying when they trained at the B Arena his boys were passing the ball well but struggled in the opening 10 minutes of their training session on Friday at the match venue although he said they later improved.
On the two leagues Pasuwa believes Zimbabwe has more clubs that are now at a professional level although Malawi is on the rise. “It also has to do with the playing surface which also helps the national team in terms of preparing the players technical but in Malawi you can play two matches Saturday and Sunday having travelled 500km making player recovery difficult”, he added.
FC Platinum will be hoping to make it into the group stages just like they did in their last dance of the CAF Champions League.
By Mandlenkosi Ncube
BULAWAYO CITY Football Club will have to do without club captain Innocent Kutsanzira who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The midfielder had to be stretched off the pitch and taken to hospital in his side’s 3-1 win over CIWU last Friday following a clumsy challenge from CIWU new signing Tyson Mazithulela.
Bulawayo City FC media Officer, Thandiwe Moyo revealed that medical tests conducted on the midfielder show that the player broke his tibia and fibula bones.
“The specialists will advise on how long he will be out, at this point we can’t say how long and it will depend on how fast he heals but could be out for six months or even more”, Moyo disclosed.
The midfielder has been a constant feature in the City engine room having featured in all of City’s games scoring two goals in the process.
The injury will be a big blow to City’s promotion aspirations as they have to do without Kutsanzira, however Moyo believes the team has enough cover to compensate for the loss of their skipper.
“We registered 30 players for the season which means we have the personnel that can fill in for Innocent”, said Moyo.
City are on a bye this weekend as the action gets underway on Friday with a double header at Luveve stadium. At 12pm Talen Vision will go back to the top with a win over Mosi Rovers. This tie will be followed by Bosso 90 hosting improving Casmyn at 3pm.
There is another double header on Saturday at Crescent Sports club as CIWU play Makomo at 12pm, while at 3pm Arenel will host ZPC Hwange.
Other Saturday Fixtures
Toronto vs Indlovu (Brad) 12pm, Mainline vs Ajax (Plumtree) 3pm
Binga Pirates vs Moto Moto (Binga) 3pm
By Mandlenkosi Ncube
Triangle United claimed the scalp of defending champions FC Platinum extending their unbeaten run in the league to 10 games.
Two early goals got the job done for the Sugar Sugar Boys who now seat just six points adrift of leaders FC Platinum.
The Sugar Sugar Boy’s win against the defending champions on Sunday all but blew the championship race wide open, but head coach Taurai Mangwiro refused to draw his side into the title contention.
“We have a lot of ground that we need to cover, remember that barren patch where we dropped twelve consecutive points is the reason why we are not nearer the top teams at the moment”, said Taurai Mangwiro after the victory.
Despite all his skepticism about his side’s chances of mounting a title challenge, Mangwiro admits he is not short of inspiration.
“It is from Norman that I get a lot of inspiration, remember during his time at Monomotapa losing his first four games, talk about the coach getting fired but he went on to win the championship that very year and under pressure at FC Platinum he has won back to back titles”, said Mangwiro.
Triangle will be hoping to keep their unbeaten run intact when they travel to Burundi for their next assignment to play Rukinzo in the CAF Confederations Cup 2nd leg, having comfortably won the first leg 5-0 at home.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Talented but controversial Highlanders FC midfielder Denzel Khumalo was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning after he was involved in a car accident.
Although the details of his arrest are still sketchy MYSPORTS can confirm that Khumalo was in police custody at the time of filing this story.
MYSPORTS understands that Khumalo was driving a BMW and crushed onto a Honda Fit in the City center before escaping from the accident scene with his passenger.
Earlier in the week the midfielder fought with Bosso team manager Vezigama Dlodlo at training over the payment of his training allowances.
Former Technical Manager Madinda Ndlovu had stopped using Khumalo in his set up owing to his poor disciplinary record which saw him disappear from the squad until his recent return to the team when Madinda left the club for Botswana.
MYSPORTS also understands that Khumalo will appear in court on Monday. He has made just three appearances this season for Bosso and all of them as a substitute against Herentals, Chapungu and Black Rhinos.
Khumalo was not part of the Bosso squad that travelled to the capital to face Caps United this afternoon in a PSL match.
He joined Highlanders from Bantu Rovers in a swap deal with striker McCarthy Dube in 2017 but spent most of his time in the Bosso 90 team until Madinda promoted him into the first team halfway through the 2018 season. Khumalo played his junior football in the Mpopoma high density suburb with Ajax.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Chicken Inn 1-1 Yadah (Brett Amidu) (Ralph Matema)
Chicken Inn started life without striker Clive Augusto as they dropped two valuable points in this Castle Larger Premier Soccer League match on Saturday.
Head coach Joey Antipas admitted that it was not easy playing without Augusto while confirming that the current PSL top goal scorer had moved to South Africa to join Maritzburg United in a secretly kept deal.
The Gamecocks took the lead through a header by Brett Amidu to connect a lovely cross from the left by Xolani Ndlovu after 21 minutes; it was his fourth goal for this year.
Yadah had a better second half and equalized with a fine strike from veteran forward Ralph Matema after 48 minutes, it was also his fourth goal of the season.
Chicken Inn had two chances towards the end as substitute Innocent Muchaneka saw his grounder collected by the goalkeeper Isaiah Ali in the 81st minute, while two minutes later Guide Goddard had his powerful header again collected by the alert Ali.
In other Saturday fixtures Chapungu beat Black Rhinos 2-1 away from home with goals from Maxwell Mavuto and Brighton Mungoni while Moses Demera got his 7th goal of the season for Rhinos.
Harare City continued to struggle losing out at home to Manica Diamonds 1-2. City had taken the lead through Wilfred Muvirimi but Manica hit back with goals from Last Jesi and Stanley Ngala.
Tel one was held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Bulawayo Chiefs at Ascot stadium in Gweru. Tel One scored through Jacob Muzokumba and David Temwanjira (Penalty) while Hughe Chikozo and Authur Musiiwa(Penalty) got the goals for Chiefs.
Herentals vs ZPC Kariba, Caps United vs Highlanders, Hwange vs Dynamos, Triangle vs FC Platinum and Mushowani vs Ngezi Platinum Stars.
By Busiswa Sobani
The Mighty Warriors were back to their usual song, no payment after a tournament. Many a times they give their all, equal effort or even more than their male counterparts but at the end the output is just sweat gone for a song as they just get crumbs.
The Zimbabwe women’s football team experienced this after their recent decent run in the COSAFA tournament in South Africa. Both the senior and the U20 teams did well to finish in the top four which was good for teams that had less than a week to prepare for the tournament.
On their return the players and the coaches were given transport money enough to take them home and advised that their bonuses will be paid once ZIFA secure funds, without any date of payment indication. For those based in Harare they were paid $15 RTGS, enough perhaps for three to five trips in a kombi within the capital and at least 30 trips in a ZUPCO bus.
This could be an indication of how sport and in particular football disfavors women compared to men as the world over highest paid sports persons are male.
The Gems, the national Netball team did well at their first world cup and had the world talking about them but it just went as far as that with not much to change their social standing through financial rewards.
A former senior player with the Zimbabwe Netball National team who requested anonymity says after all her efforts and training nothing was given to her as reward forcing her to resign from the sport. “I trained day and night, but never got the chance to go and play outside the country and I ended up leaving as all my efforts were in vain”, she told Mysports.
Most women who spoke to Mysports lamented the unfair treatment of the mighty warriors and called for government’s intervention in catering for women in sports.
Despite the challenges most women continue to play their part in sport with both the U20 and senior national teams seeing former mighty warriors players Rosemary Mugadza and Sithethelelwe Sibanda in charge as coaches. Both are holders of CAF A coaching licenses.
Maybe it’s high time the women’s football leadership raises its own funds and not rely on ZIFA. One way of securing the funds can be to try and target companies within Zimbabwe which are run by fellow women as a starting point, perhaps, just perhaps they might listen to their cries and avoid travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg by road.
By Muziwethu Hadebe, Images by Mandlenkosi Ncube.
@Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Bulawayo City 3-1 CIWU (Benson Phiri, Darryl Nyandoro, Zephania Ngodzo P) (Percy Maphosa)
Red cards (Tyson Mazithulela and James Chirenga)
There were four goals as the league reached 237 goals, one was from the spot, two red cards, and seven yellow cards and Bulawayo City captain Innocent Kutsanzira broke his leg in this ill-tempered ZIFA Southern Region Division One match played before a decent crowd on Friday.
All the drama happening in the second half after a bit of a clean first half, although the first stanza did have its fair share of crude tackles that the referee Dalubuhle Nkomo failed to manage as CIWU took a surprise 1-0 lead at the break.
Percy Maphosa scored the goal, finishing off a beautiful team goal that saw Muziwakhe Dlamini release former Highlanders midfielder Brian Javaraza into the box. With the goalkeeper to beat and covering the near post, Javaraza brought a cut back to Maphosa who was rushing from the right and he connected well into the nets for his 5th goal of the season after 26 minutes.
City started the second half strongly and former captain Zibusiso Sibanda brought in a long throw in from the right which was flicked into the nets by right back Benson Phiri with the second half two minutes old.
New CIWU signing from Moto Moto Tyson Mazithulela who had frustrated City in an anchoring role was red carded after 59 minutes for an open foot crude tackle on Kutsanzira, which resulted in the former Quelaton player taken to hospital with a broken leg.
The referee had ignored the tackle and only stopped play with loud cries from Zephania Ngodzo and his teammates as well as shouting from the terraces. With no stretcher bed, a table top was used to ferry Kutsanzira into an open City of Bulawayo Nissan bakkie, as there was no ambulance as has become a norm with Division One football.
After a lengthy stoppage City capitalized as new signing Darryl Nyandoro received a through pass and easily tucked the ball into the nets for his third goal in City colours.
In stoppage time substitute Nqobile Ndlovu beat CIWU center back James Chirenga for pace and Chirenga came with a late challenge that saw him earn a red card for a second bookable offence.
Moments later Gerald Ngulube did well to beat goalkeeper Delron Chuma who pulled him down as he prepared to score and the referee pointed to the spot and veteran Ngodzo made not mistake from the spot to secure the points for Bulawayo City.
With the win City went back to the top of the log ahead of the clash between second placed Talen Vision and ZPC Hwange in Hwange on Saturday.
Casmyn vs Toronto, Indlovu vs Bosso 90, ZPC Hwange vs Talen Vision, Moto Moto vs Mainline, Mosi vs Arenel.
Makomo on bye.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.
Triangle 5-0 Rukinzo
(Allan Tavariswa 8’, 36’, Ralph Kawondera 44’, Timothy January 55’ and Nyasha Chintuli 90’+)
Triangle United coach Taurai Mangwiro was left satisfied after his team capped a five star performance with five goals without conceding in the first leg of this preliminary round of the CAF Confederations cup before a small but appreciative crowd.
“ We were confident as a team coming into this match, we wanted to score goals without conceding, we are happy but I wouldn’t say we expected to score the five goals, our target was four but we managed to better it by one”, Mangwiro reacted to the big victory.
New signing Allan Tavariswa scored a brace in the 8th minute and 36th minute. The first meeting a Timothy January low cross into the box before turning around the goalkeeper and slotting the ball into an empty net. The second one was a beautiful long range which remained in mid-air before settling into the nets.
Ralph Kawondera then came with a powerful header, a minute from the half time break meeting a delicious cross from winger Gerald Bero who had done well to beat a defender on the right and got into the box before delivering the perfect cross for the Sugar Sugar boys to take a comfortable 3-0 lead at the break.
The Burundi side started the second half strongly in the hope of pulling one back but it was the outstanding January who found the target with a sharp grounder that went between the legs of the goalkeeper in the 55th minute, while a rising Bero effort had crushed against the cross bar a minute before January found the target.
Substitute Nyasha Chintuli, who was on target at this venue in Triangle’s 1-0 win over Highlanders in week 4 of the PSL registered yet another goal at the iconic venue meeting a cross from another substitute Delic Murimba in stoppage time.
Rukinzo coach Ramadhani Maulidini believes it’s going to be difficult for his team in the second leg but says they will fight on.
“This is a new team that came from the lower league, any team comes into a match to win, unfortunately we found a strong team and we still learning and will still fight in the second leg”, said Maulidini.
Triangle Ronald Mudimu, Obey Mwerahari, Arnold Chiveya, Donald Dzvinyai, Kudzai Chigwida, Travor Mavunga, Gerald Bero(Russell Madamombe), Timothy January(Delic Murimba), Ralph Kawondera, Collins Dhuwa and Allan Tavariswa( Nyasha Chintuli).