By Muziwethu Hadebe
Local soccer fans will be hoping for an exciting Chibuku Super Cup weekend after a largely controversial last Wednesday’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
The Wednesday PSL matches saw Caps United dispute a penalty awarded to Chicken Inn by Bulawayo referee Happy Mabhena. The penalty was later converted by right back Passmore Bernard for the Game Cocks to complete a double over Makepekepe with the 1-0 win.
The dispute spilled into the terraces with united fans throwing missiles onto the pitch. The violent scenes were amplified after the match as some of the united fans man handled Mabhena as he made the long walk to the dressing rooms.
At Rufaro stadium Dynamos fans also caused a stoppage and were left singing “ Why don’t you just give FC Platinum the points instead of Cheating our team in front of us”, this coming after they felt that Evans Katema had been denied a clear penalty. The match ended goalless.
Highlanders striker Prince Dube saw red in the first half at Nyamhunga stadium in Kariba in what their coach felt was a wrong call. Bosso and ZPC Kariba players also fought in the tunnel as they headed to the dressing rooms at half time. The match ended 1-1.
The PSL is yet to comment on the controversial incidents affecting the true taste of Castle and it is our hope that Chibuku Super will retain its taste of good cheer starting this Saturday.
Ngezi Platinum Stars and Black Rhinos get the action underway today at the Baobab stadium. Ngezi will be the favourites to progress into the semi-finals after they won this cup in 2016 on their arrival in the PSL beating fellow platinum side FC platinum 3-1 with a brace from Liberty Chakoroma and a single strike from Kelvin Bulaji.
On Sunday new comers Manica Diamonds will hope to emulate what Ngezi Platinum stars achieved in 2016 when they face ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga stadium in Kariba.
The big one is on Sunday at Babourfields stadium as 2014 champions FC Platinum visit Highlanders. Both teams are coming from drawn Castle Larger matches during the week and hope to feel the better taste of Chibuku as compared to the castle they tasted during the week.
Mushowani 3-2 Bulawayo Chiefs (Wessle Tafara, Eria Mafirenyika, Paul Charamba) (Franhercis Darkpata, Sherpard Mhlanga) PEN MISS Hugh Chikosa
Tel One 1-1 Yadah (Tafadzwa Sibiwa) (Wellington Kamdoyariwa) Tel One win 8-7 penas RED CARD Byron Madzokere
Caps United 0-0 Harare City (City won 7-6 on penalties)
Chicken Inn 1-1 Manica Diamonds (Malvin Gaki) (Partson Jaure) (Manica won 6-5 on penas)
Ngezi Platinum 2-0(Tichaona Mabvura, Marlon Mushonga)
ZPC Hwange 2-1 Hwange(Tawanda Nyamandwe, Tonotenda Chiunye)(Admire Banda)
Highlanders 1-0 Dynamos (Prince Dube)
Black Rhinos 2-0 Tel One (Melvin Mekiwa, OWN GOAL Emmanuel Mandiranga/Muter)
FC Platinum 0-0 Chapungu (FC won 4-3 on penalties)
By Muziwethu Hadebe.
Former Premier Soccer League side Bulawayo City took back the initiative in the race for the sole ticket to the PSL with a comfortable 2-0 win over Mpopoma side Ajax in the ZIFA Southern Region Division One on Friday.
City who arrived at Crescent Sports Club needing an outright victory to maintain the pressure on pacesetters Talen Vision who went into the weekend matches at the top of the log on goal difference scored through former Dongo FC and Chicken Inn FC player Physwell Madhazi and former How Mine forward Nqobile Ndlovu, as both scorers moved to three goals this season.
Their victory coupled with a shock defeat for Vision at Luveve stadium to 7th placed Indlovu Iyanyathela saw the former PSL side open a three point lead at the top with three matches before the season ends.
Talen Vision and Indlovu Iyanyathela had a balanced first half but it was the host who hit the cross bar in the 29th minute through Velile Siziba and towards the end of that half joint top goal scorer at the club Grey Kufandada saw his strike in the box punched away by impressive goalkeeper Elton Sibanda and on the rebound had his penalty appeal turned away as he appeared to have been brought down in the box.
Kufandada had two more opportunities in the second half which were well saved by the alert Sibanda. Indlovu then scored in the 62nd minute through substitute Nhlanhla Ncube for his second goal of the season.
Indlovu capitalised on an Oba Tarumbwa weak clearance in the box that fell on Ricardo Sibanda whose shot was punched away by Talen Vision goalkeeper London Zulu onto the path of Servious Sibanda, the left back delivered a cross that was met by Ncube.
They sealed the points six minutes from time through a bizarre own goal as Talen Vision captain Mandlenkosi Gasela’s back pass was let through by centre back Itai Mabhunu and with Zulu off his goal post he failed to control the ball as it rolled into the nets leaving the Talen Vision family in shock.
With the win Indlovu moved to 35 points and are now five points behind fourth placed Bosso 90 who travel to face ZPC Hwange on Sunday.
In the other Friday matches Makomo and Main Line played to a goalless draw in Hwange. Casmyn maintained their strong fight for survival with a 3-1 win over Arenel.
Talen Vision 0-2 Indlovu Iyanyathela; Ajax 0-2 Bulawayo City; Arenel 1-3 Casmyn and Makomo 0-0 Main Line.
ZPC Hwange vs Bosso 90; Binga Pirates vs CIWU; Moto Moto vs Toronto and Mosi Rovers vs Makomo.