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MPOPOMA HIGH WINS GIRLS COPA COCA-COLA

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.

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MPOPOMA GIRLS REACH COPA FINAL AS THE BOYS FINISH THIRD

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.

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Bulawayo City face Impressive CIWU

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.

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CHICKEN INN FC GETS NYARADZO BUS

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.

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AUGUSTO TAKES ALL AT CHICKEN INN AWARDS

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

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CHICKEN INN BEAT MUSHOWANI

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.

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BULAWAYO CITY AND TALEN VISION WIN FRIDAY HOME MATCHES

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

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ITS NOW 200 GOALS IN THE PSL

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.

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CIWU BEAT AJAX TO MAINTAIN BRIGHT START IN DIV ONE

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

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IS MADINDA LEAVING?

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.

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