On a Saturday of red cards in the Castle Larger Premier Soccer League Tel One continued with their revival under Rahman Gumbo with a 1-0 win over Ngezi Platinum Stars at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.
Jacob Muzokomba scored the only goal from the spot after Tafadzwa Sibanda had been brought down in the box. It was his 4th goal of the season.
Sibanda was later red carded for a second bookable offence as did Donald Teguru of Ngezi Platinum Stars.
At Nyamhunga stadium there was also a red card for Dynamos defender Jimmy Tigere as ZPC kariba and Dynamos played to a 1-1 draw. Evans Katema put Dynamos ahead from the spot for his third goal in Dynamos colours and is now on 10 goals this season after scoring seven goals while at Mushowani.
ZPC Kariba equalised through defender James Marufu for his second of the season but had a late penalty saved by Dynamos goalkeeper Simbarashe Chinani.
Chicken Inn 0-2 Manica Diamonds, ZPC Kariba 1-1 Dynamos, Tel One 1-0 Ngezi Platinum Stars.
Hwange vs Highlanders, Mushowani vs Chapungu.
Harare City vs Caps united, Yadah vs Bulawayo Chiefs.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo
Chicken Inn 0-2 Manica Diamonds (Benjamin Marere 1’, Ishmael Lawe 90+1)
Red card Obriel Chirinda 40’
CHICKEN INN coach Joey Antipas stormed out of the press conference room in frustration before the press conference had ended following his team’s third defeat at home this season to a Manica Diamonds team that stretched its unbeaten run to five matches.
“We deserved to lose, we were poor, I would say we were just bad as from kick off as we conceded a goal in the first minute of the match and it was a poor and slow reaction on our defence, overall we were poor, so you will go around asking questions and we need answers, you come into a match with a poor attitude, you get f…… up and we were f…….. Up today, sorry gentleman”, said Antipas before walking off the press room before the media asked him further questions.
Manica Diamonds took the lead in the first minute when Benjamin Marere was allowed space into the box and delivered a cross for Stanley Ngala who stretched his long legs but did not touch the ball allowing Marere’s intended cross to roll into the nets.
Most in the stadium thought it was Ngala’s goal but Mysports/Chicken Inn TV visuals showed Ngala not touching the ball and the match officials also confirmed that they had credited the goal to Marere.
With the break five minutes away Chicken Inn striker Obriel Chirinda was red carded for throwing the ball at Manica Diamonds left back Peace Makaha. Makaha had delayed picking the ball for a throw in and Chirinda rushed to pick it and threw it at Makaha, who made a meal of it and threw himself to the ground as if to say Chirinda had hit him with the ball and the U23 internstional was red carded after the referee consulted his assistant who was near the two.
Chicken Inn started the second half strongly after the introduction of George Majika and Nicole Mutatiwa for Malvin Gaki and Simon Munawa but found Manica Diamonds defence of goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, right back Lawrence Masibera, left back Peace Makaha and the central defence pairing of Partson Jaure and captain Carlton Munzwabwa strong.
As the Game cocks tried to get an equaliser Manica caught them on the break in stoppage time as a Liberty Chakoroma error allowed Marere to win possession and bring in a cross for Ishmael Lawe whose rising effort settled into the top corner as the former Chicken Inn man grabbed his second of the season.
Johanisi Nhumwa,Manica Diamonds coach was happy with the win. “We had a plan and to beat the big teams like Chicken Inn, Triangle and Harare City is good for us and it shows we are improving, our strength today was to close in on our central defence in midfield and not allow them any wing play”, he said.
Chicken Inn Pride Zendera, Moses Jackson(Ben Nyahunzvi), Xolani Ndlovu(Yellow), Guide Goddard, Liberty Chakoroma, Tichaona Chipunza, Simon Munawa(George Majika) Sipho Ndlovu, Malvin Gaki(Yellow)(Nicole Mutatiwa), Valentine Kandonzvo, Obriel Chirinda(Red).
Manica Diamonds Tafadzwa Dube, Lawrence Masibera, Peace Makaha(yellow), Partson Jaure, Carlton Munzwbwa, Jeffrey Takunda, Last Jesi(Ishmael Lawe), Rodrick Mufudza(Nelson Tachi)Yellow, Kudakwashe Gurure(yellow)(Timire Mamvura), Benjamin Marere and Stanley Ngala.
By Mandla Ncube
The remaining four teams in the ZIFA Bulawayo Province Cup learnt their semi- final fate on Wednesday in a draw conducted at the ZIFA offices.
With the competition nearing its final chapter, the draw ensured that the semi –final ties will be nothing short of excitement.
Division 3 side Bulawayo City will play host to Division 2 outfit FMSA while Biya and Friends will square off with Khami United.
With each of the remaining semi-finalists already guaranteed of at least $1 000 RTGS dollars, the competition is expected to get tougher for the remaining teams.
Khami United who claimed the scalp of Bhekeni Celtics on the road to reach the semi-final already have set their eyes on the final.
“I urge my opponents to come in full preparation because I am looking to the finals, I want to win the finals because this draw was just fair”, said Trust Mutupo, Khami United Secretary.
Although, the competition has been largely a success, it has had its own fair share of controversies with games having to be called off due to violence, acting ZIFA Provincial Chairman; Allan Mpofu called on the teams to let football be the winner.
“As a body we don’t want to decide any games on paper, games must be played and won on the pitch”, said Mpofu.
Bulawayo City who are coached by former Highlanders captain Innocent Mapuranga and are investing a lot in their developmental structures won in the first round at the often difficult Ngenile ground, beating hosts Corn Cob 3-1. They then outclassed White birds 4-0 before edging Mthwakazi 1-0 to reach the last four.
FMSA Umguza who have also invested a lot in developmental football in the city beat Eagle Life 2-1 in the first round. They played to a 3-3 draw in the second round with Mpopoma Pirates before winning the tie 8-3 on penalties. A 2-0 win over Bulawayo Chiefs saw them reach the semi-finals.
Khami Utd saw off rivals Bhekeni Celtics 1-0 in Ntabazinduna in the last round. The match was however abandoned due to crowd trouble with the prison officers leading 1-0.
As Khami Utd goalkeeper was lying down injured, a fan entered the pitch to lift him up and that resulted in crowd trouble. The match was awarded to Khami Utd as a result. Before that they had accounted for Mountain Climbers in the first round 3-1 and Talen Vision 5-4 in the second round.
They face a Biya and Friends team that is the brain child of former Warriors, Young warriors and Highlanders captain Thulani Ncube. The team is coached by former Amazulu left back Goodson “Gure” Gama and have scored 11 goals on their way to the last four. They beat Saints and Lobengula Stars by an identical 4-2 score line in the first and second rounds respectively. A 3-2 win over Sabona Mzilikazi saw them reach the semi-final.
The semi-finals are set for Sunday.
Yadah 0-1 ZPC Kariba
ZPC KARIBA shot to the top of the Castle Larger Premier Soccer League with a narrow win over Yadah at Rufaro stadium on Monday.
The power generators are now a point ahead of Chicken Inn who had taken over the leadership after their big 2-1 victory over champions FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium on Saturday, although they have played an extra match.
ZPC Kariba scored in the 37th through Tawanda Nyamandwe who responded well to a rebound after an initial effort from Jimu Gwara.
It was Nyamandwe’s fourth goal of the season as ZPC Kariba recorded their 11th win of the season and will hope Chicken Inn and FC Platinum drop points in their matches in hand.
By Mandla Ncube
Reigning COPA Coca Cola Girls champions Mpopoma High showed their mettle by winning the Pierre 10th Birthday celebration charity tournament held at Nguboyenja (Sotshangane Ground) last Friday.
The charity tournament is meant to celebrate Michellle and Vusa Tshuma son’s (Pierre) birthday. The couple is based in the United Kingdom. It is sponsored by Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Leaders, a charity organisation founded by Thandi Msimanga who is based in Cananda and is Pierre’s grand mother.
At the tournament six U13 boys teams and four U17 girls teams took part.
In the girls category Mpopoma bossed their way into the final with a statement of intent beating Townsend 4-0 in the semi-final to set up a thrilling final against Magwegwe who had edged Street Set by a solitary goal in the other semi- final.
Mpopoma were given a scare in the first half of the final going a goal down to Magwegwe. In the second half Mpopoma demonstrated why they are national champions scoring two goals to seal the victory and the tournament.
In the 3rd place play off Street Set beat Townsend 1-0 as the Lee Mangena coached outfit secured a third place finish.
Penalties were needed to settle the boy’s final between Highflyers and Mthwakazi. Highflyers eventually won the tie 4-3.
In spicing up the awards for the tournament, the sponsors extended their goodwill gesture giving away scholarship packages to each of the tournament team’s most outstanding players in the tournament in both the boys and girls category.
“The vision from the onset was to ensure that the children benefit and hopefully a movement is created to further encourage other kids to engage in sports and we will be having this tournament every year”, said Brenda Masauso who represented the tournament’s organizers.
Guest of honour at the tournament, Acting ZIFA Provincial Chairman, Allan Mpofu heaped praise on the participants.
“My boys I am impressed by all of you, you played football and you’re all winners, you saw the girls that played too, it was just brilliant for everybody”, said Allan Mpofu.
The boys section had Matshobana Academy, Real Squadron, Highflyers, Lobengula Primary, Sotshangane and Mthwakazi United while the girls competition saw Mpopoma High School, Magwegwe High School, Street Set and Townsend High School take part.
CHICKEN INN FC responded to their League title challenge which was fading away in the last few weeks with a crucial 2-1 away win at Champions FC Platinum on Saturday
The Game Cocks who had suffered back to back 1-0 defeats in weeks 4 and 5 of the league after an opening three match unbeaten run, this time changed the script after dismissing Ngezi 2-0 at Luveve stadium during the week.
Chicken Inn raced to a 2-0 lead with goals from Valentine Kandonzvo for his second of the season as well as defender Guide “MR G” Goddard, in what was his first of the season.
Albert Eonde got the consolation for FC Platinum, to be the top goal scorer at the club with five goals.
NGEZI PLATINUM STARS FC also returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Herentals at the Baobab Stadium. Ngezi scored through Bruno Mtigo, his 4th of the season and Ariel Makopa who picked his first of the season.
At Rufaro stadium former Warriors assistant coach Rahman Gumbo was left satisfied after his Tel One held Dynamos to a goalless draw at Rufaro stadium. It was the 28th goalless draw that the league had witnessed this season.
Bulawayo Chiefs 3-3 Caps United, FC Platinum 1-2 Chicken Inn, Dynamos 0-0 Tel One and Ngezi Platinum stars 2-0 Herentals.
Chapungu vs Triangle(Ascot), Manica Diamonds vs Hwange(Vengere), Highlanders vs Mushowani(BF),Black Rhinos vs Harare City(Rufaro)
Monday Yadah vs ZPC Hwange
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Bulawayo Chiefs 3-3 Caps United( Hugh Chikosa 2, 1P, Shadreck Nyahwa)(John Zhuwawo 2, Joel Ngodzo)
It was a SIX goal thriller, three from each side, Three in each half, two braces from each team, a penalty, three yellow cards but no red card as these teams arrived at Luveve stadium with Chiefs at the basement of the log while United were at the top of the log.
Bottom placed Chiefs took the lead after only eight minutes from the spot converted by Hugh Chikosa after Justine Jangano handled in the box.
United equalised in the 25th minute when Joel Ngodzo struck a beautiful free kick following a set up by Hardlife Zvirekwi, it was his 9th goal of the season. The free kick came as a result of a foul on Newman Sianchali by Isaac Badu just outside the box.
Chiefs then took a 2-1 lead at the break when Shadreck Nyahwa received a long pass through the middle and spotted the Caps United goal keeper Prosper Chigumba off his line trying to narrow the angle and Nyahwa simple lobbed the ball over Chigumba.
John Zhuwawo equalised for Caps United after 59 minutes with a powerful header from a Zvirekwi cross on the right.
Amakhosi Amahle restored their lead two minutes later as Chikosa got his brace with a sharp shot in the box after a through pass from Arthur Musiyiwa. Musiyiwa had capitalised on a poor clearance by Jangano who seemed to be jittery with his clearances all afternoon. It was Chikosa’s third of the season since joining Chiefs at mid-season.
Makepekepe will however not give up and had to thank Zhuwawo who finished well in the box as he met a through ball after 20 minutes as he reached eight goals this season.
Both teams could have won it towards the end as Chikosa denied himself a hat trick shooting over the bar with Chigumba to beat in the 82nd minute.
Zvirekwi who was outstanding saw his beautiful effort going wide with Chiefs Keeper David Bizani on the wrong side of the action as the clock hit 90 minutes, two minutes later Sinachali blasted over the bar in a crowded box.
Thulani Sibanda – Bulawayo Chiefs “ We could have wrapped all three points, In terms of application and passing the ball around we were better than them and never respected Caps United, we can still survive relegation as two wins will see us getting closer to team that is placed 11th on the log”.
Darlington Dodo- Caps United “ It was a good game but we gave away two points with the way we defended, we were porous, we were good on the attack and need to improve our defence and the way we conceded was not good for a big institution like Caps United”.
Bulawayo Chiefs David Bizani, Sikhumbulani Dube, Brendon Mpofu Yellow, Malvin Mkolo Capt, Isaac Badu(Francis Astu), Lucky Ndlela Yellow, Shadreck Nyahwa, Arthur Musiyiwa, Desire Shumbanhete(Sherpard Mhlanga), Hugh Chikosa(Hussein Zvakavapano) and Farau Matare.
Caps United Prosper Chigumba,Hardlife Zwirekw Capt, Valentine Musarurwa, Method Mwanjali, Justine Jangano, Blessing Sarupinda(Kudzai Nyamupfukudza), Joel Ngodzo, Clive Rupiya Yellow (Ronald Chitiyo), Phineas Bhamusi(Dominic Chungwa), Newman Sianchali and John Zhuwawo.
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.