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.
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, 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 Mandlenkosi Ncube
@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo
BULAWAYO CITY 3
Bulawayo City got back to winning ways with a comfortable win against fifth placed Makomo in a ZIFA Southern Region Division One match played on Friday.
Straight from their first defeat of the season against the same opposition in the last round of fixtures barely a month ago, the winter break seemed to be just what the doctor had ordered for City.
City looked a team rejuvenated and with ten minutes on the clock, City’s new acquisition on his debut Darryl Nyandoro announced himself with a clinical header to give City the lead.
Five minutes later, Darryl netted his second of the game this time out witting Makomo’s backline with his clever movement before unleashing a powerful left footed shot that gave the goalkeeper no chance.
With City on the driving seat, Makomo needed to dig deep to find an equalizer but with little creativity in the middle of the park they went to the break still chasing the game.
The second half began with Bulawayo City pressing for a third goal to bury the game and in the 50th minute Nyandoro almost got his hat trick but was denied by the goalkeeper’s excellent save.
The hosts put the game beyond reach with yet another debutant Gerald Ngulube finding the back of the net in the 52nd minute getting to the end of a Christopher Samakweri delivery from a free kick.
Moments later Makomo thought they had pulled one back but the referee blew for a push against a Bulawayo City defender inside the box.
Matters reached boiling point for the visitors as Makomo head coach Tapela Ngwenya was given his marching orders with 13 minutes left to play for protesting a decision.
The visitor’s misery was extended when substitute Makhosi Ncube’s penalty kick right at the death came off the upright summing up Makomo’s bad day in office.
After the match Bulawayo City assistant coach Golding Dube was pleased with his team’s mentality in the game
“We came to play this game with the mindset of knowing the opponent we were facing as we recently played against them, the mentality was to come and win and nothing else and also not to concede”, said Golding Dube.
Makomo head coach Tapela Ngwenya cut a hugely frustrated figure at fulltime had a few words to say.
“Congratulations to BCC, they came with a game plan and it worked and it was unfortunately not our day”, said Ngwenya
In the other matches log leaders Talen Vision beat Arenel 2-1 at Gifford High School. Casmyn beat Indlovu Iyanyathela 1-0 at Turk Mine. ZPC Hwange won 1-0 away at Mosi Rovers while Toronto and Bosso 90 played to a 1-1 draw at Crescent Sports Club.
Bulawayo City 3-0 Makomo
Toronto 1-1 Bosso 90
Casmyn 1-0 Inddlovu Iyanyathela
Talen Vision 2-1 Arenel
Mosi Rovers 0-1 ZPC Hwange
By Mandlenkosi Ncube
The ZIFA Southern Region Division One League’s break ended with the action resuming on Friday.
The first half of the season saw CIWU surprise many and in the process earned themselves the league’s dark horse tag.
As CIWU focus on the second half of the season, head Coach Kudzi Mhandire has heaped praise on his team’s performances in the first half.
“As a team I think we’ve done very well this far looking at where the team is sitting on the log and the points difference with those that are above us, I think we have actually surpassed expectations from our supporters, our executive and even us as the technical team”, said Mhandire.
With all the attention that CIWU has been getting for their performance, Mhandire is however wary of what lies ahead for his team in the second half of the season.
“Being labelled the Southern Region Division One dark horses puts pressure on us as a team, there is also so much attention from whoever we play against as teams now prepare for us and know that meeting us is not going to be easy and now every match we play is like a Cup final where nobody wants to lose to us”, said Mhandire.
In anticipation of a tougher second half of the campaign, CIWU have looked to the transfer window to bolster their squad managing to capture three new acquisitions.
CIWU enjoyed an extra week without league action as they were on a bye as the league returned. That wouldn’t mean they will relax as their next match will be a stern test against city neighbors Bulawayo City, a team Mhandire feels they gave too much respect in their corresponding fixture earlier in the season.
“This time around it’s going to be an open match, we are going to try and grind a result out of that match, Mhandire said.
CIWU lost defender Authur Ndlovu who joined PSL side Bulawayo Chiefs. Tambudzai Ngulube excused himself while Agrippa Peperere returned to the Central Division One league.
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
@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
Welcome to this weeks’ Mysports show where this week we take a look at the COPA COCA COLA with COCA COLA donating textbooks to four time winners of the tournament Mzilikazi High, we talk to former head at the time Cutberth Chiromo and former student who played at the COPA and was a top goal scorer at one of the finals they won.
We also have the Southern Region Netball results alongside the Division One Football ZIFA Southern Region Results where Hwange are two points clear of Tsholotsho.
Lastly the PSL takes a two week break and ahead of the break FC Platinum are 6 points clear of sister club Ngezi Platinum Stars on top of the log. ZPC Kariba continued with their recovery form after beating Bulawayo Chiefs 0-2. Their coach Godfrey Tamirepi says they will need a striker in the second half of the season.
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Mysports show this week takes a look at the Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa. We look at the reactions to week 15 of the castle larger Premier Soccer League. Manuel Mpofu talks to us on the first Old Mutual Nkulumane Half Marathon. We also have the southern region netball results. Listen and enjoy!!!