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
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.
Triangle United 5-1 Nichrut
Triangle United who are having a decent season under the guidance of Taurai Mangwiro reached the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup for the first time with this convincing victory over new comers Nichrut at Gibbo stadium on Sunday.
The “Sugar Sugar” boys who did not score in the first round and had to knock Shabanie Mine out of the competition in a penalty shoot-out took a 2-0 lead at the break with goals from Ralph Kawondera in the 21st minute and Collins Dhuwa after 35 minutes.
Washington Pakamisa pulled one back for the visitors six minutes into the second half as they gave themselves hope in this match after a second match on the road in this cup.
Triangle were however the more dominant team and added three more goals as Kawondera completed his brace in the 57th minute.
Russell Madamombe picked his second goal of the Chibuku Super Cup since 2014, while former Hwange striker Delic Murimba scored the 5th goal in the 89th minute.
Dynamos 1-1 Herentals (Dynamos won 5-4 on Penalties)
DYNAMOS advanced to the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup for the second time since the return of the cup in 2014 with a 5-4 penalty shoot out victory over Herentals at Rufaro stadium on Sunday.
Quality Kangadze put Dynamos ahead in the 24th minute. Blessing Majarira equalised from the spot in the 31st minute after Jimmy Tigere hacked him down in the box.
On Saturday Harare City beat Highlanders 2-0 to make it to their 5th Chibuku Super Cup semi-final out of the five since 2014.
Wilfred Muvirimi and William Manondo scored for city as Manondo reached 13 goals in this tournament since 2014.
Caps united played to a goalless draw with Chapungu, but advanced to their first semi-final after a 5-4 win on penalties.
The tournament is now 20 goals shy of the 200 mark since it returned in 2014.
Semi Finalist for 28 October;
Harare City- 5th semi-final place
Dynamos- 2nd semi-final place
Triangle – 1st semi-final place
Caps united- 1st semi-final place
Harare City 2-0 Highlanders( Wilfred Muvirimi, William Manondo)
Caps 0-0 Chapungu( Caps won 5-4 on penalties)
Today, @ Half Time
Dynamos 1-1Herentals( Quality Kangadze 24′)(Blessing Maunganidze 31′ P)
Triangle 2-0 Nichrut(Ralph Kawondera 21′, Collins Dhuwa 35′)
What the goals mean,
Harare City reach their 5th Chibuku Super Cup semi final since 2014.
Caps United reach their 1st Chibuku Super Cup semi Final since 2014.
Both Qaulity and Blessing with their first Chibuku Super Cup goals.
Ralph Kawondera with his first Chibuku Super Cup goal, the first for Dhuwa as well as the total Chibuku Super goals reach 176 since 2014.
51 min Washington Pakamisa pulled one back for Nichrut to make it Triangle 2-1 Nichrut.
57 min Kawondera with a brace as his header makes it Triangle 3-1.
73 min Russell madamombe makes it 4-1, his second Chibuku cup goal since the return of the cup in 2014.
89 min Aggripa Murimba makes it 5-1 for Triangle.
FT Traingle 5-1 Nichrut( Ralph Kawondera 2, Collins Dhuwa, Russell Madamombe and Agrippa Murimba)
FT Dynamos 1-1 Herentals( Quality Kangadze)( Blessing Maunganidze P)- Now on Penalty shoot outs.
Ngezi Platinum Stars 1-1 Herentals (Herentals won 4-3 on penalties)
NGEZI PLATINUM STARS is out of the Chibuku Super Cup after falling to Herentals at the Baobab Stadium in a post-match penalty shoot-out.
Ngezi took the lead through Donald Teguru in the early stages of the match. The students then equalized from the penalty spot through Richard Hachiro after Keith Murera handled in the box.
Herentals eventually won the tie 4-3 on penalties to boot out the Chibuku Super Cup 2016 Champions.
Dynamos 1-0 Bulawayo Chiefs
Tawanda Macheke scored the only goal in this match as Dynamos beat Bulawayo Chiefs to advance to the next round of the Chibuku Super Cup.
In the other first round ties of the Chibuku Super Cup, Nichrut shocked Black Rhinos winning 2-1 away from home to advance to the next stage.
On Friday Chibuku Super Cup specialist Harare City edged Bulawayo City 1-0 through a goal by William Manondo as he continues to shine in this tournament.
Sunday Chibuku Super Cup Fixtures
Highlanders vs Yadah (BF); Caps United vs ZPC Kariba (NSS) and Triangle United vs Shabanie Mine (Gibbo)
By Collen Nikisi
@ Mandava Stadium, Zvishavane.
FC Platinum 2-2 Chapungu
(Chapungu won 5-4 on penalties)
Fc Platinum ambitions of a comprehensive sweep of the two major trophies on offer this season suffered a setback at Mandava stadium on Saturday after they lost again at the first hurdle in the Chibuku super cup.
It takes just four matches to win the Chibuku super cup and a handsome purse and so is a trophy much coveted by coaches and players in the realization that there are not many easier ways to garner a winner’s medal.
The reigning league champions chose to rest Gift Bello and Winston Mhango as coach Norman Mapeza made 6 changes to his first eleven. Regardless of the changes Pure Platinum depth and tremendous quality meant they started off as favorites but blew their chances in front of their home fans.
A post-match penalty shootout defeat to Gweru based Chapungu in the first round was the second year in a row Pure Platinum had been eliminated at the first hurdle by the same opposition.
The home side were quick off the blocks taking the game to the opponent but a combination of poor decision making and inspired defending denied the hosts an early lead.
However it was the visitors who scored first, Raphael Manuvire piercing pass through the middle had the Fc Platinum center backs back peddling with Kelvin Moyo slipping and in the process allowing Osborne Mukuradare to slot it past Francis Tizai.
A goal down the hosts started panicking and with Raphael Manuvire at his creative best it looked like a case of just when Chapungu would score another.
Parity would be restored in the 23rd minute with Kelvin Moyo compensating for his mistake in the build up to the Chapungu opener. Never Tigere deep searching corner found Moyo unmarked on the blind side and he easily converted home.
The goal sprung the home side into life as they started to play with more purpose and conviction.
When the half time whistle blew sadly Fc Platinum had nothing to show for their dominance except for the most number of corner kicks.
For the away side in the last 25 minutes of the half things went horribly wrong from being pegged deep in their half and having to defend for dear to the sending off- of coach Rodwell Dhlakama
After the breather the hosts continued from where they had left with Never Tigere and Edwin Madhananga coming close.
The wait was over before the hour mark as the ageless Mkhokheli Dube finished off a beautiful cross from the left by Rahman Kutsanzira.
It could have been three but Mkhokheli fluffed his lines 5 minutes later. Chapungu would make the home side pay when Eddie Muzanenhamo expertly rifled home a scorcher on the turn. A beautiful goal worth winning any contest and one of the best goals scored at Mandava.
Immediately after Madhananga missed a glorious chance to restore Fc Platinum lead. With the goalkeeper Talbert Shumba rushing off his line some 25 meters, Madhananga was first to the ball but he lacked the presence of the mind to glide it past Shumba.
A golden chance blown and a magnificent chance that Fc Platinum would regret. Thereafter a couple of long range free kicks by Madhananga and Tigere could not propel the visitors to victory.
Even for the away side the throwing in of Philip Marufu still could not salvage a Waru Waru win in regulation time but the experience would show in the dreaded penalty shoot-out as he blasted home the decisive and winning penalty.
In the penalty shootouts William Sitima, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Never Tigere and Kelvin Moyo converted theirs but Madhananga had his effort saved.
The Airmen’s Blessed Mbavarira, Muzanenhamo, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Xolisani Ncube and Philip Marufu al converted.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo
Highlanders 3-0 Dynamos (Tafadzwa Sibanda, Gabriel Nyoni and Newman Sianchali)
HIGHLANDERS recorded their fourth double over Dynamos since the year 2000 with a comprehensive performance before a full house at Babourfields stadium in Bulawayo.
Tafadzwa Sibanda playing in only his fourth match for Highlanders and in his third start in Bosso colours gave the hosts the lead with a flashing header in the 15th minute from a Nigel Makumbe corner kick, for his first goal of the season in the PSL.
Four minutes later Kudakwashe kumwala should have equalised when he found space in the box but failed to pick his spot placing his effort wide.
Peace Makaha then forced a brilliant save from Ariel Sibanda with a fantastic left shoot that Ariel did well to push for a corner kick.
Midway through the first half Sibanda could have picked a brace but his intelligent left footer in the box was parried for a corner by the impressive Dynamos goalkeeper Simbarashe Chinani.
Both teams tried to look for openings in the second half but it was not until seven minutes from time that Adrian Silla who produced another solid performance in midfield sent in a good corner kick that was headed home by Gabriel Nyoni for his 5th goal of the season.
With Dynamos on the attack they were caught on the counter in stoppage time as Nyoni with a good performance on his birthday finding substitute Newman Sianchali who came with a rising shoot that settled at the roof of the net and Bosso had wrapped the points and the double.
Madinda Ndlovu the Highlanders coach said “It’s one of those days when my players came to the party and its credit to them, we continued from the good second half against Ngezi and we strengthened our defence by introducing Tendai Ndlovu at the back, we had nothing to lose and had two young stars in midfield who did well in Denzel Khumalo and Brian Banda”.
Joseph Tangaringofa said “We were our own waste enemies and failed to defend the corner kicks twice, we are all disappointed with the defeat”, was the reaction of Dynamos stand in Coach Tangaringofa.
Highlanders Ariel Sibanda, MacClive Phiri, Mbongeni Ndlovu, Peter Mudhuwa, Tendai Ndlovu, Adrian Silla, Denzel Khumalo, Brian Banda, Nigel Makumbe, Gabriel Nyoni and Tafadzwa Sibanda.
Dynamos Simbarashe Chinani, Peace Makaha, Ocean Mushure, Jimmy Tigere, Phakamani Dube, Blessing Moyo, Gift Saunyama, Kudakwashe Kumwala, Denvar Mukamba and Quality Kangadze.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
HIGHLANDERS will be aiming for their fourth double over Dynamos since the year 2000, when the two giants clash in this Zimbabwe’s flagship clash in the Premier Soccer League at Babourfields stadium in Bulawayo. KICK OFF is at 3PM.
Highlanders won the first encounter 1-0 in the capital giving them a unique chance to emulate the only other three years 2004, 2006 and 2016 in which they completed doubles over Dynamos since the year 2000.
The 2004 double saw Bosso win 2-1 at BF through a Tapiwa Kapini penalty and Zambian Charles Chilfya penalty. In Harare a Ralph Matema Strike secured the double in a 1-0 victory for Highlanders. The 2006 double marked the last time Bosso picked a league title.
Dynamos are already on four doubles over Highlanders since that year, doing so in 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2014. The 2009 double included a 4-0 victory with a hat trick for Cuthbert Malajila and one strike from Philip Marufu for the glamour boys.
The Harare giants are the favourites to wrap all three points at Emagumeni. In 37 league meetings since the year 2000 Dynamos has won 15, Highlanders 8 with the other 14 matches ending in draws.
In the last 18 matches played at BF Dembare has won 8, Bosso 3 and the other 7 ended in draws, In their last 8 victories over Dembare since the year 2000, 5 have come from Harare for Bosso.
Current form also favours Dembare, with the boys in Blue unbeaten in their last three matches, they actual sit on one defeat in their last five matches with two wins and two draws for the other four matches.
Bosso is without a win in their last three matches, losing consecutive matches to Chicken Inn and Ngezi Platinum stars and drawing with Nichrut. Before that they had beaten Triangle and Herentals.
Dynamos is however without a league win in open play over Highlanders in their last 6 matches, save for the awarded match which was abandoned last year at BF following the controversial Epoupa goal and it’s something that might motivate Highlanders.
In their defeat to Ngezi last Sunday Highlanders started with Ariel, McClive, Mbongeni, Charlton, Peter, Adrian, Danzel, Brian, Nigel, Gabriel and Tafadzwa. Tafadzwa Sibanda has been impressive since coming as a substitute against Nichrut although he is yet to score. He is a doubt to start as he carries an injury and Adrian Silla alongside the speedy NUST marketing graduate Gabriel Nyoni remain the key players for Highlanders. Nyoni is the top goal scorer at the club with four goals and Silla is on three goals but has had an outstanding season in midfield.
Dembare will still miss Bulawayo born central defender Marshall Machanzane who completes his two match suspension after picking a red card in their goalless draw with Yadah. In their 2-1 victory over Bulawayo City last Saturday at the same venue they started with Simbarashe Chinani, Peace Makaha, Ocean Mushure, Phakamani Dube, Jimmy Tigere, James Marufu,Gift Saunyama, Marveleous Mukumba, Denvar Mukamba, Kudakwashe Kumwala, Quality Kangadzi. Chinani with important saves of late as well as captain Mushure remain the key players to deliver for Dynamos. Kangadzi is the top goal scorer at the club with 6 goals. The cheapest ticket is going for $ 5.00
By Collin Nikisi
@ Mandava Stadium, Zvishavane.
FC Platinum easily defeated Bulawayo Chiefs 3-1 in an entertaining clash at Mandava Stadium, with Cameroon import Albert Eonde banging a brace.
Pure Platinum play have opened up a four point lead at the top of the standings but second placed Ngezi Platinum Stars have a chance to reduce the deficit to just a single point in the event they win against Mutare City Rovers on Sunday.
The defending champions started the stronger of the two teams and created a host of good chances in the opening 30 minutes but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping denied them an early lead.
The hosts kept on probing and in the 35th minute the Mandava Bay housing the home fans stood up to celebrate a well struck volley from the edge of the box which grazed the underside of the bar and bobbled out much to the dismay of many.
Against the run of play Amakhosi Amahle would finally crack. Chiefs Defenders failed to clear their line from a cross and Kelvin Moyo sweetly struck it from the edge of the box in the 42nd minute.
The goal took away the pressure and frustration which was slowly creeping into the Fc Platinum play and the manner the players and coaching staff celebrated the goal summed it all.
The second stanza got off to a frenetic pace as Chiefs opened up in search of an equalizer.
And the big Cameronian Albert Eonde would make them pay as he got off to the end of a lively Rahman Kutsanzira pass in the box, shrugged off the defenders and then turned and came with a shot that gave the hosts an insurance goal.
Kutsanzira who had a good day in office would again turn provider lifting the ball over the Chiefs defence and Eonde poking it past the Chiefs goalkeeper.
With a three goal cushion somehow the hosts lost their way and were very casual in possession and cheaply gave it away.
With 10 minutes remaining Gift Bello perfectly presented Perfect Chikwende with ball and he made no mistake to give his side a glimmer of hope.
However the hosts stood firm and kept possession very well in the last few minutes to grab the maximum points.
Fc Platinum coach Norman Mapeza felt his side could have scored more and was disappointed that they let in a soft goal.
Overall we were in control and the boys did well. But I am disappointed with the goal we conceded and allowed them back into the game”, said Mapeza.
His opposite counterpart Gartly Chipuka bemoaned the lack of understanding in their central defence.
“The youngsters gave their best and matched the hosts but look we have a new central partnership in defence and the combination is not there yet and the goals we let in confirms it”, said Chipuka.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
THE CASTLE LARGER PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE reached 400 goals during the mid-week fixtures.
MYSPORTS credited the 400th goal to Shabanie Mine striker Nigel Papius as his side was thumped 5-1 at the Baobab stadium by Ngezi Platinum stars last Wednesday.
Papius who is on loan from FC Platinum has scored four goals since his move in the second half of the season. He scored the 400th goal of the season from the spot, in what was the 30th goal to be scored from the spot this season.
The four goals he has scored so far include a brace he picked against Dynamos at Maglas Stadium. 19 braces have been scored this season including the one struck by Albert Eonde of FC Platinum in their 3-1 victory over Bulawayo Chiefs on Saturday.
Former Shabanie striker David Temwnjira has picked two braces, one against Dynamos while at Shabanie and the other at his new club ZPC Kariba against Yadah.
The 100th goal was scored by Highlanders forward Gabriel Nyoni in their 2-2 draw with Chicken Inn at Babourfields stadium.
Vengere stadium in Rusape witnessed the 200th goal the season from Blessing Maunganidze as Herentals equalised from the penalty spot.
Herentals were again involved in the 300th goal of the season as teenager Tinotenda Benza’s goal against Ngezi Platinum Stars saw the new comers shock the platinum miners 1-0 at the National Sports stadium in Harare.
MYSPORTS awaits the 500th goal of the season as the league now sits on 413 goals ahead of the Sunday fixtures.
In other stats ahead of the four PSL matches to be played on Sunday;
2 Only two players have reached double figures in the scorers charts namely David Temwanjira on 11 goals and Lameck Nhamo of Triangle on 10 goals.
3 The league has witnessed just three hat tricks from Simba Nhivi while he was at Caps United, Collin Dhuwa from Triangle and Obriel Chirinda of Chicken Inn.
6 The league witnessed its sixth own goal of the season as Carlos Mavhurume of Herentals scored into his own net in their 1-1 draw with Chapungu on Saturday.
11 Harare city sits on most draws in the league with 11 draws.
16 The most defeats go to Bulawayo City, while FC Platinum and Chicken Inn are on least defeats with three.
17 FC Platinum has the most wins on 17, while the least wins are with Mutare City on two.
19 With a few hat tricks recorded, 18 players have scored the 19 braces, with David Temwanjira who is the leading scorer with 11 goals, managing two braces.
24 It is number of red carded players so far in the league with Bulawayo City and Ngezi Platinum Stars having the most(4 red cards each). Only Bulawayo Chiefs, Chicken Inn, Yadah, FC Platinum, Triangle and Black Rhinos are the teams yet to have a player red carded.
25 A total of 25 matches has ended goalless, with Caps united involved in most of those(7), while the two cities Bulawayo and Mutare are yet to be involved in a goalless match.
31 Adrian Silla scored the 31st goal of the season from the spot. It was the first goal from the spot for Highlanders. Bulawayo Chiefs has scored the most from the spot (5), with Arthur Musiyiwa doing so three times. Bulawayo City, Chicken Inn, Mutare City, ZPC Kariba, Nichrut and Black Rhinos are the teams yet to score from the spot this season.
41 It is the most goals by any team so far and Ngezi Platinum have managed this fate.
47 It the most goals conceded by a single team in the league and it goes to Shabanie. FC platinum has conceded the least (10).
FC Platinum 3-1 Bulawayo Chiefs (Kelvin Moyo, Albert Eonde 2) (Perfect Chikwende)
Herentals 1-1 Chapungu (Innocent Benza) (OG Carlos Mavhurume)
Mutare City vs Ngezi Platinum Stars
Nichrut vs Yadah
Chicken Inn vs ZPC Kariba
Triangle vs Bulawayo City