By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Chicken Inn 4-1 Herentals (Tichaona Chipunza 24’, Brett Amidu 38’, 52’, Innocent Muchaneka 63’) (Jaun Mutudza 90+1)
Chicken Inn went top of the log with a clinical performance that was spoilt by conceding a late goal as they powered to a good win despite missing the suspended duo of striker Obriel Chirinda and defender Xolani Ndlovu as well as the injured captain Moses Jackson.
Yet it was the students who had settled well in the opening 20 minutes with the best chance for them falling on Tinotenda Benza who hesitated to shot in the box and instead passed the ball to Wilmore Chimbetu, whose grounder was blocked for a corner with the match 7 minutes old.
Chicken Inn then responded with a speculative long range effort taken wide on the left flank by Tichaona Chipunza which went into the nets as a badly positioned Simbarashe Gondo, the Herentals goalkeeper could not do anything to stop the ball, as Chipunza picked his first of the season after 24 minutes.
The Game cocks took a 2-0 lead at the break when defender Carlos Mavhurume failed to clear the ball and Brett Amidu made no mistake with a sharp shot in the box after 38 minutes.
Amidu then scored his second brace of the season utilising a brilliant pass from the outstanding George Majika, to easily finish in the box as he reached six goals this season in the 52nd minute.
Innocent Muchaneka made it 4-0 with a powerful shot outside the box for his third goal of the season after receiving a cross from Valentine Kandonzvo in what was pure exhibition stuff from Chicken Inn as they exchanged a number of passes on the left with new left back Nyasha Gurende delivering the final pass that released Kandonzvo in the 63rd minute.
Poor concentration at the back allowed Jaun Mutudza to finish well in a crowded box in the first minute of stoppage time denying Donovan Bernard the Game Cocks goalkeeper a clean sheet on his return into the starting team. It was Mutudza’s fourth goal of the season.
Chicken Inn Donovan Bernard, Passmore Bernard(Ben Nyahunzvi), Nyasha Gurunde, Guide Goddard, Liberty Chakoroma, Tichaona Chipunza, Valentine Kandonzvo, Brett Amidu, Geroge Majika(Nicole Mutatiwa), Innocent Muchaneka and Sipho Ndlovu(Clemence Matawu).
Herentals Simbarashe Gondo, Gibson Chinobva, Peter Chota, Carlos Mavhurume, Brighton Majarija, Richard Hachiro, William Kapumha(Archmore Majarira), Jaun Mutudza Wilmore Chimbetu, Tinotenda Benza(Kelvin Bingala), Innocent Benza(Salif Cheya).
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.
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.
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
Talented but controversial Highlanders FC midfielder Denzel Khumalo was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning after he was involved in a car accident.
Although the details of his arrest are still sketchy MYSPORTS can confirm that Khumalo was in police custody at the time of filing this story.
MYSPORTS understands that Khumalo was driving a BMW and crushed onto a Honda Fit in the City center before escaping from the accident scene with his passenger.
Earlier in the week the midfielder fought with Bosso team manager Vezigama Dlodlo at training over the payment of his training allowances.
Former Technical Manager Madinda Ndlovu had stopped using Khumalo in his set up owing to his poor disciplinary record which saw him disappear from the squad until his recent return to the team when Madinda left the club for Botswana.
MYSPORTS also understands that Khumalo will appear in court on Monday. He has made just three appearances this season for Bosso and all of them as a substitute against Herentals, Chapungu and Black Rhinos.
Khumalo was not part of the Bosso squad that travelled to the capital to face Caps United this afternoon in a PSL match.
He joined Highlanders from Bantu Rovers in a swap deal with striker McCarthy Dube in 2017 but spent most of his time in the Bosso 90 team until Madinda promoted him into the first team halfway through the 2018 season. Khumalo played his junior football in the Mpopoma high density suburb with Ajax.
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Chicken Inn 1-1 Yadah (Brett Amidu) (Ralph Matema)
Chicken Inn started life without striker Clive Augusto as they dropped two valuable points in this Castle Larger Premier Soccer League match on Saturday.
Head coach Joey Antipas admitted that it was not easy playing without Augusto while confirming that the current PSL top goal scorer had moved to South Africa to join Maritzburg United in a secretly kept deal.
The Gamecocks took the lead through a header by Brett Amidu to connect a lovely cross from the left by Xolani Ndlovu after 21 minutes; it was his fourth goal for this year.
Yadah had a better second half and equalized with a fine strike from veteran forward Ralph Matema after 48 minutes, it was also his fourth goal of the season.
Chicken Inn had two chances towards the end as substitute Innocent Muchaneka saw his grounder collected by the goalkeeper Isaiah Ali in the 81st minute, while two minutes later Guide Goddard had his powerful header again collected by the alert Ali.
In other Saturday fixtures Chapungu beat Black Rhinos 2-1 away from home with goals from Maxwell Mavuto and Brighton Mungoni while Moses Demera got his 7th goal of the season for Rhinos.
Harare City continued to struggle losing out at home to Manica Diamonds 1-2. City had taken the lead through Wilfred Muvirimi but Manica hit back with goals from Last Jesi and Stanley Ngala.
Tel one was held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Bulawayo Chiefs at Ascot stadium in Gweru. Tel One scored through Jacob Muzokumba and David Temwanjira (Penalty) while Hughe Chikozo and Authur Musiiwa(Penalty) got the goals for Chiefs.
Herentals vs ZPC Kariba, Caps United vs Highlanders, Hwange vs Dynamos, Triangle vs FC Platinum and Mushowani vs Ngezi Platinum Stars.
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.