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KUTSANZIRA COULD BE OUT FOR 6 MONTHS

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

Sunday

Binga Pirates vs Moto Moto (Binga) 3pm

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MAPEZA INSPIRES MANGWIRO

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.

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HIGHLANDERS’ DENZEL KHUMALO ARRESTED

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.

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AUGUSTOLESS CHICKEN INN DROPS MORE POINTS

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.

Sunday Fixtures

Herentals vs ZPC Kariba, Caps United vs Highlanders, Hwange vs Dynamos, Triangle vs FC Platinum and Mushowani vs Ngezi Platinum Stars.

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MIGHTY WARRIORS GET TRANSPORT MONEY AFTER A DECENT COSAFA RUN

By Busiswa Sobani

The Mighty Warriors were back to their usual song, no payment after a tournament. Many a times they give their all, equal effort or even more than their male counterparts but at the end the output is just sweat gone for a song as they just get crumbs.

The Zimbabwe women’s football team experienced this after their recent decent run in the COSAFA tournament in South Africa. Both the senior and the U20 teams did well to finish in the top four  which was good for teams that had less than a week to prepare for the tournament.

On their return the players and the coaches were given transport money enough to take them home and advised that their bonuses will be paid once ZIFA secure funds, without any date of payment indication. For those based in Harare they were paid $15 RTGS, enough perhaps for three to five trips in a kombi within the capital and at least 30 trips in a ZUPCO bus.

This could be an indication of how sport and in particular football disfavors women compared to men as the world over highest paid sports persons are male.

The Gems, the national Netball team did well at their first world cup and had the world talking about them but it just went as far as that with not much to change their social standing through financial rewards.

A former senior player with the Zimbabwe Netball National team who requested anonymity says after all her efforts and training nothing was given to her as reward forcing her to resign from the sport. “I trained day and night, but never got the chance to go and play outside the country and I ended up leaving as all my efforts were in vain”, she told Mysports.

Most women who spoke to Mysports lamented the unfair treatment of the mighty warriors and called for government’s intervention in catering for women in sports.

Despite the challenges most women continue to play their part in sport with both the U20 and senior national teams seeing former mighty warriors players Rosemary Mugadza and Sithethelelwe Sibanda in charge as coaches. Both are holders of CAF A coaching licenses.

Maybe it’s high time the women’s football leadership raises its own funds and not rely on ZIFA. One way of securing the funds can be to try and target companies within Zimbabwe which are run by fellow women as a starting point, perhaps, just perhaps they might listen to their cries and avoid travelling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg by road.

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Bulawayo City Overcome CIWU

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.

It was a “war”

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 crude tackle.

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.

Zephania Ngodzo screams after witnessing Kutsanzira’s broken leg.

A BCC bakkie ferries Innocent Kutsanzira to the hospital.

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.

Saturday Fixtures

Casmyn vs Toronto, Indlovu vs Bosso 90, ZPC Hwange vs Talen Vision, Moto Moto vs Mainline, Mosi vs Arenel.
Makomo on bye.

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TAVARISWA SHINES AS TRIANGLE HIT FIVE

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.

Triangle 5-0 Rukinzo

(Allan Tavariswa 8’, 36’, Ralph Kawondera 44’, Timothy January 55’ and Nyasha Chintuli 90’+)

Triangle United coach Taurai Mangwiro was left satisfied after his team capped a five star performance with five goals without conceding in the first leg of this preliminary round of the CAF Confederations cup before a small but appreciative crowd.

Triangle Utd Coach Taurai Mangwiro in grey suit and his Tech Team.

“ We were confident as a team coming into this match, we wanted to score goals without conceding, we are happy but I wouldn’t say we expected to score the five goals, our target was four but we managed to better it by one”, Mangwiro reacted to the big victory.

New signing Allan Tavariswa scored a brace in the 8th minute and 36th minute. The first meeting a Timothy January low cross into the box before turning around the goalkeeper and slotting the ball into an empty net. The second one was a beautiful long range which remained in mid-air before settling into the nets.

Allan Tavariswa rounds off the goalkeeper to score the first goal.

Ralph Kawondera then came with a powerful header, a minute from the half time break meeting a delicious cross from winger Gerald Bero who had done well to beat a defender on the right and got into the box before delivering the perfect cross for the Sugar Sugar boys to take a comfortable 3-0 lead at the break.

The Burundi side started the second half strongly in the hope of pulling one back but it was the outstanding January who found the target with a sharp grounder that went between the legs of the goalkeeper in the 55th minute, while a rising Bero effort had crushed against the cross bar a minute before January found the target.

Substitute Nyasha Chintuli, who was on target at this venue in Triangle’s 1-0 win over Highlanders in week 4 of the PSL registered yet another goal at the iconic venue meeting a cross from another substitute Delic Murimba in stoppage time.

Rukinzo coach Ramadhani Maulidini believes it’s going to be difficult for his team in the second leg but says they will fight on.

“This is a new team that came from the lower league, any team comes into a match to win, unfortunately we found a strong team and we still learning and will still fight in the second leg”, said Maulidini.

Triangle Ronald Mudimu, Obey Mwerahari, Arnold Chiveya, Donald Dzvinyai, Kudzai Chigwida, Travor Mavunga, Gerald Bero(Russell Madamombe), Timothy January(Delic Murimba), Ralph Kawondera, Collins Dhuwa and Allan Tavariswa( Nyasha Chintuli).

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BULAWAYO CITY RETURNS TO WINNING WAYS AS TALEN VISION MAINTAIN UNBEATEN RUN

By Mandlenkosi Ncube

@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo

BULAWAYO CITY     3

MAKOMO                 0

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.

Results

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

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CIWU READY FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON

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.

 

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PRINCE DUBE SHINES AS THE WARRIORS ADVANCE

By Mandlenkosi Ncube

@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe 3-1 Mauritius

Zimbabwe won 7-1 on Aggregate

THE ZIMBABWE Warriors sealed progression into the next round of the CHAN 2020 qualifiers with a comfortable win over Mauritius on Sunday.

Having won the first leg 4-0 in Mauritius, the Warriors were under no pressure heading into the encounter.

Mauritius began the strongest taking a shock lead with the match three minutes old when Jean Yannick Aristide powerful shot beat Ariel Sibanda in the near post after a blunder on the left by Captain Partson Jaure.

The goal however seemed to galvanize the Warriors attack and it wasn’t long before Prince Dube restored parity with a fine low right footed strike that left the Mauritius goal minder rooted after 16 minutes.

The first half saw Prince Dube create a couple of chances which Zimbabwe wasted, while Mauritius sat back as the two teams settled for a 1-1 score line at the break.

Prince Dube took matters into his own hands again heading home a Xolani Ndlovu corner kick after 67 minutes.

Substitute Evans Katema missed an open net from a Leroy Mavunga cross following some nice work on the left side.

With his first two goals ranging from sublime and brilliant touches, the third goal came in far much more devastating fashion,  Dube who has just one goal for Highlanders this season raced almost the entire Mauritius half to coolly finish an individual goal that all but sealed the deal for the Warriors with the 90 minute mark just six minutes away.

Dube has now joined the likes of Shackman Tauro, Vitalis Takawira, Gilbert Mushabgazhike, Agent Sawu, Peter Ndlovu, Knowledge Musona and Knox Mutizwa to score hat tricks in national team colours.

Warriors caretaker coach Rahman Gumbo was content with his side’s performance.

“To be quite honest for the local based players it was a fair result, they are the future for the Zimbabwe national team and for Mauritius they are building a side which is good but this is a tournament and we have to look at a situation where we want to go as far as it’s possible”, said Gumbo

Mauritius assistant coach, Kersley Levrae was equally satisfied with his side’s display.

“Comparing to the first game that we played we conceded four goals, today we were able to at least score one and we tried to come out with the ball and most of you were able to see that these kids can play”, said  Levrae.

The warriors will now face Lesotho who won 3-0 in South Africa to advance 6-2 on aggregate. It will be the final round of qualifying for the Chan 2020 edition.

Starting 11

Zimbabwe Ariel Sibanda, Ian Nekati, Xolani Ndlovu, Partson Jaure, Peter Mudhuwa, Kelvin Madzongwe(Ralph Kawondera), Nqobizitha Masuku, Leeroy Mavhunga, Phineas Bhamusi(Clive Augusto), Never Tigere(Evans Katema) and Prince Dube.

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