By Muziwethu Hadebe
BULAWAYO CITY FC play for the first time this year at Babourfields stadium in their last match of the ZIFA Southern Region Division One League against Arenel, needing a point to secure the title and a quick return to the Premier Soccer League on Saturday.
City beat Arenel 5-0 in their last encounter on the opening day of the season with a brace from Thembani Masuku and single strikes from Trevor Ndlovu, Hugh Chikosa and Lucky Nyathi. They will arrive at BF hoping for a repeat of the opening day as a defeat coupled with a win for second placed Talen Vision will see the Gold and Black win the league on goal difference.
Vision had threatened not to fulfil their last away match to Makomo following their query on yellow carded Bulawayo City players namely Zephania Ngodzo, Innocent Kutsanzira, Benson Phiri, Physwell Madhazi and Dumo Lunga whom they claim played while sitting on three yellow cards.
ZIFA says they did a reverification exercise and the concerned players were indeed suspended.
Talen Vision however want to have access to the records in order to satisfy themselves.
Attempts by Vision to have the two matches postponed failed as ZIFA wrote to them indicating that the matches should go ahead as the issue of the yellow cards was an administrative issue which they have resolved.
Despite their earlier threats of not travelling to Hwange, Mysports can confirm that Vision arrived in the coal mining town ahead of their clash with fourth placed Makomo on Saturday.
In the other closing fixtures Casmyn will host Moto Moto, Toronto are at home to Binga Pirates, CIWU will host ZPC Hwange and Indlovu Iyanyathela welcome Mpopoma side Ajax.
Mysports takes a look at some of the figures in the 2019 ZIFA Southern Region Division One League ahead of the last round of fixtures;
12 Hat tricks
56 Drawn matches
31 Goalless draws
5 Own goals
By Muziwethu Hadebe
Local soccer fans will be hoping for an exciting Chibuku Super Cup weekend after a largely controversial last Wednesday’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
The Wednesday PSL matches saw Caps United dispute a penalty awarded to Chicken Inn by Bulawayo referee Happy Mabhena. The penalty was later converted by right back Passmore Bernard for the Game Cocks to complete a double over Makepekepe with the 1-0 win.
The dispute spilled into the terraces with united fans throwing missiles onto the pitch. The violent scenes were amplified after the match as some of the united fans man handled Mabhena as he made the long walk to the dressing rooms.
At Rufaro stadium Dynamos fans also caused a stoppage and were left singing “ Why don’t you just give FC Platinum the points instead of Cheating our team in front of us”, this coming after they felt that Evans Katema had been denied a clear penalty. The match ended goalless.
Highlanders striker Prince Dube saw red in the first half at Nyamhunga stadium in Kariba in what their coach felt was a wrong call. Bosso and ZPC Kariba players also fought in the tunnel as they headed to the dressing rooms at half time. The match ended 1-1.
The PSL is yet to comment on the controversial incidents affecting the true taste of Castle and it is our hope that Chibuku Super will retain its taste of good cheer starting this Saturday.
Ngezi Platinum Stars and Black Rhinos get the action underway today at the Baobab stadium. Ngezi will be the favourites to progress into the semi-finals after they won this cup in 2016 on their arrival in the PSL beating fellow platinum side FC platinum 3-1 with a brace from Liberty Chakoroma and a single strike from Kelvin Bulaji.
On Sunday new comers Manica Diamonds will hope to emulate what Ngezi Platinum stars achieved in 2016 when they face ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga stadium in Kariba.
The big one is on Sunday at Babourfields stadium as 2014 champions FC Platinum visit Highlanders. Both teams are coming from drawn Castle Larger matches during the week and hope to feel the better taste of Chibuku as compared to the castle they tasted during the week.
Mushowani 3-2 Bulawayo Chiefs (Wessle Tafara, Eria Mafirenyika, Paul Charamba) (Franhercis Darkpata, Sherpard Mhlanga) PEN MISS Hugh Chikosa
Tel One 1-1 Yadah (Tafadzwa Sibiwa) (Wellington Kamdoyariwa) Tel One win 8-7 penas RED CARD Byron Madzokere
Caps United 0-0 Harare City (City won 7-6 on penalties)
Chicken Inn 1-1 Manica Diamonds (Malvin Gaki) (Partson Jaure) (Manica won 6-5 on penas)
Ngezi Platinum 2-0(Tichaona Mabvura, Marlon Mushonga)
ZPC Hwange 2-1 Hwange(Tawanda Nyamandwe, Tonotenda Chiunye)(Admire Banda)
Highlanders 1-0 Dynamos (Prince Dube)
Black Rhinos 2-0 Tel One (Melvin Mekiwa, OWN GOAL Emmanuel Mandiranga/Muter)
FC Platinum 0-0 Chapungu (FC won 4-3 on penalties)
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 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).
By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Bulawayo City 2-1 Biya and Friends (Lucky Dube 28’, 88’) (Francis Ndlovu 60’)
Bulawayo City Football Club developmental side lifted the inaugural ZIFA Bulawayo Province Cup with a brace from Lucky Dube, to overcome Biya and Friends in an entertaining match which was watched by a good crowd.
The cup which was contested for by 32 teams, 16 from each of the Division 2 and 3 leagues in the Bulawayo province saw the slippery Dube head home a Manners Mangumba long free kick, taken on the right flank as City took a 1-0 lead at half time.
Biya and Friends dominated the opening minutes of the second half and substitute Francis Ndlovu capitalised on a defensive mix up to slot it into the nets after 15 minutes, as Biya and Friends fans who seemed to outnumber city spilled onto the pitch in celebration.
They could have added a second goal soon after, when outstanding right back Munashe Mawendapi flighted a good cross which was met by Bhekinkosi Siziba with a brilliant diving header while on the run but was stopped by Ronald Zenga, the City goalkeeper.
Before that City had a Blessing Munkuli header going wide after a beautiful move that saw their Captain Elshmar Farasi intelligently spread the ball to the right and an overlapping Mangumba bring in a good cross which was met by the well positioned Munkuli.
With the match headed for extra time Dube had other ideas meeting another cross into the box with a lovely header, with the match just two minutes from the 90 minutes and it was game over.
Innocent Mapuranga, Bulawayo City, “We are happy to lift the cup, our defence was the pillar but credit goes to our striker Lucky for the two goals, most of the boys are U20 and winning trophies when they are young it motivates them to play for the big clubs, this was different from the league as they played with a sweeper so as not to concede goals but we managed to get the two goals”.
Goodson Gama, Biya and Friends, “ The boys put up a brave team but the better team lost on the day, we stuck to our game plan despite going down, I felt the free kick they scored from was not a free kick and the second one it was from an offside position, feeling for my boys but we just have to lift them up and this match confirms the talent that is there in our developmental leagues and if Peter played in the Premier League at the age of 15, we can have more boys coming through”.
Bulawayo City Ronald Zenga, Manners Mangumba, Courage Mukome, Butholezwe Moyo, Mpumelelo Bhebhe, Nkosilathi Nkomo, Andrea Siziba, Elshama Farasi, Owen Chiimbe, Lucky Dube and Blessing Munkuli.
Biya and Friends Godwin Ndlovu, Munashe Mawendipi, Brendon Ncube, Tinashe Jimu, John Masuduza, Ndodana Dlamini, Mandlenkosi kadzimu, Rowan Sibanda, Arnold Sibanda, Samson Masilela and Confidence Machono.
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.