Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Black Rhinos . . . . (0) 2
Ngezi Platinum . . (0) 1

NGEZI Platinum’s title hopes suffered yet another reversal on Saturday after they fell to Black Rhinos in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at the National Sports Stadium With log leaders FC Platinum having overcome Highlanders 1-0 at Mandava Stadium 24 hours earlier, Ngezi Platinum went into the match hoping to close the gap.

But Black Rhinos matched them blow for blow and ultimately were deserved winners. It was Ngezi Platinum’s third straight defeat of the campaign, as they continue to fall further behind as the league programme heads into the second half.

The platinum miners displayed a lacklustre show particularly in the first half in which they failed to impose themselves with the home team showing a lot of verve. Black Rhinos could have gone up on 12 minutes but Vincent Mhandu missed his effort with the goalkeeper Ashley Reyners at his mercy.

In the 28th minute, Walter Mukanga watched in disappointment as his free kick was saved by the goalkeeper.

Black Rhinos however, got into the second half even more determined and they were 1-0 up on 74 minutes. The goal was a product of a stunning free kick from outside the penalty area by Tafadzwa Jaravani. There was nothing goalkeeper Bernard Donovan could do about it.

The lead, however, proved temporary as Keith Murera cancelled out Black Rhinos’ goal with a powerful header four minutes later from a corner kick by Michael Charamba.

As Ngezi Platinum thought they had secured a point, Lot Chiwunga was set up by Wellington Taderera and kept his composure to slot the ball into the nets on 80 minutes. Ngezi Platinum became determined to level the scores and bombarded Black Rhinos goal area with an assortment of shots.

However, Black Rhinos remained held on, defending resolutely as if their lives depended on it.

Ndiraya was naturally disappointed with the result. “I think it was a disappointing defeat, we just have to give credit to Black Rhinos. The first goal was a brilliantly taken free kick. It was a very good free kick, we came back and I thought our defending was poor today. The signs were telling in the first half but I am really disappointed that we had to let in a very soft goal, which was the second goal, at this level when you fighting for the championship you don’t concede such goals like that. I am very disappointed as a coach.

“We were not really ourselves today in the first half; I don’t remember my team having a shot on target in the first half, which is quite disappointing. Our offensive players were a little bit flat today. They didn’t have the hunger or the push to get the results. But look this is football we still have 17 more games to play.”
Black Rhinos coach Herbet Maruwa was happy to collect maximum points.

It was a tight game, I think. It was a balanced affair. We got our chances and we managed to score, but like I said before it’s a process and we are on the right track.

“I told the guys to keep fighting, you never know in football. Our aim was to score early in the first half and we failed, we came back from the break and told the guys to keep on fighting and try and give them pressure fortunately we managed to get goals. Our boys fought well and we managed to get a win,” Maruwa said.
Teams:

Black Rhinos: A Rhinos, M Mambare (E Chiguwo 90’), F Banda, B Homora, S Jimu, D Mudadi, W Kapinda (A Gahadzikwa 67’), T Jaravani, V Mhandu, W Taderera, L Chiunga


Ngezi Platinum: B Donovan, T Mchisa, L Chakoroma, K Murera, W Mukanga, D Teguru, T Dzvukamanja, T Mabvura, (M Charamba 63rd), M Mushonga, F Mukarati, S Owusu (J Ngulube 49’

Source : News Day

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

Bulawayo City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1

Mutare City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0) 0

BULAWAYO City bagged essential three points when they overcame Mutare City with a solitary strike from Innocent Kutsanzira in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kutsanzira’s 69th minute strike, in a goal mouth melee, was enough to earn the Amini Soma-Phiri coached side maximum points after going for five games without a win.

The match was a balanced affair with Mutare City creating their own chances but failed to convert.

The visitors nearly took the lead in the 52nd minute when David Mangesi latched onto a rebound and his shot hit the cross bar with Amakhosi’s goalkeeper, Takudzwa Ndoro already a beaten man. Soma-Phiri was happy with the win, saying the important thing was bagging maximum points.

“All we wanted was a win and I am glad we got that. I now have two weeks for me to try and rectify some of the issues in the team.

“I am looking at beefing up my squad with five players during the mid-season window but the team is coming up well and I think the biggest area of concern is the strike force as we miss a lot of chances,” he said.

Soma-Phiri had only won his first game in charge when he took over from Darlington Dodo and struggled to find the winning formula in the five games. Mutare City coach, Ndega Matsika said they tried so hard to win the match and they were unfortunate to go down.

He said he believes rectifying a few areas will see his side start picking up points and move from the bottom of the log.

Matsika felt Mangesi should have given them the lead with his missed chance as it was a good scoring opportunity.

Teams

Bulawayo City: T Ndoro, Z Ngodzo, Z Sibanda, H Ncube, E Mudzingwa, R Pavari, I Kutsanzira, T January, C Ncube (A Ncube, 58th), M Sibanda (T Tavengwa, 85th), I Wadi (N Ndlovu, 72nd)

Mutare City: T Dube, P Gumbo, G Jimu (M Moyo, 75th), M Watch, L Mangayira, L Takunda, H Muzhara (E Chikwaikwai, 30th), K Njovo, B Chimbalanga (H Zvakavapano, 48th), B Chinhoyi, D Mangesi

Source: Sunday News

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

 

 

FC Platinum……………. (0) 1

 

Highlanders……………. (0) 0

 

Gift Mbweti’s late strike helped FC Platinum open a six-point gap at the top of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log standings with a dramatic 1-0 win over Highlanders at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.

 

Having won last weekend’s blockbuster clash against Ngezi Platinum right at the death, the reigning champions maintained their winning streak and made sure Tonderai Ndiraya’s men will head into the mid-season break playing second fiddle.

 

Mbweti got to the end of a Farai Madhanhanga cross to slot the ball home from inside the box in the referee’s optional time.

 

FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza was happy that his side ended the first half of the season on a high note.

 

“It’s a game of football and we expected it to be difficult, but we managed to win. We were pushing as they were waiting to hit us on the counter, but we read that and as a result we were rewarded in the last minutes of the game and I am happy for the boys,” Mapeza said.

 

“We have done very well so far and now that we are on top of the log, it’s going to be intense. We will resume our training after a one-week break.

 

“We are working hard to progress and that’s the priority,” said Mapeza.

 

His counterpart Madinda Ndlovu was disappointed with his side’s performance. “At times, I think football is a crazy game and it’s painful that we lost in the last minute. The boys put so much effort to get something and it’s painful but we cannot control results,” Ndlovu said.

 

Following Mbweti’s strike, Highlanders fans went berserk, causing some violent scenes just outside the stadium. However, the police managed to quickly quell the disturbances.

 

The hosts started the game on the front foot, but their first meaningful chance only came on the half-hour mark when former Highlanders skipper Rahman Kutsanzira produced some fine footwork to pick Mkokheli Dube in the box, but the latter missed the target with goalie Prosper Matutu at his mercy.

 

The miners kept pushing as Charles Sibanda forced an acrobatic save from Matutu with an exquisite free-kick from the left flank.

 

Highlanders had their fair share of chances but without key players that included, Ariel Sibanda and workhorse midfield enforcer Nigel Makumbe, they looked shaky.

 

They almost punished the hosts just after the half-time break through MaCclive Phiri when picked by Gabriel Nyoni, but Phiri’s effort was tame.

 

Teams

 

FC Platinum: P Mhari, G Bello, R Mudiviwa, E Moyo, K Moyo, W Mhango, R Chinyengetere, F Madhanhanga, R Kutsanzira (C Sibanda 69min), M Dube (N Tigere 58min), M Mudehwe (G Mbweti 47 min)

 

Highlanders FC: P Matutu, C Siamalonga, H Moyo, M Phiri, A Sila, B Banda, N Sianchali (O Zibande 65 min), G Makaruse, T Ndlovu, P Muduhwa, G Nyoni

 

Source: The Standard

 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

Chapungu . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

CAPS United . . . . . . . . . 2

LLOYD CHITEMBWE has expressed satisfaction with the shift that his charges have put in for the first time this season, with the CAPS United coach watching the Green Machine overcome struggling Chapungu in a drama-filled Castle Lager Premiership encounter at Ascot on Sunday.

CAPS United will head to the mid-season break in fourth place and a massive 15 points behind leaders FC Platinum but a run of eight wins, five draws and four defeats has pleased the Green Machine gaffer.

Simba Nhivi and Brian Muzondiwa struck the CAPS United goals in the first half and the visitors hung on for the precious points that will make Makepekepe the best placed team from the capital at least at the half-way stage of the season.

Chitembwe returned to full-time duties at his club last week after recently suffering a family bereavement following the loss of his mother.

His team had to finish the game with 10 men yesterday following the expulsion of a centre-back Justice Jangano for a deliberate use of his hand to thwart a goal-bound Chapungu effort from going in.

Despite the 15-point gap between FC Platinum and CAPS United, Chitembwe feels his side deserves many plaudits given a number of key players that have left the club.

“We are talking of a team that has lost entirely 11 players on the pitch and this season alone we lost six players, Hardlife (Zvirekwi), (Phineas) Bamusi and others, all those players.

“For us to be still competitive and grinding results, that is very important and for these guys we need to applaud them for that,” he said.

“But I feel we still have a long way to go before we attain perfection, today we were not clinical as we should be and I thought we were no way near the way we normally play but we got the result we wanted.

“Today what was more important was the result not flair, what impressed me most is the character of the team playing with ten men, in modern game it is not easy to play with ten men but I think our game management was very good.

“My overall summation of the game is that it was a difficult game, the two goals gave us belief and confidence, the game plan was clear to capitalise on our wide areas and we were very effective today,” said Chitembwe.

Chapungu and Warriors goalkeeper Talbert Shumba, in a show of indiscipline, started the drama at Ascot when he stormed off the pitch just before half-time in protest over a referee’s decision to allow a second goal by the visitors when he felt he had been fouled in the build-up to the goal.

Veteran forward Philip Marufu tried in vain to bring back his teammate on the field of play and it had the intervention of his coach Rodwell Dhlakama who intervened and pushed him back for the match to continue.

Nhivi had opened the scoreboard before Muzondiwa sealed maximum points on the stroke of half-time.

It was Muzondiwa’s goal that sparked the drama provided by Shumba, a third choice for the Warriors at the COSAFA Cup tournament.

Five minutes after the breather, it was Jangano’s turn to provide his own drama when he used his hand to thwart an Allen Tavarwisa effort on the line, which had beaten the Green Machine goalkeeper Chris Mverechena.

Referee Arnold Ncube did not hesitate showing the defender a straight red card before awarding the hosts a penalty.

Brighton Mugoni stepped up but was denied from 12 yards by a brilliant Mverechena.

Chitembwe’s men came into the duel yesterday determined for maximum points to trim the gap between themselves and log leaders FC Platinum.

FC Platinum have taken the campaign by storm as they chase a second league title on the bounce, while Chapungu go to the break with a paltry 13 points.

Dhlakama was not amused with both the result and the behaviour of his goalkeeper which he described as wayward.

“Those are some of the things we need to work on as coaches . . . the mental aspect of our players we just need to go and talk to him, it sends a bad message but anyway we have to correct that as coaches.

“We did not utilise the chances that came our way and it is unfortunate we came out with nothing when we could have converted one or two chances that came our way.

“But that is our homework going into the break and we have to manage that going into the second half of the season,’’ Dhlakama said.

Teams:

Chapungu:T Shumba, T Kumbuyani, E Chitauro, B Mbavarira, M Moenda, C Kwaramba, I Nyoni, M Mavuto, A Tavarwisa, B Mtigo (B Mugoni 46th min), P Marufu

CAPS United: C Mverechena, J Jangano, D Dauda, C Munzambwa, G Goriyati, C Kamhapa (D Mukandi

46th min), B Muzondiwa (P Moyo 57th min), V Musarurwa, J Zhuwawu, S Nhivi, K Nyamupfukudza

Source: The Herald

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

The players listed below have each accumulated three yellow cards and shall not participate in their club’s matchday seventeen of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League scheduled for the 16th and 17th June 2018.

 

1. GUIDE GODDARD (CHICKEN INN FC)

2. CARLOS MAVHURUME (HERENTALS FC)

3. BEN PATRICK MUSAKA (HIGHLANDERS FC)

4. EDMORE MUZANENHAMO (CHAPUNGU FC)

5. ENOCK KAREMBO (YADAH FC)

6. TICHAONA CHIPUNZA (NGEZI PLATINUM STARS FC)