Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

 

Highlanders 2-0 Telone

BRIAN Banda scored an 84th minute 30 metre thunderbolt that changed the complexion of the match as Highlanders went on to collect maximum points against Telone at Barbourfields Stadium to move within a point from the top six bracket in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table.

Inform striker Prince Dube scored his fourth goal on the bounce through the spot kick after Charles Mutero handled inside the box under challenge from an out of sorts second half substitute, Peter Nyirenda. This left referee Mhaka Magare who had a good day in office, with no option but to point to the spot. For his troubles, Mutero earned himself a yellow card.

“I am not surprised with the result, we told the boys to be patient. Our opponents did everything possible for a draw,” said an elated Highlanders coach Hendrik Pieter de Jongh.

The home side were made to sweat for the victory as Rahman Gumbo’s boys matched them pound for pound and even dared them with some cracks at goal that saw them getting four shots on target while it took Highlanders 81 minutes to have their first shot on target through top defender Peter Muduhwa.

“We felt we did all there is, matching them in all departments only to concede when we had so many men in the box. It’s still fight on against relegation, we remain eager to play Premiership football next season,” said TelOne assistant coach Lloyd Mutasa.

Highlanders had eight corner kicks compared to TelOne’s four, but the Gweru based outfit had more shots on target than Highlanders, managing four which however found Ariel Sibanda unyielding.

Meanwhile, Highlanders coach de Jongh has rubbished reports in some sections of the media that there was a rift between him and assistant coach Mandla Lulu Mpofu, calling the reports fake.

“People are trying to destabilise our club, we have a united staff, I am happy with everyone in the squad and those reports that I want to make some changes are fake, totally fake,” said an emotionally charged de Jongh.

Source: Chronicle

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

 

CAPS United . . . . . . . . .. . . (1) 3

Hwange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 1

KELVIN NDEBELE scored a contender for the Goal of the Season while the resurgent Ronald ‘’Rooney’’ Chitiyo provided a moment to remember as CAPS United went back five points clear of the chasing pack.

On a beautiful sunny day, there was a marked increase in the number of fans in the stands, most of them wearing the green-and-white colours of the hosts.

And, it’s likely, they all got fair value for making the trip to watch this Castle Lager Premiership match.

This was the Green Machine, showing, in more ways than one, that they have slipped into the mood of becoming champions this year.

There was so much to watch, so much to admire and, when you play well, the fans respond.

They have won four matches on the trot and lead FC Platinum by five points while Chicken Inn are now a distant seven points behind.

With their main rivals having played on Saturday, FC Platinum beating Yadah 3-1 and Chicken Inn being held by Black Rhinos, the challenge was thrown at the Green Machine.

And, boy oh boy, they responded well.

Highlanders also won yesterday, defeating TelOne 2-0 at Barbourfields with Brian Banda (86th minute) and Prince Dube (penalty, 88th minute) doing the damage.

Bulawayo Chiefs surprised Triangle 2-0 while Manica Diamonds inflicted more pain on the championship aspirations of ZPC Kariba with a 1-0 win at Vengere.

Herentals held Chapungu to a 1-1 draw at Ascot.

But all eyes were at the giant stadium and the Green Machine didn’t collapse under the weight of expectation.

Joel Ngodzo (penalty), Ndebele and an own goal by Hwange defender Felix Chindungwe powered them to a victory which, if they had converted their chances, could have produced a bigger winning margin. The veteran defender turned the ball into his own goal in a desperate attempt to clear the lines following some fine work from Chitiyo who twice twisted and turned his markers.

Things had looked different when Ernest Gwitima gave the visitors a fighting chance with his 42nd minute strike that ensured the two teams went to the break tied 1-1.

Makepekepe lost three players, including inspirational captain Method Mwanjali, to injuries but they found a way to win.

Mwanjali was stretchered off in the 24th minute and he was followed by Ndebele and John Zhuwawu, who had been introduced as a second half substitute.

“Pressure was mounting on them but I think they are managing very well and they are doing what they are supposed to be doing on the pitch,’’ said coach Darlington Dodo.

‘’So I give credit to the players.

“There is team spirit, there is togetherness, there is harmony and when you have those things God will always allow the situation to prevail. God is smiling on us, which is good for the team.’’

Hwange coach Nation Dube, whose side has not won in the last 12 outings, felt they conceded soft goals.

“We gifted them some goals but some of the goals I can say (they were questionable).

‘’Firstly, the penalty, I don’t think it was a penalty. It drew us back but we came back strongly and thereafter the game was punctuated by a lot of questionable decisions.

“I don’t want to say much about the other team but we played a good team. But we fought up to the final whistle.” said Dube. Ngodzo converted from the penalty spot seven minutes into the game for his 10th goal of the season after Phineas Bamusi was fouled inside the box by Munyaradzi Mungadze.

Makepekepe entertained their supporters with sleek passing game but they were jolted when Mwanjali was stretchered off the pitch injured after 24 minutes.

The veteran defender appeared in serious pain and was later taken to hospital.

But Gwitima brought Hwange level in the 26th minute with a powerfully struck grounder into the bottom corner.

Makepekepe regained the lead shortly before the breather when Ndebele’s beauty from the right flank deceived goalkeeper Taimon Mvula and found its way into the nets via the upright.

Chitiyo then beat two markers in a display of some fine skills before unleashing a powerful grounder which Chindungwe guided into the nets.

“That boy is coming back now. It’s a marvel to see him doing what he knows best and he is a thorn in the flesh, especially in the last third,’’ said Dodo.

‘’If you give him space, you will be dead.’’

Teams

CAPS Utd: T. Mateyaunga, V. Musarurwa, C. Rusere, G. Goriyati, M. Mwanjali (L. Zvasiya, 25th min), D. Mukandi, P. Bhamusi, J. Ngodzo, R. Chitiyo, K. Ndebele (J. Zhuwawu, 60th min; B, Sarupinda, 89th min), D. Chungwa.

Hwange: T. Mvula. K. Matake, W. Munorwei (K. Chimbadzwa, 46th min), M. Mungadze (G. Zulu, 79th min), F. Chindungwe, G. Ndlovu, N. Chinyerere, N. Gama (L. Vundla, 68th min), A. Banda, S. Gadzikwa, E. Gwitima

Source: The Herald

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

Harare City………………………… 3

Mushowani Stars…………………2

HARARE CITY coach Lloyd Chitembwe heaved a huge sigh of relief when his men came from behind to win in a tightly contested match against fellow relegation threatened side Mushowani Stars at Rufaro yesterday, thereby ending a four-game losing streak.

The visitors surged ahead as early as the fourth minute when midfielder Blessing Phiri headed home the opener after some hesitant defending by the hosts.

The Sunshine Boys then levelled matters in the 33rd minute when goalkeeper Admire Masuku failed to deal with what looked like a harmless effort, thereby allowing William Manondo to tap in the rebound.

Ishmael Wadi gave City the lead three minutes after the breather, but his effort was cancelled by Charles Rukwanhi in the 75th minute.

However, Manondo ensured City returned to its winning ways when he headed home a Moses Muchenje’s cross, 10 minutes from time.

Yesterday’s win ended a horrible run by Chitembwe’s charges, who had lost all of their four previous league games, leaving them with a complicated relegation matrix.

The win means they are out of the drop zone, at least for now, as they moved to 28 points, just one above Mushowani who occupy the last relegation slot.

Herentals, the other team in the drop zone, play today, and might match City’s points tally if they win.

Chitembwe is aware that the job is far from being done, although he remains optimistic that they will survive.

“It is never easy fighting relegation, but I thought today we did what we had to do, I am happy with the result.

“We will continue fighting, I think it is tenable. We just have to try and make it easier for ourselves, this is the way to go.

“Sometimes it is not about playing pretty football, it is about making sure the job is done. I am happy with the three points, that is what we desperately needed.

“Getting three points will give us confidence going into the next game,” said Chitembwe.

Coming into yesterday’s match, Mushowani had a good run. They had only lost one game in their previous five league matches.

Assistant coach Warren Mapanga said it was always going to be difficult to win against a City side that had been firing blanks for some time.

“They have been losing a lot of games and they were obviously hungry.

“We still have 24 points to play for and I think we need 13 points to be safe, which can be done.

“It will not be difficult to motivate these players in the remaining matches. We have been playing without getting any money in some games, we were just telling the players to market themselves,” said Mapanga.

Source: Newsday

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00