Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

FC Platinum …..(1) 2

 

Harare City ….. (0) 1

 

With half the performances they put up in cup matches, Chibuku Cup champions Harare City would have easily avoided the dreaded chop in the league.

 

On Saturday at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane, the Harare City Boys were unlucky not to win two trophies as they were denied twice by the woodwork in a narrow defeat to champions FC Platinum in the Castle Challenge Cup.

 

The Castle Challenge Cup, which was organised to commemorate the Premier Soccer League (PSL)’s 25th anniversary, pitted the local league’s champions against the Cup winners.

 

Forward Rodwell Chinyengetere struck early in the first half while Mkhokeli Dube grabbed the other goal in the second half to help the history-making 2017 league winners from Zvishavane to win yet another trophy.

 

Substitute Kudakwashe Kumwala scored the consolation goal for Harare City very late in the match to set up a nervy end for the platinum miners who were enjoying home advantage in the match.

 

It was a sad end to Harare City coach Philani Ncube’s season in which he failed to avoid relegation despite guiding them to success in the country’s biggest knockout tournament, the Chibuku Super Cup.

 

“In football it happens all the time to be relegated. We are not the first team to be relegated; it will also happen to others after us although we would have loved to remain in the top flight league,” he said.

 

For emerging the winners, FC Platinum walked away $30 000 richer, while Harare City pocketed $20 000.

 

Chinyengetere put FC Platinum ahead with a curling shot into the top corner, 10 minutes into the match after he was sent through by Elvis Moyo.

 

After the goal, it was all Harare City with Martin Vengesai crushing his effort onto the cross bar four minutes later.

 

Takudzwa Chimwemwe was also denied by the woodwork a few minutes before halftime as the hosts clung on to a slender lead.

 

Luck continued to desert Harare City in crucial moments as William Manondo missed the target soon after the resumption with FC Platinum goalkeeper Wallace Magalane all at sea.

 

Veteran striker Dube eased the pressure off the champions slotting home the rebound from an initial Ali Sadiki effort in the 63rd minute.

 

Kumwala then set up a nail-biting finish to the match, pulling one back for Harare City but they had little time to find another one.

 

In the end, celebrations continued for the Zvishavane community and FC Platinum who are still on a high following the league success.

 

“I am happy to win this challenge Cup. We did it for the FC Platinum executive, supporters and the Zvishavane community.

 

Otherwise it was a good game for us overall,” FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza said after the match.

 

Teams:

 

FC Platinum: W Magalane, I Nekati, G Bello, K Moyo, E Moyo, W Mhango, R Chinyengetere, N, Masuku (G Takwara 36’) , G Mbweti ( H Bakacheza 62’), A Sadiki, M Dube.

 

Harare City: M Nyamupanedengu, T Samanja, E Madhanhanga, M Vengesai, J Chipangura, P Tshuma, W Ndiweni (K Kumwala 73’), W Manondo, T Chimwemwe, P Kabwe, H Chapusha.

 

Source: The Standard

 

                        

 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

Highlanders…… (0) 1

CAPS United…… (1) 1

CAPS UNITED’S Dominic Chungwa cemented his claim for the Golden Boot Award when he scored his side’s solitary goal when they drew against Highlanders in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.

Chungwa scored his 17th goal of the season to finish five, ahead of Black Rhinos’ Lot Chiwunga and Dynamos’ Christain Epoupa. Highlanders completed the season on sixth position, while last season’s champions CAPS United finished fifth.

Chungwa took advantage of Highlanders’ defence failure to communicate to put Caps United ahead in the 34th minute. After the break, Gabriel Nyoni equalised for the home team in the 53rd minute with a shot from an awkward angle that beat goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda.

Highlanders’ supporters bade farewell to coach Erol Akbay, who took charge of the Bulawayo team for the last time on Saturday.

Akbay said his side did not play badly, but made one mistake that gifted Makepekepe the goal in the 34th minute.

“It wasn’t bad. We made one mistake in the defence, but we also created a number of chances but could not bury them. We could have easily scored two or three goals. If a team’s defence is weak, then it gives the opponents the chance. In the second half, we changed a number of positions and we played much better and created more chances,” said Akbay.

He said considering that this was his last match, he will be moving back to his homeland, Netherlands and will make a decision on his next move then.

CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe refused to grant the customary post-match interviews to the media after the match and instead sent the team’s physical trainer Majaha Ndlovu.

Meanwhile, in other matches Tsholotsho bid farewell to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League with a goalless draw against Black Rhinos at Dulivhadzimo Stadium on Saturday while there were also no goals between Ngezi Platinum and Triangle at Boabab Stadium.

Teams:

Highlanders: A Sibanda, B Ncube, R Kutsanzira, S Munawa, G Makaruse (R Lunga 46’), P Muduhwa, H Moyo, G Nyoni, B Phiri, A Gahadzikwa (K Tambwe 84’), R Matema.

CAPS United: E Sibanda, K Nyamupfukudza, G Goriyati, C Munzambwa, S Makatuka, D Chafa, J Ngodzo, H Zvirekwi, P Bhamusi (C Machisi 50’), J Zhuwawu (A Chidiebere 83’), D Chungwa (M Muchenje 46’)

  Source: The Standard

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

Dynamos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Chicken Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

EVEN if he didn’t win the biggest prize, Lloyd Mutasa feels this was the best ever season in his coaching career after Dynamos finished the term with the most number of wins.

Although DeMbare lost the title to FC Platinum who beat Chapungu at Ascot on Saturday, the Glamour Boys finished the season with 21 wins after Saturday victory over Chicken Inn at National Sports.

Utility player Obey Mwerahari scored after just five minutes of play before Cameroonian import Christian Joel Epoupa endured a painful end to the season when he missed from the spot in the 55th minute.

“It was a great season, my best ever,” declared Mutasa, who is a favourite for the Coach of the Year award.

“Congratulations to Norman Mapeza and FC Platinum, they did a fantastic job in getting two more points ahead of us.”

Mutasa is credited for rebuilding Dynamos from the ashes with largely obscure players, some of whom had been rejected from other clubs, yet he still managed to lift DeMbare to unexpected levels.

Not many gave Dynamos a chance when the season started, with some labelling DeMbare ‘relegation candidates’ after the team’s failure to win in the opening three matches.

Dynamos lost 0-1 to FC Platinum in the opening match, drew 2-2 at Triangle before losing 0-1 to Black Rhinos.

“It was really tough at the beginning, going back to trials, trying to modify the playing personnel but that was the only way to go because of lack of capital.

“To then go on and be as competitive as we did shows you the hard work that was put in. God’s grace was with us as well,” said Mutasa.

The soft spoken gaffer is renowned for building teams from scratch and he proved likewise this season, turning a team that many doubted into a force to reckon with.

“Going back to basics is the key to building a strong base. The other mistake some make is to underestimate what these young boys can do.

“They might fail initially but if you keep doing it over and over again you start seeing hidden talent coming out.

“Sometimes it’s all about instilling a sense of belief in these youngsters,” noted Mutasa.

Among the youthful talent that blossomed at DeMbare this season are Peace Makaha, Cleopas Kapupurika and Romario Matova who played left back in the closing stages of the season.

Mutasa also unearthed the likes of Quality Kangadzi before bringing Godfrey “Marabha” Mukambi to the limelight in the second half of the season.

“We now have the experience and the juniors coming up so we hope to do better next season because being second best is not good enough for this institution.

“We lost points at home in the early stages of the season when we were still trying to get to know each other.”

Given the opportunity, Mutasa would want to continue with his project next season but he knows very well that decision lies with the hard to please Dynamos executive led by president Kenny Mubaiwa.

“For as long as the key stakeholders appreciate what we are doing and the owners are happy, I would love to be here next term,” said Mutasa.

Mubaiwa indicated mid season that winning the title was a bonus. He must be satisfied with the way Mutasa went about his business.

DeMbare went into the final weekend of the season still in with a chance to win the title they last landed when Kallisto Pasuwa was still at the helm in 2014.

An early goal by Mwerahari at the National Sports on Saturday settled the nerves and Dynamos hung on until Brighton Chimene blew the final whistle.

But that was not enough as title rivals FC Platinum did what was required of them and beat Chapungu to become the first team from outside Harare and Bulawayo to lift the championship since 1966.

Source: The Sunday Mail

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

HOW MINE………….(0)2
SHABANIE MINE… (1)3

 

SHABANIE MINE put up a superb performance to beat How Mine at Luveve Stadium on Sunday  to enhance their survival chances in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

 

The Zvishavane-based side, who went up to 39 points after another mid-week win over Hwange at Maglas and, now need a draw against Yadah to ensure another dance in the top-flight league.

Wellington Taderera scored on the 21st minute for the visitors, following a built-up from a throw-in involving Richard Kawondera.

They held on to that goal with How Mine equalising through Adolf Muganyi five minutes after the break with a volley past goalkeeper Petros Moyo inside the box.

Substitute Kudakwashe Musharu put the gold miners in the lead in the 79th minute after rounding off Shabanie Mine defenders and firing past Moyo from the edge of the box.

But the resilient Shabanie Mine made it two-up eight minutes before the final whistle through Maxwell Murimi with a beautiful curler past goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya.

With the match seemingly ending in a stalemate, Shabanie Mine’s Bruno Mtigo made a solo run four minutes into optional time and under challenge from two How Mine defenders poked the ball past an advancing Diya to get the crucial win for the visitors.

Source :  News Day

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

 

The Castle Challenge Cup between FC Platinum and Harare City FC will be played on Saturday 02 December 2017 at Mandava Stadium at 1500hrs.

The tournament which features the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League winners and the winners of the Chibuku Super Cup has been organised to commemorate the Premier Soccer League’s 25th anniversary.

We urge the participating teams to abide by the tournament’s Rules and Regulations.