Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Highlanders 0-1 Triangle United

TRIANGLE United broke a six-year jinx to register their first Castle Lager Premier Soccer League win over troubled Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium through a first half goal by striker Nyasha Chintuli on Monday.

Since making their Premiership debut in 2013, Triangle had never won a league match at Barbourfields Stadium where they had played six games prior to yesterday’s clash. Bosso won three of those clashes and drew three.

The Sugar Boys defied the odds and piled more misery on Highlanders, who remain winless in four league games.

Chintuli struck in the 27th minute to silence thousands of Bosso fans after capitalising on a defensive mix-up between Bosso goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda and central defenders Peter Muduhwa and Tendai Ndlovu.

Chintuli capitalised on the hesitation by the central defenders to clear the ball by lofting the ball over Sibanda, who had needlessly moved off his line when he had no chance of ever reaching the ball.

The goal came after Highlanders had missed two glorious opportunities, first in the 10th minute when Bukhosi Sibanda reacted slowly and the ball was swept away from his feet after being set through by Godfrey Makaruse.

Makaruse then missed a sitter, poking the ball wide with only goalkeeper Chang Mariyoni to beat.

Unlike Highlanders who looked comfortable passing the ball inside their own half, Triangle were direct in their play, with wingers Gerald Bero and Timothy January lively in attack.

Alter taking the lead, Triangle protected their goal area and could have further punished Bosso had they been clinical, as the home team was constantly caught on the counter while searching for the equaliser.

Highlanders’ coach, Madinda Ndlovu, admitted that it wasn’t their day after seeing his charges missing two other glorious scoring opportunities in the second half.

Mariyoni produced a stunning save to block a Ray Lunga one-on-one attempt after some beautiful build-up in the 61st minute.

Inside the last 10 minutes of the game, Highlanders went on the attack with four players, Brian Banda, Prince Dube, Ray Lunga and Tinashe Makanda facing two Triangle players, including Mariyoni, but Banda horrendously shot wide.

“It wasn’t our day and we have to accept and move on. We applied all the principles of football, but it was clearly not our day. We created scoring chances,” said Ndlovu.

Triangle coach, Tawurayi Mangwiro, was happy with his team’s performance.

“I’m happy that after many attempts with different teams I’ve finally managed to get maximum points against Highlanders here at Barbourfields Stadium. It was a game where I told my players to take the game to Highlanders because it was going to be difficult to come back after conceding.

“We managed to control the game and defend our goal even when Highlanders attacked us. I think Highlanders were vulnerable, especially when they were searching for a goal and that was the time we should have killed off the game,” said Mangwiro.

The win took Triangle to seven points, three behind defending champions FC Platinum.


Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, Bukhosi Ncube (Andrew Mbeba, 17th minute), Mbekezeli Sibanda, Peter Mudhuwa, Tendai Ndlovu, Nqobizitha Masuku, Ray Lunga, Adrian Silla (Brian Banda, 58th minute), Tinashe Makanda, Bukhosi Sibanda, Godfrey Makaruse (Prince Dube, 50th minute)

Triangle United: Chang Mariyoni, Praise Tonha, Arnorld Chiveya, Donald Dzvinyai, Kudzai Chigwida, Ralph Kawondera, Pasca Manhanga (Donald Mudadi, 68th minute), Gerald Bero, Timothy January, Nyasha Chintuli (Simba Makoni, 68th minute), Collin Dhuwa (Tyler Mugoniwa, 87th minute)

Source: Chronicle

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00



DYNAMOS coach Lloyd Chigowe is living on borrowed time after his side produced another tepid performance in defeat to Herentals at Rufaro Stadium on Monday, a result that did not go down well with the Harare giants’ supporters who turned on him.

The DeMbare faithful called for his departure at the end of the match, and it’s unlikely that the man nicknamed “Mablanyo” will survive the latest setback.

An 86th minute Juan Mutudza goal, which trickled over the line after goalkeeper Munyaradzi Dhiya had failed to deal with what looked a harmless cross into the penalty area, condemned the Harare giants to their third league defeat in a row and their fourth loss in all competitions in five games.

There were chaotic scenes at the end of the match as frustrated DeMbare supporters barricaded the main entrance and blocked their team bus from leaving. It needed the intervention of the riot police to disperse the crowd who threatened to be rowdy.

Trouble started when Chigowe decided to pull out striker Ngandu Mangala on 60th minute, a player the supporters felt posed a threat to the Herentals defence.

The decision was met with whistles and boos of disapproval from the Vietnam Stand, a bay that houses hardline Dynamos fans.

They immediately broke into the song MaBlanyo paumire pakaoma and that song usually, if not all the time, spells doom. At Dynamos, it usually signals the final whistle for the man in charge.

At the final whistle, they waved the under-fire coach away as he strutted back to the dressing room, with some supporters hurling unprintable insults in his direction.

The supporters saluted the Herentals players at the end of the match, while Mangala was showered with a few notes and coins.

Chigowe sent his assistant Murape Murape to face the media in the post-match press conference.

Murape appeared to have resigned to fate as their futures come under scrutiny, and was unsure if he and his boss will be on their jobs tomorrow.

“If there are changes that will be made, it would be welcomed because at the end of the day, what we want is for Dynamos to go forward. If coaches are going to be changed, it’s part and parcel of the job. When you get into a job, the next thing is to get fired and that is the nature of our jobs in football. The coach is a fighter and we have always been fighters, so we are not afraid because of the results that have not been going our way. We have to believe in ourselves that we can get out of this situation. We have to keep on fighting.”

He, however, called for patience from the supporters and pleaded with them to give the technical bench more time to rebuild the team.

He defended the decision to substitute Ngandu Mangala, saying the striker who scored two goals for the team in their opening win over Mushowani Stars, had a bad game.

In truth, they could have substituted the whole squad yesterday.

“Any player can be substituted in a game of football. Of course he scored two goals in our first league game, but if he is having a bad day and the coach feels it fit to substitute him, it’s normal.”

On reflection, Murape knows that his side will have to improve if they are to get out of the hole that they have put themselves in.

And it would be a pity if Mablanyo is to get fired.

He is a jolly good fella, a likeable character and those who have worked closely with him would understand his vision.

He is one man that local football and the media will miss if he is fired, but football, despite it being beautiful, is a cruel game.


Dynamos: M Diya, G Mukambi, T Muringai, J Tigere, E Jalayi, A Mawadza, P Siziba, M Chodeva (T Chanengeta, 46?) K Dhemere (T Moffat, 73?), N Mangala (N Katawa, 60?), T Macheke

Herentals: F Kuchineyi, B Majarira, C Mavhurume, J Mutudza, W Chimbetu, K Bingala (W Kapumha, 59?), I Benza, R Hachiro (T Chitukutuku, 72?), T Benza (P Chama, 57?), B Maunganidze,
B Majarira

Source: Newsday

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

Black Rhinos........... (0) 0

CAPS United.............. (1) 2

A brilliant Joel Ngodzo pass from deep into midfield to assist Gabriel Nyoni break the deadlock on the stroke of halftime, set CAPS United on course for a calculated victory over Black Rhinos on a dangerously muddy and slippery Rufaro Stadium pitch on Saturday.

Exciting youngster Blessing Sarupinda ended the match as a contest a minute from time as the Green Machine moved up the table to keep up with the leading pack.

With seven points in three matches, CAPS United are now fifth — three points behind log leaders and defending champions FC Platinum.

But it was the state of the pitch that took the gloss off a potentially thrilling football exhibition following incessant rain in the past couple of days in the capital.

CAPS United adapted well to the adverse conditions needing just masterstrokes at crucial moments to claim the three points.

“I thought this was one game in which we really produced the things that we normally work on at practice and it makes me happy,” Chitembwe told reporters after the match.

“In the first half we couldn’t find range very well, the supporting angles were not so good, even the distances were either too narrow or too wide apart, but later on in the second half I thought everything was perfect and I am happy.

“If it [the stadium] was in a better state we could have done better than we did today, but all the same I am happy with the performance of the boys,” he added.

Black Rhinos were easily the better team in the first half and missed a glut of chances.

First it was Wellington Taderera in the opening minutes and Jameson Mukombwe finding the side net moments later.

Striker Francesco Zekumbawire joined the list of culprits halfway through the half, creating space and shooting weakly at Prosper Chigumba.

The can came the moment of genius from Ngodzo.

Ngodzo saw Nyoni’s darting run behind the Rhinos defence and sent a perfectly weighted pass over to top from just outside the centre and the winger controlled once and picked out the bottom corner.

First shot on target and CAPS United took the lead with virtually the last kick of the first half.

With a goal cushion, Chitembwe’s men played for possession in the second half and patiently waited for another mistake from Rhinos.

The mistake did come in the 89th minute. Rhinos poured men forward to make the most of a late corner kick, but CAPS United defended and embarked on a swift counter attack, substitute Newman Sianchali running the length of the field to find Sarupinda, who finished with a flourish.

Substitute Marvelous Mukumba had a goal flagged for offside in stoppage time.

“It was a tough game especially losing to CAPS United and in the first half we did very well to create a lot of chances. The state of the pitch affected us a lot especially our passing game, we ended up playing long balls,” Rhinos coach Herbert Maruwa said.


Black Rhinos: Reyners A, Jaravani T, Banda, Homora B, Tandi A, Saunyama G, Taderera W (Mukumba M 64?), Mambare M (Chibanda T 55’), Demera M, Zekumbawire F, Mukombwe J ( Chimutimunzeve H 80’)

CAPS United: Chigumba P, Musarurwa V, Ndaba V, Masunda S, Mwanjale M, Sarupinda B, Bamusi P, Ngodzo J, Nyoni G (Nyamupfukudza K 80’), Zhuwawu J, Chungwa D (Sianchali N 86’)

Source: The Standard

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

 HARARE CITY………….(0)

FC PLATINUM………..1(2)