Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

CAPS United………(1)1

Dynamos………0

NEWMAN Sianchali scored a wonderful first half header which settled a pulsating contest as Caps United edged bitter city rivals Dynamos to strengthen their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship credentials.

The victory helped Caps maintain their two-point lead over closest challengers FC Platinum, who also won their encounter against Chapungu with two more rounds of matches left before the end of the campaign.

The win also snapped Dynamos’ 19-match unbeaten pristine record.

Caps showed great determination in the early stages as they dominated their rivals. They were duly rewarded on the 39th minute when Sianchali got to the end of a well-delivered cross by Valentine Musarurwa and rose majestically to plant a firm header into the far corner.

The goal lit up the National Sports Stadium as Caps fans broke into song and dance.

The Glamour Boys though did not throw in the towel as they responded with some dangerous attacks at the Caps goal.

Nigel Katawa came close to scoring at the stroke of the first half with his shot troubling Caps goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga — who spilled the ball, but when Harrison Seremani pounced on the rebound, referee Ruzive Ruzive had blown for offside.

In the second half, Caps could have doubled their lead on 52rd minute, but goalkeeper Simbarashe Chinani denied Phineas Bhamusi with a classy save, tipping the ball over the bar.

Blessing Sarupinda, who came in for injured Spencer Masunda, could have also added his name on the scoresheet after he did well to beat a couple of defenders, but failed to hit the back of the net.

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya, however, responded by pushing more numbers forward and got their best chance on 65th minute, but captain Edward Sadomba – who came in the second half, fluffed the opportunity as he was denied by Mateyaunga following a good set-up by Evans Katema.

Caps coach Darlington Dodo was delighted with the victory which he said would help boost his players’ confidence going into the remaining two fixtures.

“It was a very tough game, a tricky one considering this was a derby. I am very fortunate to be part of this. These players have made me proud. This is exactly what we as coaches demand; it’s the response we expect. These are games we envy to play. Grinding results against a team like Dynamos keeps their confidence growing in our next two matches,” he said.

Ndiraya said the derby was exciting, but bemoaned lack of concentration for his team’s defeat.

“It was exciting, in the first half we started on the back foot, Caps put us under pressure, but we rediscovered ourselves in the second half and took the game to them. We lost concentration and conceded what I would say a soft goal, we might give it to the striker Sianchali — a beautiful header but I thought our defenders didn’t apply the basics of defending,” he said.

Teams

Caps: T Mateyaunga, V Musarurwa, J Jangano, S Masunda (B Sarupinda 51’), D Mukandi, J Ngodzo, V Ndaba, R Chitiyo, N Sianchali (D Chungwa 90’)

Dynamos: S Chinani, E Jalayi, T Muringani (S Gwede 84’), M Mawadza, T Chisi, A Maliselo, W Sande, (E Sadomba 58’), K Dhemere, N Katawa (S Nhivi 46’)

Source: Newsday

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

Highlanders 1-0 Manica Diamonds

PRINCE Dube continued with his fine form for Highlanders, scoring a beauty that deservedly won Bosso maximum points against a stubborn Manica Diamonds in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Dube showed class when he received the ball on the left side, about four metres outside the box, looked up and spotted Manica Diamonds’ goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo off his line, before beautifully curling the ball to the left of the goalie into the net.

That goal was enough to win Highlanders the match and stretch their unbeaten run in the league to 12 games.

Bosso celebrated the victory that they needed as they head into the Chibuku Super Cup final against Ngezi Platinum Stars.

The Bulawayo giants’ performance against Manica Diamonds was however subdued as the Mutare-based club enjoyed superior dominance especially in the second half.

“This was a difficult game where the opponent had lots of ball possession and were dangerous on the second ball. They were also very physical, but we also created good chances in the first half and even hit the post. I’m happy with the three points. We knew what we wanted and today we will celebrate the victory, tomorrow we will focus on the final,” said Highlanders’ coach Hendrik Pieter de Jongh.

Had they been clinical, Manica Diamonds could have at least salvaged a draw, with striker Stanley Ngala’s flashing header off a Pritchard Mphelele cross in the fourth minute going wide.

Two minutes later, an unmarked Highlanders’ striker Tinashe Makanda fluffed a good scoring opportunity, heading straight at Muchambo from a Ray Lunga cross.

Then came Dube’s spectacular that left the fans in awe.

Highlanders were attacking, threading passes and no one thought Dube would strike as Manica Diamonds had set a “wall”, closing possible gaps that Bosso could penetrate through. The Highlanders’ striker struck the ball with aplomb.

Pint-sized Highlanders’ midfielder Lunga almost caught Muchambo napping with his long range left foot curler that the goalie tipped onto the crossbar for corner in the 19th minute.

National team defender Partson Jaure’s long range stinger in the 32nd minute hit the upright, with Highlanders’ goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda cleanly beaten.

Highlanders regained possession and threatened their opponents with Brian Banda going for power shooting straight to Muchambo instead of picking a spot to place the ball after being set through by Tinashe Makanda.

The second half clearly belonged to Manica Diamonds but they failed to turn their dominance into goals.

Manica Diamonds rarely troubled Sibanda who kept his 16th clean league sheet of the season to equal last season’s record.

“Poor defending from the wingbacks contributed to our loss but after that we were on top of the situation. I think we missed chances that we were supposed to convert,” said Manica Diamonds coach Johanis Nhumwa.

Teams

Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, McClive Phiri, Mbongeni Ndlovu, Andrew Mbeba, Peter Muduhwa, Nqobizitha Masuku, Ray Lunga (Mbekezeli Sibanda, 84th min), Brian Banda, Denzel Khumalo (Divine Mhindirira, 70th min), Tinashe Makanda, Prince Dube

Manica Diamonds: Jorum Muchambo, Partson Jaure (Peace Makaha, 88th min), Pritchard Mphelele, Lawrence Masibhera, Carlton Munzabwa, Rodrick Mufudza, Timire Mamvura, Benjamin Marere (Emmanuel Chingondi, 61st min), Last Jesi, Stanley Ngala, Kudakwashe Gurure (Ishmael Lawe, 61st min).

Source: Chronicle

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

Chapungu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 0

FC Platinum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1) 1

DEFENDING champions FC Platinum continued their relentless chase of leaders CAPS United with a hard-fought Castle Lager Premiership football victory over Chapungu United at Ascot on Sunday.

Never Tigere’s first-half free-kick was enough to give the platinum miners full points against the Air Force of Zimbabwe side.

For FC Platinum, the win means they maintain a two-point gap between them and leaders CAPS United who won the Harare derby against Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

Now with two games to go and the last one against CAPS United, FC Platinum need to win both matches to retain the league’s ultimate prize.

Coach Lizwe Sweswe is aware that if they win their remaining matches they will retain their crown and is optimistic it can be done.

“I think it was one of those games which you need three points and I think these points will take us somewhere, well-done to the boys.

“What is important is to keep on winning our games, if we win the two games we are left with we will defend our title.

“With this mentality, I think we have the capacity to retain the title and we need to continue working hard,” said Sweswe.

For Chapungu the defeat leaves them just two points above the relegation zone.

With a bit of research about the opponent, both sides should have been avoiding conceding free-kicks as the two teams are equipped with some good dead ball specialists.

Chapungu conceded two dangerous free-kicks inside the opening 20 minutes, and from the resultant second one, Tigere beat Talbert Shumba hands down.

Edmore Muzanenhamo had the chance to level the scores on two occasions, his first free-kick was inches over and the second one was tipped over by an alert Francis Tizayi in goal for FC Platinum.

Just before the hour mark, second half substitute Ian Nyoni missed an open goal, pushing his effort wide after Tizayi was beaten by a Hillary Mugoniwa cross.

Outgoing Soccer Star of the Year Rodwell Chinyengetere could have killed the game as a contest 10 minutes before full-time, but he missed an open goal with Shumba a beaten man.

Chapungu coach Thomas Chinyan’anya torched a storm in the second half when he substituted Denver Mukamba — one of the best players on the pitch — and his side’s fans from the stands questioned his desire to win the match. “People can say a lot of things but the reasoning behind that substitution was that he was not tracking William (Stima) who was playing left back for FC Platinum and I wanted someone who stops the opponent up the field.

“Losing at home at this stage we are now is not good, I think we dropped points unnecessarily and I think it is bad for us, but the team played well.

“I am happy with our performance and we need to improve on our conversion,” said Chinyan’anya.

Teams

Chapungu: T Shumba, C Mativenga, H Mugoniwa, B Mbavarira, M Muchingambi, G Mleya, E Muzanenhamo, B Mugoni (P Kumbula 73rd min), D Mukamba (M Mavuto 61st min), B Chihowa (I Nyoni 52nd min), P Marufu

FC Platinum: F Tizayi, R Muduviwa, L Mhlanga, G Bello, W Stima, D Chafa, R Pavari (K Madzongwe 61st min), R Chinyengetere (A Eonde 85th min), N Tigere, G Nsiala (R Kutsanzira 67th min), G Mbweti

Source: The Herald

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00