BRIEFS( 24-08-07)

BY MTHULISI SIBANDA
SPORTS REPORTER


Kapini contract

JOHANNESBURG - Platinum Stars will improve Warriors goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini's contract terms if he continues last season's heroics into the new season. Stars assistant coach, Thierry Mulonzo said his form


had put Kapini in good stead for a contractual review. “The player impressed us in the closing stages of last season and the pre-2007/08 season. It may be too early to say this, but if he maintains his form his contract terms may be bettered this season. Remember, he is our player until 2009, so there is still time for a review,” said Mulonzo.



Joel recovering


JOHANNESBURG – Recuperating Zimbabwe international and South Africa’s Platinum Stars winger, Joel Luphahla, may have defied a career-threatening injury, but is unlikely to play this season.
Assistant coach Thierry Mulonzo said thrusting Luphahla into action would be asking too much from the Zimbabwe international. “To be honest, Joel will only be fit to play next season. His chances are slim this season despite his speedy recovery.” The club was amazed with his work rate and fighting spirit after resuming light training with Stars, he said.
Luphahla suffered one of football’s most horrendous injuries in March, in a league match. His leg broke in two places and his shin became detached at the knee, raising fears that he might not play football again.
The Tsholotsho-born player remains confident he would be back sooner than fans and the technical team expect. “I told myself that as long as they did not amputate my leg, I would fight my way to the top,” said the lanky midfielder. – CAJ News.



SOCCER ROUNDUP WITH CAJ NEWS


Saturday’s victory saw Dynamos’ lead extended to four points on top of the log, after the abandonment of the league encounter between defending champions Highlanders and CAPS United.


Dynamos 1-0 Monomotapa


HARARE – The most-supported premiership club, Dynamos, are breathing fire and brimstone following their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Monomotapa in a CBZ premiership encounter contested at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.
A solitary goal from Bekhimpilo Ncube was enough to see the Harare giants collect maximum points in this evenly balanced premiership soccer match, before a packed Rufaro Stadium.
Young midfielder Sebastian Matende curled an in-swinger from the corner flag before Ncube headed home, to send an estimated 38,000 fans into a frenzy.
DeMbare, as Dynamos are affectionately called, started the match on a faster pace with Matende, captain Justice Majabvi, Edward Sadomba and hard-running Murape Murape causing anxious moments for the visitors.
It came as no surprise when DeMbare found the only important goal of the day when Ncube pounced on to a beautifully taken corner kick by Matende.
Of course, Monomotapa goal-minder Godfrey Mangove made some breath-taking saves but the powerful header by Ncube was just classic and the keeper may be forgiven for not stopping that goal.
The victory also silenced the hard-to-please Dynamos fans when David Mandigora’s youthful side played another important match with unity and zeal.

Hwange 5 – 0 Masvingo United


MASVINGO – Two goals in each half by dribbling wizard Desire Bafana and a close range strike from Carrington Gomba were enough to see Hwange collect three crucial points against the much fancied Masvingo United in a league match played at Mucheke Stadium on Sunday.
Asipo Haapo, as Masvingo United are affectionately called, not match the visitors, who bombarded the hosts from left, right and centre before grabbing an opener towards the end of the first half.
It came as no surprise when the coalminers increased their lead through dependable striker Gomba, to send the busmen reeling out of the 2007 premiership race.
Masvingo United midfield department failed to create scoring chances for their twin strikers upfront, Johnson Zimbabe and Zimbabwe-23 forward Martin Vengesayi.
Sunday’s defeat pushed Masvingo United to the sixth position on top of the premiership league log standings.



Motor Action – 1 – Eastern Lions


MUTARE – Rejuvenated Motor Action continued with their impressive form when they held stubborn Eastern Lions to a 1-1 draw in a well-balanced premiership match played at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.
The Eastern Lions, who displayed some poor performance in the midfield department, scored their goal through Cyrill Muzambwe whilst Motor Action responded in the 85th minute through Cassidy Mtupanyama to silence the home fans.
Motor Action, who are receiving some thorough revitalization from the new head coach are slowly escaping the relegation zone as they have gone for three straight games without testing defeat.



LEAD


Police disperse angry CAPS United crowd


BY CAJ NEWS


BULAWAYO – Police had to use water cannon to disperse rowdy CAPS United fans after they ran riot and threw missiles onto the pitch in protest over a late penalty awarded to Highlanders at Barbourfields.
The ensuing chaos resulted in the abandonment of the CBZ Premiership encounter five minutes from time.
The two teams were deadlocked at 1-1 when controversial Masvingo referee Godfrey Gombwe pointed to the spot after David Kutyauripo handled in the box. The decision did not go down well with CAPS United followers, who started throwing missiles onto the pitch as Obadiah Tarumbwa stepped up to take the spot-kick.
The Bulawayo giants had to reinforce their security as more riot police officers were called in to quell the disturbances.
While riot police were dispersing the fans, the match officials and CAPS United players left for the changing rooms. They immediately changed into their own clothes, resulting in the abandonment of the match.
Asked why his players had left the field of play, CAPS United owner Twine Phiri said that the referee had instructed them to leave the pitch.
“How can we proceed with the match when the referees have already changed (clothes)? The referee told us to leave the pitch,” Phiri said.
However, Gombwe told Highlanders officials and journalists that the CAPS United goalkeeper (Energy Murambadoro) had refused to return to the pitch, saying he feared for his safety. Premier Soccer league fixtures secretary Godfrey Japajapa was also present.
“We have asked the CAPS United goalkeeper to go back to the pitch so that the match can resume. He said he was stoned thrice and has refused to play,” Gombwe said.
Japajapa refused to comment. “I cannot comment,” was all he would say. PSL secretary general Kennedy Ndebele also refused to comment.
It could not be established whether there were any injuries. However, a woman lost consciousness during the chaos and was carried to safety by two men.
On 16 July 2004, violent scenes marred a league match pitting the two teams. Ralph Matema, who was playing his first home game for Bosso, had been red-carded. The Orlando Pirates striker had scored two of the Bulawayo giants’ two goals in the match that ended in a 3-3 draw.

Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News

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