inst English giants Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend. The 21’year’old Zimbabwe international, despite the 1’2 loss to the London club, duly received the Man of the Match Award after the Vodacom Challenge opener in Durban. “Bhasera put on the same kind of hard working display that he did on Sunday against Black Leopards (in Chiefs” 4’5 penalty loss in his debut). He has once again demonstrated that he could be the answer to Chiefs problems on the left,” said the club.
Goal of the Year?
PRETORIA ‘ Mamelodi Sundowns and Zimbabwe midfielder, Esrom Nyandoro, has put himself in good stead to win an award in the Confederation of African Football Goal of the Year with his volleyed shot that steered Sundowns to a crucial victory in the weekend’s Confederations Cup. Lurking outside the penalty area, Nyandoro received a loose clearance from the TP Mazembe defence and let loose a volley with his weaker left foot that left goalkeeper Mpini Ikamba clasping thin air in the 62 minute. The goal, which brought the scores level to 2’2, revitalized The Brazilians’ chances of winning the match. They eventually ran out 3’2 winners having overcome a two goal deficit. ‘ Mthulisi Sibanda, CAJ
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Shooting Stars 2 – 1 Lancashire Steel FC
KWEKWE ‘ Lancashire Steel Football Club were humiliated before their home fans when visiting Shooting Stars handed them with a 2’1 defeat in a CBZ premiership encounter strongly contested at Baghdad Stadium in Kwekwe on Sunday.
Two goals from skilful midfielder Mtshumayeli Moyo and sharp shooting Zambian forward Clive Mwale took the Harare premiership side to the fourth position on top of the CBZ premiership league log standings.
The steel manufacturers got their consolation goal through Muzokomba, but the damage had already been inflicted in a development that gave the Harare side the three valuable points.
Shooting Stars are now in the race for league championship alongside defending champions Highlanders, Dynamos, Masvingo United and CAPS United respectively.
Hwange Football Club 2 – 0 Monomotapa
HWANGE – Former Warriors’ industrious midfielder, Tavaka Gumbo, revived his coaching career on a high note when his new charges Hwange Football Club thrashed visiting Monomotapa 2’0 in a CBZ premiership encounter at the Colliery Stadium in Hwange on Sunday.
Gumbo, former Masvingo United and Shabanie Mine assistant coach, was clubless when fired some time in 2005 for poor results, but Sunday’s victory re’assured the nation that the dread’locked football mentor is still active and capable.
A brace from Gilbert Zulu helped Hwange thrash Monomotapa 2’0, and the win helped to return stability at the colliery camp in a move likely to stir them away from the looming relegation.
Eastern Lions 2 – 0 Masvingo United
MUTARE ‘ An own goal by Progress Musepa and another gem of a strike from Simon Musewe were enough to give the new premiership debutantes Eastern Lions three valuable points in an exciting CBZ league match played at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare on Sunday.
The cup kings, Masvingo United, who were expected to close in on log leaders Highlanders, finally succumbed to the premiership heat before presenting former champions Dynamos with a glorious and generous opportunity to move one step up the log to the crucial second position.
Masvingo United were clueless after the two first’half goals and resorted to high and aimless balls as they desperately searched for an equaliser, an equaliser that never came.
Masvingo United had Zimbabwe international goalkeeper to thank Tafadzwa Dube for some brilliant performances between the goal posts as he single’handedly denied the Mutare based team more goals.
Dynamos 1 – 0 CAPS United
HARARE ‘ A solitary strike by young midfielder Edward Sadomba was enough to propel Dynamos to the second position of the CBZ premiership log standing following some scintillating performance at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
Dynamos, who last beat their arch’rivals CAPS United in a league match in 2002 were in an uncompromising mood from the onset when they bombarded the Pharmaceuticals side from left, right and centre.
It came as no surprise when industrious young midfielder Sadomba scored the only goal of the day courtesy of captain Justice Majbvi’s superb works in the heart of the field for Dynamos. The victory sent the nation’s estimated seven million Dynamos fans into frenzy.
The unheralded Sadomba emerged hero after the 90 minutes of regulation time, and several fans lifted him up in celebration of the victory. Again, head coach David Mandigora was viewed as a true lieutenant and commander of the youthful Dynamos.
Highlanders 0 – Black Rhinos
HARARE – Defending champions Highlanders Football Club were held to a goalless draw by a rebuilding Black Rhinos nursery in a thrilling premiership encounter strongly contested at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.
The Two Brigade’based army side matched the champions man for man and were a bit unlucky not to walk home with three set of points when veteran midfielder Lazarous Muhoni’s powerful header crashed against the upright post with Washington Arubi a beaten man in goals for Bosso.
On Saturday, ‘Chauya Chipembere’, as Black Rhinos are commonly called, showed some great improvements with Muhoni proving why he should be recalled to the Zimbabwe Warriors’ senior squad.
But it was the heroic saves of former Masvingo United goalkeeper Muzondiwa Gonese who thwarted numerous point blank saves to keep the army side out of relegation when the premiership curtains come down.
The gangling goalkeeper made three crucial saves in the second half and those saves were enough to inspire the otherwise weak strikers and defenders for Black Rhinos.
On the other hand, Highlanders’ Nqobile Mpala played his heart out upfront with former Dynamos forward Givemore Manuela combining quite well, but some good defensive by Gonese proved to be a stumbling block for Bosso.
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