Zim Warriors hammer Namibia

Zimbabwe Warriors thrashed visiting Namibia 2-0 to move to the top position of the Africa Cup of Nations/FIFA 2010 World Cup qualifier in an exciting Group Three encounter played at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday. Orlando Pirates striker, Gilbert Mushangazhike scored two goals.

The victory means that the Zimbabwe Warriors shoot to the top of Group Three with four points, standing a glorious opportunity of qualifying for both the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations. Sunday’s victory comes a week the Zimbabwe Warriors had held Guinea 0-0 away from Home in another exciting Afcon/World Cup 2010 qualifier played in Conakry with Namibia beating Kenya 2-1.

Jose Valinhose coached the team, boasting of skillful forwards such as Manchester City striker Benjani Mwariwaru and Mushangazhike, midfield maestro Esrom Nyandoro and Tinashe Nengomasha. In defence, Zvenyika “Shorghie” Makonese, James Matola and acrobatic goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro thwarted any threatening raids from the Namibians. Zimbabweans sighed with relief after this victory. With Kenya winning 2-0 against Zimbabwe’s fierce rival Guinea, it is now important for Valinhose to build his foundation from the 2-0 win against Namibia in order to qualify as front runners. – CAJ News.

Ndlovu offloaded in SA Premiership

Platinum Stars have shown versatile Zimbabwe defender, Bekithemba Ndlovu, the exit door. The Rustenburg-based club’s chief executive, Larry Brookstone, confirmed that the defender is among players that have been offloaded by the ambitious club. “We have released Abass Inusah, Washington Tsotetsi, Bhekithemba Ndlovu and December Ngobeni,” the Stars boss said. Ndlovu was not available for comment. As the season drew to a close Stars finished outside the top eight bracket. – CAJ News

Mushangazhike and Matema survive axing

Zimbabwe international strikers, Gilbert Mushangazhike and Ralph Matema have survived the axe at Orlando Pirates. The Buccaneers this weekend confirmed that 15 players will be released from the team. Among the transfer-listed players are goalkeeper Francis Chansa and defender Tonic Chabalala who have been part of the team for a lengthy period. Rising stars Bongani Cashibe and Isaac Leshabane were also deemed not good for the team.

In a season ravaged by injury and loss of form, Matema, or Banolila as the 26-year-old is known in his homeland, started a handful of games and only managed a single goal as the team finished a disappointing eight in the 16-team log last season.

Fellow countryman and striker, Gilbert Mushangazhike, who has endeared himself to the Pirates fans with his high work rate, is also assured of another spell at the Bucs. – CAJ News

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