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Black, Huber win Paris Open
BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe's female tennis sensation Cara Black and her American partner Liezel Huber clinched the Paris Open Tennis Double championship played over the weekend in France.

Black and Huber won their coveted tournament following an easy passage
over Lisa Raymond of America and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic
whom they beat 6-4, 3-6, 10-4.

For their victory last weekend, Black and Huber pocketed US$34 000 as
the new Paris Open doubles champions in a tournament with a total
remunerations for both men and women valued at US$700 000

Black and Huber earlier defeated Julia Goerges of Germany and Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-1, 6-4 in the semi-final.

The winning duo is respected the world over for winning 10 titles last
year, a positive development that helped Black and Huber to move to the
world’s pole position rankings in the Women Tennis Association (WTA)
doubles.

2010 FIFA World Cup tickets for sale

JOHANNESBURG – Ticket sales for the historic Federation of
International Football Association (FIFA) 2010 World Cup will go on
sale on February 20 in many cities of South Africa, a senior FIFA
official announced.

According to the World Cup Soccer 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC)
Chief Executive Officer, Danny Jordan, the early sales are to avoid too
much pressure during the matches.

Makonese’s Orlando Pirates lose 1-2 to Swallows

JOHANNESBURG – Zvenyika Makonese’s Orlando Pirates Football Club
continues to sing the blues as they suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat
at the hands of arch-rival Moroka Swallows in an ABSA premiership match
played at Olympia Park Stadium on Sunday.

Makonese, who quit his Cape Town based soccer outfit Santos Football
Club to join the Buccaneers watched in agony as his new club plummeted
to the bottom league log.

Whilst Pirates moved two places below the ladder, city rivals Kaizer
Chiefs moved up three places to a credible second on the 16-team league
log standing with defending champions Super Sport on pole position.

Makonese is a key member of the Zimbabwe Warriors squad whose move to
Pirates was dubbed by many as a huge sigh of relief to a man currently
playing football of his life.

CAPS beat Victors of Uganda 1-0

HARARE – CAPS United narrowly beat visiting Ugandan side, Victors
Football Club 1-0 to book a place in the first round of the
Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation Cup knock-out in
a balanced encounter strongly contested at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

A solitary strike from Raaquib Milanzi was enough to propel the side to
progress to the next stage of this prestigious continental soccer
showcase.

The Zimbabwean representatives will now meet with Egypt’s Engineering
in another encounter which promises fireworks at Rufaro Stadium in
Harare on March 15.

The Lloyd Chitembwe coached CAPS United won the match 3-0 on aggregate
having beaten the Ugandans 2-0 at their backyard in Kampala some two
weeks ago.

In the first leg of the same tournament, CAPS scored the two goals
courtesy of Zimbabwe Under-20 Warriors forward Tafadzwa Rusike.

Monomotapa sail through to CAF championship

HARARE – Zimbabwe's premiership title holders and representatives at
the prestigious Confederation of African Football (CAF) club
championship, Monomotapa Football Club progressed to the next stage of
the continental soccer showcase despite narrowly losing 2-1 to hosting
Miemba of Zanzibar in an encounter strongly contested at Dar es Salaam
Stadium in Tanzania on Saturday.

Monomotapa, who succumbed 2-1 to the Zanzibar islanders progressed by
virtue of a goal aggregate following the previous 2-0 victory carried
at home in Harare a fortnight ago during the first leg tie. 

Eventually, the Zimbabwean champions sailed through with a 3-2
aggregate, a victory that would see the Roderick Dhlakama coached men
correct their defensive mix up, the slick marking that could have cost
the southern African nation progression to the next stage of the
tournament

Miemba were the first to settle through goals by William Sylvester and a controversial spot-kick by Said Wambunje. 

However the visiting Zimbabwean side was not finished when they pulled
one back courtesy of a fantastic header by Edmore Chitato.

Rivalry resumes between Zim and South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The grudge between Zimbabwe and South Africa in terms of
which country plays better football will be proven when Monomotapa
Football Club and Ajax Cape Town lock horns in the lucrative and
prestigious Confederation of African Football (CAF) club championship
early March.

Although CAF is yet to announce the venue of the first leg encounter,
it is the football rivalry between these two nations which is seeing
many football administrators, coaches, players and fans comment a lot
about this much awaited tie.

The match between Zimbabwe’s Monomotapa and South Africa’s Ajax Cape
Town is expected to be action packed as both sides will be eager to
prove their football dominance, nation’s pride and superiority over the
other.

Already the Zimbabwe senior Warriors had beaten Bafana Bafana both home
and away during the qualifying rounds of the newly introduced African
Cup of Nations Championship to be played in Cote D’Ivoire next week.

South Africa will want to prove that the premiership league is the best
in the African continent as evidenced by most players drawn from across
the expansive continent plying their trade in the ABSA top flight
sponsored league. 

Talks at Johannesburg’s rail stations, bust termini, airports,
universities and other public places is that the match between the two
rival clubs would prove excitement with action packed.

"I tip Monomotapa to progress through to the first round of the CAF
club championship because football in this country (South Africa) is
not much developed.  Admittedly, the local premiership league is the
richest in Africa, but it has nothing much to offer in terms of quality
competition as evidenced by all three clubs in South Africa failing to
reach both quarter-final and semi-final last year," said Ossy Ukwa of
Nigeria.

Tiyani Baloyi of Alexandra in Johannesburg argues that Ajax Cape Town
would beat Monomotapa basing on the country’s state of wealth.

"Zimbabwe is a country battling to make amends economically, and I can
not see a team struggling to raise transport fair to win against a well
financed club such as Ajax Cape Town, said Baloyi.

But Baloyi’s claims were dismissed by Tiyane Nyashanu of Hillbrow, who
argued that most of the Zimbabwean players in South Africa were only
after the rand insisting the ABSA premiership was one of the weakest in
the sub-Saharan Africa.

"Despite huge financial sponsorship by renowned commercial banks, the
South African league is far behind the Zimbabwean counterpart.  I would
not want to waste much of my time deliberating or arguing which country
is better than the other in terms of football except calling upon
football fans to come and witness Monomotapa massacre Ajax Cape Town,"
said Nyashanu. 

The match has already generated huge excitement and tension as fans in
Africa’s largest city of Johannesburg are betting in cash and kind on
behalf of their national club representative at the CAF tournament.

New Zealand to weigh possibility of playing Zim

BULAWAYO – The vastly improved Zimbabwe cricket side has been given the
green light to host three one-day internationals against New Zealand in
July this year.

However, the cloud of uncertainty is still hanging over Zimbabwe’s
political spheres and New Zealand, who have been critical about
Zimbabwe’s lack of democracy, lack of rule of law as well as
disregarding of property rights in the southern African nation, insist
they still needed clarification from the New Zealand Cricket Board to
approve the tour of Harare.

Already New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive, Justin Vaughan says he
would consult his country’s foreign affairs on whether to tour Zimbabwe
or not.

Zimbabwe, who recorded impressive victories against Kenya and
Bangladesh have of late proved to be regaining their lost status in as
far as cricket in the world is concerned following signs of great
improvement.

If New Zealand gives thumps up to the three day one-internationals,
then Zimbabwe, which had voluntarily withdrawn from test matches would
clinch another glorious opportunity to revive itself.

Zim football boss faces fraud

HARARE – Joe Sengeredo, former Shooting Stars club owner is set to
appear in court this week following his arrest on fraud charges
involving more than US$115 000.

It is alleged the former Shooting Stars Football Club boss sold a house
in Avondale to two different people accruing huge sums of money.
Sangeredo was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly sold the house to
another Harare businessman.

Police Spokesperson, Inspector James Sabau confirmed the arrest and
stated the accused was due to appear in court before this coming
weekend.

Zim takes on Wales at World Sevens Rugby

MUTARE – World Sevens Rugby Challenge Tournament kicks off on March 5 with Zimbabwe battling it out with Wales.

Zimbabwe, alongside South Africa and Uganda have proved beyond a doubt
that they are the Sevens Rugby powerhouses for Africa, and their
participation at the world cup is set to lift African’s image and
prestige abroad.

The Sevens Rugby World Cup will feature three African nations comprising Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa respectively.

South Africa will play against Japan in their opening match while Uganda takes on New Zealand.

Team Zimbabwe is making some thorough preparations ahead of this crucial tournament.

Already South Africa are the World Rugby defending champions after beating England in the finals last year.

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