ABSA PSL: Mixed fortunes for Zim players

The ABSA Premiership season officially kicked off last weekend, bringing mixed fortunes for Zimbabwean stars.

Nkatha scored.
Nkatha scored.

Talk of the league was Kaizer Chiefs’ 6-0 hammering of Durban-based Amazulu in Usuthu’s home turf – Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening. Kingstone Nkatha scored in the 41st minute of his debut league game for the Amakhosi and contributed to one of the league’s biggest wins in more than a year.

While Nkatha celebrated the heavy win, his countryman and Amazulu captain, Tapuwa Kapini, was on the receiving end. The Warriors first choice was the man who embarrassingly picked the ball from the back of his own net half-a-dozen times.

Carlington Nyadombo and Ramson Zhuwawo also played the full 90 minutes for Amazulu, while Nkatha was substituted in 74th minute and Willard Katsande was introduced in the 84th minute for the Aamakhosi.

Elsewhere, it took Brian Abbas Amidu just 20 minutes to get off the woods and help Leopards to a 3-2 win over Bloemfontein Celtic at the Peter Mokaba stadium on Saturday.

Method Mwanjale and Esrom Nyandoro needed Thami Sangweni’s superb set piece for their Mamelodi Sundowns to defeat a stubborn Chippa United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, but there was no place in team for countryman and striker, Nyasha Mushekwi.

Gilbert Mapemba played a full game as last season’s league runners-up, Moroka Swallows, lost 3-1 away to Obert Moyo’s Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Sunday. Oscar Machapa came in as a 64th minute substitute, but could not change the result for the Dube Birds.

Moyo did not play, as he is still awaiting his work permit, just like Takesure Chinyama, whose Orlando Pirates began the defence of their crown with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Golden Arrows and Wahington Arubi, who watched as his new club, Pretoria University, conceded a late equaliser against Cuthbert Malajila’s Maritzburg United. Malajila played the entire 90 minutes for United.

Tinashe Nengomasha was taken off in the 66th minute at Gobble Park, but not before his Bidvest Wits had conceded two goals that saw them lose 2-0 away to Free State Stars. Thomas Sweswe did not play for Wits.

Ajax Cape Town had Terror Fanteni’s late equaliser to thank for their home draw to Supersport United, with Khama Billiat featuring for the hosts alongside former Liverpool goalkeeper, Sander Westerveld.

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