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Bosso won at last in the PSL through a goal by Cuthbert Malajila (2nd Min).

FINALLY, there was something to smile about for Highlanders as they collected maximum points after eight games with a rather hard-fought win over Motor Action in a CBZ Premiership match played at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.

Cuthbert Malajila’s first half strike was all the Bulawayo giants needed to bag three points.

Highlanders had gone for eight games without a win and this victory was a relief for the technical team, players, executive and the fans.

Highlanders’ interim coach Rueben Tsengwa was a relieved man and said the team’s patience had finally paid off and they would continue working hard.

“It was a good game for us and our patience finally paid off. We are going to continue working hard and hope to win our remaining matches and try new combinations,” said Tsengwa.

He gave credit to Zephania Ngodzo and Guide Goddard for doing a sterling job in marshalling the defence adding that Gilbert Banda would have to fight for the first team jersey.

“Zephania and Goddard did well in the heart of defence. It will not be easy for Gilbert when he returns as he has to work hard to get a place in the team,” said Tsengwa.

The match started off on a high note with Highlanders attacking from the first whistle. It was in these early attacks that the former champions managed to grab a goal.

Malajila volleyed home from close range after two minutes from a Gift Lunga long clearance. Lunga had cleared a ball under the challenge of Louis Matawu and Malajila outpaced Moses Williams who should have done better to clear the ball to safety.

The early goal gave Highlanders the cutting edge as they began dictating the pace of the game but in the sixth minute, Johannes Ngodzo looked in agony as his long-range shot missed goal by inches.

Motor Action’s first attempt at goal was in the ninth minute when Warriors midfielder Clemence Matawu set up Salimu Milanzi who took a weak shot that gave Washington Arubi no problems.

The visitors’ defence of Williams and Milanzi looked shaky and had the Highlanders strikeforce been lethal, they could have bagged more goals.

In the 29th minute Highlanders could have doubled the scoreline after they were awarded a penalty when Milanzi brought down Douglas Zimbago in the box. Marlon Jani who was in goal for the visitors made a brilliant save, diving to his left to deny Johannes a goal.

Malajila, full of running the whole afternoon, failed to beat Jani in a one-on-one situation in the 35th minute.

The last five minutes of the first half saw the visitors taking the game away from Highlanders in search of an equaliser. Motor Action made some beautiful passes, keeping possesion and making brilliant build-ups but failed to find the back of the net.

Darryl Nyandoro should have levelled in the 42nd minute after being set up by Milanzi who had done well to beat Lawson Nkomo and sent in a hard and low cross, which Nyandoro, unmarked in the box, failed to connect.

In the 44th minute Simbarashe Zimora shot over the goal with Arubi to beat.

The second half saw the Lindile Dube-coached side returning a more determined side. The introduction of Edmore Mufema for Zimora resuscitated the Harare teamstrikeforce and they nearly equalised in the 55th minute when Matawu set up Mufema but the former Dynamos striker shot over the goal.

Jacob Muzokomba who came in for Johannes could have had his name on the scoresheet but failed to connect a cross delivered by Zimbago in the 75th minute.

Louis, who had a good game beat Richard Choruma and Lunga on the left side and released a cross for Mufema who watched in disbelief as the woodwork denied him a goal with Arubi beaten all systems out.

Mufema could have grabbed a late equaliser but lack of precision saw him head the ball wide with only Arubi to beat in the 90th minute.


Highlanders: W Arubi, Z Ngodzo, G Goddard, L Nkomo, G Lunga, S Alimenda, R Choruma, A Mbaiwa, J Ngodzo (J Muzokomba 73rd min), D Zimbago, C Malajila

Motor Action: M Jani, E Tembo, R Marere, M Williams, L Matawu, C Matawu, S Milanzi, D Chakupa (I Masame 53rd min), P Mumba, S Zimora(E Mufema 53rd min), D Nyandoro (L Salous 79th min) Chronicle

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Ian Gorowa to take over as Warriors coach?

Ian Gorowa to take over as Warriors coach?

IAN “Dibango’’ Gorowa is now in prime position to take over as Warriors’ coach and will today take up his role in the team’s dressing room as one of the assistant coaches — eight months after his appointment to that post.

With Klaus Dieter Pagels confirming yesterday that he was leaving at the end of the month to take up a job as a sports teacher at a Germany school, the arrival of Gorowa tells the story of a baton that is being passed with the former Warriors’ star taking over as national coach.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube gave the biggest hint that they were settling on a local coach on Wednesday last week and yesterday he had a meeting with Gorowa, which was also attended by the association’s chief executive, Jonathan Mashingaidze, in the capital.

The Warriors, who stepped up preparations for the defence of their Cosafa Cup title yesterday, are bracing for a cagey quarter-final assignment against rivals Malawi at Nkoloma Stadium here on Saturday.

Zimbabwe’s showdown with Malawi will precede another quarter-final clash between South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and the Brave Warriors of Namibia at the same venue.

Our correspondent reveals that Gorowa, who was appointed in December last year, is expected to immediately assume duties as one of Pagels’ assistants at the Warriors’ training session today and now looks set to be in the senior team’s delegation that will travel to Lusaka for the Cosafa tournament.

The other coaches who form Pagels’ backroom staff in the technical crew that replaced Rahman Gumbo’s team are FC Platinum’s Lloyd Mutasa, Peter Ndlovu and goalkeepers’ coach Nkululeko Dhlamini of Monomotapa.

Warriors’ legend Ndlovu is one of the assistants by virtue of being the national Under-23 coach while Gorowa, who is based in South Africa, had been tasked with monitoring the Warriors players who are plying their trade in that country and in Europe.

But the former Zimbabwe international, who has had coaching stints at Ajax Cape Town, Moroka Swallows, Thanda Zulu Royal and Mamelodi Sundowns, has never joined the Warriors in any of their training camps in the Pagels era.

Gorowa flew into Harare on Monday night and late yesterday afternoon he met with Dube and Mashingaidze to discuss his appointment.

It has also emerged that questions had recently been raised in the Zifa board over Gorowa’s apparent absence from the Warriors structures despite his appointment having been long ratified by the association’s leadership.

Repeated efforts to contact Dube or Mashingaidze for a comment were unsuccessful, but sources said Gorowa was expected to assume duties with the Warriors at their training session “now that he has met with the Zifa president and clarified on some various issues related to his appointment’’.

Gorowa, scorer of 11 goals in 26 appearances for the Warriors before a serious injury prematurely ended his playing career at the age of 29, is, apart from travelling to Lusaka for the Cosafa assignment, also expected to stay out for the African Nations Championships qualifier against Mauritius.

The Warriors, who have previously qualified for the last two editions of CHAN in Cote d’Ivoire and Sudan, are also pencilled in to face Mauritius in Antananarivo on July 28 for the qualifiers of the 2014 tournament in South Africa.

But it is during the on-going Cosafa tournament that Gorowa, one of the coaches always touted to be the future Warriors gaffer, could get a glimpse of the local material available for the senior team’s disposal after seeding years assessing those playing in the Super Diski.

“Ian was appointed a long time ago in December so his presence in the Warriors is not really a new thing. He even came some time ago and met with the head coach and Benedict Moyo (Zifa board member competitions)

“His absence from the Warriors set-up has been cause for concern within the board but he had some outstanding commitments in South Africa and it was felt that there was need for Ian and the Zifa president to meet to ensure the coach’s appointment is formalised as part of steps to follow through a board resolution,’’ the source said.

Crucially, though, is the indication by the sources that Gorowa could be primed to take over when Pagels’ current deal with Zifa expires at the end of this month.

The tall German coach arrived in the country on a government-to-government agreement in which he was appointed the Zifa technical advisor.

Zifa have, however, indicated that their limited financial resources may hinder them from handing Pagels a substantive contract as Warriors’ coach with the association once again seeking to turn to the locals for the job.

“The meeting was also meant to ensure that everything is regularised ahead of the team’s departure for Zambia and this whole thing is also futuristic as Zifa are trying to ensure they avoid continuing to wallow in interim set-ups.

“Ian has always been one of the options that are available for the substantive coach,’’ the source said.

Gorowa, just like many of the country’s top players, left to go to South Africa after playing for Dynamos and Black Rhinos.

He joined the now defunct Cape Town Spurs where he made a name for himself as striker and also an attacking winger, but a horrific knee injury cut short his career while playing for the club.

Gorowa, who also featured for the Warriors in the 1998 Cosafa Cup in a side that had the likes of Rabson Muchichwa, Tauya Murewa, Edelbert Dinha and Ndlovu, became an assistant coach at Spurs after his injury-forced retirement.

When Spurs merged with Seven Stars to form Ajax Cape Town, Gorowa was roped in by Ajax chief executive officer John Comitis as one of the development coaches.

He then went on to become the team’s assistant coach under Turkish mentor Muhsin Ertugral and the Urban Warriors managed to win the 2007 ABSA Cup — the club’s first major trophy since 2000.

Gorowa then joined Moroka Swallows on a three-year contract in June 2007 to replace Gavin Hunt, who had moved to SuperSport United Pitso Mosimane’s replacement.

Mosimane, now in charge of Mamelodi Sundowns, quit his post as SuperSport United after choosing to take up a full-time job as Carlos Alberto Parreira’s deputy in the Bafana Bafana dressing room and later succeeding the Brazilian.

Gorowa later parted ways with Moroka Swallows to join Thanda Royal Zulu as an assistant coach before moving to Sundowns where he briefly worked as head coach before being re-assigned.

Now as was the case with Mosimane in the Bafana Bafana set-up, Gorowa is now set to become the next Warriors gaffer after Pagels.

But tomorrow the 41-year-old coach will travel to Zambia for the Cosafa tournament as an assistant.

Meanwhile, the Cosafa tournament continued with action in Kitwe in Group B yesterday where Kenya ended Swaziland’s hopes by beating Sihlangu 2-0 in the first match with a goal in each half by Gor Mahia forward Edwin Lavasta sealing the Harambee Stars win.

Kenya drew 2-2 with Lesotho in their first game.

Dikuena (the Crocodiles) featured in a six-goal thriller against Botswana in a later match which ended 3-3 and ensured there is still all to play for in the group - Herald.


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