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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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Zimbabwe-Zambia clash postponed

Zimbabwe-Zambia clash postponed

THE highly-anticipated Zimbabwe-Zambia African Nations Championship (Chan) final round first leg qualifier set for Rufaro Stadium in the capital yesterday failed to take off after match referees from Cameroon failed to pitch up and the match was rescheduled to Sunday at the same venue.

After exploring a number of avenues to avert the situation, the three parties, Zifa, the Zambia Football Association (FAZ) and the match commissioner Ian Mcleod from South Africa agreed to postpone the match to Sunday, a decision which was endorsed by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

Warriors coach Ian Gorowa requested that the players regroup tomorrow, after they were given a break yesterday, to prepare for Sunday’s clash.

More than 5 000 fans had already paid their way into the stadium to watch the match, but they will have to wait for another week.

About 400 fans had travelled to Harare from Zambia and efforts were being made for them to travel back home.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said they had done everything possible for the match to go ahead as per schedule yesterday, but after the referees failed to pitch up, they were left with no option, but to postpone the fixture.

The Cameroonian referees were originally expected to arrive in Harare on Saturday morning, but according to Mashingaidze, the quartet of match referee, Juenkou Wandji, first assistant, Noupue Nguegoue, second assistant, Lambi J. Fuanta and reserve referee Nde Christopher Ade missed their flight from Douala to Nairobi.

After missing that flight, they could only have arrived in Harare at 3pm yesterday, but they did not travel leading to the cancellation of the match which had been rescheduled to kick off at 4:30pm.

Caf advised the referees to return home yesterday and the continental body will advise Zifa on appointments for Sunday’s match.

Zifa had earlier expressed displeasure at the appointment of Cameroonian referees arguing that it would be too expensive for Zimbabwe to fly them, but Caf stood their ground.

“The referees missed their flight from Doula and thus missed the connecting flight from Nairobi. We tried out different possible solutions since Saturday when we had learnt of the situation,” Mashingaidze said.

“But we could not avert postponement in the end. We had proposed that we get referees from South Africa and the South African Football Association (Safa) had agreed to bring in four referees, but Caf said no to that because we already had a match commissioner from the same country.”

Victor Hlungwani, Sandile Dilikane, Zakhele Siwela and Daniel Bennet had been put on standby to save the situation.

Mashingaidze said he checked with the airline in the afternoon and was told that the referees were not on that flight.

A proposal to have the match played today was rejected by Zambian officials led by FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya on the grounds that Chipolopolo needed to travel to France for an international friendly match against Senegal.

Another proposal to have local referees officiating was also shot down and in the end it was agreed that the best option would be to reschedule the match to Sunday.

The return leg will not be moved from the scheduled August 24 - Herald Sports


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