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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.



Teams



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



Results - Week25 (25/10/2008 - 26/10/2008)







Saturday, 25 October 2008

15:00   

CFC

Caps FC




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1

SST

Shooting Stars




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15:00   

CTD

Caps United




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3

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0

LGN

Lengthens




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Sunday, 26 October 2008

15:00   

MSV

Masvingo United




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3

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1

KGN

Kiglon




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15:00   

DMS

Dynamos




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-

GNS

Gunners




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15:00   

CPU

Chapungu




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1

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0

SND

Njube Sundowns




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Sports

Zimbabwe's Cara Black loses in California

Zimbabwe's Cara Black loses in California

TOP Zimbabwean female tennis player Cara Black failed in her bid to lift her fifth doubles title at the Southern California Open when she lost in the semi-finals of the US$795 707 tournament in the United States on Saturday.

Black and her partner Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, who were unseeded, fell to No.3 seeds, Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, who beat them 7-5, 6-1, according to reports from Carlsbad in California.


Kops-Jones and Spears’ foes in late last night’s final were Chan Hao-Ching of Taipei and Slovakia’s Janette Husarova, who were 6-3, 6-2 winners over No.4 seeds Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik.

Kops-Jones and Spears were yesterday seeking their eighth WTA doubles title as a duo, having just won their seventh a week ago in Stanford.

In their two other appearances in Carlsbad, they were runners-up in 2011 and champions in 2012. Chan and Husarova were looking for their first WTA doubles title together.

To reach Saturday’s semi-finals, Black and Erakovic had scored an upset to make it through to the last four of the Southern California Open in Carlsbad.

The pair beat the second-seeded combination of American Liezel Huber and Spaniard Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-4, 3-6, 12-10 in a 1 hour 40-minute contest.

For reaching the semi-finals in Carlsbad, Black and Erakovic will split US$10 840, which was on the table for the semi-finalists.

In fact, Black (34) and Erakovic enjoyed a successful reunion in Carlsbad, winning their first round match at the Southern California Open.

Black and Erakovic beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 7-5, 6-2 in a clash of two unseeded combinations.

It set them up a quarter-final tie against second seeds Huber and Llagostera Vives who they upset before they went out to Kops-Jones and Spears in the semis on Saturday.

Black and Erakovic haven’t played together since their second-round exit at Wimbledon four weeks ago.

Before that, they enjoyed a run of success in Europe, reaching the final of tournaments in Madrid, Strasbourg and Birmingham and the quarter-finals of the French Open.

Erakovic’s doubles world ranking is 34th and Black’s 29th.

The pair have climbed to 11th as a combination on the 2013 WTA “Race to Instanbul” rankings.

The top four doubles combinations in late October will contest a Tour Championship tournament in Istanbul.

Erakovic lost her first-round singles match at Carlsbad on Tuesday, in straight sets to Urszula Radwanska of Poland - Herald.

 
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