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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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0

SND

Njube Sundowns




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Sports

Chaotic scenes at Warriors preparations

Chaotic scenes at Warriors preparations

By Petros Kausiyo, Herald Sports

CHAOTIC scenes characterised the start of the Warriors’ preparations yesterday with just four players turning up for training ahead of their final World Cup qualifier against Mozambique at Rufaro on Sunday. The Warriors, who anchor the African Zone Group G standings with just a point from five matches, had insisted on getting their preparations underway with a morning session at Gwanzura.

Patrick Mutesva

But only four players — the Chicken Inn duo of defender Felix Chindungwe and midfielder Danny Phiri, FC Platinum’s Ali Sadiki and Triangle leftback Blessing Chimwamuchere — were present.

The four players were joined by assistant coach Jairos Tapera and team manager Patrick Mutesva for what was supposed to be a mid-morning session.

Hwange defensive rock Eric Chipeta joined camp later in the afternoon after spending the better part of the day travelling from his base at the Colliery.

There were indications, too, that FC Platinum forward Charles Sibanda, scorer of the goal that dumped Zambia out of the African Nations Championships in a 1-0 triumph for Zimbabwe in Ndola last month, was due to join camp late at night.

But that did not mask the chaos that has marred the Warriors’ preparations for the last assignment of an otherwise doomed 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign that went horribly wrong from Day One when Rahman Gumbo’s men lost to Guinea at the National Sports Stadium last year, before his successor Klaus Dieter Pagels also failed to win twice against Egypt and in the away trip to Conakry.

It emerged that the players had been left confused on whether to join camp or remain with their teams in line with directives they claimed to have received from their various club bosses.

Coach Ian Gorowa, who has had to endure a frustrating start to his tenure as Warriors gaffer, had demanded that all the players he had called up for national duty should be released as the clash was a competitive Fifa assignment, which deserved to be given some measure of respect.

But, with the bulk of the clubs electing to retain their players ahead of Premier Soccer League matches today and tomorrow, Gorowa was left facing the same scenario he encountered before the CHAN first leg tie against Zambia at home.

Then, as now, the national team players stayed at their various club bases and only joined camp after playing some mid-week league games and it was a similar tale with the assistant coaches — Callisto Pasuwa of Dynamos and Chicken Inn’s Mkhuphali Masuku — were caught in the web of confusion of the club versus country situation.

Pasuwa and his Warriors contingent were at the DeMbare training ahead of their top-of-the-table Premiership showdown with Harare City at Rufaro today while Masuku’s Chicken Inn, where the dreadlocked coach is also an assistant, were getting ready to travel to Mutare for their date with Buffaloes at Sakubva.

With just five players turning up the Warriors, for whom a fuming Gorowa was due to join camp last night, called off the training session but Mutesva maintained that the quintet that had turned up would remain in camp as he still expected more players to trickle in. Mutesva, just like Gorowa before him, took a dig the confusion that has engulfed the Warriors camp, arguing that the local football chiefs at Zifa and the PSL should have clarified with the senior team’s technical crew on the pact they had made.

The acting Warriors manager said he was praying that there would be no friction between the national team and the clubs that had released the quintet of Chindungwe, Phiri, Chimwamuchere, Sadiki and Chipeta, who could feel hard done by the move to persuade them to let go their key players while their opponents held onto their men.

“As team manager, I get instructions from my coaches and from Zifa to call up the players and communicate with their clubs and it is sad that after getting assurances that all was in order and when we should be starting training, I only have just four players and assistant coach Jairos Tapera.

“I understand it when the coach (Gorowa) gets mad about this because I don’t think that is the way of handling an international assignment.

“Yes, we did not win the race to qualify from the group but that should not mean we give up from the race completely, it is like a 400-metre race, you do not walk from the track simply because you are not in front, like a true sportsman you complete the race and that is what we should do against Mozambique and play to win,’’ Mutesva said.

Mutesva said he also feared that the chaotic events characterising the build-up to the match between the Warriors and the Mambas “could send a wrong signal about the importance we attach to the national team.

“How do we rally the fans and the corporate world to come in and support us if we don’t put our house in order and show that with us, there is nothing called a friendly match and that we take each game seriously.

“As far as I know international matches should override any other matches but now this is disappointing.

“My other fear is that we requested for the release of the players and some teams like Hwange have now been robbed of their best defender for their match against FC Platinum because they had chosen to be patriotic.

“It is the same story with Chicken Inn, and Triangle whose players are here yet there is no one from Dynamos, Highlanders or CAPS United and in the end it would appear as if these teams were being given special preference. I am just hoping that we will manage to get more players tomorrow (today),’’ Mutesva said.

 
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