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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

Grobbelaar criticises Liverpool defender

Grobbelaar criticises Liverpool defender

If Liverpool win the Premier League title this season, it will not be down to the work of Simon Mignolet, claims eccentric former goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, who does note rate the Belgian shot-stopper.

Liverpool are—barring a giant goal swing in Chelsea's favour—10 points from sealing their first title in 24 years, thanks largely to the attacking contributions of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, who have helped the Reds net 93 times this season.

Bruce Grobbelaar with the late Zimbabwe striker Adam Ndlovu

However, at the back Liverpool have conceded 42 times, 18 more than nearest rivals Chelsea. Grobbelaar points the finger at Mignolet for that statistic, per the Daily Mirror’s John Cross:

A good keeper should be easy on his feet, plays out from the back and commands himself in the penalty box. A keeper should never be beaten – as he has been – by a header from three yards out. The keeper coach has to work him harder and he can improve a lot, of course he can.

Another point is his positioning on free-kicks. His starting position is not right. The team and the defence is too far back for the keeper. They’re on top of him. He’s not commanding enough.

Another reason I look at Mignolet is the number of goals he’s conceded. Any team which concedes that number of goals should not be top of the league. You compare that to the number of goals Petr Cech has conceded at Chelsea and that tells you the difference. Any good team starts from the back.

Grobbelaar’s attack could barely come at a worse time. Liverpool are having to deal with the pressure of knowing they are now expected to win the title, so nerves will inevitably be on edge around the club.

Mignolet is a character who suffers from nerves. He admitted as much after a shaky debut for the club against Stoke, per the Daily Mirror’s Simon Mullock.

Big games have, on occasion, prompted mistakes from the big Belgian. He was at fault for Alvaro Negredo’s winner for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, and arguably he should have stopped Samuel Eto’o’s strike for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Grobbelaar won six league titles at Liverpool, including the club’s last in 1990. His athleticism and personality inside the penalty area were unquestionable, and he remains one of the best keepers Liverpool have had.

Mignolet is still in his first season, having moved from Sunderland, and is still adapting to life at a big club.

Mistakes have certainly been made, but so have crucial saves like the penalty he stopped against Stoke on the opening day, and his sharp reflex stop to deny Fernandinho during Liverpool’s recent win over City.

The £9 million capture is also somewhat exposed by Liverpool’s attacking line-up, which features the diminutive figures of Sterling and Philippe Coutinho behind Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

Skipper Steven Gerrard recently hailed Sterling’s rise to prominence, claiming he does not go near him in training due to his strength on a football.

Sterling, though, says Gerrard is the key to Liverpool’s success, per the club’s official website. The skipper plays a self-sacrificing role in front of the defence and stands just four games away from getting his hands on the Premier League trophy:

When players like Stevie are telling you to go out there and try to create something and the defensive side of the team will worry about any mistakes, for someone like that to have belief in you and tell you to go out there and create, that gives you even more of a buzz.

He's telling you he believes in you personally and the team believes in you. It's a good all-round thing with everyone having belief in each other and working for each other. It's working as we all wanted it to work.

Liverpool head to Norwich on Sunday, knowing they can afford to draw one of their last four games and still win the league title, unless Chelsea close a nine-goal gap in the goal difference column.

They have not failed to score since Nov. 2, 2013, so Mignolet knows a clean sheet at Carrow Road will more than likely help the Reds take a step closer to their dream.

Gerrard, Sterling and Suarez will get much of the plaudits if Liverpool do clinch the title this term, but for Mignolet a winner’s medal would be a great way to silence doubters like Grobbelaar, who must surely know he is not helping his former side by criticising them at this vital time.

 
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