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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

Chunga: A very bitter man

Chunga: A very bitter man

By Newsday Sports

MOSES Chunga is a bitter man.

He says he was chucked out of Chiredzi Football Club project that he sacrificed a lot for and he even relocated his family to the Lowveld in a bid to concentrate fully on developing football in the sugarcane town.

The outspoken gaffer was handed a court interdict not to interfere with the operations of the team recently after a fallout with the club’s executive over a number of issues.

Moses Chunga

The two parties were set to fight their wars in court mainly over the ownership of the team, but the Chiredzi FC executive, which is now firmly in control of the team, withdrew the case on Monday on the directive of the Premier Soccer League management.

The Lowveld-based side has since appointed Gishon Ntini as their new head coach. Chunga says he is talking to his lawyer Wellington Muzenda of Muzenda and Chitsama about his departure.

“I am going to decide on my next move with my lawyer Wellington Muzenda. At the moment l don’t want to comment on many issues.

“I have made a lot of sacrifices coming all the way from Harare to develop football here and then you take away that human resource. What does it mean? Anyway have you approached the authorities in Chiredzi over the matter?” he said.

“Surely you have manpower that has experience and is sacrificing for the cause of developing football and then you take him away. Remember l fought for this franchise and no one supported me and l even relocated my family,” he said.

Charles Muchatukwa is the chairman of the club and throughout the saga, he has chosen to be a silent operator, leaving Chunga, who is registered as a team director, to do the talking.

When Chunga joined the now defunct former Eastern Region Division One Football side Hippo Valley last season he told this publication that his major project was to develop football in the Lowveld.

He was hoping to convert Chiredzi township into a major conveyer belt of junior football in the country and he deservedly led Hippo Valley into the top-flight league last season.

But the celebrations were short-lived after their principal sponsors Tongaat Hulett disbanded the team as they already had Triangle in the top flight. They then handed over the team to the Chiredzi community.

But as expected, the team suffered from lack of sponsorships and Chunga was at one time accused of taking $4 000 for personal use from gate-takings after a match against Dynamos.

Chunga said he used the money for the upkeep of players who were struggling to make ends meet.

He later quit the team after a heated meeting with the club’s executive before making a U-turn, but was later fired for poor results, insubordination and running parallel structures.

His replacement, Ntini, who also saw red at Triangle for failing to zip his mouth, has wasted not time in laying out plans for the team as they approach the final 15 games.

Ntini says he is looking for 10 experienced players to salvage Chiredzi’s season as they kick off the second half of the season against Buffaloes at Chishamiso on Sunday.

Five of those players will come from Triangle after they were off-loaded last week by coach Biggie Zuze – David Sengu, Ronald Maketo, Muchineripi Muneri, Tatenda Kanyemba and Terrence Ganyata.

They will join ex-ZPC Kariba players and brothers Pardon Chinungwa and Norman Togara, striker Tawanda Muyendi and leftback Talent Mhondwa.

“We have talented youngsters at the club and I realised that the team does not have the much-needed experience that is why l am trying bring in at least 13 new players with vast experience,” he said.

“We now need experience in the squad because the second half of the season is tough and congested. Definitely we are going to keep the youngsters at the club so that they can also gain experience.

‘’The experience issue was the major thing I was looking at when l joined the team. We also trying to introduce a new system that will bring the desired results for the team,’’ he added.

Ntini will be assisted by Hippo Valley schoolteacher Tinashe Zvishiri and Dzingai Murinye

 
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