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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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SST

Shooting Stars




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15:00   

CTD

Caps United




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0

LGN

Lengthens




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Sunday, 26 October 2008

15:00   

MSV

Masvingo United




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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

Gorowa quits Warriors after loss

Gorowa quits Warriors after loss

WARRIORS coach Ian Gorowa reportedly threw in the towel last night after Zimbabwe were knocked out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers following a 2-2 draw against Tanzania at the National Sports Stadium (NSS).

ZIMBABWE . . . . . . (1)2 TANZANIA . . . . . . . (1)2

(Tanzania through on a 3-2 aggregate win)

Gorowa was not immediately available for comment late last night while Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said: “We have not received any communication to that effect.”

After yesterday’s sucker punch at the NSS, a dejected looking Gorowa refused to talk to the media. He had to be escorted to the dressing room, and on his way, was forced to duck a few missiles aimed at him by a section of infuriated Warriors fans.

“What can I say, we wasted a lot of chances . . . that’s it, no further comment,” he said as he hastily trudged off the pitch.

The Warriors went in front through a Danny Phiri’s fourth minute strike to level the aggregate score at 1-1, but were pegged back just 20 minutes later when Tanzania captain Nadir Haroub headed home from a corner kick after a mistake by defenders Erick Chipeta and Hardlife Zvirekwi who carelessly conceded a corner kick.

With Zimbabwe behind and Tanzania having scored a crucial away goal, Gorowa’s side needed to attack, but found themselves further behind straight from the halftime restart when a Chipeta blunder gifted Tanzania a second goal scored by TP Mazembe forward Thomas Ulimwengu.

The Warriors defender’s tame clearance from a back pass was intercepted by Amri Kiemba who put Ulimwengu through for a tidy finish. Warriors goalkeeper George Chigova should, however, have done better to stop the shot as he was beaten on his near post.

The goal meant that Zimbabwe needed to score three clear goals in the remaining 44 minutes, and when Willard Katsande rose clear to head the equaliser on 55th minute, it looked like it would be a mission possible.

However, the Warriors strikers were just poor on the day, and credit is also due to the Tanzanian defenders who performed admirably to keep the attackers at bay.

At the expiration of seven added on minutes, Tanzania coach Mart Nooij could be seen punching the air several times before disappearing into the dressing room. Tanzania assistant coach Salum Mayanga said: “We came here looking for a draw and we got it so we are very happy we achieved that. When Zimbabwe failed to score in Tanzania we knew we had a good chance and thank God, we managed to progress to the next stage.”

A frenetic and passionate start to the game gave Zimbabwe the opener, exactly the kind of start they needed in this match.

Midfielder Ovidy Karuru evaded challenges on the left channel before crossing the ball for Cuthbert Malajila on the blind side who intelligently laid the ball for Phiri to curl beyond the diving Tanzanian goalkeeper Deogratias Muish. It almost got better for the Warriors two minutes later but Denver Mukamba’s shot went just wide.

At the other end, Simon Msuva’s shot ran across the face of goal after the defenders failed to clear their lines, which was an initial warning that all was not well with the hosts’ backline.

Tanzania were giving away free kicks continuously, but Zimbabwe failed to capitalise, and the closest they came to scoring was when Edward Sadomba’s effort from inside the penalty arch after Karuru had been impeded, hit the upright.

It was from a set-piece, their first of the match that the Taifa Stars found their first goal. Chipeta’s short pass to Zvirekwi, who was not even looking at the ball, was intercepted by Mwingi Kazimoto, but the defender recovered quickly to block the effort, but from the resultant corner-kick, Haroub found the breakthrough.

Milton Ncube required medical attention moments later after he was elbowed by Ulimwengu during a tussle for the ball and returned to the pitch five minutes later with a bandaged head.

Meanwhile, Phiri’s freekick was parried away by the goalie and Malajila headed wide from a resultant corner-kick while Sadomba managed to create some space inside the box, but with the keeper to beat, he shot wide.

Malajila also went down and returned on the pitch with a bandage strapped on his head and on 39th minute, Katsande went down inside the box, but Seychelles referee Bernard Camille ignored the strong calls for a penalty from an estimated 50 000 supporters who thronged the stadium. The Kaizer Chiefs hardman then headed wide on 44th minute as the two sides went to the break dreadlocked.

Chasing the tie, Gorowa made his first switch, introduced Tendai Ndoro for Malajila at the start of the second half, but it was Tanzania who immediately went in front after a calamitous defensive clearance by Chipeta.

But Katsande’s equaliser appeared to have invigorated the hosts with numerous chances created, but painfully wasted. Sadomba failed to connect a Karuru cross from the right, Ndoro shot wide from inside the box and Mukamba hit the side netting from an acute angle as the Warriors forwards took turns to miss.

Seven minutes were added to the end of the match to make up of the time wasted by the visitors players, but the two goals needed remained elusive for the hosts with Ndoro again, substitute Pasca Manhanga and Karuru spurning very good chances inside that period, meaning the Warriors’ Afcon campaign ended at the first hurdle.

Teams

Zimbabwe: G Chigova, H Zvirekwi, P Jaure, E Chipeta, M Ncube, D Phiri (P Manhanga, 89’), W Katsande, D Mukamba (K Musharu, 70’), O Karuru, E Sadomba, C Malajila (T Ndoro, 46’).

Tanzania: D Munish, S Kapombe, O Joshua, N Haroub, K Yondan, H Chanongo (S Moradi, 80’), J Bocco, M Kazimoto, T Ulimwengu (A Manula, 91’), S Msuva, A Kiemba (H Mao, 65’).

 

 
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