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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

Dynamos Coach Pasuwa Very Worried

Dynamos Coach Pasuwa Very Worried

The Harare football giants were on Sunday held to a 1-1 draw by Mochudi Centre Chiefs in Gaborone to progress to the first round of the competition on a 4-1 aggregate score.

Pasuwa’s men will now meet AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the next round with the first leg set for Harare in two weeks’ time before Dynamos travel to Kinshasa a week later.

For many Dynamos fans who watched the match, they surely must be worried about the team’s second half performance.

After a brilliant first half where they dominated play and took a well deserved 43rd minute lead, they took the foot off the accelerator in the second stanza, allowing the hosts to cancel Ronald Chitiyo’s goal.

But more worryingly for the Dynamos supporters was the realisation soon after the match that this draw meant that their team had not won an international away match since Pasuwa took over in the later stages of the 2011 season.

After winning the league that season, Pasuwa could not make the same impression in the Champions League the following term — his performances away from home being the biggest letdown.

In his first campaign in Africa in 2012, he was held to a 2-2 draw by Mozambique’s Liga Muculmana, but won the reverse fixture to progress through to the first round.

Dynamos were torn apart by Esperance in Tunisia, conceding six goals to nothing to crash out of the tournament.

However, they were given an opportunity to redeem themselves when given a ticket to play in the Caf Confederation Cup that same season, but after drawing at home to InterClube of Angola in the first leg match, they lost the reverse fixture 1-0 to bow out of the second-tier tourney.

Last year, they began their Champions League campaign with a convincing 4-0 preliminary round win at home against a very poor Correctional Services team from Lesotho.

But as poor as they were, the prisons side still managed to beat Dynamos in Maseru.

Then in the first round, Dynamos won the first leg match against Bizertin and looked very good to progress to the second round, but went on to collapse away in Tunisia, losing the match 3-0.

Speaking to the media after Sunday’s draw against Mochudi, Pasuwa said he was very worried with the team’s poor away record, adding that they would need to up their game to make an impression in Africa this season.

“As coaches, we are very worried with our away form. The players have to be mentally strong when playing away and another thing is referees sometimes decide matches out there, but it still comes back to the players’ mental strength.

“Playing away demands high levels of concentration which sometimes lacks in the team. For example, against Mochudi we played very well in the first half with good combinations, but in the second half we lost shape as we tried to defend deep allowing the opposition to come at us.

“You cannot afford to do that when playing away because the opponent will be pressing and you are bound to make mistakes,” said Pasuwa.

He also gave his assessment of AS Vita, their next opponents in the Champions League.

“I watched them playing against Kano Pillars in the first round. They are a very organised side. We need to prepare well if we are to win the match. We need to get some videos of their matches and analyse them before our encounter,” added Pasuwa.

Pasuwa handed Walter Mukanga his debut for Dynamos against Mochudi and the former Triangle midfielder was awesome especially in the first half.

He was a reassuring presence in deep midfield, winning the balls and spraying them forward. Another club new signing Chitiyo, who had a quiet game by his high standards in the first leg in Harare, gave a glimpse of what the Dynamos supporters should expect this season with a neat performance.

Pasuwa made special mention of the two players in his post-match analysis.

“Chitiyo has always been a good player, that’s why he was in the national team. He also played well in Harare (in the first leg) and his substitution in that game was tactical more than anything else,” he said.

“Mukanga played really well today (Sunday). He was aggressive with and without the ball. He is very intelligent, the type of player that can prosper at Dynamos. But I think all the players had a good game despite slowing down in the second half,” added Pasuwa.

The Dynamos team, travelling by road, was scheduled to leave Gaborone at 4am yesterday and expected in Harare afternoon. - News Day

 
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