Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League witnessed a fully packed exciting weekend when the 16 teams clashed. The overall results saw some teams moving up the ladder while others loosing their grip in the league contest. Here is the wrap up of the the games played;
Zulu Inspires Hwange to Victory
SECOND half substitute Gilbert Zulu came off the bench to inspire Hwange to full marks in their league tie against visiting Harare City.
Hwange . , . . . . . . (0)1
Harare City . . . . . . . 0
Hwange’s first attempt on goal came in the 24th minute, but Talent Chamboko shot tamely failing to trouble Tafadzwa Dube in goals for City.
The visitors took control of the second half exhibiting a good passing game that mesmerized their opponents.
But the home side could have opened the scoring in the 61th minute; Sibelo’s free kick found an unaware Munyaradzi Mungadze who skied the effort over Dube’s goal.
Hwange’s free kick specialist Sibelo created a glorious chance off a set-piece which resulted in Boriwondo hitting the post.
A sigh of relief for the Chipangano faithfuls came in the 69th minute when Zulu rushed on to a rebound spilled by Dube off a Newman Sianchali effort, to punish the Sunshine Boys.
Fransisco Zekumbawire came on for Nathan Ziwini and his presence troubled the Hwange rear guard but he could not inspire a share of the spoils.
Triangle Suffers Title Chase Blow
TRIANGLE’s title chase suffered another blow when they lost to FC Platinum, who stay on course to challenge for honours, at Gibbo Stadium yesterday.
Triangle . . . . . . . . . . 0
FC Platinum . . . . . . . (1)1
The Lowveld-based side lost to Dynamos in their last home match.
The visitors took the lead in the 23th minute through Brian Muzondiwa who poked home Tatenda Dzumbunu cross to send the home side’s few fans into frenzy.
Out of form Pasca Manhanga saw his cross pushed for a corner kick by Mhari in the 34th minute after receiving a fine cross from Hillary Bakacheza.
Triangle fans were jerked off their seats in the 41th minute after Praise Tonha’s free-kick just outside the opposition box crashed against the upright post.
Triangle started the second half on fire and just two minutes after the breather Cabby Kamhapa had a chance to level terms but he ballooned his shot, over the bar with the visitors’ defence off guard.
The ineffective home side striker Bakacheza was substituted for Zambian international Antony Sakala but the substitution failed to pay dividends.
Triangle failed to maximise on a goal mouth scramble in the 67th minute with Manhanga in a good position to equalise for his side but he miscued his shot.
FC Platinum defended with their lives during the last 15 minutes of the match as they secured another important win.
Dongo Records Third Win
DONGO Sawmill recorded their third Caste Lager Premier Soccer League win of the current campaign when they accounted for visiting Tsholotsho at Vengere Stadium.
With the win, however, Dongo Sawmill remained stuck at the foot of the league log as they battle for survival.
Elliot Mungiri gave the hosts the lead in the 29th minute, pouncing on a mistake by Tsholotsho defenders before Evans Chikwaikwai sealed the win with a long range effort on 50th minute.
Second half substitute Sizabantu Khoza missed from a penalty spot in injury time for the away side, an effort that probably summed how poor show by the Lizwe Sweswe coached side was.
Dongo now have 16 points, two behind 13-placed Tsholotsho who could have moved out of the relegation zone with a win here.
Tsholotsho came into the match buoyed by their last week draw against Dynamos, but were terribly slow to get going yesterday and had not been of the brilliance of their goalie Nickel Marichi, they could have been down by two goals in the first quarter of the hour.
However, their luck soon ran out just before the hour mark when Chikwaikwai’s trademark long throw into the box was not properly dealt with and Mungiri pounced to slot home.
The home side continued to create the better chances and looked the mostly likely to score the next goal.
Just five minutes of the second had lapsed and the scoreboard was ticking again when Chikwaikwai found himself unmarked just outside the box and released a shot that gave Marichi no chance.
Tsholotsho had a perfect opportunity to reduce the deficit on 90th minute when match day referee Brighton Chimene pointed to the spot after Kudzanai Mangondo had handled inside the box.
Khoza stepped up but dragged his shot wide off target.
Buffaloes Boost chances of avoiding relegation as they sink Flame Lilly
BUFFALOES boosted their chances of avoiding relegation from the Castle lager Premier League when they beat fellow strugglers Flame Lilly at Sakubva yesterday.
BUFFALOES . . . . . . . . (0) (2)
FLAME LILY . . . . . . . . (0)
Buffaloes dominated the proceedings but were hugely let down by their wasteful strikers.
On eight minutes, skillful Buffaloes midfielder Phillip Thembani’s low shot just outside the box was saved by Prosper Chigumba in goals for Flame Lily.
The visiting team’s striker Virimai Mukudo could not believe it as he watched his headed effort narrowly miss the target on the stroke of half time after receiving a cross on the left from Motion Muponda.
In the second half Buffaloes charged its batteries and were fired up. Captain Shepherd started to dictate proceedings from the midfield picking out his strikers with ease.
As the time proved to be running out for Buffaloes, coach Saul Chaminuka made some substitutions in hunt for goals.
In the 78th minute in came left back Kudzai Mwaramba for George Mukahanana and Lloyd Katongomora for Farai Banda.
In the 83rd minutes Katongomora did justice to an inviting cross on the left from Mwaramba when he volleyed home torching wild celebrations from the home team’s fans who had become restless.
Buffaloes exerted more pressure and forced the Flame Lily defence marshaled by veteran defenders Brighton Chandisaita and Gift Phiri to back pedal.
In the 88th minute Buffaloes put the final nail on Flame Lily’s coffin when seasoned striker Jacob Muzokomba received a long pass from Thembani. Muzokomba calmly controlled the ball and struck a hard and low short sealing a memorable victory for the soldiers.
Sibanda Blunder Costs Mafu
HIGHLANDERS’ goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda’s stoppage time boob gave Chicken Inn all three points and condemned Bosso coach Bongani Mafu to deep trouble as his future at the club could be decided by this performance.
Highlanders . . . . . . . (1) 2
Chicken Inn . . . . . . . (1) 3
His fate is likely to be decided today when he meets the club executive.
The Bosso executive went public with Mafu’s ultimatum, that if the team lost to Chicken Inn they would fire him.
It was Highlanders’ third consecutive defeat after losing 1-2 to FC Platinum at BF, 0-1 to WhaWha at Ascot Stadium and to Chicken Inn yesterday dumping Bosso to an unfamiliar position 10 on the log table with 25 points.
Chicken Inn maintained its lead at the top with 43 points with nine matches left.
Just as the sense of stalemate was beginning to settle in, Sibanda spilled Danny “Deco” Phiri’s free kick for striker Michelle Katsvairo to punish him for that blunder.
Bhekimpilo Ncube scored the opener for Chicken Inn in the 24th minute from a Brian Mbiriri cross but Highlanders quickly equalized two minutes later through a gem of a goal by midfielder King Nadolo.
The first half was however a dull affair but Chicken Inn came into the second half a more rejuvenated side and bombarded Highlanders’ goal area and Katsvairo soon thrust his team ahead after he controlled the ball unmarked outside Bosso’s penalty box, and beat Sibanda.
The ambience of gloom had set in at BF on the Highlanders fans once again as they started chanting anti-Mafu slogans but Bruce Kangwa rode a Lawrence Mhlanga tackle and before firing past an advancing Chipezeze on 73 minutes.
10-men Chapungu Overpowers Caps United
CAPS UNITED failed to utilise numerical advantage after they succumbed to 10-men Chapungu, a result that might plunge the technical team led by Mark Mathe into trouble.
Chapungu . . . . . . . . (1) (2)
Caps United . . . . . . (0) (1)
A goal apiece in either side of halftime by Chapungu captain Philip Marufu and Allen Tavarwisa outweighed a solitary strike by veteran forward Lenard Tsipa.
The result propels the army side to 28 points while the Green Machine remains on 30 points and are now a distant 13 points behind the log leaders.
Mathe’s pitch side interview with the media was invaded by overzealous supporters protesting that the referee ended the match prematurely when they were still chasing the game.
Marufu timed his run to perfection getting to the end of a long ball from midfield before volleying the hosts into the lead after 20 minutes of action.
Five minutes before the breather Tsipa was unfortunate not to level the scoreline when his free kick just outside the box hit the underside of the crossbar.
Tavarwisa doubled Chapungu’s lead in the 56th minute when he tapped in Hillary Mugoniwa’s cross. Blessing Zabula’s afternoon was prematurely ended by referee Makonese Masakadza after an hour of action when he was shown a second yellow card for a reckless lunge on Pineas Bamusi.
Hardlife Zvirekwi was the architect of Caps’ goal when he weaved his magic on the right before pushing the ball into the path of Tsipa who placed his effort beyond Roy Mazingi in goal for Chapungu to pull one back for the visitors.
Dynamos in Dramatic Win
RONALD “Rooney” Chitiyo decided a tough contest with a fabulous goal in referee’s optional time as Dynamos saw off How Mine in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Rufaro yesterday.
Dynamos . . . . . . . . (0) 1
How Mine . . . . .. . . . . .0
Chitiyo latched on to a dummy by Carlos Rusere in one minute of added time after a cross from Kudzanai Nyakasaka, breached the How Mine defence before beating a drawn out goalkeeper and then side-footed the ball into an empty net.
The goal which had become stubbornly elusive despite persistent probing by the home team sent the restive Dynamos fans into wild celebrations.
But the impatient fans from the notorious Vietnam stand went over drive throwing plastic bottles on the pitch disrupting the match for a few minutes before police moved in to control the situation that appeared to be getting out of hand.
The goal took Dynamos’ points tally to 39 but still trail the log leaders Chicken Inn by four points after they overcame Highlanders 3-2 at Barbourfields. The champions, however, struggled for fluency in a dull first half in which both teams failed to create clear chances.
Rodreck Mutuma missed a headed opportunity from a cross by Kudzanai Nyakasaka on 36 minutes.
Takesure Chinyama had a low ground shot saved by How Mine goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya. The visitors also had a good opportunity on 42 minutes but Kuda Musharu missed a headed opportunity.
In the second half, Chinyama also came close on 46 minutes but directed his effort wide. Rusere and substitute RicharKawondera who came in the second-half for Takesure Chinyama missed opportunities towards the end.
Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya said afterwards he was pleased with the result, but not the performance.
Luke Masomere said they played well but were punished for lack of concentration.