IT probably needed the country’s biggest club to stop high-riding newboys Yadah Stars and give them a reality check on life in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
After a storming start to their maiden season in the top-flight life Yadah had looked poised to continue with their fairy tale in which they had been unbeaten in five starts until Ocean Mushure’s first half strike ended that streak.
A priceless goal by Chris Samakweri on the stroke of half time clinched three points for visiting Chicken Inn in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the Colliery Stadium yesterday.
The coalminers have now gone for 270 minutes of football without a win at their once feared home ground and they are yet to score at the Colliery Stadium.
Chicken Inn, who went into the match bruised following a midweek loss to Black Rhinos, were the first to settle and could have grabbed the opening goal inside the first minute had striker Obidiah Tarumbwa not directed his effort off target from inside the box under no challenge at all.
SWIMMING icon Kirsty Coventry was overwhelmingly voted onto the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee board as Admire Masenda retained his post as president at a dramatic elective general assembly at Prince Edward School yesterday.
Coventry is one of the few three new faces on the National Olympic Committee’s leadership where Masenda and the rest on his hierarchy were retained.
The seven-time Olympic medallist proved she was popular among the member associations when she garnered 38 votes out of a possible 42 to take over one of the two vice-president’s posts.
“It’s a huge honour and I had the opportunity in the weeks leading up to talk to a few of the national federations and getting the majority of their vote today just gives me the confidence that they have confidence in myself and what I have to add and the value that I can bring to ZOC.
AN ill-advised substitution and a well-timed one turned yesterday’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match in Highlanders’ favour against Ngezi Platinum and propelled them to the top of the league table.
After bravely holding their own against Bosso for more than an hour, Ngezi Platinum coach Tonderayi Ndiraya made a double substitution in the 65th minute; taking out Qadr Amin and Dominic Mukandi for Tichaona Mabvura and Donald Teguru. He then abandoned his compact 3-5-2 formation in favour of a 4-3-3 system, but his world collapsed on him as the two players failed to cope with the formation.
Bosso coach Erol Akbay pulled out his best player on view Allen Gahadzikwa and threw in veteran Ralph Matema three minutes later and the whole puzzle fell into place as they started dictating the pace and it was only a matter of time before the goal came.
SPORTS minister Makhosini Hlongwane has taken a swipe at officials in the Ministry of Local Government for prioritising Pastor Chris’ Christ Embassy Church crusade at the expense of the scheduled Castle Lager Premier Soccer League fixtures, which were slated for the National Sports Stadium.
Pastor Chris will be in the country on May 7 for the crusade and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) had also written to the Local Government ministry, headed by Saviour Kasukuwere, expressing their displeasure over the disruption of the league programme.
Addressing journalists at the Sport ministry’s stand at the ZITF yesterday, Hlongwane said he was not happy with the Local Government ministry’s decision.
“This is to do with the fact that the Premier League schedule may be disrupted as a result of the fact that the National Sports Stadium has been rented out to a church. As Ministry of Sport and Recreation, we abhor the ceding away of space that belongs to sport and recreation to churches especially in cases where it happens at the expense of sport and recreation activities,” Hlongwane said.
The National Sports Stadium is the only facility available at the moment for clubs in Harare. A contingent plan was made yesterday where three of the four matches in Harare will be played at Morris Depot.
“We know that some of these facilities when sports activities are not happening will be hired out for various other activities as a way of raising income in order to look after and maintain those facilities especially given the constrained fiscal space at the moment.
However, this should not happen at the expense of football and sport activities. Therefore, we want to urge those officials within the Local Government ministry to understand and take their role seriously and understand that government did invest in constructing this infrastructure for the benefit of the sport and recreation sector. We will not tolerate any continued disruption of scheduled sport and recreation activities on account of that space being ceded out to other activities that are not sport and recreation,” he added.
“We take that very seriously and we are very unhappy with this development. I had discussions with minister Kasukuwere last night (Thursday) in respect of this particular matter and he promised that he was going to discuss with his officials to make sure the situation is corrected. “
ELEVEN years after he first swept to power at the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, Admire Masenda faces the biggest challenge of his tenure when he squares off against the pair of Joe Rugwete and Charles Mukaronda in a presidential election at Prince Edward School tomorrow.
Masenda, who first became ZOC president in 2006 when he completed the half term left by Paul Chingoka’s departure, is seeking a third and final term as leader of the Olympic body.
Other posts nominees:
Two vice-presidents: Kirsty Coventry, Thabani Gonye, Martin Kweza, Frederick Ndlovu.
Treasurer: Cleopas Nyangoni, Godfrey Sunguro.
Women: Leticia Chipandu, Kirsty Coventry.
Board members: Leticia Chipandu, Addison Chiware, Kirsty Coventry, Rick Fulton, Custom Kachambwa, Martin Kweza, Titus Madzingo, Shinga Magede, Lovemore Malianga, Stonard Mapfumo, Tapiwa Masinire, Stephen Mudawarima, Charles Mukaronda, Innocent Mukeredzi, Frederick Ndlovu, Celso Ribeiro, Joe Rugwete, Tendai Tagara.
CHAMPIONS CAPS United will play their match at the National Sports Stadium today, after ZIFA intervened in the impasse which had seen the giant facility being temporarily closed.
Dynamos will also play at the giant stadium tomorrow in their Castle Lager Premiership tie against Yadah Stars. The giant stadium, which hosts five Harare teams, has been booked by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy Ministries for the gathering on May 7.
CAPS United will have the privilege to use the venue for their match against Chapungu this afternoon, which was the only success the football leadership could get on a day of boardroom battles, but the league has been forced to move two other matches that had been lined up at the venue this weekend.
The league had also hoped to take advantage of Monday’s Workers’ Day holiday to slot in a double header at the National Sports Stadium, but the plans have changed. Harare City will now host ZPC Kariba at Morris Depot on Monday while impressive army side Black Rhinos date FC Platinum at the same venue on Tuesday.
ZIFA vice-president Omega Sibanda sought assistance form the Ministry of Sport and Recreation to engage the Ministry of Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing who are the custodians of the ground.
CHARLES MANYUCHI chose the eve of the super fight for the world heavyweight championship between Antony Joshua and Wladmir Klitschko, before a sell-out 90 000 crowd at Wembley tonight, to finally issue an apology for that farce in Singapore where he went down in the first round.
Manyuchi and his manager at Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions Chris Malunga finally spoke about the stunning defeat to Qudratillo Abduqaxorov of Uzbekistan in Singapore last month.
The Zimbabwean, who went into that fight as the World Boxing Council welterweight silver champion, lost his title to Abduqaxorov on March 25 despite going in as odds-on favourite.
Manyuchi’s spectacular fall from grace is still haunting him and he looked despondent and at one stage, appeared to be crying during a Press briefing in Harare.
“I can only say I am very sorry for disappointing the fans, for disappointing everyone in Zimbabwe. I think those are my words. I will get up, I will continue fighting and I will be the best and I am the best,” said Manyuchi.
His manager Malunga dismissed allegations that the match could have been fixed. “We are very disturbed as promoters and also as a manager to the boxer to hear that one of the issues, which was running on the social media (was) that the boxer sold the fight,” said Malunga. “I take full responsibility and the boxer is very apologetic for the approach to the fight.
‘’I am talking from what we have been discussing with him. I have sat down with the technical guys, especially my coach, that the technical style of fighting for the boxer has to change. ‘’I am here mostly to let you know that I know that it is very painful to lose a fight of such a nature and to a boxer like the boxer we fought in Singapore.
“It was very touching but I had to stand for the boxer, he was very emotional. He didn’t expect such a result but these things happen in sport and it’s a learning process.
“I think the boxer and the technical team have picked one or two things. And also we have picked a lot of issues that have been raised by members of the public, reporters, our fans and the Boxing Board of Control in Zimbabwe.’’
Malunga said they are lining up a non-title fight for Manyuchi before he can challenge for the silver title again. They are also still entertaining the idea of challenging for gold.
JAYDEN SCHADENDORF scored an unbeaten half-century that helped the Zimbabwe Under-19 side to an eight-wicket victory over the Namibia Under-19s in a youth one-day international match that was affected by rain at Harare Sports Club yesterday.
But even before bad light and rain interrupted play, the big victory had appeared inevitable for the home side who needed 54 runs with eight wickets and 172 balls remaining at the time the umpires called the players off the field.
There were three changes to the Zimbabwe Under-19 side that beat the tourists in Tuesday’s 50-over match, with the trio of Declan Oldrieve, Prince Kaunda and Struan Gordon coming in for Wesley Madhevere, Dion Mazhawidza and Dane Schadendorf. This time round the hosts won the toss and elected to field.
Namibia Under-19s: 150 all out in 49 overs (Eben van Wyk 41, Petrus Burger 31, Jan Nicole Loftie-Eaton 17; Prince Kaunda 2/16, Kieran Robinson 2/20, Milton Shumba 2/21, Liam Roche 2/26)
Zimbabwe Under-19s: 107-2 in 22.4/33 overs (revised target 107) (Jayden Schadendorf 51*, Milton Shumba 27; Petrus Burger 1/11, Mauritius Ngupita 1/21)
Zimbabwe Under-19s won by eight wickets
THE unavailability of the National Sports Stadium has forced the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League to cancel live broadcast of this weekend’s matches in Harare.
The league’s official broadcaster SuperSport were scheduled to beam live tomorrow’s Caps United and Chapungu clash, Sunday’s epic game pitting league debutants Yadah FC and Dynamos as well as the Harare City and ZPC Kariba clash on Monday.
Kennedy Ndebele, the PSL chief executive officer, said after receiving communication from National Sports Stadium owners, the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, they had to stop SuperSport who were already at the Chirundu Border Post on Wednesday.
“Please be advised that we can only accommodate the two matches on 26/4/17 and 27/4/17. The other matches (this weekend’s and next week’s) cannot be accommodated because we are having two major events next week, hence there is need of setting up the venue,” wrote a J Nyikayapera from the ministry.
The major events National Sports Stadium owners are alluding to are Pastor Chris of Christ Embassy’s crusade, which will be held next week as well as the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Athletics Championships.
BLACK Rhinos made a giant leap on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table moving from eighth to second after punishing former champions Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
The army side produced a disciplined performance and made 10 men Chicken Inn pay dearly for underrating them.
Rhinos got the important goal to secure maximum points 10 minutes into the second half through an overhead strike by Cliff Chitsamba following a good build-up.
Chitsamba reacted quickly to a Benjamin Marere chest-controlled ball off a Milton Kureva cross from the left and beat Chicken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze.
While Rhinos coach Stanford Stix Mtizwa was happy with his team’s performance, his Chicken Inn counterpart Rahman Gumbo was livid at his charges for their subdued show
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