Monday, August 23, 2004

Zim dismiss Uganda

By Mtulisi Mafa (The Herald)
Zimbabwe …........................................................................... (1) 2

Uganda …................................................................................ (0) 0

WARRIORS recorded their second win in four days when they dismissed the Cranes with goals from Mtshumayeli Moyo and Railstars’ wonderboy Njabulo "JB" Ncube at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

The Warriors beat Botswana 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Barbourfields.

But the victory could probably be what coach Rahman Gumbo wouldn’t go about celebrating because it was more like a game of chess without the real pieces.

It was Gumbo’s second victory with local players but he faces hectic days ahead as he will ponder on the benefits of the two international friendlies.

The match took off to a quick start with the Warriors swarming the Cranes area within the first 10 minutes and Mtshumayeli Moyo sending a real chance just wide with a first time short.

Highlanders midfielder Honour Gombami came through two minutes on after a good move involving Moyo and Ronald Sibanda but his rising shot flew over the bar.

The Cranes were struggling to keep possession at this stage and Warriors enjoyed more possession outside their own half.

And CAPS United winger, Raymond Undi was having another good day wide on the left channel, gliding past the Cranes’ defence and whipping good crosses into the area.

Undi’s good crosses were, however, not met with the same excellency by the forward line, with Motor Action striker Musa Mguni spurning too many chances.

Moyo shot the hosts ahead in the 18th minute after some good work by Raymond Undi and Highlanders’ Ralph Matema.

Undi roasted Abubaker Tabala on the left and picked out Matema with a precise cross inside the area.

Matema swiftly turned, struck a shot that crashed against the post and Moyo ghosted in to scramble in the rebound.

Matema woke up from an early slumber and showed real intent on scoring and in the 22nd minute his powerful overhead kick just whistled past the upright.

Uganda finally came out of their shell two minutes later and could have surged ahead after a lapse in concentration in the Warriors central defence allowed striker Martin Muwanga enough room inside the area.

With goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini heavily exposed, Muwanga missed the glorious chance, from about three metres.

The Cranes had a chance to level eight minutes from the break when poor communication at the back gifted Geoffrey Sserunkuna with a clear sight at goal.

The Cranes’ striker powered a right-footer that drew the best out of Kapini who cleared the danger with a good reflex to punch the ball out for a corner.

Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo dragged off Mguni at the break and threw in Shabanie Mine striker Patrick Mandizha, who wasted no time in getting down to the main business of the day.

Mandizha picked the ball in the centre a minute after resumption and raced towards goal through the middle before powering a low shot that Cranes’ goalkeeper Posnet Omony did well to gather.

The SC Villa goalkeeper, however, could not carry on after that save as he got injured in the process and was replaced by Mugisha Ibrahim.

The match then fizzled into a big yawn though the Warriors showed some conviction in their build-ups.

The Cranes chances were scarce on the afternoon but the Warriors had so many but they just could not convert.

There was hope, however, when Shabanie Mine utility player Method Mwajali was sent on for CAPS United captain David Sengu.

Mwanjali brought life on the right channel as he picked the balls deep in his half then driving forward with sufficient conviction.

On one such occasion in the 66th minute, he raced down on the right and picked out "JB" Ncube in the box and the Railstars dangerman sliced in the second from close range.

It was his second international goal in two games and the Warriors went to sleep after his goal.

Gumbo will probably carry out a serious evaluation in the next couple of days especially when the foreign contingent arrive this week.


Zimbabwe: T Kapini; D Sengu (M Mwanjali 58th minute); C Chimedza; J Matola; H Dick; H Gombami; R Sibanda;M Moyo (F Chandida 62nd minute);R Matema (N Ncube 55th minute);M Mguni (P Mandizha 46th minute); R Undi ( C Matawu 74th minute).

Uganda: P Omony (I Magishar 47th minute); T Ojuba; S Masaba; E Ssali; B Timothy; J Kabayambo; J Bogoo; M Muwanga; G Sserunkuna; A Tabala

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Ex-Bosso coach Khumalo joins Masvingo

The Herald
From George Maponga in Masvingo

FORMER Highlanders coach Willard Mashinkila-Khumalo has joined struggling Premiership side Masvingo United as assistant coach to Fewdays Musonda.

Mashinkila-Khumalo was in charge of Southern Region Division One side East Rovers before agreeing to return to the Premiership.

Despite a disappointing run of three consecutive defeats, Musonda this week received a vote of confidence to stay in charge of the Tanda Tavaruva-owned club.

The Zambian mentor had helped Masvingo United to 18 points from 10 matches before successive defeats to Sporting Lions (2-3) at Gwanzura, CAPS United (0-5) at the National Sports Stadium and Highlanders (1-2) at Mucheke Stadium.

In the matches against Sporting Lions and Highlanders, Masvingo United were the first to find the net before conceding late second-half goals.

The drafting in of Khumalo into the coaching department will see former assistant coach Maclass Mapanga becoming assistant manager to Cornelius Tavaruva. Mapanga temporarily took charge of the club last year after nomadic coach Lovemore Nyabeza quit for greener pastures in Botswana immediately after sealing Masvingo United*s place in the Premiership.

Masvingo United club secretary Nathan Asidi yesterday confirmed the appointment of Khumalo.

"He (Khumalo) started working on Tuesday and will be assisting Fewdays on the bench. We think that he will bring some fresh ideas to the team after a three-match winless streak," said Asidi.

Asidi also dispelled rumours that Musonda had been relieved of his duties, saying the Zambian was still the head coach at the club.

"Musonda is still Masvingo United head coach but we felt that it was crucial to bring in someone experienced to help him on the bench otherwise the feeling is that the three consecutive loses were just a result of a temporary bad spell affecting the club.

Asidi added that the club had also acquired the services of former CAPS United players Tinei Meda and Itai Gwandu in an attempt to strengthen their squad which he said required reinforcements in almost all its departments.

He also revealed that the club had lifted the suspension on former skipper Ackim Muganyi and goalkeeper Muzondiwa Gonese for breaching the club rules and did not feature in a losing cause against Bosso last Sunday.

DeMbare play Shabanie as underdogs: Mumba

The Herald
By Augustine Hwata

DYNAMOS coach Keegan Mumba said his side are going into the match against Shabanie Mine as underdogs despite their back-to-back wins over the asbestos miners last season.

Dynamos beat Shabanie 3-2 in the first game at Maglas Stadium last year before winning the reverse fixture 2-0 through an Agent Sawu brace at Rufaro Stadium in October.

Mumba, who has already conceded that his team will not win the league title this season, said pressure was on the hosts to win this game.

"We have been playing well outside Harare of late and I think that will see us doing better when we meet Shabanie on Sunday.

"Looking at the games we lost against CAPS United, Highlanders and drawing with Lancashire Steel, I found that our players fade quickly.

"But we worked on that and they lasted the game against Motor Action and have even prepared slightly different from the previous ones.

"I know what Shabanie are capable of doing but Dynamos have been playing better outside Harare and the pressure will now be on Shabanie themselves to win at home.

"Shabanie are at home and lie second on the log but for us we are just starting to play well again," said Mumba.

Harare does not seem to have been Dynamos’ favourite hunting ground this season as Zimbabwe Saints stunned them 2-4 in their opening league match at Rufaro in March.

Dynamos have been far from convincing in their Harare matches where they have won against Sporting Lions (3-1), Amazulu (3-0) and Cables (3-0) with the other wins coming away in Sundowns and Eiffel Flats.

It was unlike last year when Dynamos’ wins at Rufaro were routine.

Mumba said his side was slowly picking up their scattered pieces since a new interim executive led by Jimmy Finch was put into place by the Sports Commission.

"Turnout at training sessions has now improved as we are getting 100 percent everyday.

"Everyone is now coming and we have the best possible pool of players to select a team every time now," said Mumba.

During the past months, there has been a player-power crisis at Dynamos were some players chose to miss training under then head coach Luke Masomere who has now crossed over to Sporting Lions.

But despite going into the match as underdogs on the basis of their current form, Mumba said his side would also be searching for maximum points.

"We were on top of the situation against Motor Action for most of the game but we failed to utilise the chances.

"I am not saying that Motor Action did not play well as they also created their own chances but we could have done better," said Mumba.

The Zambian coach is also reading a lot into Motor Action’s win 2-1 win over Shabanie last month.

"If we held Motor Action and they had beaten Shabanie then we can also win there although playing against Bambo is never easy," said Mumba.

This time maybe Maxwell Dube will remember to carry the right shorts while Dynamos will welcome back Clive Mwale who missed the last game through suspension.

Norman Maroto has also recovered from injury while former Shabanie player Francis Chandida knows Maglas like the back of his hand.

But Dynamos fans are keeping their fingers crossed that defensive linkman Leo Kurauzvione will have recovered from a knock he picked up last weekend.

Phiri can afford peaceful sleep

The Petros Kausiyo Interview

HE had a torrid time since he assumed control of CAPS United in 1999 and was even under pressure at one stage to throw in the towel and let someone else take over the franchise.

But after his side’s brilliant start to the 2004 season club director Twine Phiri can afford to have long peaceful nights of sleep.

This week the 37-year-old CAPS boss opened his heart and soul to The Herald on his life with the Premiership log leaders.

Question: This year has been the best start to a season for CAPS in your tenure as club director, tell us what it feels to see the team go for 14 matches without loss?

Answer: Before the start of this season I said to myself that it’s either I am into football or I am out of it, so I introduced competition by bringing in new players like Cephas Chimedza and some from Zambia and Malawi. We also have a memorandum of understanding with Malawi Telecom Wanderers, which will enable us to also get players from them.

I was working with the director of football Charles Mhlauri and the executive since last year to build this team.

Q: But Mhlauri was in Germany for sometime and you had Fewdays Musonda as coach earlier on last year?

A: In fact, I asked Charles to go to Germany after my meeting with Reinhard Fabisch (former Zimbabwe coach) in Nairobi, Kenya, and he offered to help facilitate for a high-level coaching course.

Fabisch also assisted in drawing up a programme for CAPS, which could bring success to the team, then we started implementing the programme together with chairman Andy Hodges and Charles.

But when Charles went to Germany we had a terrible season, I had brought in Fewdays Musonda but things never happened and Musonda disappeared as the pressure had mounted.

Q: You also personally came under pressure from the club’s supporters?

A: Yes it’s true, last year was a very tough year, it was very hard to implement changes, the fans had become impatient and even some of my guys did not want Charles to remain coach of the team but I stuck with him and said for a man who had just attained a Class A coaching licence in Germany, he should be given a chance. I had also put in my resources to send him to Germany.

But yes the pressure seemed to be just too much, the team was losing, people didn’t seem to accept me and when you have your valuable property damaged it can be frustrating. My family, business associates and friends were also urging me to leave.

Q: So how did you manage to turn things around?

A: When I first came to CAPS in 1999 towards 2000 no one knew about me but I said I wanted to turn the club into more like a company and have a business approach to the way things were being done.

However, the team had a few good players, we needed to beef up the squad but at the same time the economy was very tough and I also needed time to settle and learn but the supporters did not have the patience, they just needed the results.

Q: So how did you convince the supporters to back you?

A: Through talking to people who had been in football I knew I had to learn very fast and after the ugly incidents at Gwanzura I said to myself I am not a coward and I went back to the fans, listened to them and I also assured them that I was trying my best and told them that if I was going to fail this year then they could look for some people to take over.

It did put us under pressure to play well this season though and I am glad that the fans understood and as we speak our supporters, including some from the corporate world, have organised buses to travel to Bulawayo for the Highlanders game. The response from the supporters has been very encouraging.

Q: If last year was the most difficult period for you, which has been the highest point where you felt you were really on top of the world?

A: I haven’t reached the highest point but one day when I do, I will call you and tell you when I have been there.

Q: There have been very few, if any player boycotts of training or revolts at CAPS, what has been the secret?

A: I think I should applaud my executive and the players for that. We brought a professional approach into the club and told the players that whoever has a problem needed to talk to the executive and not the man next to him because their problems also become CAPS’ problems.

We have also tried to ensure that we provide the resources such as training equipment and we secured 100 pairs of boots, tracksuits and three sets of training kit. Each player now has a ball to himself at training and it’s all part of the professional approach that we have taken.

Q: Two weeks into the season tragedy struck CAPS with the loss of Blessing Makunike, Gary Mashoko and Shingi Arlon as well as the two fans in the car accident. What impact has this had on the team and how did you handle the tragedy?

A: Ah, on this one I should bring in the Almighty. When tragedy struck I asked why it came to me and CAPS and how I managed to go through it still baffles me but all I know is that God helped me and we had the support from all corners.

Because our players lost their colleagues it also gave them the courage to work hard and be united, we always dedicate our wins to the late players and supporters.

But it was really a torrid time for us to lose some of the dedicated CAPS sons.

Q: There is always some pressure on local clubs to look back and try and give something to former players, what is your relationship like with former CAPS players?

A: Most of the former players I have known them through Shacky Tauro, who I must say has been my best friend since I was at school. Through Shacky it has been easy to communicate with them and we have started working on a programme to assist former and current players and as we grow it will create more avenues for some of them to be taken on board within our structures.

Q: Turning to the Premiership, what are your views on the levels of competition in the league?

A: I always compare our teams to those from outside the country and I have no doubt we have some of the best talent in Africa. It is unfortunate that we like in-house fights, these boardroom squabbles are the biggest impediment to our football reaching better levels. I hope someone will soon help bring an end to all the madness.

Q: We haven’t heard of any new CAPS signings since the mid-season transfer window. Does this mean you are satisfied with the material you have?

A: In football you can never be satisfied, although we have not signed anyone yet we are still looking around and we intend to add one or two. We haven’t lost any player to any club either.

Q: The forthcoming back-to-back showdown with Highlanders, what significance does it have to you and CAPS’ aspirations?

A: All I can say is that the back-to-back matches have come at the right time for us, it is an exciting period but really I will leave everything to the players and if they do what I told them they will enjoy it.

Q: Do you mean in terms of incentives?

A: There are some big incentives for them and something better for them in life actually.

Q: People have already touted your team as this year’s champions, do you think your years of investment have finally paid off for you?

A: I will not discuss the issue of the championship now. Maybe my players could but looking at the way we had structured things we were targeting next year for the title because this year was to be the final year of the rebuilding exercise so it will be a big, big bonus to everyone if the championship comes early. God does wonder, you know.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Warriors stun Rwanda

Zimbabwe Standard
By Lloyd Mutungamiri

Rwanda (0) 0 Zimbabwe (1) 2

SKIPPER Peter Ndlovu and midfield kingpin Tinashe Nengomashe struck in either half for Zimbabwe as Rahman Gumbo’s men stunned Rwanda 2-0 in Kigali to bring The Warriors’ campaign for both the World and Nations Cup back on track.

Ndlovu blasted in Zimbabwe’s opener in the 40th minute before Nengomashe sealed the win against run of play to come out with maximum points from the cauldron of Kigali.

The result lifted The Warriors to second position in Group 4 on five points, after early pace-setters Angola drew 2-all against Gabon in Libreville and with Nigeria prevailing 1-0 over Algeria in Abuja, Zimbabwe found themselves running the Super Eagles a close second on the log standings, a flattering scenario after the team came unstuck against the Desert Foxes of Algeria two weeks ago to the day.

Yesterday’s results renewed Zimbabwe’s hopes for a berth at both the continental and world showpiece showcases, and boosted the chances of Gumbo and assistant coach Brenna Msiska, being given full mandate for the whole safari which stretches into 2005, as the assignment in war-ravaged Kigali was quite an intimidating one.

Resurgent Ndlovu chose the grand stage to answer his critics in emphatic fashion, sweeping The Warriors into the lead before Kaizer Chiefs’ talisman Nengomashe capped a memorable match, to give Zimbabwe a romantic result that set fans back home in ruptures of unbridled joy.

After subdued displays against both Gabon and Algeria, the Sheffield United striker picked up his game against Swaziland last week and yesterday’s rampaging form helped silence restive fans who had started questioning Ndlovu’s ability to drive The Warriors to the Promised land.

But Sukuzonke was a menace all afternoon, opening the floodgates before Nengomashe — nicknamed Father — earned himself a place among Zimbabwe’s football elite, doubling Zimbabwe’s advantage 34 minutes into the second half to shock the home fans into silence.

And with Angola, who led Gabon 1-0 going at half time, crumbling in the second half to eventually scramble a 2-2 draw in Libreville to surrender pole position to the Nigerians, suddenly Zimbabwe are back in business and now have the chance to make it not only to Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 but also to Germany, venue for the World Cup the same year.

The Warriors faced certain heartbreak going into yesterday’s match after Rwanda had clobbered Gabon 3-1 at the same venue in their second assignment on June 19. But The Warriors would not be intimidated, giving a polished performance that had every Zimbabwean back home purring with delight.

And with their next assignment being a home tie against Nigeria, The Warriors can no longer be discounted from grabbing the sole ticket from their group for Germany as Nigeria laboured to subdue a battling Algeria at home.

When it appeared Zimbabwe had all but withdrawn from the race for the world’s greatest sporting gathering in Germany, suddenly The Warriors are back in the spotlight, confirming their status as southern Africa’s emerging footballing nation.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Warriors lose Energy

By Steve Vickers
BBC Sport, Harare

Zimbabwe will feel Murambadoro's absence

Zimbabwe's first-choice goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro will miss Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Algeria after sustaining a head injury.

Murambadoro was kicked in the head whilst playing for South African club Hellenic in their final game of the season.

A medical check-up on Monday showed that he has fluid in his head, caused from suspected internal bleeding.

Murambadoro was in goal when the Warriors began their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Gabon on 5 June.

He has been Zimbabwe's first-choice goalkeeper for the past two years and was commended by experts at the Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia.

Although Murambadoro will miss the game against Algeria, four players who featured at the Cup of Nations but missed the Gabon game are now available.

Defenders Harlington Shereni, Kaitano Tembo and Dixon Choto have returned from injury, while Germany-based wing-back George Mbwando is also back in the squad.

Caretaker coach Rahman Gumbo will be on the bench for the game at Harare's National Sports Stadium.

Goalkeepers: Tapuwa Kapini (Highlanders), Innocent Kambanje (Motor Action)
Defenders: Harlington Shereni (Guingamp, France), Kaitano Tembo (SuperSport United, South Africa), Dixon Choto (Legia Warsaw, Poland), George Mbwando (Allemannia Aachen, Germany), Charles Yohane (Wits University, South Africa), Dumisani Mpofu (Bush Bucks, South Africa), Bekithemba Ndlovu (Highlanders), Dazzy Kapenya (Amazulu), David Sengu (CAPS United), Asani Matora (CAPS United), Cephas Chimedza (CAPS United), Zvenyika Makonese (Shabanie Mine)
Midfielders: Joel Lupahla (AEP Paphos, Cyprus), Tinashe Nengomasha (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Esrom Nyandoro (Amazulu), Ronald Sibanda (Amazulu), Richard Choruma (Dynamos, South Africa), Honour Gombami (Highlanders)
Strikers: Peter Ndlovu (Sheffield United, England), Adam Ndlovu (Dynamos, South Africa), Shingi Kawondera (AEP Paphos, Cyprus), Brian Badza (CAPS United) and Newton Katanha (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany)

Sunday, June 13, 2004

IndependentSport View -Lonely winter nights for women

AS sure as I am that Ignatius Pamire’s exit from Harare giants Dynamos was long overdue, I can bet my last cent — how I wish those coins still bought anything in this country — lonely winter nights are here again for many Zimbabwean women.

Thousands of miles away from Harare, swarms of fans draped in their respective national colours will chant, sing and whistle while others honk their car horns in a cacophony of noise that will surely reverberate across Africa to mark the Euro 2004 kick-off in Portugal tomorrow.

But back home, those wives who would have enjoyed dinner with their loved ones by their side will have to go it alone this time round as most men will be following the action in Portugal on television.

It’s good news for outlets with satellites: many husbands or boyfriends would be out at sports bars, hotels or pubs.

Very few will be able to watch the European soccer extravaganza in the comfort of their couches at home. Someone — you all know who — has seen it fit that we don’t watch the tournament on our national television lest the patriotic people of Zimbabwe be “brainwashed” by the West.

Supersport channel will beam all the matches live, but not everybody in this country has DStv.

Soccer lovers will have to throng pubs and sports bars around the country to catch a glimpse of the likes of David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Dado Prso, Pavel Nedved, Stilian Petrov, Henrik Larsson and Raul, to name but a few of the “galacticos” at the tournament.

I know for sure Cleto and Gibber will have to endure the heat in the normally crammed Mid-Air Sports Bar in Zengeza to watch Luis Figo in action for Portugal. Oliver Shambira will have to strain his neck at DZ Sports Bar in Dzivarasekwa, while Francis Manema will be an everyday feature at The Base in the city centre.

But all that Euro 2004 euphoria will hardly mask the woes that have become synonymous with local soccer.

The departure of interim Dynamos chairman Pamire is good riddance but leaves the side in no better state.

There’s no prize for guessing how the scale will tip should Pamire weigh up his input against his achievements at the club.

With all due respect, will Pamire one day — maybe in his geriatric years sitting around a fire with his folks at his rural home — proudly retell the mess that he has made of Dynamos?

The club is broke right, left and centre. The situation is no better on the field, where the once feared Dynamos have been reduced to mere also-rans in the premier league.

Come to think of it, gate-takings — the sole livelihood of the club — have to be channelled directly to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority to offset overdue taxes.

It’s also at the same club where players had to ambush ticket cashiers at one of their home matches to cover up for their unpaid wages and bonuses.

Just look at the confusion surrounding the appointment of coaches at the club.

Who doesn’t know the executive’s scandalous handling of the gates at Dynamos’ home fixtures?

Leftback Francis Madziva — bless his soul — languishes in hospital with Dynamos failing to pay medical fees required for an operation on his two legs broken in a tragic accident while the club were coming from a friendly in Bulawayo.

Thank God the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has come to the rescue of the promising defender.

The calabash of the rest of the ills at Dynamos is better left with its lid on, lest I nauseate you with the trash that has occupied acres of space over the last six years.

With Pamire gone, I don’t see the reason why the other three musketeers should hang on. Go please, go — Philip Mugadza, Simon Sachiti and Victor Nyaumwe. The quicker the better!

Meanwhile, I hope the PSL polls, aborted several times, finally happen tomorrow.

With an elected leadership, maybe local soccer will be run with a semblance of professionalism.

It’s also everyone’s wish to see sponsors literally falling over each other to be associated with the national soccer league again.

I don’t care whoever wins the PSL chairmanship — be it Leslie Gwindi, Justin Mujaji or Tendai Madzorera — because many candidates I have backed in administrative polls before have been complete disappointments if not failures.

Last but not least, we all wait with bated breath to see how the Zimbabwe Football Association will play its cards on the Warriors’ coaching department issue.

Whether or not Rahman Gumbo and Brenna Msiska — hope to get their view should I bump into them in some of the watering halls I hear they frequent — are good enough to go it alone at the helm of the Warriors, I don’t know.

I’m also not sure whether South African Jomo Sono, should he take up the offer to coach Zimbabwe, will have an answer to Sunday Marimo’s technical shortcomings. However, I will tell you my fears about the burly Sono later.

Hopefully, the Warriors’ bright start to the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations is no fluke. —

Murambadoro heads back home to Caps

By Colleen Tafireyi
Zimbabwe Independent

ZIMBABWE international goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro is set to return to his former Harare club Caps United following the expiry of his four-month contract at relegated South African side Hellenic.

The Gokwe-born goalminder last week told IndependentSport that he is still contracted to the run-away log leaders and will be returning soon after the 2003-04 season curtain comes down this week in South Africa.

“I will return to Caps were I’m still contracted. From then on I will start considering any offers; I would love to play in Europe, preferably in England but will also be interested in playing in South Africa again if a top club approaches me with a good offer,” Murambadoro said.

The Warriors international, who had been linked with a move to English first division outfit Sheffield United, said nothing was concrete on that deal yet.

“Nothing is clear at the moment, but if they come forward I will not close the door on them,” he said.

Murambadoro was one of the few finds of the season in South Africa, having impressed during his short loan spell at Hellenic. He has reportedly attracted the interests of a number of top clubs in the lucrative league.

The 21-year-old goalminder could however not be drawn into revealing the names of the clubs chasing his signature.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s Kick Off magazine reports that praises have been showered for the impressive Warriors keeper.

“I think he is a fantastic player, he is very talented and reads the game well and always gives his best. He may lack experience but it because he is still young and can only get better,” Sipho Ndzuzo, a much travelled midfielder who played alongside Murambadoro at Hellenic, was quoted as saying.

Dynamos executive dismantled

By Brain Murandu
Zimbabwe Independent

FRUSTRATED Dynamos midfielder Leo Kurauzvione is looking for a new club, reacting angrily to what he dismissed as a stopgap measure after the Harare side’s interim executive was dissolved yesterday.

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) yesterday dismantled the beleaguered Dynamos management, but retained vice chairman Philip Mugadza and treasurer Victor Nyaumwe.

Jimmy Finch bounces back at Dynamos as chairman.

The turmoil at Dynamos came to a head this week when interim chairman Ignatius Pamire was forced to resign. A player revolt had wanted all the four executives to go.

The SRC intervened yesterday, calling a meeting where commission chairman Antony Mandiwanza announced what he termed the way forward in resolving the Dynamos crisis.

He said the Pamire-led interim committee had failed to manage the club properly.

“The interim committee has not managed to do their business in a transparent manner and have no audited accounts which cast aspersions on their ability to manage club finances. Dynamos is heavily indebted, failing to pay wages of players to reflect a poor management with needless squabbles,” Mandiwanza told journalists and some Dynamos players at a press conference.

“We’ve dissolved the interim committee and we’re armed with Justice Hungwe’s report which gives us power to deal with the Dynamos issue.”

Zimbabwe international midfielder Kurauzvione and a host of other players were among the crowd that gathered in Harare to hear Mandiwanza’s proposals.

But Dynamos skipper James Matola, linkmen Desmond Maringwa and Tonderai Ndiraya and centreback Norman Togara were among the key players who did not attend yesterday’s indaba.

The players had petitioned the SRC to intervene in the Dynamos woes that have also spilled onto the field.

Mandiwanza admitted the SRC’s move was not a perfect solution but “we’ve come up with this so that the players should go and play football”.

“If this becomes a flop, then we’re all human beings and we make mistakes. If it fails, we’ll go back to the drawing board because this is not an event but a process,” he said.

Mandiwanza added: “It is unfortunate that we’re dealing with a football club instead of a national association, but a lasting solution has to be found for the betterment of football.”

It was not clear at the time of going to print whether Dynamos would be able to fulfil their league fixture against Sundowns in Bulawayo today.

But outspoken key midfielder Kurauzvione told IndependentSport he was frustrated and wanted to leave the club.

“I’ve to sort out my future in this chosen career (of football) and can’t stand this situation where I go unpaid for six weeks,” he said.

There was speculation also this week that Zambian import Clive Mwale would cross over to city rivals Caps United, where former Dynamos leftback Cephas Chimedza settled early this season.

Dynamos supporters’ leader Philemon Bonde castigated the SRC as a joke, saying the move would only fuel further unrest at the club.

The other members of the new executive, set up to facilitate elections and produce audited accounts by September, include secretary Bernard Marriott Lusengo and committee members Owen Chandimare and Robson Rundaba.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Finch succeeds Pamire

Michael Kariati
Daily Mirror

... as Mugadza, Nyaumwe are retained Former national team manager, Jimmy Finch has taken over as the new Dynamos interim committee chairman following a reshuffle of the executive by the Sports Commission precipitated by the resignation of Ignatius Pamire.
Two members of the previous interim executive, vice chairman Philip Mugadza and treasurer Victor Nyaumwe were retained with the only casualty being secretary Simon Sachiti.

The current set up drew a lot of criticism from the players and some Dynamos supporters who felt that the entire interim executive should have been dismissed.The players, in a petition signed on Wednesday, had asked for the remaining three members of the interim executive to go as well.Also brought back is Benard Mariot Lusengo who assumed the position of secretary with Robson Rundaba and Owen Chandamale as committee members. The committee has been given up to September to sort out the mess at Dynamos before elections for substative committee members.

Although the Commission retained Mugadza and Nyaumwe, it noted that under the Pamire executive that included Nyaumwe, Mugadza and Sachiti, there had been apparent confusion in the management of the Dynamos operations.It also noted that, There were no sound administrative systems to deal with the players’ welfare, and money problems, and that the interim committee had no audited accounts.

The other issues of serious concern were:
1. Dynamos was bankrupt and was heavily in debt.
2. The club was failing to attract corporate sponsorship because of power struggles.
3. There was tumoil in the coaching department.
4. There were serious allegations of financial mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.
5. The interim committee was depleted and running in endless circles to try and resolve the problems.
6. The Dynamos players had also written a petition that indicated all was not well at the club and an urgent rescue plan was needed.
7. The interim committee had put the game of football into disrepute and had conducted itself in a manner contrary to national interest.

According to Mandiwanza, the new committee was appointed following wide consultations. It had been tasked to find a robust solution to the Dynamos problems as directed by Justice Hungwe. “A substantive Dynamos has to be in place by September 30, 2004,” said Mandiwanza.
The committee would also have to produce a status report on club activities and finances within two weeks and to reflect on the players’ grievances.

Finch and his committee will also have to institute sound financial systems and management in the same period.
They have been tasked to professionally handle the players’ and the coaches’ welfare and in particular, to resolve outstanding issues raised in the players’ petition.‘They have to ensure that Dynamos fullfils its fixtures, and provide regular updates and written monthly reports to the Commission starting this month,” added Mandiwanza.
The Sports Commission boss admitted that the Dynamos crisis was fast becoming too big for the Commission.

Pirates after Peter

Tawanda Tafirenyika
issue date :2004-Jun-11

SOUTH African Premier Soccer League clubs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns have approached transfer-listed Sheffield United striker and Zimbabwe captain Peter Ndlovu with the aim of signing him on, investigations by The Daily Mirror have revealed. Sports Editor of the influential South African soccer magazine Kick Off, Richard Maguire, confirmed yesterday the two clubs are keen to sign on the Warriors captain if he fails to strike a deal with any of the clubs in Europe.

Maguire said Peter’s elder brother Adam who turns out for South African Premiership side Dynamos, also confirmed to the South African media that the two clubs have offered to sign him and are believed to be positioning themselves should Peter fail to land a contract with an English club.“Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are the two clubs which have expressed interest in Peter.

Adam told us some time back that Sundowns wanted to sign him and they seem to have revived the interest as Peter is without a club at the moment. It appears Sundowns in particular have all along been trying to get him. There is however, nothing concrete at the moment,” said Maguire.If Peter secures a deal with any of the South African clubs, he will join a troop of Zimbabwean players who are plying their trade in the South African Premier Soccer League.

Ndlovu, who is married to South African musician Sheron Deon, will also have the opportunity to reunite with his brother Adam who is now playing for Dynamos.Adam had a lengthy career in Switzerland and when he returned home, he briefly joined his boyhood team Highlanders before crossing the Limpopo river to join Moroka Swallows.

Peter, now 31, started his carrer at Highlanders before moving to England where he turned out for Coventry City in 1991 when he was still a teenager. He spent about six years at Coventry City before transfering to first Dvision side Brimingham City. Prior to joining Sheffield United, he had a short stint with fellow first division one side Huddersfield.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Clockwatch: African World Cup qualifiers

Source: BBC

Malawi 1-1 Morocco FT
South Africa 2-1 Cape Verde Islands FT
Zambia 1-0 Togo FT
Gabon 1-1 Zimbabwe FT
Nigeria 2-0 Rwanda FT
Senegal 2-0 Congo FT
Burkina Faso 1-0 Ghana FT
Algeria 0-0 Angola FT
Tunisia 4-1 Botswana FT

2011: FULL TIME Tunisia 4-1 Botswana An impressive start to World Cup qualifying from the African champions - the Zebras put up a fight, but in the end were simply outclassed.

1956: FULL TIME Burkina Faso 1-0 Ghana The strong Burkinabe defence prevails again, and they secure three points in their first match.

1955: FULL TIME Algeria 0-0 Angola Algeria regret wasting a number of chances and have to settle for a goalless draw at home.

1950: GOAL Tunisia 4-1 Botswana
In a carbon copy of the second goal, Hagui heads in above the keeper to give the Carthage Eagles an unassailable lead.

1947: GOAL Tunisia 3-1 Botswana Ali Zitouni taps in from close range after the Botswana keeper spills a shot from the right, and Tunisia are two goals to the good again.

1945: GOAL Burkina Faso 1-0 Ghana
Mamadou Zongo heads in from an 80th-minute free kick to give Burkina Faso a potentially decisive advantage.

1943: Flavio of Angola has only the keeper to beat but instead of shooting, he wastes the chance by dummying the ball and is robbed of possession.

1939: GOAL Tunisia 2-1 Botswana
Dipsy Selolwane pulls one back for Botswana with a well-worked solo effort - after aa persistant run, his shot is blocked by the keeper but Selolwane puts in the rebound.

1929: A scramble in the penalty area threatens Angola's goal, but their defence eventually clear.

1918: The second half is under way in Tunisia.

1917: Burkina Faso are definitely getting on top - seven minutes into the second half and Alasane Ougerajo shoots just wide of the post.

1915: Burkina make a bright start to the second half, with Tatui's shot going only a fraction over the bar.

1913: Angola are proving very successful at holding Algeria outside their penalty area, and the match is very evenly poised.

1901: Half time in Tunisia, with the Carthage Eagles completely in control.

1850: GOAL Tunisia 2-0 Botswana
Kharim Hagui risis above the Botswana keeper to head a corner into the goal.

1846: Burkina Faso almost ahead through Mouni Tagano, but his shot is blocked on the line by Sammy Kuffour.

1838: The game in Burkina Faso has become a highly scrappy affair - contained mostly in midfield with a number of niggly fouls.

1825: GOAL Tunisia 1-0 Botswana
Tunisia go a goal up thanks to a swirling free kick by Jose Clayton.

1821: FULL TIME Senegal 2-0 Congo Senegal go top on goal difference in Group One.

1818: Stephen Appiah comes close for Ghana, hitting the crossbar with a rising shot.

1815: Tunisia kick off against Botswana in a virtually empty stadium. Clearly the passion of the African Nations Cup has disappeared very rapidly.

1807: GOAL Senegal 2-0 Congo
Moussa Ndiaye slots home with his left foot to seemingly make certain for Senegal's Lions.

1805: Burkina Faso kick off against Ghana in Ouagadougou, and Algeria are under way against Angola.

1750: GOAL Senegal 1-0 Congo
Lamine Diatta finally breaks the deadlock on the hour, the defender netting from a corner.

1746: The match in Senegal is fast becoming a very drab encounter indeed.

1738: Senegal win three corners in quick succession, but are unable to conjure something from any of them.

1720: Half time in Senegal, and despite a few nice touches from Henri Camara, Congo's defence is so far holding firm.

1703: Henri Camara waltzes past two Congo defenders as if they aren't there, but is unable to beat the goalkeeper.

1701: FULL TIME: Nigeria 2-0 Rwanda Nigeria start their campaign with a win thanks to Obafemi Martins - but the Super Eagles had to earn their victory, having been frustrated for a large period of the match.

1659: Henri Camara slips through the Congo defence, but his shot is turned behind for a corner, which Congo clear.

1658: GOAL Nigeria 2-0 Rwanda
Obafemi Martins wraps up a fantastic home debut with a powerful shot from 18 yards with two minutes to go.

1652: FULL TIME Gabon 1-1 Zimbabwe Honours even in Gabon after Zimbabwe's late goal.

1649: Nigeria are taking pot-shots from any number of angles. An 18-yard effort goes just over.

1640: GOAL Gabon 1-1 Zimbabwe
Shingayi Kaondera punishes Gabon's negative play with just five minutes to go with a fantastic goal - beating the offside trap, rounding the keeper and slotting home at an angle.

1638: Nigeria are now proving able to waltz through Rwanda's defence with ease. Martins has a header that hits the bar and just bounces over.

1635: Senegal's Mamadou Niang has an early opportunity to open the scoring but misses a glorious chance when clean through on goal.

1633: Gabon make a set of defensive substitutions in an effort to shut up shop and keep their 1-0 lead.

1631: Nigeria are now in complete control of the match and playing the ball around for fun.

1633: Senegal kick off against Congo.

1625: GOAL Nigeria 1-0 Rwanda
A cross from the right is smashed home by the left foot of Obafemi Martins in his first competitive game for the Super Eagles.

1615: The match in Nigeria restarts after a long half time period.

1608: GOAL Gabon 1-0 Zimbabwe
Thierry Issiemou puts Gabon a goal up.

1600: Under way in Gabon again.

1555: Half time in Nigeria, and still no goals.

1550: The Rwandan defence is proving too strong for the Nigerian strikers - including Inter Milan's Obafemi Martins - and constantly thwarting any attacking moves.

1545: Half time in Gabon and the match remains tied at 0-0.

1540: Another corner - Nigeria's fifth - keeps the pressure on, but the Rwandans clear it comfortably enough.

1532: The Nigerians are really piling on the pressure now, and a host of rash tackles from the Rwanda defenders causes the referee to brandish a yellow card.

1523: End-to-end action in Nigeria, as the Super Eagles themselves have a fierce shot that drifts just wide.

1520: Rwanda almost score through a goalmouth scramble from a corner, but the ball heads just the wrong side of the post.

1515: A couple of quick corners see Nigeria beginning to fight back and put pressure on the Rwandans.

1511: Surprisingly, Rwanda have started very brightly and are in complete control of their game against a nervous Super Eagles side.

1510: The game in Gabon has settled down a little and the home side are dominating, controlling the ball and the passing.

1503: The ball is pinging around the pitch in Libreville in a crazy, end-to-end pinball fashion.

1500: Gabon are under way against Zimbabwe, and Nigeria kick off against Rwanda.

1450: FULL TIME Zambia 1-0 Togo
Zambia have deservedly won the game, especially following their first-half performance where they put the Togolese defence under a lot of pressure. The Chipolopolo go top of Group One.

1447: FULL TIME South Africa 2-1 Cape Verde
South African goalkeeper Vonk drops the ball in front of Lito, but his shot is blocked by Mabizela and the follow-up blasted wide by Janicio. The final whistle blows.

1446: FULL TIME Malawi 1-1 Morocco
The Zimbabean ref blows the whistle with Morocco set to take a dangerous-looking free kick from just outside the area. The Moroccans surround him in protest, but he refuses and the game is over.

1445: Zambian fans are singing and jubilating as their team enters the dying minutes a goal to the good. The stadium is packed to capacity with 25,000 supporters, and it is a long time since the Independence Stadium has been full.

1440: Youssef Hadji is booked for Morocco for simulation.

1435: Calo rounds goalkeeper Hans Vonk and then somehow manages to direct the ball into the side netting as the Cape Verdians have a brilliant chance to equalise.

1433: GOAL South Africa 2-1 Cape Verde
Debutant Janicio pulls a goal back for the Cape Verdians as he volleys home after Calo plays the ball back into his path.

1432: Togo almost equalise as Zambian goalkeeper Kalililo Kakonje is chipped by Togolese striker Seneya Junior, cutting inside on the left flank, but Zambian defender Joseph Musonda clears the ball of the line.

1425: GOAL South Africa 2-0 Cape Verde
Mabizela smokes a thunderous shot from nowhere into the back of the Cape Verdian net to give South Africa a 2-0 lead on 70 minutes.

1420: Togo finally begin to exert some pressure on the Zambian defence, but the Hawks have yet to create a clear-cut chance.

1418: Mark Fish blocks a close-in short from Lito that goes away for a corner as South African fans suffer some anxious moments.

1413: South African midfielder Vilakazi tries a long-range effort midway inside the Cape Verdian half to try and catch the goalkeeper out of position, but the shot is narrowly wide.

1409: Calo gets on the edge of a little chip into the area and is not far wide of the goal as Mark Fish proves a little too slow.

1408: Zambia waste another chance as winger Joseph Musonda crosses to Harry Milanzi, but the striker's shot from just outside the penalty box is quickly charged down. Both sides make substitutions as both Zambia's Kalusha Bwalya and Togo coach Stephen Keshi look for the all-important next goal.

1404: Claims for a penalty as South Africa's left wing Delron Buckley is bundled over in the Cape Verdian area - but the referee from Ethiopia is not interested.

1403: Nomvete blasts over the top after defender Janicio completely misses a clearance on the edge of the Cape Verdian area.

1347: Half time in South Africa and Zambia, with both home sides a goal up, and in Malawi, where the home side go in smiling thanks to Munthali's equaliser.

1345: GOAL Malawi 1-1 Morocco
Substitute Heston Munthali levels on the stroke of half time.

1342: GOAL South Africa 1-0 Cape Verde
South African captain Mbulelo Mabizela drills home a free kick from the edge of the area as the Cape Verdian defender Ze Piguista rather stupidly brings down Vilakazi. Mabizela struck it straight through a gap in the wall for his first international goal.

1339: Mark Fish is denied a remarkable return to international football as his shot from the edge of the penalty area is bravely blocked by Nelson Veiga.

1336: Zambia almost double their lead when Christopher Katongo crosses from the right-wing, with the Togolese goalkeeper unable to collect. Yet neither Harry Milanzi nor goalscorer Jacob Mulenga are able to take advantage of the loose ball for the Chipolopolo.

1331: Siyabonga Nomvete completely miscues a close-range effort after a quick one-two with Benedict Vilakazi as Bafana Bafana made their first real threat on the opponents' goal.

1327: Vonk saves from another Cape Verdian free kick as indifferent South African defending allows Calo to get a close-range header. The islanders are overshadowing their much-vaunted opponents in the early exchanges.

1326: GOAL Malawi 0-1 Morocco
Yousef Safri capitalises on a mistake in the Malawian defence to put Morocco 1-0 up.

1320: Malawian Russel Mwafulirwa is involved in a head-on collision with the Morocco keeper and is taken to hosptial with serious head injuries. He is replaced by Heston Munthali.

1311: GOAL Zambia 1-0 Togo
Debutant striker Jacob Mulenga gets Zambia's opener. Mulenga timely breaks through the Togolese defence after an Andrew Sinkala free-kick at the edge of the penalty box met burly winger Collins Mbesuma, who touched it with his header for Mulenga to chip over the Togolese goalie Tchagniron Dubo.

1309: A poor clearance by Moroccan keeper Khalid Fouhami nearly allows Malawi to score, but he is saved by his defenders getting back.

1308: A defensive slip allows Cal a chance to shoot at South Africa's goal but although he has plenty of time, he takes too long and hits it well over the top.

1305: Malawi Esau Kanyenda nearly puts Malawi ahead, but his shot hits the crossbar.

1304: The first shot in anger by South Africa is a skyer from Delron Buckley, well over the top of the Cape Verdian goal.

1301: There are huge roars of "Feeesh" as Mark Fish returns to the South African side for the first time in almost four years - and just as many laughs as fellow South African defender Aaron Mokoena trips over the ball.

1300: Morocco kick off in Blantyre in the Group Five match against Malawi. Meanwhile South Africa are also under way in Bloemfontein against Cape Verde, as are Zambia and Togo in Lusaka.

1230: Malawi's game is pushed back a further half hour to 1300. Meanwhile it is announced that 38-year-old Malawi midfielder Ernest Mtawali - recalled to the squad earlier in the week - will not feature due to a wrangle over his passport.

1220GMT: Malawi's match with Morocco in Blantyre is put back by half an hour and will now kick off at 1230 GMT.