Sunday, May 16, 2004

DeMbare, CAPS revenue close to annual PSL deal


5/13/2004 (Financial Gazette)

GATE takings grossed from Sunday’s Rufaro Stadium derby between Dynamos and Caps United almost equalled the total annual sponsorship for the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The match reportedly grossed $250 million, or five-sixths of the yearly $300 million PSL package.

Dynamos took home a net figure of $144 million, almost five times the $30 million the eventual league winners will get.

Perhaps it is time the PSL started a serious, massive marketing campaign to woo investors into the world’s most beautiful game.

— Allen Chifokoyo

Monday, May 10, 2004

Amazulu post second consecutive win against Wankie

(Herald)

Amazulu ……….............................. (2) 3

Wankie ......................................... (1) 1

AMAZULU posted a second consecutive win when they beat Wankie in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Luveve Stadium yester- day.

It was the second win inside five days for Amazulu on their return to Premiership action after the clubs exit from the African Champions League.

Wankie scored first through Gilbert Zulu who caught the Amazulu defence napping in the ninth minute before Ferdinand Mwachindalo equalised for Amazulu in the 30th minute.

Amazulu then sealed the points with goals from defender Herbert Dick (35th minute) and striker Sageby Sandaka (47th minute).

Wankie had plenty of opportunities to bag maximum points but they were let down by the strikeforce which failed to finish off the chances.

It was however Amazulus Master Masiku who was first to test Wankies goalkeeper and the defence in the fourth minute when his shot was punched to safety.

Zulu silenced the home teams supporters in ninth minute. He finished off a move initiated by Abu Milanzi.

Zulu came close again in the 15th minute putting Amazulu goalkeeper Dominic Sithole to test when he released a scorcher but the Bulawayo player rose to expectations.

Esrom Nyandoro and Farai Mujokoro combined well in the 18th minute in front of goal but they watched in disappointment as Mujokoros shot hit the bar.

That however did not deter the Amazulu strikeforce that found gaps in between the Wankie defence.

Dick, David Mkandawire and Kelvin Dube played well to keep the Wankie strikers at bay.

Sandaka and Norman Komanis combination nearly gave them an equaliser in the 27th minute when Luckson Mutanga was caught off guard but Komani failed to finish the move.

It was Mwachindalo who gave the Amazulu team the equaliser three minutes later when he received a pass from Komani. Mwachindalos goal came as a shock to the Wankie contingent.

Esrom Nyandoro went behind the ball after Usuthu were awarded a corner kick and Dick finished it off with a firm header to make it 2-1.

Sandaka who had been tearing the Wankie defence apart made an effort in the 37th minute with a shot that could have gone in but Mutanga punched it out for a corner.

Mutangas defence failed him again in the 47th minute when Sandaka scored Amazulus third goal. Sandaka and Komanis combination proved worthwhile when Komani rounded off the goalkeeper who had left his line and centered for Sandaka to score.

Black Rhinos stage late comeback, snatch valuable point

From Wellington Toni in Zvishavane (Herald)
Shabanie Mine ................................... (2) 4

Black Rhinos ...................................... (0) 4

BLACK Rhinos staged a remarkable comeback in second half to snatch a valuable point against Shabanie Mine in an eight-goal thriller at Maglas Stadium yesterday.

Defender Melody Wafawanaka completed that recovery in the 90th minute when he hammered home the equaliser from close range, in a game in which two braces were scored.

Rhinos were missing coach Keegan Mumba, who is recovering from malaria, and assistant coach Nesbert "Yabo" Saruchera was in charge.

Shabanie Mine striker Albert Mbano scored twice in the 39th and 59th minute and is now the top goalscorers with nine goals, while Warriors midfielder Lazarus Muhoni was also on target in the 49th and 88th minute.

The draw did not help Shabanies cause as leaders CAPS United increased their lead to seven points after beating Dynamos 2-1 and it was the third consecutive match that Moses Chungas side failed to collect maximum points after having won the first five.

Yesterdays draw saw Shabanie Mine drop a place down to fourth as former champions Highlanders moved into third after a 2-1 win over Zimbabwe Saints in a Bulawayo derby at Barbourfields.

Method Mwanjali scored his first goal for Shabanie and probably the fastest in the league this season after only three minutes and is in the running for the newly-launched Goalbold Fastest Goal of the Month award.

Former Warriors striker Luke Petros-Jukulile also scored his first goal and his first in the PSL for more than three years in the 87th minute, increasing Shabanies lead to 4-2.

But the asbestos miners proved to be too charitable. They blew that lead conceding two goals in two minutes. The first goal was from a free-kick by Mwanjali and the Rhinos goalkeeper Britto Gwere was caught on the wrong side of action.

Twenty five minutes into the match, big Shadreck Malunga could have been on target but his effort was cleared off the line by Geoffrey Ndlovu and 10 minutes later Mbano failed to beat the Rhinos goalkeeper.

But four minutes later he came right, with a flashing header off Patrick Mandizhas cross from the right.

A poor clearance in the 49th minute fell to Muhoni who had his back to the goal and his overhead kick dipped into the nets beating Andrew Chisunga. But that only served to inspire Shabanie as they increased their lead to 3-1 in the 59th minute from the boot of Mbano again, this time clumsily as he scrambled the ball home after his initial effort had been blocked.

Rhinos pulled one back in the 69th minute through Nicholas Gora.

Mbano could have completed his hattrick in the 75th minute but headed Phillip Sitholes cross over the bar and substitute Brighton Pamhirwa had his opportunity too in the 81st minute, but his overhead kick was just wild.

Jukulile made use of impressive leftback Steven Matsairas pass to score with a rising shot. The goal was met with a round of applause.

Chisunga crowned the Goalkeeper of the Month for March, conceded his fourth goal in the 90th minute, a spill falling to Wafawanaka who blasted into an empty net.

Teams

Shabanie Mine: A Chisunga, P Sithole, S Matsaire, Z Makonese, S Malunga, E Gava (Jukulile 60th minute), M Mwanjali, T Mazanhi, C Dzimbiri (Pamhirwa 64th min), P Mandizha (A Jani 74th min), A Mbano.

Black Rhinos: B Gwere, D Ndalama, L Nyamadzawo, L Dematsika, G Ndlovu, M Wafawanaka, M Mupera, M Ruza, L Muhoni, E Dube (W Chari), N Gora.

Highlanders edge Saints

From Lovemore Dube in Bulawayo (Herald)
Zimbabwe Saints ............................... (0) 1

Highlanders ...................................... (1) 2

FATE is cruel and Zimbabwe Saints learnt it the hard way as Highlanders scored a late winner in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match that deserved to end in a draw at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.

Both teams finished with 10 players after Gilbert Banda for Highlanders and Zimbabwe Saints Reuben Chipango were expelled for rough play by Bulawayo referee Sam Chirape.

Zimbabwe Saints goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni was hero turned villain as Thamsanqa Vundlas tricky chip hit the upright and rebounded off him to give the 2002 champions a late winner.

The goal, coming late as it did, triggered tempers from the losers whose physical trainer Roger Russell rose from the bench to headbutt Cosmas Nyoni, formerly of Masvingo who was the first assistant referee.

Highlanders took the lead in the 36th minute through captain Bekithemba Ndlovu and Idon Sibanda made it 1-1 in the 76th minute.

Highlanders had a pulsating first half in which they dominated play and were it not for Nyoni in between the goalposts for Saints the game could have recorded netball scoreline.

The former Cement player was the busier of the two goalkeepers and was called upon to make a good save as early as the second minute diving full length to his left to deny Mkhokheli Dube a goal.

The skillful Dabwitso Nkhoma who seems to revel in unleashing new ideas from his dribbling bag of tricks had set him up.

A minute later action swung to the other end, and a booming shot by Alex Matambanashe from 35 metres out drew the best out of Chenjerayi Dube who went airborne to hold the ball clean.

Highlanders, who played a beautiful passing game in the first 45 minutes, had Saints back-pedalling throughout and forced two corners in the first three minutes as they set out to draw first blood.

Nkhoma was denied by Nyoni in the 14th minute. Chipo Tsodzo came close two minutes later when his fierce shot struck from outside the box hit the cross bar with Nyoni a beaten man.

Nyoni went down in the 34th minute to collect the ball from the feet of Tsodzo who had been sent through by Nkhoma after Gilbert Banda made a magnificent run on the right flank.

It became a question of how soon were Saints going to let it up and in the 36th minute Highlanders won a corner. Gift Lunga took it and up went his captain Ndlovu to nod the ball unattended. No goals were added on despite Highlanders determined efforts to score a second. The youthful Saints defence held firm and Nyoni was also another stumbling block.

The second half began at a snails pace with both teams trying to build from the back and via the flanks.

There were too many fouls leading to the expulsion of the two players.

Medics from either side were kept busy attending to injured players, which could justify referee Chirapes decision to expel Banda and Chipango and add five minutes of optional time, a period in which Highlanders found their winner.

In the 53rd minute Banda got his marching orders in what appeared to be a harsh decision in an incident that appeared to warrant a yellow card.

But that incident seemed to have unnerved Chirape who then lost the grip, which he had maintained through out the first half.

Chipango followed 12 minutes before full-time when he deliberately kicked Honour Gombami in an off the ball incident. Chirape who was now under pressure did not give Highlanders captain Ndlovu a card after he had a bad challenge on Saints player.

In the 63rd minute Nyoni pulled off another save from the feet of Nkhoma who had broken loose in the box and appeared headed for the kill. He again saved efforts from Nkhoma and fellow Zambian Manase Mwanza in the 72nd and 74th minutes respectively.

Saints got their goal in the 76th minute after a sweeping move on the right from the back. Maxwell Mburayi who came in for Madodana Sibanda in the 59th minute and troubled Bosso, switched play to the left. The ball found Iden unmarked and in good space and he let go to the far right corner a stinger that left Chenjerayi clutching the air.

Vundla ensured his teams maximum points when he broke clear on the left and sent in a cheeky cross that eluded Nyoni and hit the upright to his left. The ball hit his back and crossed the line to send Highlanders fans into frenzy.

Saints had a hearty performance with Mthulisi Maphosa and Sikhumbuzo doing a good policing job at the back. In midfield Mtshumayeli Moyo showed his class with some good runs and dribbles that often left Highlanders desperately defending and it was more pronounced following the arrival of Mburayi and Ronald Chari whose small bodies and pace were a constant menace to Thomas Svesve, Thubelihle Ncube and Thubelihle Nkomazana.

The match had all the characteristics of a derby but perhaps a draw would have been fair for a labouring Saints that is beginning to show signs of revival. If they keep on playing like this, they could soon start recording wins.

They held their nerves in front of 18 000 fans a majority of whom were Highlanders supporters.

Dickson Chama and Madinda Ndlovu, need to work hard on their finishing as their lads are creating the chances and only to be let down by pathetic finishing.

But credit for keeping the scoreline this low yesterday should go to the dreadlocked Nyoni.

CAPS humble Dynamos

By Mtulisi Mafa (Herald)
Dynamos ........................................................ (0) 1

CAPS United .................................................... (0) 2

CAPS UNITED are simply unstoppable!

Ten-men CAPS United extended their lead at the top of the Castle Lager Premiership table to seven points after dismissing disjointed bitter rivals Dynamos at Rufaro yesterday.

A full house at the 45 000-seater stadium got to see why CAPS United boast of the best ever start to the Premiership as they outmaneuvered their rivals despite being one man short for 62 minutes.

For the record the 37 000 tickets that had been brought to the stadium were sold out an hour before kick-off and more tickets had to be obtained from the Premier Soccer League offices.

Goals by striker Leonard Tsipa and impressive midfielder Ashley Muza gave CAPS United all points while midfielder Andrew Chifamba had brought Dynamos level early in the second half.

With the win CAPS United took advantage of the slip-ups by closest rivals Railstars and Shabanie Mine, who both scrambled home draws, to extend their lead from five to seven points after just eight games.

Such was CAPS Uniteds superiority that for much of the game their main worry was inconsistent Gweru referee Joseph Mususa and not the 11 players in blue and white.

Mususa, who dismissed CAPS United defender Silent Katumba in the 28th minute, rushed to caution CAPS players yet he ignored similar offences by Dynamos players.

At one stage CAPS United felt like they were playing against 12 men when Mususa issued three cards in a space of two minutes and also ejecting assistant coach Norman Mapeza from the bench.

However, the decisions motivated the high-flying CAPS United and they fought for every ball as if their lives depended on it.

After the match CAPS United coach Charles Mhlauri was delighted and happy for his players for playing to instructions and inflicting ultimate humiliation in the famous derby.

"Im very happy for the players because they played to instructions and we are now focusing to our next fixture (at home to Railstars)," said the unbeaten coach.

Mhlauri insisted that it was too early to be talking about winning the league despite his teams brilliant form.

"We are still very far and we cant talk about the championship. There is still so much to be done," he said.

Mhlauri felt that some of the yellow cards issued to his players were unwarranted.

"Its one area we have to work on (discipline) and I hope things will be better next time. But we also expect referees to be accountable for their actions because we have never heard anything about their assessments yet they mess up most of the times.

"If a coach fails to deliver he is fired and its all over newspapers but referees performances are not reviewed at all and thats bad for our football. Even if they are reviewed the outcomes are top secrets and the officials keep their jobs," said Mhlauri.

United were reduced to ten-men when defender and former skipper Silent Katumba was red-carded for a vicious lunge on Francis Chandida on 28 minutes.

The red-card sparked protest from the CAPS players and bench resulting in assistant coach Norman Mapeza being ordered off the field before yellow cards were flashed to strike partners Tsipa and Brian Badza.

Dynamos failed to maximise on the numerical advantage as CAPS United were clearly technically superior and played with much discipline as their old enemy sunk deep into the mire with some terrible display when in possession.

Dynamos players were again guilty of failing to apply the simple footballing rules of supporting the man on the ball and making accurate passes as they spent most of the afternoon dishing stray passes.

CAPS United were intent in attack and it only took dangerman Badza just 34 seconds to probe the Dynamos defence when he received a fine cross from captain David Sengu and his attempt at goal with an miskicked overhead effort rolled weakly in Tafadzwa Dubes hands.

CAPS United were rallying back around goal scoring distance as defender Asani Matora saw his ferocious shot blocked by Norman Togara and rolled out for a corner to lower the Dynamos fans heart-beat.

But that was not to be long as Sengu swung in form the resultant corner which Dembare seemed to have dealt with only for striker Edmore Mufema to mess around with the ball when it was easy to clear the lines.

Mufema, who is not known for dribbling, tried to dribble his way out of the penalty area and was easily dispossessed while his defenders were slowly making their way out of the goal area.

The ball was quickly threaded into the box and although Badza failed to control the ball fell to Tsipa to blast home from close range.

Mufema, who has become a pale imitation of his dangerous self, almost made amends a minute later when Chandida sent him through in a counter raid.

He could just watch in disgust as his shot took a deflection off Matora and sailed away from the mark.

CAPS were soon charging forward on the right channel were the captain spent the afternoon sending beautiful crosses with one such finding the shiny-head of Badza totally unattended.

The Warriors striker however, could only direct his header well wide and when Dynamos captain James Matola went up to him for a handshake immediately after, he knew Badza had really rescued his ailing team.

The two old-enemies then traded attacks and within six minutes of Badzas miss, it was Dynamos raid that nearly paid dividends.

Maxwell Dube initiated a move on the left on the left side of the park and a quick exchange with Chandida had him dangerously loose around the CAPS box.

Dubes brilliant pass rolled into the path of Chandida that ended with the midfielders left foot letting loose a powerful shot that missed the target by just a few metres.

By then the CAPS bench was warming up crowd favourite Raymond Undi and Walter Chuma as Zambian Laughter Chilembe joined his teammates in Mususas yellow-card column in his book after a foul on Dube.

The second period offered a lot of hope for the blue shirts as their midfield rose to the occasion with Andrew Chifamba, Chandida and Leo Kurauzvione making some good build ups.

Chandida was all over the show and Chifamba was justifying his inclusion ahead of Desmond Maringwa with a better display than he had done before.

And when Cephas Chimedza hauled Mufema to the turf on 53 minutes Chandida was behind the ball raising hopes in the Vietnam stand.

Chandidas curling free-kick was met with a firm and stunning Chifamba header that sped into the nets and Dynamos were on level terms.

Luke Masomeres men were now taking the game to their "struggling" opponents with Chandida powering a shot two minutes later that Witness Munkuli fumbled, gathering it before Mufema could punish him.

All conquering CAPS refused to be intimidated and clawed back into the game as Mhlauri packed his midfield with an extra-men and throwing in Undi for Tsipa to bolster his attack.

Mhaluris men were now knocking the ball forward as if they were the ones playing with an extra pair of feet.

Dynamos chasing shadows at this stage were losing possesion and Kurauzvione lost a midfield tussle with Muza and CAPS were on the break.

The young midfielder sliced the ball to his right for Badza and he continued with his run in the box and by the time the striker thrashed the ball in the box, no Dynamos defender could get his feet on the ball as it sailed to the blind side.

Muza found himself at the end of it and with a little hesitation in anticipation of the referee to charge for an off-side he slotted in the winner and it was green written all over the famous derby.

Dynamos looked to watch helplessly as CAPS seemed to take delight on dancing on their already dug grave.

The hosts just fell on their knees as panic and frustration reigned supreme.

Masomere made a blunder as he hauled off influential Chandida to the substitute bench and threw in Tonderayi Ndiraya.

Dynamos flattered from then on and their late raids found no way past the CAPS defence and instead it could have been 3-1 but Undis effort from a tight angle crashed against the upright with Dube stranded.

It just looked beyond them and CAPS went on to celebrate a famous win.

Latest Standings

P W D L F A Pts

CAPS United 8 8 0 0 15 4 24

Railstars 8 5 2 1 16 10 17

Highlanders 8 5 2 1 10 4 17

Shabanie Mine 8 5 1 2 19 10 16

Lancashire Steel 8 3 3 2 11 10 12

Masvingo United 7 3 2 2 8 5 11

Dynamos 7 3 1 3 12 9 10

Amazulu 7 3 1 3 11 11 10

Motor Action 8 2 3 3 10 9 9

Wankie 8 2 3 3 9 10 9

Sundowns 8 3 0 5 11 12 9

Eiffel Flats 8 4 0 4 6 9 12

Black Rhinos 8 2 2 4 8 14 8

Kwekwe Cables 7 2 0 5 7 13 6

Zimbabwe Saints 8 1 0 7 9 22 3

Sporting Lions 8 1 0 7 6 19 3

Saturday, May 08, 2004

10 foreign-based players selected

Sports Reporter (Herald)

WARRIORS coach Sunday "Mhofu" Marimo has included 10 foreign-based players in the provisional 34-member squad for the international friendly soccer match against Zambia in Harare on May 16.

The match is part of preparations for the 2006 World Cup/Nations Cup qualifiers, which get underway next month.

"The foreign-based players who will be here are going to be considered for the game against Zambia next Sunday.

"But if they are no foreign-based players available we will still continue with the locally based players.

"Otherwise this is the pool of players we will be choosing from for the assignments that are coming in the near future," said Warriors manager Rafiq Adam.

Adam said the players should assemble at Cresta Lodge in Harare on Monday with their passports and training kit.

Squad

E. Murambadoro, T. Kapini, I. Kambanje, G. Mbwando, Bekhithemba Ndlovu, D. Sengu, C. Yohane, Z. Makonese, H. Shereni, C. Chimedza, H. Dick, D. Kapenya, K. Tembo, D. Mpofu, D. Choto, E. Nyandoro, R. Choruma, L. Muhoni, L. Kurauzvione, B. Badza, F. Chandida, H. Gombami, C. Mutawu, J. Lupahla, R. Sibanda, S. Milanzi, W. Mugeyi, M. Nyakabangwe, B. Mwaruwaru, P. Ndlovu, A. Ndlovu, S. Sandaka, S. Kawondera.

Arch-rivals CAPS, DeMbare clash

By Mtulisi Mafa (Herald)


IN-FORM CAPS United striker Brian Badza believes the squabbles currently rocking their old-enemy Dynamos could work in their favour when the two giants clash in a potentially explosive Harare derby at Rufaro tomorrow.

All is not well in the DeMbare camp where disputes have ranged from player bonuses to elections and screws have been turned on the club’s interim-executive in recent weeks.

"I understand what they are going through (Dynamos players) because we also went through the same problems last season.

"It’s very difficult to concentrate as a player because when you come to the match your mind will be not focused at all.

"I think it will be an added advantage to us against them because we are only focusing our minds on this match.

"Everything has been wonderful for us because there is a more professional approach to everything," said Badza.

Badza has been in top form this season and is confident that his side will emerge victorious in this potentially explosive derby though he admits that it will a be tough match.

"We have to win this match at all costs, we know it’s a very important match and we want to come out with all the points.

"We have depth in our team this year. If you look at our squad you will realise that we have got replacements for everyone.

"People have been talking about our past seasons where we started off well and ended up struggling but it’s not the same anymore, we are playing well and we will make sure that we continue winning matches," said Badza.

But Dynamos captain James Matola denies speculation that his team will fall to their rivals because of their endless in-house problems.

"Problems do not play football and it’s silly for anyone to think that we will be affected by such things.

"We are in football to look for money just like they are and we will be playing for a win.

"I believe that football is played on the field and we will do our talking on Sunday.

"We know we did not do well against Wankie but we have forgotten about that game.

"Every player saw what happened against Wankie and we now know that we can’t afford to relax," said Matola.

The Dynamos captain has a long-standing rivalry with CAPS striker Leonard Tsipa, which at times has turned out to be more physical, resulting in tempers flaring up.

Matola however, insists that he holds no ill feelings against the 2002 Soccer Star of the Year finalist and said his main aim was to fight for his club’s cause.

While there can never be any ill feelings between the two players, the same cannot be said about the clubs’ supporters, especially those for DeMbare.

CAPS crossed the path of their arch-rival when they enlisted the services of Cephas Chimedza and much of those feelings will be expressed when the two giants collide.

Most Dynamos fans draw a parallel between Chimedza and Judas Iscariot because he joined the "wrong" club.

Chimedza is enjoying everything in the comfort of the green shirt and has watched his old teammates struggle for results since his departure.

Dynamos have grown a lop-sided look about them and their drab 0-0 home draw against Wankie two days back offered little hope on their abilities to dose off the flames glowing so brightly at Manchester Road.

But Dynamos will all but forget about winning the league championship if they lose to CAPS tomorrow.

Luke Masomere will only but hope for a better turn of fortunes from his men.

Dynamos strikers have been hugely disappointing of late but on a good day they can be a real menace on the park.

Dynamos’ in-form player Clive Mwale is likely to lead the attack with Norman Maroto and Edmore Mufema completing the front line.

Masomere’s midfield will retain the same faces with playmaker Francis Chandida, Leo Kurauzvione and Desmond Maringwa.

CAPS United are sure to welcome back captain David Sengu who has been out with a hamstring injury with Walter Chuma likely to get the nod ahead of Tsipa to partner Badza.

Dynamos founder members lose Supreme Court case

By Augustine Hwata (Herald)

THE Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal by Dynamos founder members who wanted a High Court judgement ordering the Sports Commission to convene elections at the club set aside.

Correspondence from the Registrar of the Supreme Court to the founder member’s lawyers Dube, Manikai and Hwacha and interested parties dated April 28 read:

"I refer to my letter dated July 9, 2003 in which you were called upon to file heads of argument. To date no heads of argument have been received.

"The appeal is therefore deemed to have been abandoned and is accordingly dismissed," read part of the letter by the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

This effectively means that the judgement passed by Justice Charles Hungwe on February 5, 2003 to have elections at the club should now be effected.

Justice Hungwe directed that the Sports Commission, from within seven days of his ruling, verify a register of the members of Dynamos as of December 31, 2002 and then convene a general meeting within 21 days for the purposes of holding elections at the club.

The High Court said election were to held under the 1994 constitution as amended in 1997 while the founder members wanted to use the first document of 1963 when the club was formed.

Hungwe had also barred any other parties from interfering in the affairs at the club save for a lawful directive from the Sports Commission.

Oscar Ziweni of Ziweni and Company Attorneys who was representing one Milton Makore standing for the general membership of the club has since written to the Sports Commission.

"Now that there is no more appeals at the Supreme Court, the Sports Commission should now go ahead and execute the High Court judgement because it is now enforceable.

"Failure by the Sports Commission might see us seeking litigation to compel compliance from the parties," said Ziweni.

Meanwhile, the Dynamos interim executive yesterday avoided a boycott by players on the eve of a crucial home match against bitter rivals CAPS United.

The players had threatened to boycott after accusing the interim-executive committee of being insensitive to their needs and also complained of being given cheques rejected by the banks.

However, sanity prevailed as the players met with vice-chairman Phillip Mugadza at Rufaro who assured them that the executive would address the problems.

Players at the club had met some of the executive members on Monday at Rufaro and listed a number of grievances, which they wanted answered by the close of business yesterday.

But the executive seemed to have shifted goal posts and said they will only be able to meet some of the demands, especially the issue of outstanding payments after the match tomorrow.

An agreement was signed by 19 first team players, Mugadza and secretary Simon Sachiti, the players had 16 grievances which they wanted met.

James Matola, Desmond Maringwa, Lenny Gwata, Tonderayi Ndiraya, Andrew Chifamba, Norman Maroto, Leo Kurauzvione, Murape Murape, Trymore Mtisi, Tapfumanei Gweshe, Munyaradzi Mashiri, Edmore Mufema, Tafadzwa Dube, Clive Mwale; Tofireyi Sambo; Phillip Nhete, Wiseman Mutano, Francis Madziva and Romeo Kabesha singed.

Among their chief grievances was that the players wanted their signing on fees for this season paid by the end of business yesterday.

Outstanding bonuses from previous matches has also caused unhappiness among the players.

"Signing on fees must be paid before Friday 07, May 2004 for all players, being it outstanding or for those who have not been paid at all," read one of the grievances listed by the players on Monday.

The players wanted a review of their winning bonuses as of the game drawn against Wankie on Thursday and also have camping allowances and salaries increased.

The petition also wants the interim executive to start making payments to reserves sides and that injured players like Philemon Mutyakureva, Samson Choruwa and Naison Muchekela be paid half-winning bonuses until they resume training and be helped to get therapy while on the lay off.

Dynamos players also want the $10 million from the May Day challenge shared among the players and the technical staff only and have camping.

There are reports that Dynamos players were barred from training at Hellenic for non-payment of ground rentals amounting to $3 million and also denied lunch at a restaurant in Eastlea for owing $8.67 million.

Workers at the outlet said coach Luke Masomere ended up using $462 000 from his own pocket to pay for the team’s food on Thursday afternoon.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Caps legend Twaliki destitute
By Lloyd Mutungamiri

The Standard

BRAZIL'S Pele might be the greatest footballer of all time whose every move on the pitch was sheer magic, but the Samba legend could have erred when he called football "The Beautiful Game".

It cannot be. Not to Salad Twaliki, anyway. Or those who have come to know of his plight.


The former Caps United centre-back clouds over when he talks of football. He throws his head back in anguish, his voice trails off into an unintelligible garble as he tries to explain that he is on the streets begging for money not only to buy himself enough food to survive, but drugs to ease the pain brought about by the stroke he suffered 12 years ago.

He cuddles his crutch the way a first-time mother would her baby shortly after delivery, for this piece of aluminium has now become an invaluable appendage to him as it enables him to shuffle from one point to the other, begging for money, food and clothing.

This is hardly the robust centre-half former Caps striker Friday Phiri describes as one of the greatest players to don United's green-and-white strip.

Salad sits in our office where he has come to tell his story. A colleague, touched by his plight, hands him a $10 000 bearer cheque. Twaliki mumbles his thanks and stares vacantly into space.

Suddenly he gives a lopsided grin. "The whole idea was to make sure your keeper was always covered, that he was never exposed to the strikers. But these players these days Š"

He might not look the player affectionately remembered by team-mates for refusing to carry a "kit-bag", always tucking his soccer boots in his pants, but Salad Twaliki belongs to the football family.

He goes on to talk of the great matches he played for Caps in a glittering five-year career, of how close-knit a family the soccer fraternity used to be. That is why looking at the distraught figure curled up on the seat we were all incredulous that family has disowned one of its own.

That Caps are the feared side they are today is more credit to Salad than a lot of people would want to give, as he led the fight to break the status quo when Dynamos were the only club worth mentioning in Harare.

Twaliki breaks the uneasy silence. "I have been going around asking for money, I am a single parent who has to look after two children. Most of all I need money to buy medicines because I am in pain most of the time. Ever since I suffered a stroke in 1993, life has been difficult. I have been everywhere Š to my former bosses Caps Holdings where I also worked as a casual worker when I used to play for the team but I got no joy - I was simply ignored. I went away empty-handed, a well-wisher paid for my bus fare back home to Mufakose."

Twaliki is not bitter about his former paymasters but believes the pharmaceutical firm could do better, if only for humanitarian reasons.

"The last time I talked to Julius Chifokoyo (personnel manager), he told me I should phone them again, but where do I get the money to keep phoning in this condition?"

Former ace striker Shacky Tauro, at the funeral of former Caps United striker Shingi Arlon who died in a horrific car accident in March - and who incidentally was Salad's brother - shook his head as the now frail figure was helped into the backseat of a car.

Explains Twaliki. "I had to leave Caps United in 1982 because of a knee injury. I had joined the club in 1977 from Haig Rovers, who were in the Area Zone league. It was a joy playing at Caps, there were so many talented players there."

Salad was in a line-up that included midfield maestro Stix Mtizwa, winger Stanley Ndunduma, Tauro, Phiri, and others in what is, without doubt, the greatest Caps side ever.

After he left United, Twaliki was to flirt with lower league sides Tornadoes and Zimoco but he had spent his best years at United - five years of running, rigorous training, blood-and-thunder battles against DeMbare and Highlanders, had taken their toll.

Chifokoyo on Thursday said he personally feels bad about Twaliki's plight.

"Maybe the company and the new club owners (that took over from Caps Holdings) should sit down and see how best we can address his situation, to put our heads together and help him out. At the same time, Salad's case should be taken as a wake-up call for Caps to set up a Players' Welfare Fund, which will take care of eventualities like these. I admit it is a touching situation, a very, very sad situation," said Chifokoyo, who was the club secretary during Twaliki's heydays.

Twine Phiri, who bought out Caps Holdings when he took absolute control of Caps United last year, says whilst Twaliki is not their responsibility since he only came into Caps last year, the club would, funds permitting, "see what they can do" for the stricken ex-player.

Mapeza delays return to action
By Langton Nyakwenda

The Standard

FORMER Warriors captain and Caps United assistant coach Norman Mapeza has resumed serious training and is expected in the team's line-up at the end of May.

Mapeza has been suffering from a recurring knee injury for the past 18 months but was last week involved in intense training and is keen on returning to action.


The midfielder-cum-sweeper told StandardSport he is ready to play but wants to give the leg a rest until the end of this month.

"I have started serious training and have been going to the gym on a daily basis, and I am sure by the end of May I will be donning the green-and-white jersey," said Mapeza.

Mapeza was registered as player/assistant coach for Caps United at the start of the season but has not featured for the team due to the career-threatening knee injury he sustained while at Malatyaspor in Turkey in 2002.

"It will be up to the coach to select me into the squad but right now I feel I am ready to do duty for Caps United," he said.

It was this injury that saw off his contract with the Turkish club in June last year and as a result he returned to Zimbabwe where, along with Charles Mhlauri, he has transformed Caps into a force to reckon with.

Mapeza has 10 years of European football experience having moved to Poland in 1993 when he joined Milliader from Darryn T.

He also played for Turkish giants Galatassarray and Raid Vienna of Austria, and one of his memorable matches was when he outshone former Brazil international Romario when Galatassarray played Barcelona in the Champions league of 1994.

Mapeza, who captained the Warriors in the 2000 Nations Cup Qualifiers, believes it is early days for Caps to think of the championship. "It is still very early to say we are going to clinch the title. Remember what happened last season when the team had a perfect start only to falter at the last stage.

"But I believe with more focus we can go all the way to the title although I feel the championship could be won on the last day of action," said Mapeza.

Mwaruwari back for Auxerre
By Lloyd Mutungamiri

The Standard

FRANCE-based Warriors hitman Benjani Mwaruwari made his return to first team action for the first time since June last year when his club AJ Auxerre beat Sochaux 2-1 in a Ligue 1 match last weekend, as Guy Roux's star-studded side makes a late surge for a Uefa Champions League place next season.

Mwaruwari was on the bench as fellow striker Djibril Cisse ran riot in the Auxerre firing line, and although he was not a given a run-out it was a special day for the Zimbabwean for he was passed fit to return to the first team after sitting out for 10 months. He suffered a groin injury during the Warriors' 2004 Nations Cup qualifier against the Seychelles in June last year.


Auxerre are currently lying fourth on the 20-team log and are in a desperate fight to end the season on at least third position, which would qualify them for Europe's flagship club competition.

On Thursday, the spike-haired Undertaker told StandardSport from France he was happy to be back after what he called a "traumatic" 10 months of inaction.

"I was in the first team line-up for the first time last weekend and it is good to be back playing my part in the team. Right now our major concern is to make at least third place in the French league which will give us automatic qualification into the Uefa Champions League. Everyone here is determined, we believe we can do it."

While reaffirming his commitment to the Warriors, Mwaruwari said he was yet to make up his mind on his availability for Zimbabwe's first qualifying 2006 African/World Cup match on June 5 against Gabon in Libreville.

"I was injured playing for Zimbabwe and spent a long time on the sidelines and my club here has been footing my medical bill and paying my wages. I have just returned to full action and it would put me in a very difficult position if I were to get injured again so soon playing for Zimbabwe. I have always made myself available for Zimbabwe, but there are a lot of issues I have to consider here. But my love for my country should never be in doubt," said Mwaruwari.

The Undertaker also said now that he will be the chief striker when Cisse moves to Liverpool at the end of the season he has to be available and fully fit to spearhead the AJ Auxerre attack.

"The club has given me the chief striker role now, which means I have to repay their faith in me for standing by me through this trying period. I have to justify my new role and that means scoring goals which is quite a tall order considering Cisse has scored 20 goals, and is the leading goal-scorer in the French league."

Mwaruwari has all the confidence he can do the job as well as the French international.

"Last season when he (Cisse) was injured, I started 11 games and scored 9 goals. My aim right now is to be match fit by the time the season ends, to play in the remaining five matches. Cisse is in devastating form at the moment, he has set high standards at the club. But I believe in myself, the job can be done."

Meanwhile, another Zimbabwean playing in the French top league, Harlington Shereni, whom Mwaruwari says is playing the game of his life told StandardSport the Warriors should be more ambitious by looking beyond the African Cup of Nations.

"Now let us aim for the World Cup Š But let me hasten to say for that to happen we must change our way of doing things. Yesterday (on Wednesday) my team (Guingamp) played Senegal here in a friendly (Senegal won 1-0), that is how serious football nations do their thing. Senegal have been here in France since Sunday, the reason why they camp here in France is so that clubs in Europe can release their players.

"Zifa should strive to organise training camps here in Europe so that we play tough opposition and the foreign-based players can also be available. Our experience is that it is difficult to get top soccer nations coming to Zimbabwe for friendlies and we wouldn't want to fall into the same trap as in the last Nations Cup where we went to Tunisia without playing a single meaningful friendly."

Shereni, whose team is lying 15th on the log of 20 clubs, said they are confident of surviving relegation. The last three teams get the chop at the end of the season.

Zimbabwe, Zambia draw

The Standard

ZIMBABWE's Warriors yesterday drew one-all with Zambia's Chipolopolo in a friendly international played at the Independence stadium in Lusaka.

Zambia scored first in the second half through Isaac Chansa in the 79th minute and Zimbabwe got their equaliser when Bekhitemba Ndlove headed in past Kalilino Kakenje in the 89th minute.


Both teams went to the breather having fluffed numerous scoring chances.

However in the second half Zambia came back a rejuvenated side resulting in a goal that came from Isaac Chansa.

With the match heading for a victory for the hosts Warriors'defender Ndlovu headed home to level the matters.