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Pritchard wins title in UK, Antipas sees red in Den, Malajila shines in SA

[Posted 24 Apr 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
I am a Champions! Bradley Pritchard of Charlton appears to be saying as he celebrates title
Most Zimbabwean players plying their trade in Europe and South Africa had smiles on their faces after their teams either celebrated titles and winning relegation battles, while a few endured heart aches.

England. League One. Pick of the crop has to be Bradley Pritchard who has been hogging the limelight back home for the exploits of his former English Premiership club Charlton Athletics. Charlton won promotion back to the Championship last week, and added the League One title over the weekend.

On Saturday, Charlton held their nerves to beat relegation haunted Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 at home and Pritchard has become a regular at the club following a strong showing in the middle of the park in the Addicks' final games of the season.

Still in UK, Onismor Bhasera's League Tow club Plymouth Argyle were happy to survive relegation and will be looking forward to moving back to League One after next season, and then back to the Championship where they came from.

Danish Super Liga. In Denmark Quincy Antipas almost turned from hero to villain, but he was saved by his team holding out for victory. Antipas scored SonderjyskE's opening goal on 24 minutes, and ten minutes later he was shown a straight red for unsportsman conduct. Fortunately for Antipas, his team mates fought hard to secure a 2-1 victory against relegation haunted HB Koge.

SonderjyskE have hit great form just at the right time to avoid descending into the abyss of relegation battle. They now sit pretty on position seven on a twelve team league and have only dropped two points in the past five games, winning four of those games against relegation candidates and top teams.

Romanian Liga 1. In Romania, Mike Temwanjira came in as a second half substitute in a Romanian Liga 1 match on Saturday in his club FC Vaslui's 1-0 victory over home team Steaua Bucureşti on Saturday afternoon. Brazilian Wesley scored Vaslui's goal and a victory which saw them leapfrog the former Romanian champions only on a superior goal difference and into 4th place.

Should Temwanjira's Vaslui finish in 4th place, they will participate in the Europa League again. There is a good chance that Vaslui could even claim the title as the title race remains so wide open as two top teams CFR Cluj and Dinamo Bucuresti have dropped points in the last five games.

Only three points separate Vaslui from the log leaders Dinamo. There are as many as seven games left before end of the season and anything is possible in the Romanian Liga 1.Remaining fixtures appear to favour Vaslui of all four top teams in Liga 1.

Germany Bundesliga. In Germany, after five matches without tasting defeat, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim faltered when they lost 0-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen in a Bundesliga match over the weekend. Knowledge Musona will be happy to have had a run, coming in as a late second half substitute in place of  Sven Schipplock who gave way in the 81st minute.

Hoffenheim remains 9th on the log and missed a chance of easily overtaking Werder Bremen who remain 8th despite dropping points against second-placed Bayern Munich. A simple draw could have taken them above Werder Bremen who have an inferior goal difference to Musona's team.

In Belgium, Vusa Nyoni's team Germinal Beerschot are currently involved in play-offs and last week suffered a defeat but then recovered to win 3-1 against Zulte-Waregem on Sunday to move second in the Play-Offs II in Belgium. As usual Nyoni played 90 minutes for Beerchot.

Cypriot Division 1. Noel Kaseke's Omonia Nicosia's fortunes have gone terribly off the rails in Cyprus. His club is currently bottom of the Championship Play-Offs league and there are little to no prospects of the team winning the title or even qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

In the Relegation play-offs in Cyprus, Zimbabwean striker Edward Masinwa scored a goal for table topping Ethnikos Achna in a 2-1 victory over Olympiakos. Ethnikos appear safe from relegation.

Polish Ekstraklasa. Dickson Choto's Legia Warsaw suffered a dent to their title aspirations when they lost 0-1 at home to Lech Poznan  . Their lead at the top has now been slahsed to only one point by new threat Ruch Chorzˇw.  The good thing for Zimbabwean soccer is that Choto has now fully recovered and has become a regular at the club.

South Africa ABSA Premiership. Cuthbert Malajila has turned into a hero in Pietermaritzburg town of KwaZulu Natal as his two goals are the reason Maritzburg United have shocked giants of South African football and title contenders Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns within a week.

During mid-week last week, Malajila scored against the run of play to hand Chiefs a painful defeat at home in a critical period for the title race. The former African football giants club Dynamos player Malajila returned to the field to haunt Sundowns, scoring a contender for goal of the season in another 1-0 shock win for Maritzburg.

In scoring a goal that sank Sundowns, Malajila gave his countrymen Nyasha Mushekwi, Esrom Nyandoro and Method Mwanjali, a difficult night's sleep after causing their title hopes to go up in flames, for now. Sundowns is also home to Simba Sithole and Lionel Mtizwa who are currently not part of the regular squad at the club.

Willard Katsande, Lincoln Zvasiya, Zhaimu Jambo, Tinashe Nengomasha have been cursing their luck at Chiefs in the last three weeks. Chiefs have not won a match even since parting ways with Vladimir Vermozovic about a month ago. They have now lost three matches in a row, losing against Malajila's Maritzburg midweek, before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat in Cape Town at the hands of Santos over the weekend. Chiefs is also home to injured Thomas Sweswe and youngster Brian Abbas Amidu.

In Polokwane, Khama Billiat came on for injured Lebo Manyama and became an instant hero after scoring a brilliant goal that put Ajax Cape Town 1-0 ahead of home side Supersport United. But no sooner was Billiat a hero that he turned villain and cost his club three points after being shown a red card for retaliating against big defender Morgan Gould after a tussle. Supersport went on to win 2-1, and the former champions are now serious title challengers this season.  Tafadzwa Rusike played in that match

Gilbert Mapemba and Oscar Machapa's Moroka Swallows remain in the hunt for either the title or a top four finish after forcing a 1-1 draw in away at Bloemfontein Celtic. Mapemba plays at right back for Swallows, while midfielder Machapa was introduced as a second half substitute.

Amazulu are a team that has perfected the art of hitting opponents on counter and punishing them with an unyielding defence marshalled by big Zimbabwean defender Carlington Nyadombo who has developed a knack for scoring crucial goals for his club. The defence line includes Warriors and Amazulu captain Tapuwa Kapini and Congolese twin back Kasonga.

On Sunday afternoon Amazulu proved that they can score big as well after hitting four against Black Leopards in a 4-1 win away from home. Ramson Zhuwawo also played a part in the match, coming on as a second half substitute this time.  

 




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