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Temwanjira scores again, updates on Zimbos elsewhere

[Posted 13 May 2013]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Temwanjira scores again, updates on Zimbos elsewhere
Mike Temwanjira has been finding the net for FC Vaslui with the regularity that had eluded him before he went on a long injury lay-off. Since he returned from injury he has scored twice .

On 27 April big Mike scored in a 2-1 home victory against fellow Liga 1 side Astra Giurgiu, and on Saturday 11 May, the former CAPS United striker netted in 2-0 away victory at FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ.

FC Vaslui remain on a somewhat distant 6th position on the log with 49 points after 31 matches with only three rounds to go. For a team that has challenged for the title in the last three seasons, big Mike and company will not be very pleased with how things are progressing this season.

Vaslui competed in the Europa league in the past two seasons, and there are very little prospects of the Romanian giants repeating that feat in the next season. Temwanjira and company will need to move mountains in the remaining three games to secure Europa qualification.

With big Mike back, Vaslui has got hope, but it will be a big ask to expect miracles at this stage.

In Denmark, Quincy Antipas has been just the tonic that Danish Superliga giants Brondby needed in the last quarter of the season to fight relegation.

The former SonderjyskE man has repaid the faith shown by Brondby by scoring in the last three matches, thereby giving his Danish club at least two points above relegation waters.

The fight against the drop is not yet over for Antipas though, and other teams in similar predicament are putting up a huge fight to stay up as well.

Knowledge Musona's Augsburg maybe two points above automatic drop zone and in the relegation-play-offs zone, there remain two possibilities with a game to go in the Bundesliga. Next Saturday Augsburg play relegated Greuther Furth while Musona's parent club Hoffenheim play red-hot Borussia Dortmund on the same weekend.

Augsburg could win their match, and if fourth from bottom Fortuna Dusseldorf do not win, then Augsburg will avoid relegation play-offs. However the other permutations are that should Hoffenheim win their match against Dortmund and Augsburg lose, then Augsburg will go down instead of Hoffenheim.

Either way this week is a nervy time for Musona's current club and parent club. The Warriors' striker may not be sure about his future in Germany football given the circumstances of either Augsburg where he is on loan and Hoffenheim his parent club.

In Sweden, Archieford Gutu came on as a 90th minute substitute as his club Kalmar FF registered victory against AIK to move a place up the competitive Allsvenskan league with 13 points after 8 games.

Kalmar are 4 points adrift of leaders IFK Göteborg who lead the 16-team topflight league with 17 points after the same number of games.The league is so competitive that former champions Djurgĺrdens IF are struggling at the foot of the table after 8 rounds, anchoring the log with a paltry 4 points.

In Poland veteran Zimbabwean central defender Dickson Choto was perched on the substitute for the entire 90 minutes as his side, champions Legia Warsaw beat SSA Jagiellonia Białystok 3-0 away from home to tighten their grip at the summit of the Polish Ekstraklasa where they are just two points ahead of Lech Poznan.

Still in Poland the evergreen and red-hot left sided defender and Warriors hopeful Costa Nhamoinesu will be expected to play a key role as his side looks to take advantage a game in hand and help his club Zaglebie Lubin to leapfrog former champions Wisla Krakow and jump into 7th place on the log when they face 6th placed KS Górnik Zabrze in a league match at home tonight.

In England Charlton Athletics' Zimbabwean key midfield man Bradley Pritchard finished the season on a high as his team continued their very rich high scoring form in their final match by walloping Bristol City 4-1.

Charlton had been on a winning run ever since their surprise 0-2 home loss to Millwall on 16 March.

Since that day in March, Pritchard's team did not lose a match until their emphatic win on the last day of the league. Along the way, Charlton had good results against great sides in the Championship such as Bolton Wanderers whom they beat 3-2 at home, drawing 0-0 with Premiership play-off semi-finalists Brighton & Hove Albion away from home, beating Leeds 2-1 at home, thumping Barnsley 6-0 away from home, drawing 0-0 at champions Cardiff and beating relegated former premiership side Woverhampton  2-1, before drawing 2-2 with Middlesbrough away from home.

In South Africa, winning a the ABSA premiership title for Kaizer Chiefs regulars Kingston Nkhatha and Willard Katsande appears to be a forgone conclusion. The team closest to causing an extra-ordinary upset is Platinum Stars, and they need to score 10 goals without reply in the event Chiefs lose their final two matches. Such a miracle is unlikely to happen.

Nkhatha and Katsande's countrymen who have made cameo appearances in the first team due to injury and other factors, Jimmy Jambo, Lincoln Zvasiya and Matthew Rusike will all have played a part in helping Chiefs lift the title, when, and not if, Chiefs are confirmed as champions on Wednesday. 

On the other end of the table, Ajax Cape Town's hugely talented attacking midfielder Khama Billiat and countryman Tafadzwa Rusike are still fighting for dear life as they are just two points above play-offs, and they need either an outright victory or a draw to avoid that.

Chippa, home to former Warriors captain Benjamin "Benjani" Mwaruwari, are also fighting to avoid play-offs, if not downright relegation.

Things look quite bad for Sunday Chidzambwa's Black Leopards who anchor the log.  Even though the Limpopo side has the benefit of a game in hand, they have been in such terrible form that no-one can put his money on them to win a single game or let alone pick up a point. However, Lidoda Duvha have a fighting spirit in them, and they are capable of causing an upset or two on their day.

Leopards are home to defender Victor Kamhuka and striker Brain Abbas Amidu.

Cuthbert Malajila of Maritzburg United appears to have lost out on a chance to be crowned top goal scorer having gone on a long dry spell in front of goals and has not added to his 10 goal tally in recent games. Two players, Bernard Parker of Chiefs and Moroka Swallows' Katlego Mashego lead him by 3 and 2 goals respectively. 

Miracles can happen, and nothing stops Malajila from scoring a hat trick on the final day of matches. Should he achieve that feat and end on 13 goals, Malajila will share the trophy with Parker but neither will  qualify for any prize money, as rules of the competition require that the minimum goals to be scored should be 15.



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