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Nhamoinesu, Mutuma on song in Europe & SA respectively

[Posted 01 Sep 2013]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Costa Nhamoinesu (No.26) celebrates his first goal for Sparta Praha on Saturday night

This past weekend was a great weekend for some Zimbabwean soccer exports in Europe and South Africa, while others continued to song some blues in foreign leagues. Costa Nhamoinesu continues to hoist the Zimbabwean flag high in Europe, while Roderick Mutuma has finally had 'the monkey off his back' and now he can't stop scoring!

In Europe, Zimbabwean full back Nhamoinesu's club, Czech Republic's most celebrated club Sparta Praha, one time UEFA Champions League semi-finalists, have continued their great form, and continued to hit fellow Czech Liga teams by an avalanche of goals. On Saturday, Nhamoinesu joined his team mates by adding goals to his great industry which has cemented his place in the Sparta Praha starting eleven. Costa scored twice, first hitting his own nets to open the scoring for visiting Baník Ostrava on 26 minutes. Like a true Warrior that he is, Nhamoinesu then gave Sparta the lead on 64 minutes with a superb strike, and the final scoreline was 4-1 in favour of Sparta.

In South Africa's ABSA Premiership, Mutuma scored a second goal within the same week, when he equalised for Bloemfontein Celtic in fiercely contested Free State derby to level scores 2-2 at the end dof the match. Mutuma grabbed the all important equaliser on 71 minutes, less than ten minutes after coming on as a second half substitute. On Wednesday, Mutuma scored Celtic's second goal in a 3-2 away win over new boys Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Interestingly Mutuma is an early contender for Golden Boot award, sitting just a goal behind early pacesetters Bernard Parker of Chiefs and Edward Manqele who bagged a hat-trick for Moroka Swallows in tense 3-2 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces. Method Mwanjali played for Amazayoni, but there was no sight of new boy Tendai Ndoro, who recently joined on a season-long loan from Chicken Inn in Zimbabwe's Castle Lager premiership.   

Still in the ABSA premiership, Warriors defender Carlington Nyadombo scored what later proved the winner for Amazulu away at the Cape Town Stadium to beat home team Ajax Cape Town 2-1. Veteran former Warriors captain and keeper Tapuwa Kapini was back in goals for Usuthu after missing Amazulu's first two matches owing to a delay in the releasing of his permit papers. Zimbabwe Young Warriors midfielder Bret Amidu is also at Amazulu and is currently awaiting the release of his work permit before he can begin his career at the Durban based high riding club. 

24 hours earlier,  Knowledge Musona's Kaizer Chiefs continued to sing the blues in the early season. After losing 0-1 at home to Orlando Pirates in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-final, Amakhosi went on to draw 1-1 against Moroka Swallows in the other version of a SOWETO derby. On Saturday afternoon, Chiefs surprisingly lost 3-1 away at resurgent Supersport United under Cavin Johnson despite having taken a 1-0 lead following a penalty won by Musona, and converted by Bernard Parker. Chiefs regular and Warriors hard man Willard Katsande played in the same match, but there was no place even on the bench for Kingston Nkatha and Matthew Rusike, while Jimmy Jambo is still recovering from injury.

On Saturday, Khama Billiat continued to enjoy starting eleven team action at his new mega-rich club Mamelodi Sundowns, and played a full match for Amasandawana as they beat Golden Arrows 1-0 away from home. Billiat created the sub-lime goal that was scored by Dove Wome. Cuthbert Malajila, who has thus far scored a single goal in 3 matches, also played for an entire 90 minutes plus added time.

Terrence Mandaza came close to getting himself on the score sheet in 0-0 draw between his club Maritzburg and University of Pretoria at the Harry Gwala Stadium. AmaTuks had two Zimbabweans in their starting line-up in Warriors keeper Washington Arubi and former Sofapaka of Kenya striker Obadiah Tarumbwa who hit the woodwork during the match.  

In Europe, Nyasha Mushekwi continued to enjoy game time as he played his second match for KV Oostende, but this time the big and enterprising forward could not find an equaliser for his club who lost 0-1 away from home to Lokeren. Mushekwi has now played two matches, completing the entire 90 minutes as he cements a place at Oostende. Vusa Nyoni did not take part as his club Mons continued a horrible start to the season with yet another loss away at Gent, while Ovidy Karuru's frosty relations with his coach at OH Leuven does not seem to have been solved as yet, and he was conspicuous by his absence again for the team sheet for the third successive time this season, despite the player being one of the best players at Leuven. If news of bad blood is a true representation of the situation, then it is difficult to understand how a professional could behave in the manner the coach Ronny Van Geneugden ha conducted himself over a difference with a player. One expects better things from a coach! All football lovers will hope that for the sake of the images of the coach, the player and OH Leuven, the rumours, are just rumours and not true.

Quincy Antipas' Brondby will be looking at changing the situation around as they slipped back into a losing streak that has become uncomfortably characteristic of them in the past few months. After drawing 0-0 against Randers on the 26th August, Brondby's  visit at Aab yielded no point as they lost 2-1. Antipas was replaced by 18-year old South African midfielder Lebohang Phiri in the 80th minute.

In Romania, Liga 1 matches were all cancelled for unspecified reasons, so there was no action for FC Vaslui's Zimbabwean first choice striker Mike Temwanjira. Temwanjira, like Nhamoinesu and Antipas, has consistently performed well in Europe for above a decade now, having played in Serbia and Montenegro First League with FK Javor Ivanjica, between 2003 and 2005, then with FK Borac Čačak in the renamed Serbian Superliga between 2006 and 2007 before he moved to his current team in 2007.  

In Sweden there is still no sign of Archieford Gutu on the team sheet for Kalmar. Gutu was not in the squad of the day on Sunday when Kalmar beat Halmstad 1-0 at the Guldfågeln Arena. It is not clear if Gutu is injured or whether he has experienced a dip in form.

In Greece, Lincoln Zvasiya is set to continue enjoying game time as he is a preferred twin centreback to Theodoros Tripotseris at OFI Crete. OFI will only play their next league encounter against Platanias at home on Monday night. Zvasiya has featured in the starting eleven for OFI in their last two matches in which they have collected a single point thus far. 


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