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How did Warriors & other Zim players fare in Europe this week?

[Posted 06 Feb 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Musona featured in his first league start for Hoffenhiem over the weekend against Augsburg

There was plenty of action in leading European leagues this past weekend, and Zimbabwean players were in action for their respective clubs in Europe, while others whose leagues are still on the mid-season break had to be content with friendly matches.

Zimbabwe Warriors' key striker Knowledge Musona finally broke inot the starting line-up of his promising Bundesliga team who have been almost stagnant in their Germany topflight league campaigns in the past month or so.

Musona started for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in their drawn match against Augusburg on Saturday at home at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim. After 10 league appearances, mainly as a second half substitute, The Smiling Assasin had his first taste of a rare start in the league.

The Warriors gun-man fared well until he was hauled off in the 71st minute by coach Holga Stanislawski, who replace him with German-born midfielder Boris Vukčević. The match ended 2-2 to the disappointment of Hoffenhiem fans and players. It was surprising for 8th placed Hoffeheim to be held at home by relegation battling 18th-placed Augsburg.

In Belgium, Warriors versatile midfielder Vusa Nyoni continued his rich veni of form and on forgettable afternoon in which his team was hammered 5-1 by Club Brugge, Nyoni was the only bright light on a dim day for Germinal Beerschot. The Warriors defender/midfielder scored to reduce arrears for Beerschot in the 35th minute, but the team went on to concede four more goals.

Beerchot remain 10th placed in the Pro-League, Belgium's topflight and have had a indifferent start to the second half of the 2011/2012 season. They have been blowing hot and cold. On their first match after the mid-season break, Beerschot received a 6-1 clobbering from Standard Liege, but then recovered to beat Kortrijk 2-1 in a Belgian Cup. Buoyed by such confidence Beerchot then gave Cercle brugge a football lesson with a 4-0 demolition of Nyoni's former team. Nyoni scored in that match.

After riding such a crestwave of success, Beerchot were held 0-0 at home by Belgium's best team of all times, Anderletch. No harm with drawing against such a top team. Then followed last Saturday's embarrassing 5-1 defeat away to Club Brugge. Nyoni remains an in-form player though, and has always given his best for his club.

In England, Two Zimbabweans were in action for their teams in League One and League two. Bradley Pritchard who is less known at home than he is in the UK, plays for Charlton Athletics, a former topflight league club in England. Charlton were inactive over the weekend, but still remain 7 points ahead of 2nd placed Sheffield Wednesday who are home to 19-year old Zimbabwean who no longer appears on the team's first team for 2012.

Pritchard, a midfielder played in Charlton's last league match, a home 1-1 draw against  Bury when he entered the field in the 84th minute. In the previous game, where Charlton won 1-0 away at Exeter, the Zimbabwean Pritchard played 89 minutes and was later replaced due to fatigue.  Charlton are sure to be promoted to the Championship next season. If they win their outstanding match, they could open a 10-points lead.

Still in League One, 15-year old Zimbabwean Brendon Galloway plays for 5th placed Milton Keynes Dons who drew away with 3rd-placed Huddersfield Town. Young Galloway is yet to make his debut for his club and at only 15, inclusion in the first team is sure testament to the qualities that the boy possesses. 

Zimbabwean football authorities should adopt the same seriousness that other African nations like Ghana, Nigeria and Angola have in pursuing players from their national roots. Pritchard and Galloway could be answers to many  midfield challenges the Warriors have experienced in the past 10 years.

In Cyprus, forgotten striker Edward Masinwa (or Mashinya) scored for his club Ethnikos Achna when they defeated Aris 2-1 in a Cypriot Cup on 1 February. The 27 year-old Zimbabwean striker scored in the 3rd minute. On 4 February Masinwa (Mashinya) was introduced as a 61st minute substitute, replacing Brazillian Sergio Luis Gardino Da Silva, but Ethnikos lost the match 0-1 at home to Apollon.

Noel Kaseke's Omonia Nicosia, log leaders, won 2-0 against relegation threatened Anagennisi Deryneia, and the Zimbabwean defender/midfielder, a regular at the Cypriot champions, was rested for this match. 

Leagues in Denmark, Poland and Romania where Quincy Antipas, Dickson Choto/ Costa Nhamoinesu and Mike Temwanjira play respectively are still on mid-season break and teams have had to play friendly matches to keep fit and ensure players remain in shape.

Zimbabwean Striker Musa Mguni who playes for Russia Premier League club Terek Grozny's club is hunting for a Europa League spot next season in a cup competition, but the Russian league is in recess following conclusion in November/December 2011. The former Omonia Nicosia and Metalurh Donetsk of Ukraine striker said that he is looking forward to a second season in Russian football. Read all about Beezsports's interview with the gangly striker in Beezsports this week.

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