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Hwange outclass Jamhuri, as Bulls hold Leopards

[Posted 18 Feb 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Motor Action forced a 1-1 draw against Black Leopards on Saturday,Hwange beat Jamhuri 3-0 away

There was something to smile about for Zimbabwe's two representatives in the  CAF Confederations Cup, Hwange FC and Motor Action, as both teams came away with results from preliminary rounds played against opposition from Zanzibar and South Africa respectively.

Hwange were the more successful side, having recorded an emphatic victory away at Jamhuri on Saturday afternoon, after clobbering the hosts 3-0 to take a healthy lead into the reverse match to be played at the Colliery in a fortnight's time. will bring to you details  regarding the goals later on, but suffice it to say for now that Chipangano have proved to be the best team among all Zimbabwe's CAF representatives at the moment, having performed fairly well in international friendly matches and Cup matches they have played thus far.

Hwange narrowly lost 0-1 to Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium in January before holding Platinum Stars to a 0-0 draw at Rustenburg's World Cup venue, the maginificent Royal Bafokeng Palace a day later.

The Hwange-based outfit then beat Dynamos 2-1 in the Bob'88 semi-final encounter at Barbourfields Stadium at the end of January to reach the final of the first cup of the season which is yet to open.

The 3-0 away victory over Zanzibar'sJamhuri is therefore not a fluke.

At Limpopo province's Peter Mokaba Stadium, another 2010 World Cup venue, Motor Action had to come from behind to ensure they come away with at least a scoring draw against Black Leopards, which is always an advantage in knockout competitions where the away goal's rule plays a major role in deciding the winners in case of a drawn aggregate.

After a slow start in the first half in which they showed signs of rustiness (as they are just coming out of pre-season), the former Zimbabwean champions picked up the tempo in the second half and perfected their neat passing game which illustrated the gap between themselves and their opponents.

Leopards however were the first to draw blood as they punished Marlon Jani's poor organisation of his defence and his lack of ability to cut out crosses, with Man-of-the match Vincent Xakane giving the home side the lead in the second half.

The goal is what the match needed to come to life, and Motor  Action gave the match the kind of  response which makes football such a beautiful match to watch. The Mighty Bulls went on a whirlwind of attack after  attack, making use of their ability to string dangerous passes.

Masimba Mambare's shot skimmed the upright pole with Leopards keeper Postnet Omony a beaten man. Later on, it was substitute Protash Kabwe's turn to see his shot agonisingly veer off the mark across goal. The Bulls were on song searching for the elusive equaliser.

Their teasing and probing finally paid off when Leopards captain Bobe handled in the box under pressure to clear a goal bound shot, and the Zambian referee had no choice but to point to the spot.

Up stepped Godfrey Moyo to clinically send Omony the wrong way and register the Bulls' sweet equaliser. Initially there was confusion as to whether it was Moyo who scored from the spot or Chitereki.

Either team had opportunities to wrapup the match, but in the end, the Bulls maybe satisfied with a scoring draw, as the match ended 1-1.

If the second leg fixture in Harare ends goalless, Motor Action will proceed to the First round proper on away goals' rule. If Leopards manage a 2-2 draw, they will qualify for the next round, while another 1-1 draw will require a penalty shoot-out to eliminate one team.

There is therefore everything to play for either team, making the retun leg something to look forward for Zimbabwean fans at Rufaro Stadium.



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