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Zim stars celebrate success with their Euro/foreign clubs

[Posted 25 Feb 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Kapini starred in a winning cause for Amazulu against Supersport United on Saturday evening

There were smiles for a good number of Zimbabwean soccer exports to Europe and other leagues in the world given the  positive results grounded by most of the clubs over the weekend.

European clubs who have Zimbabwean players on their books enjoyed wins over the weekend, save  for one club whose loss has moved it into the relegation zone. In contrast, big South African ABSA premiership clubs who are pushing for the league title had their title marches checked by unispiring draws on Friday and Saturday.

Germany

Knowledge Musona's TSG 1899 Hoffenheim travelled to the Volksawagen Arena, fearing that their winless streak might continue against aWolfsburg side that was sitting pretty on 7th position compared to their 11th spot on the Bundesliga.

Hoffenheim produced a great performance and came away with three points to leap to position 9 on the Bundesliga, while Wolfsburg now occupy 13th position.

Musona was conspicuous with his absence even from the bench. It is not yet clear if the youn Zimbabwean striker was left out to enable him to catch a flight to Bujumbura where he is expected to play a key role for Zimbabwe's Warriors in a 2013 AFCON qualifier 1st leg against Burundi on Wednesday next week.

England

Bradley Pritchard, who is little known back home in Zimbabwe, celebrated a 2-0 victory by Charlton Athletics over Stevenage on Saturday to move 10 points clear of Sheffield United on top of League One log with 72 points to United's 62 (United has two games  in hand). Pritchard was a 90th minute substitute for Charlton.

On Tuesday, Pritchard played the full match for Charlton in a 1-1 draw  against Rochdale,and that might explain why he only played for a few minutes on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Milton Keynes Dons, for whom 15-year old Zimbabwean Brendon Galloway is a First team squad member, beat Bury 2-1 to move to 4th position on the log and strengthen their  chances of promotional play-offs. Galloway is yet to debut for Dons.

In League Two, fast improving Onismor Bhasera's Plymouth Argyle have made strides up the standings. After languishing in the murky waters of relegation for more than half the season, Plymouth's 0-0 draw at home against bottom team and relegation-haunted Dagenham & Redbridge, but it was stillgood enough to see  them continue to rise.They now sit on two places away fromthe relegation zone on 21st position with 28 points after 32  games.

Bhasera missed the match as he is in camp with the Warriors. 

Cyprus

Warriors right-back Noel Kaseke enjoyed a  5-2 away thumping of Apollon by his club Omonia Nicosia. Kaseke wasa second half substitute for 2nd-placed  Omonia. Apollon arenow lying seventh in the Cypriot Division One  league, Cyprus' topflight league.

Kaseke is due to catch a flight tomorrow to Bujumbura where he will join the rest of the Warriors squad.

Belgium

Vusa Nyoni's Germinal  Beerschot  beat OH Leuven on Saturday afternoon but otherresults on the day meant that the victorius Beerchot has to be content with 10th place on the Pro-League log with 35 points. 

Nyoni, a key member of the Beerchot squad who operates as a  an attacking midfielder or left-sided midfielder, will fly directly to Bujumbura for the Warriors' tie against hosts Burundi in a 2013 AFCON qualifier 1st leg.

France

There wasn't good news for suspended Warriors playmaker Ovidy Karuru whose club US Bolougne is now deep in relegation battle at position 18 out of 20 teams in France's Ligue 2, and with only 25 points after 24 games.  Bolougne were beaten 1-0 at home by Châteauroux on Friday night.

Karuru played the entire match and laboured to no avail as his team disappointed its home fans by losing at home.

South Africa

All the three major teams (Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town) in South Africa who boast not less than two Zimbabwean players on their books, and who are fighting for the ABSA league title, dropped points in their tird matches after the long break.

First it was log leaders Sundowns,  home to Esrom Nyandoro, Nyasha Mushekwi, Method Mwanjali, Simba Sithole and Lionel Mtizwa who failed to extend their lead after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Moroka Swallows,home to Gilbert Mapemba and Oscar Machapa.

Only Mushekwi and Mwanjali played for  Sundowns yesterday, with the big striker Mushekwi scoring an equaliser in the 45th minute  after the Dube Birds had gone ahead. Two more goals were to follow in the 2nd half, as Tsholofelo "Teko" Modise scored a gem for Downs before Joseph "Duku Duku" Makhanya equalised for the Birds a few minutes later. The match ended 2-2.

Sundowns remains the top team with 36 points.

On Saturday Chiefs failed to hold onto their early lead to allow Bidvest Wits the chance to grab an equaliser to end the match tied at 1-1. Amakhosi moved to 33 points and results elsewhere eased them into 2nd position on the log Chiefs has six Zimbabwean players in their ranks.

Three of those,that is, Chiefs captain Tinashe Nengomasha, Lincoln Zvasiya and Willard Katsande played yesterday with back from injury Jimmy Jambo sitting on the bench. Thomas Sweswe is still out with injury while new signing Brian Abbas Amidu was allowed to join camp earlier than Nengomasha. 

Ajax failed to hold onto their early lead to draw 1-1 with derby rivals Santos at Cape Town Stadium. Exciting attacking midfielder Khama Billiat played well for the Urban Warriors. Tafadzwa Rusike  is still out suspended  after receiving a  red card last week.

In another match played on Saturday afternoon Jomo Cosmos drew their third match in a row when they were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Free State Stars. Cosmos took a 2-0 lead following an own goal by Stars and a strike by Zimbabwe Under 23 star Matthew Rusike.

Cosmos' undoing was to begin defending as early as the beginning of the second half, allowing the visitors to score two priceless goals to steal a point away from them.

Amazulu travelled to Pretoria for a  date with second placed Supersport United. Usuthu led by Warriors keeper Tapuwa Kapini produced a great performance and shocked United 1-0. Kapini and Carlington Nyadombo played very well for the Durban-based club.

Kapini was even rewarded for his heroics in goal with a Man-of-the match award. That should be enough motivation for the eccentric keeper to do well in goals for Zimbabwe on  Wednesday.

All the selected South-Africa-based players will join with the rest of the sqaud members at the OR Tambo airport for their trip to Burundi.

 

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