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28/09/2014 00:00:00
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Chapungu v Chiredzi (Abandoned)

RELEGATION threatened Chiredzi FC failed to fulfil their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match against Chapungu at Ascot on Saturday ostensibly for not bringing players licenses and playing kit.

The Gishon Ntini-coached side arrived at the stadium approximately 45 minutes after the scheduled 3pm kick-off, but latter failed to produce the mandatory player licenses and did not have playing kits either.

Matchday commissioner Japhet Mufiri confirmed the cancellation of the match.

"The match has been abandoned because they (Chiredzi) arrived at the stadium late and they did not bring their licenses and kits," said Mufiri.

Ntini was in the vehicle that was carrying the kit and licenses and is rumoured to have withheld them as a ploy to abandon the match in protest over unpaid Chibuku Super Cup allowances in which Chiredzi were knocked out in the second round.

The players are said to have initially refused to travel to Gweru with only 13 players eventually turning up at the match venue.

Efforts to get a comment from Chiredzi executive proved fruitless as all members and head coach Ntini did not even turn up at the match venue.

The club has managed a meagre 14 points tally from 23 matches.

FC Platinum 2-1 Buffaloes

TWO goals in as many first half minutes saw FC Platinum come from behind to dispatch a battling Buffaloes in an explosive Castle Premier Soccer League match that was full value for money at Mandava on Saturday.

Before the match, Buffaloes coach Moses “Bambo” Chunga had spoken about how he respected but did not fear the home side’s gaffer Norman Mapeza and his charges appeared intent on walking the talk as they started the game explosively.

After a couple of early exchanges Buffaloes took the lead on 17 minutes following a swift counter attack that left FC Platinum in a wave of confusion.

Much travelled striker Kastigu Juwakinyu’s low shot, hit on the run and beyond the reach of Petros Mhari, capped a fine move which saw Tafadzwa Mombeshora interchanging passes with Prosper Matambanadzo before laying the ball into the path of the former Black Rhinos forward.


The visitors threatened to run riot but the hosts regrouped and restored parity on 34 minutes when Wisdom Mutasa dribbled past a cluster of defenders before hitting a low show which Itai Chiwara had no answer for.

Two minutes later, Donald Ngoma gave the home side the lead when he connected a Walter Musona cross.

The game cooled off in the second half with Mapeza making a couple of defensive substitutions as he sought to ensure that his side secured their eighth triumph of the season while taking their points tally to 35.

Black Rinos 0-1 CAPS United

CAPS United moved to within a point of league leaders Dynamos with a hard-fought victory over Black Rhinos at Rimuka on Saturday.

The win, on a day Makepekepe supporters showed their support for coach Taurai Mangwiro by waving placards inscribed with solidarity messages, was the Green Machine’s 12th of the season and came courtesy of a coolly struck Moses “ Supplier” Muchenje penalty late in the first half.

Caps are now on 42 points.

The home side, who had appeared to have found a new lease of life under Jostein Mathuthu, remained stuck on 13th with 27 points.

The Black Rhinos mentor felt hard done by referee Munyaradzi Majoni, who pointed to the spot after adjudging that Bruce Homora had first made contact with Ishmael Thindwa before clearing the ball inside the box.

Television replays appeared to suggest that the referee, who did not book Homora who was already sitting on a yellow card, got it wrong.

“This is daylight robbery, someone decided to take the points from us. That penalty was dubious and we were also denied a clear goal. Caps did not win the match but the referee won it for them,” said a seething Mathuthu, demanding to see replays from the Supersport crew that beamed the match live.

Although Mathuthu has a strong case in arguing against the penalty, replays showed that Majoni was right to disallow second-half substitute Lot Chiwunga’s supposed equaliser, as the forward was clearly offside.

Taurai Mangwiro, whose head was demanded by riotous Caps United supporters after last weekend’s share of spoils with How Mine, had a happy ending of the day as the “Mangwiro out” chants were replaced by “Mangwiro to stay” placards and a befitting standing ovation after the final whistle.

“This (win) is what was needed as a loss today would have spelt disaster. We have always wanted to be close to the leading pack and we have done just that.

“The same fans who demanded my head last week are the same who are hailing me today, and that is football for you. We are now shifting our focus to our next match against Highlanders,” said a relieved Mangwiro.

Sunday Fixtures: Dynamos v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro SS), Triangle v Harare City (Gibbo), Highlanders v ZPC Kariba (Hartsfield)

Saturday Results: How Mine 1-1 Chicken Inn (Hartsfield), FC Platinum 2-1 Buffaloes (Mandava), Chapungu v Chiredzi (Abandoned), Black Rhinos 1-1 Caps United (Rimuka SS)

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