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HARARE CITY FC coach Mark Harrison was left a relieved man yesterday after watching his side come from a goal down to beat Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium.

After watching his charges lose 3-1 last week at the hands of Premiership new boys Manica Diamonds, a week after City had been beaten 2-0 by FC Platinum, Harrison made five changes to the team in yesterday’s match.

The move paid off as the Sunshine Boys got the win they desperately needed through Munyaradzi Diro Nyenye, Walter Mukanga and Tatenda Tumba goals. Prince Dube had put Bosso ahead after 25 minutes.

Harrison brought in goalkeeper Kelvin Shangiwa, Gareth Madhake, Nyenye, Learnmore Muyambo and Tumba and sacrificed senior players Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Ray Uchena, Moses Muchenje and Ishmael Wadi.

“It was important that we did not lose the game, we needed to get something out of it. Last week we did not perform in any manner from the first to the last whistle and got what we deserved and we got beaten hence it was important for us to perform.

“We had control of the game, even when they scored which was an unfortunate goal I knew we were going to win the game, the boys who stayed in the team and those that came in did a fantastic job and I am well pleased with the result. Changes needed to be made because the performance last week was a disgrace, heads had to roll,” said Harrison.

It appeared Harrison’s tinkering would backfire when Dube beat Harare City’s offside trap before unleashing a powerful strike inside the box to give Bosso a one-goal advantage.

The Sunshine Boys were quick to react as Diro Nyenye capitalised on a defensive blunder by Highlanders, tapping in a loose ball in the 29th minute. Five minutes later Walter Mukanga increased City’s lead when he came to an end of a Martin Vengesai cross to give the hosts some insurance going to the breather.

Three minutes after the break Highlanders had an opportunity to level matters when Dube forced Shangiwa to make a brilliant save, but Zambian import Peter Nyirenda should have capitalised on the rebound.

Tumba increased the Sunshine Boys’ lead in the 58th minute after some brilliant footwork inside the box, sending Zambian international Nyirenda left and right before unleashing a curling shot that beat Ariel Sibanda all systems out.

Harare City FC were awarded a penalty in the 75th minute when substitute Denzel Chimwemwe was pulled down by Clive Phiri, who was subsequently sent off, but Mukanga wasted the opportunity to grab a brace.

Bosso coach Madinda Ndlovu admitted his loss to Harare City and blamed his charges for failing to come to the party.

“Congratulations to Harare City for their first win of the season they wanted it, and you could see that they were much hungrier than us. And I admit that we gave the game away easily and the scoreline is not a correct reflection of the game we should have lost by a bigger margin. In as much as we would have wanted to win the game Harare City were too powerful for us,” lamented Ndlovu.

Despite admitting that the Sunshine Boys were the better side, Ndlovu remained optimistic of his charges challenging for the championship. “Losing one game doesn’t mean that we cannot win the championship, you can lose four games and still win the championship so do not count us out of the race yet,” said Ndlovu.


Harare City: K Shangiwa, M Machazani, G Madhake, M Nyenye-Diro, M Ncube, L Muyambo, W Mukanga, T Tavengwa, K Musharu, M Vengesai ( Chimwemwe 73 mins), T Tumba (Manondo 74 mins)

Highlanders: A Sibanda, M Phiri, B Musaka (Lunga), B Banda (M Sibanda 62 mins), P Nyirenda (Siamalonga 78 mins), N Masuku, M Ndlovu, P Mudhuwa, T Ndlovu, T Makanda, P Dube.SundayNews


Highlanders’ Apology for Fan Misconduct in Abandoned Dynamos Fixture




Highlanders Football Club has issued a sincere apology to the Zimbabwean football community following the crowd skirmishes that occurred during the high-profile premiership fixture against their archrivals Dynamos. The incident happened just 33 minutes into the game at Barbourfields Stadium, where the Bulawayo club was trailing by two goals. Fans stormed the pitch, protesting against the referring decisions that were perceived to be unfavourable to their team.

The police were overwhelmed by the advancing football hooligans, forcing them to retreat. Some fans were injured during the skirmishes, and vehicles were damaged as the police fought running battles with fans outside the stadium.

In a statement released on Monday, the Highlanders Football Club condemned the unsporting behaviour of the fans who caused the abandonment of the match. The club executive stated that they would be heavily fined for the mayhem, and the points would be awarded to Dynamos on a 3-0 scoreline as per the norm with abandoned matches.

The statement read, “Highlanders Football Club is deeply saddened by the crowd trouble that led to the abandonment of our league match against Dynamos FC at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday. The club condemns the unsporting behaviour that negatively profiles Zimbabwean football as a brand. It is sad to witness such ugly scenes at a family sports event, especially at a time when the club, together with other stakeholders, is working tirelessly to bring fans back into the stadiums and convincing the corporate world that sport, in general, and football, in particular, is worth their support.”

Highlanders apologised to all its stakeholders, especially sponsors, partners, and innocent football-loving fans who were affected by the acts of a few selfish individuals who care less about the growth of their clubs and football in general. They also prayed for those who were injured and wished them a speedy recovery. The club also urged stakeholders to work together to find a lasting solution to hooliganism in football stadiums.

This is not the first time in two seasons that a match involving the two most followed clubs has been abandoned due to crowd trouble. Another fixture was abandoned in May last year when both sets of fans invaded the pitch. Highlanders celebrated an unorthodox celebration for a 93rd-minute finish by Washington Navaya that broke the deadlock, while Dynamos fans were protesting a referring decision over an incident leading to the goal.

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Zimbabwean youngster Jimiel Chikukwa has joined English National League side FC Halifax Town




Zimbabwean youngster Jimiel Chikukwa has joined English National League side FC Halifax Town following his release by Championship side Watford.

The 20-year-old forward was unveiled by Halifax Town last week. ”We are pleased to announce that FC Halifax Town has signed Jimiel Chikukwa, who was recently released from Championship team Watford”. Chikukwa started his career in the Leeds United academy when he was only 13 years old. However, he decided to join Watford’s academy in the summer of 2021 when his contract with Leeds expired.

During his time with Watford, Chikukwa was loaned to Maidstone United in the National League South for the second half of the 2021/22 season. Although the Stones won the National League South, Chikukwa only made one league appearance before returning to Watford at the end of the season.

Town boss Chris Millington is optimistic about the future of new signing Jimiel Chikukwa.

Millington expressed, “He is a young and thrilling player who needs to demonstrate his abilities in senior games. However, he has shown tremendous potential, and we believe he will be an exceptional player for our team in the future.” Millington also mentioned that Chikukwa is versatile and can play in various positions, including anywhere in the front three and as an attacking wing-back.

We think he could pose a danger when playing as a number nine, but he could also be a threat when positioned on either wing. In our current formation, he might even excel as an attacking wing-back, similar to Angelo Cappello.

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Reims secures first win with Munetsi scoring his first goal




Zimbabwe international Marshall Munetsi has expressed his delight after scoring his first goal of the season to inspire Stade de Reims to their first win of the season following a 2-0 victory against Clermont Foot in the second round of the French Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The 27-year-old midfielder was instrumental in ensuring Reims got its first win of the season after breaking the deadlock with a header in the 17th minute.

Denmark international Mohamed Daramy, a new signing from Ajax, added a second goal by converting a low cross from Junya Ito in the 84th.

Munetsi, who is flourishing in a more advanced role at Reims, had several opportunities to double his tally.

Probably his best chance of securing a brace came in the 76th minute when the Clermont goalkeeper Mory Diaw produced a double save to deny the Zimbabwe international what looked like a certain goal.

In the end, it was a successful day for Munetsi as he continued his solid start to the season by scoring a crucial goal to follow up on his contribution on the opening day of the season when he registered an assist during the 2-1 loss against Marseille in the first round of the season.

Afterwards, Munetsi took to social media to praise his teammates for putting on a solid display to register their first win of the campaign in their second match.

Great team performance @StadeDeReims to get our first win of the season at home. We keep going,” Munetsi said.

The former Orlando Pirates player is expected to play an important role for the Zimbabwe Warriors when they return to international football later this year in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

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