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FC Platinum wins Zimbabwean PSL title and qualify for CAF Champions League


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Scent ition

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 12:30


Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League side, FC Platinum have been crowned as new league champions this past weekend.

Platinum were crowned after beating Chapungu 2-0 away from home on Saturday at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.

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Coach Norman Mapeza’s men became the first side in the modern era of the league, outside of Harare and Bulawayo, to win the coveted title.

Mapeza has now lifted his second league title after he won with the now defunct Monomotapa in 2008 and said he was under pressure to bring glory to the club.

“We have been waiting for this day. We needed to get early goals. After getting them we needed to concentrate. It’s always difficult to take what people say, when you sign players,” Mapeza said to CAF.

“I was under pressure to bring glory to the club when I joined and today we did it.”

Mapeza now joins a league of achievers who have won two or more league titles along with Rahman Gumbo, Sunday Chidzambwa and Kalisto Pasuwa who won four in a row with Dynamos from 2011 to 2014.

The new champions will now represent the Southern African nation in next year’s Total CAF Champions League.



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FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says the Zimbabwean PSL crown is theirs


Zimbabwe national team interim coach Norman Mapeza (R) arrives for the African Nations Cup Qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Liberia played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, 11 June 2017. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

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Scent ition

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 11:00


FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says they want to win the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League and has warned their competitors.

Mapeza has issued a warning to his rivals that his charges will break the Harare-Bulawayo stranglehold and grab of this year’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League big gong.

FC Platinum finished twice as runners-up to Dynamos in 2011 and to Caps United in 2016, but the respected gaffer wants to end the run of disappointments by claiming the big prize.

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The equation is simple for his team – a perfect run in the last three matches will see them taking to the podium come the end of the season.

“We want to win and collect maximum points in all the remaining games but tomorrow is going to be a difficult game for us because Tsholotsho are tricky,” said Mapeza to the News Day.

“People say they have nothing to play for but they can equally upset any opponent at this stage.

“The most crucial thing for us is collecting all points no matter who we are playing. That’s the only way for us to write our own new piece of history.

“We need to be strong mentally and physically if we are to win this title. I believe this is our year, it’s a question of remaining strong and guarding against complacency.“

The Platinum miners are tied on 63 points together with Ngezi Platinum Stars who sit at the top due to a superior goal difference.

However, Mapeza’s side have a tough match against Ngezi which could decide the destiny of the championship.



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Zimbabwean striker in trouble at Young Africans in Tanzania


Donald Ngoma (L) of Yanga FC challenged by Moses Amponsah of Medeama during the CAF Confederation Cup football match between Young Africans and Medeama at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 16 July 2016 ©BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 14:30


Tanzania’s Young Africans are looking for their Zimbabwean player in Donald Ngoma who has reportedly gone AWOL.

The Warriors striker is in trouble with his Tanzanian club as he left the side without consent and media reports suggest he is facing disciplinary action after he didn’t report for duty.

Ngoma is out of action after picking up an injury and has missed five matches since the Premier League season kicked off.

The News Day website in Zimbabwe reports that he returned home in Zimbabwe last week without informing his club.

According to YANGA’s information officer, Dismas Ten, he said the club is surprised by reports that Ngoma left the country without permission.

“We have heard that he has left, to go to Zimbabwe but we have no information because he did not communicate with us. If the reports are true, then we will be disappointed and we will obviously take action,” Dismas said.

Meanwhile, an unnamed source within the club’s hierarchy added that they are ready to axe the player for indiscipline.

“He thinks he is bigger than the club. He feels like God in the club and can do what he wants,” adds the News Day’s source.

“For example right now he is in Zimbabwe, he left without informing us but he will want to get paid at the end of the month. Who would want to keep a player like that?.”

Ngoma joined YANGA in 2015, where he became an instant hero after his goals helped the team to win the league.



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Zimbabwean PSL is tough to predict says Sunday Chidzambwa


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Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 12:00


Zimbabwean and ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa says the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League is difficult to predict.

The decorated manager said it will be difficult for Dynamos to win the race for the title and believes either FC Platinum or Ngezi Platinum will triumph.

However, Chidzambwa says there is still too much at stake and anything can happen as they prepare to face Platinum on Tuesday.

“It is not going to be an easy game. FC Platinum want to win the league and we also want to finish the season very strongly.

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“We would love to finish in a respectable position and we are going to fight until the end of the season. We have prepared well for the game but you know football is football and anything can happen but we have prepared well.

“The two Platinum teams have a good chance to win it. They have a better chance of winning the title than anybody else.

“Any of the top four teams still have a chance of winning the title but FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum have the best chance of winning the league.”

Meanwhile, FC Platinum boss Norman Mapeza adds they are moving in the right direction and says they just need to win their games.

“I think we are moving in the right direction. We just need to win our games. Ngezi is on top of us on better goal difference,” adds Mapeza.

“At this stage of the season we are not worried about goals, we just need to collect maximum points.”



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Zimbabwean legends to face Barcelona legends


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 18:30


As Zimbabwean legends are set to face their Barcelona counterparts in a friendly this weekend, an ex-Warriors captain in Peter Ndlovu will feature in the match.

Ndlovu and former striker Benjani Mwaruwari are set to lead a cast of young Zimbabwean footballers in a high profile exhibition tie against the Spanish giants.

A 30-member delegation comprising of 20 former Barca greats will fly into Harare on November 11 for a match that shall be staged at the National Sports Stadium a day after.

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According to reports from Zimbabwe, ex-FIFA World Cup winner Rivaldo Ferreira and Patrick Kluivert are among players coming.

Sports and Recreation Minister, Makhosini Hlongwane said the international friendly shall serve as a major tourist attraction among outsiders.

“The visit to Zimbabwe by the Barcelona legends is set to create a pitched positive furore not only in Zimbabwe but beyond its borders internationally thereby drawing a possible large contingent of tourists to throng either Harare to catch a glimpse of the local and visiting football icons,” Hlongwane said.

“This match conveniently dovetails government’s adoption of the community sport and recreation club system which envisages the realisation the realisation of the on-going initiative of establishing eight thousand soccer clubs across the country.”

The two world greats were in the country on two separate occasions this year with Kluivert also taken to President Robert Mugabe’s Gwanda youth interface rally.



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Ndiraya believes Zimbabwean League title is theirs to lose


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 15:30


The 2017 Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League has six matches until they pull down the curtain and Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya says the title is in their hands.

Ndiraya has stoked the flames by suggesting that the championship is now theirs to lose after their 1-0 win over Bulawayo City on Saturday.

The win has helped them reduce the gap between them and log leaders Dynamos to one point, and he says the destiny of the championship is in their hands.

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Dynamos lead the chasing pack with 57 points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga.

“I think it’s an open race. All the three top teams have a big chance to win it. The main motivation is the difference in points and it’s highly unlikely that the fourth team will come through at this stage and win the championship,” Ndiraya said as he ruled out Chicken Inn.

“But basically, I think it’s for us to lose. I say so because if you look at our run-in, we are playing the same teams we beat.

“We have been doing well at Baobab, where we have not lost for a long time, so we should win against these teams at home and then win other matches.

“If we manage that, then we will be crowned champions. We drew against Chicken Inn in Bulawayo and they will be coming here.

“We beat FC Platinum at home and we will be going to Mandava. Dynamos, of course, beat us in Harare, but they will be coming to Baobab.”



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Norman Mapeza eyeing Zimbabwean PSL title


Zimbabwe national team interim coach Norman Mapeza (R) arrives for the African Nations Cup Qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Liberia played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, 11 June 2017. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 12:30


Despite moving closer to their Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League title, FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says the games are becoming more difficult.

The former Warriors international guided his side to a 2-1 win over Highlanders FC and was naturally delighted that his team cut the gap between them and Dynamos.

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He also believes they can go on and win the ultimate prize, but warns it is all about perseverance and focus to win the title.

“We are still in the mix. The most important thing was for us not to be far behind in terms of points. We still have to keep pushing,” said Mapeza to News Day.

“The games are becoming difficult. I said on Sunday our life is like that of a fisherman. If you don’t catch anything it does not mean you have to lose hope.

“It’s about perseverance. We have to keep pushing; it might happen. We just have to keep believing.”

The away win against Highlanders moved Platinum to within a point of leaders Dynamos, as well as equaling Ngezi Platinum Stars’ tally of 56 points.



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Sunday Chidzambwa threatens to quit Zimbabwean giants


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 09:00


ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa has threatened to leave the club if his players do not show a sense of urgency.

It is reported that the coach is crumbling under pressure in this season’s tightly contested Zimbabwean Premiership race.

The experienced manager has threatened to walk away from the team if he does not get a positive response from his players following their lifeless displays in their last three matches.

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It is mentioned that the 1-0 loss at the hands of Caps United on Sunday has pushed the legendary Zimbabwean coach to consider quitting the club.

Kariba are eighth on the log standings and 11 points adrift of leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars.

“Our problem is we are not fighting. I am going to talk to the players. If they don’t want to fight, then I may as well resign,” said Chidzambwa.

“We have very good players. The only thing we have to do is fight for three points.

“I think we also had some new youngsters in there. We didn’t fight. You don’t win games when you don’t fight. You must put maximum effort. Our players are not doing that.

“As a result I get the flak and get fired. If they are not prepared to fight I will go away. Maybe, they want someone who they can fight for.

“I mean look at CAPS United, you can count on maybe three or four players, but everybody was fighting, everybody wanted to win.

“They were chasing after every ball whether defensive or offensive. They were chasing for everything, but ours (were) too nice.”



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Sunday Chidzambwa rues horrible defeat against Zimbabwean giants – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Aug 07, 2017. 13:30


ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa has rued their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Caps United in the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League on Sunday.

Chidzambwa says they have themselves to blame for the defeat as they did not fight, thus allowing the Green machine to claim the three points.

Although United were struggling to collect the full three points in their previous matches, they will now hope to maintain the winning run if they are to defend the league title, let alone avoid a relegation dogfight.

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A single goal through Dominic Chungwa in the 61st minute ensured United ease their win-less run as well as allowing coach Lloyd Chitembwe a sigh of relief.

“In today’s defeat, we have ourselves to blame. We did not fight at all, especially in the first half and thus we never created any chances,” Chidzambwa said to the News Day.

“We only started playing football when Caps United has scored. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves whether we want to play football.

“The players were not prepared for a fight at all. I will go to the dressing room and ask them if they want to fight for me or not.

“If they do not want, then I will be prepared to resign. When players do not fight they put pressure on the coach.

On the other hand, United’s assistant coach Fungai Kwashi said he was pleased with the win, but hey will not get carried away.

“We are pleased with the win. We had the confidence that we would get the three points, but we will not get carried away because we still have a lot of work to do in the next match against Tsholotsho,” Kwashi adds.



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Zimbabwean defender Ronald Pfumbidzai impresses Bloem Celtic – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Ronald Pfumbidzai of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Prince Mangosuthu Legacy Cup match between Zululand Eleven and Bloemfontein Celtic at the Ulundi Regional Stadium in Ulundi on 30 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 05, 2017. 18:00


Reports in Zimbabwe reveal that Caps United defender Ronald Pfumbidzai has impressed South African Premier Soccer League side Bloemfontein Celtic.

Pfumbidzai is reported to have impressed the Siwelele technical team after undergoing trials in an aim to make a move to the Absa Premiership.

It is revealed that the player spent a week at the club where he was assessed after attracting interest during United’s campaign in the CAF Champions League.

United managed to reach the group phase for the first time in their history.

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However, Pfumbidzai returned home on Thursday amid reports that he had impressed and negotiations were expected to start soon with his club.

Although CEO Cuthbert Chitima said they were still waiting for feedback from Celtic, it is understood the South African club was satisfied with the player and want to open talks.

“He (Pfumbidzai) did very well during his trials. The club was satisfied and should be opening negotiations with Caps United soon. Let’s just wait and see what transpires,” a source to the News day website said.

Furthermore, United are set to lose more players, with Ronald Chitiyo having agreed terms with Tunisian club CS Sfaxien, while Abbas Amidu could also be on his way out of the club.

Chitiyo is expected to travel to Tunisia on Saturday where he attracted the North Africans’ interest when he played against Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya at the Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax.



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Caps United set to lose Zimbabwean PSL crown


Al Ahly Tripoli player Mohamed Abrahim Aleyat (L) fights for the ball with Caps United player Phinias Bamusi (R) during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly Tripoli and Caps United in Sfax, Tunisia on 21 June 2017 © BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 15:00


Times are getting tougher for the Zimbabwean Premier League side, Caps United as they registered another loss against Chicken Inn on Wednesday at the Luveve Stadium.

The Green Machine are yet to win a league match since their CAF Champions League exit last month.

However, assistant coach Fungi Kwashi believes they are just going through a rough patch and will bounce back.

Obadiah Tarumbwa netted a brace whilst Passmore Bernard netted the third goal for the hosts who climbed to the top of the log table.

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The Green Machine are playing catch-up to other teams on the local front following their exit from the CAF Champions League.

However, the reigning league champions have found it difficult as they recorded their fifth defeat in the campaign, a result that left them deep in the relegation zone.

Coach Lloyd Chitembwe, who appears to be crumbling under pressure, sent his assistant Fungai Kwashi to face the media after the match.

“Well done to Chicken Inn. This is football. It was not our day. We lost and we are not happy about it. But every big team goes through a bad patch,” said Kwashi to the News Day.

“We remain united and we will keep on working hard. We are definitely not going to be relegated. God will lift us from this.

“We will bounce back. The journey is still long. We have 21 games remaining.”



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Township Rollers sign Zimbabwean Katsvairo – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Michelle Katsvairo of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Paulus Masehe of Free State Stars during the 2016 Telkom Knockout match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 06 Nomvember 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017. 14:00


Zimbabwean forward Mitchelle Katsvairo has reportedly secured a move to Township Rollers from Kaizer Chiefs on loan.

The 27-year-old attacker failed to live up to expectations in his first season with Chiefs and the South African club decided to make him available on loan.

Botswana giants Rollers have since decided to sign Katsvairo, who helped Zimbabwe win the 2017 COSAFA Cup in North West, South Africa.

This is according to Botswana publication, Weekend Post official website:

“The two teams concluded the agreement last weekend according to sources. The Zimbabwean will have his wage paid by Chiefs with Rollers concerned only about his accommodation.

“The forward is expected to enhance the team’s attacking option after the plans of signing Tanzanian striker Rashid Mandawa miscarried,” a statement read on the site.

The same publication contacted Rollers communication manager Bafana Pheto for a comment on Katsvairo’s loan deal, but he declined to discuss the issue.

”Check Jagdisgh – he could be aware, as of me I’m oblivious of anything of that sort,” he said.

Repeated attempts to solicit comment from Rollers club president Jagdish Shah by the publication could not materialize as his mobile number was not going through until the time of print.

Katsvairo joined Chiefs in July, 2016 having helped Chicken Inn clinch the 2015 Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League (ZPSL) title.



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Norman Mapeza congratulates his Zimbabwean players – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Kudakwashe Mahachi of Zimbabwe celebrates a goal with teammates during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Zimbabwe on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Tuesday Jun 13, 2017. 15:30


Just after leading his country to his first win on Sunday, Zimbabwean national team coach Norman Mapeza has congratulated his players for a job well done.

The former Warriors skipper was handed the reins after the Zimbabwean Football Association axed coach Kalisto Pasuwa in March after their participation at AFCON 2017.

In his first match, his men drew against Zambia in an international friendly, but they bagged a 3-0 win at home on Sunday.

“It was a good game of football. We took our chances and I think we defended well. We had a compact midfield and were clinical upfront,” he tells the News day website.

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“It was a good game of football. We took our chances and I think we defended well. We had a compact midfield and were clinical upfront.

“I should say congratulations to the boys, they worked hard, and I should also thank the fans who came in their numbers and gave us maximum support.

“That is what we need as a team going forward. Everybody today was fantastic. From goalkeeper George (Chigova) to the two guys (Ovidy Karuru and Devon Chafa) that came on.

“We now have to be consistent going forward and try to keep the team as it is.

“I’m only an interim coach and might not be here for the next match so my advice to the next coach is to keep the team like it is and maybe add one or two guys, who were not available today.

“This is a good team, a mixture of experience and young players.”

In their next match, they will face Congo in March 2018 away as they will want to consolidate their pole position.



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