Caf orders replay of African Champions League final

Caf orders replay of African Champions League final 1

African football’s governing body has ordered the abandoned second leg of the Caf Champions League final between Esperance and Wydad Casablanca to be replayed at a neutral venue after this month’s Cup of Nations. The ruling thrusts African football into chaos just over two weeks before the start of an expanded 24-team Cup of Nations in Egypt, a tournament plagued by a troubled build-up. Tunisian club Esperance were initially handed the title after Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca walked off an hour into last week’s return match in Tunis because VAR…

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Mapeza remains defiant

Mapeza remains defiant 2

By Mukudzei Chingwere Following his team’s ejection from the on-going CAF Champions League football, FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says his team has learned a lot in this competition and they are ready to roll in the local Premiership starting at the end of the month. FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza, backroom staff and players salute supporters at the end of CAF league match against Orlando Pirates at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.(Picture by Eliah Saushoma) Pure Platinum Play made it to the mini-league stage for the first time in this…

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A Platinum Mine disaster

A Platinum Mine disaster 3

By Mukudzei Chingwere FC Platinum  are the country’s worst representatives in the Caf Champions League group stages after finishing this year’s campaign winless and with just three points from a possible 18. FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza, backroom staff and players salute supporters at the end of CAF league match against Orlando Pirates at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.(Picture by Eliah Saushoma) The Zimbabwean champions yesterday failed to beat a severely weakened Esperance at Barbourfields. That the visitors fielded a junior team never showed with goals from Mohamed Meskini and Edem…

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Kuda Mahachi rallies Pirates

Kuda Mahachi rallies Pirates 4

On Mar 14, 2019 9,012 1 Orlando Pirates’ Zimbabwean midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi is fully aware of the mammoth task on their hands in the CAF Champions League football but is confident they can progress this weekend. Kuda Mahachi Pirates face a stubborn Horoya outfit in their backyard in their final Group B encounter with a place for a spot in the tournament quarter-finals up for grabs. The Buccaneers currently occupy third spot in the pool, with Horoya one point ahead in second position ahead of the decisive encounter on Saturday…

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‘Platinum taught us a lesson’

‘Platinum taught us a lesson’ 5

By Mehluli Sibanda Orlando Pirates coach, Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic has given praise to Zimbabwean champions, FC Platinum for the high intensity game they displayed when the two teams met in a Caf Champions League group B clash at Orlando Stadium on Friday. FC Platinum played with unbelievable courage and had the Orlando Pirates fans stunned when they led the 1995 African champions 2-0 at half-time. It took some serious comeback from the Buccaneers, who came out fighting in the last 10 minutes of the encounter to earn a draw. Sredojevic…

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Kapini backs FC Platinum

Kapini backs FC Platinum 6

By Mehluli Sibanda Former Highlanders goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini has backed FC Platinum to overcome Orlando Pirates in a Caf Champions League group stage match at Orlando Stadium this evening. Tapuwa Kapini Kapini, who now is turns out for Highlands Park in the Absa Premiership, feels there is no reason for his countrymen not to overcome Pirates because they have shown the hunger to deliver in the four matches they’ve played in the group stage of the Champions League so far. Looking at the way they played against the Buccaneers in…

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FCP regroup for Orlando Pirates

FCP regroup for Orlando Pirates 7

By Mukudzei Chingwere Zimbabwe’s representatives in the Caf Champions League, FC Platinum, resume training today in Zvishavane ahead of next month’s Group B assignments. The miners will be in Johannesburg for a date against Orlando Pirates of South Africa in match-day five of the mini-league stage. After being booted out of the Champions League, with two group games remaining, the Zimbabwean champions will be hoping for better fortunes in their remaining matches against the Buccaneers and Esperance at home. The two-time Zimbabwean champions only have one point to show in…

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No divided loyalty at Barbourfields

No divided loyalty at Barbourfields 8

By Ricky Zililo The hype for tomorrow’s Caf Champions League encounter between FC Platinum and Horoya AC of Guinea might be low, but the Zimbabwe champions are guaranteed of strong backing from local fans. A section of the crowd at Barbourfields Stadium during the FC Platinum, Orlando Pirates encounter last month FC Platinum and Horoya clash at Barbourfields Stadium, with both teams hard-pressed for maximum points and fans can expected an open, mouthwatering encounter. The build-up to the game has been low key compared to FC Platinum’s Group B opener…

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Horoya declare war on FC Platinum

Horoya declare war on FC Platinum 9

By Eddie Chikamhi Horoya AC of Guinea say they are serious about turning around their fortunes in the CAF Champions League competition after arriving seven days before their Group B clash against local champions FC Platinum. Amadou Bangoura The 16-time Guinean champions, who are still smarting from a 0-3 drubbing by Orlando Pirates of South Africa which condemned them to the bottom of the group, will clash with the platinum miners at Barbourfields on Saturday. They left their base last Friday and touched down in Zimbabwe in the early hours…

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FCP salute the nation

FCP salute the nation 10

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo A day before their opening Total Caf Group B encounter at Barbourfields Stadium, national champions FC Platinum have saluted Bulawayo football fans and the nation at large for the support that they have been giving them since the match was switched from Mandava Stadium. Chido Chizondo Pure Platinum Play take on Absa Premiership giants and 1995 Caf Champions League winners Orlando Pirates at Emagumeni tomorrow afternoon in a game that will also be beamed live on Supersport. The Sea Robbers are expected to touch down at the…

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