SUBLIME STRIKE WINS IT . . . as CAPS United move within just one point of leaders FC Platinum

SUBLIME STRIKE WINS IT . . . as CAPS United move within just one point of leaders FC Platinum 1

By Tadious Manyepo CLIVE RUPIYA scored one of the best goals seen in the domestic Premiership to settle a lively Battle of the Cities showdown at the National Sports Stadium yesterday that could have gone either way. BOUNDLESS JOY . . . CAPS United captain Hardlife Zvirekwi cannot control his emotions after his side restored parity in the battle of the Cities showdown against Highlanders at the National Sports Stadium yesterday In the end, it was CAPS United who won it, rallying from behind to snatch full points and move…

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Denzel refutes fistfight reports

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By Sikhumbuzo Moyo HIGHLANDERS midfielder Denzel Khumalo has refuted reports that he was involved in a physical altercation with team welfare manager Vezigama Dlodlo, saying he only demanded to be paid his dues. Denzel Khumalo Khumalo claimed it was, in fact, Dlodlo who was the aggressor, but “it’s only that people will always say uDenzel nguye isqoqodo even when I was on the receiving end”. According to the player, Dlodlo wanted to fine him twice, which he refused. Related Articles “I’m a human being with feelings too and I would…

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Bosso, DeMbare in tricky away ties

Bosso, DeMbare in tricky away ties 3

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo RESURGENT giants Highlanders and Dynamos on Sunday face a real test to their resurrection when they square off against two sides that are difficult to beat when playing at home. Dynamos and Highlanders have the most passionate and loyal fans in domestic football Bulawayo giants, Highlanders, collide with Caps United at the National Sports Stadium while 610 kilometres away in Matabeleland North, Harare giants Dynamos will be coming face-to-face with Nation Dube’s Hwange at the Colliery Stadium. The two giants had unusual but similar starts to their…

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All pointing to the good for Lulu . . . Bosso on a 60 percent success rate

All pointing to the good for Lulu . . . Bosso on a 60 percent success rate 4

By Fungai Muderere Saturday marks one month 11 days since Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu took charge of his first game at Highlanders after taking over the coaching reins from legendary Madinda Ndlovu. Mandla Mpofu On 6 July, under the guidance of Mpofu and his assistant Bekithemba Ndlovu, Bosso held free spending Ngezi Platinum Stars to a one-all draw in what many deemed to be a positive start to life without Madinda for the ECD project. Since then, the Bulawayo giants have thrilled fans and entertained everyone else with their fast-paced football…

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Highlanders eye first away three points

Highlanders eye first away three points 5

By Innocent Kurira HIGHLANDERS are targeting their first set of three points on the road when they clash with perennial rivals, Caps United, at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday. Highlanders and Caps United fans The last time Bosso won a game away from Barbourfields Stadium was when they beat Triangle 1-0 at Gibbo last season. In their last 15 away games, Highlanders have drawn seven times and lost six. The bad away record is something coach Mandla Mpofu hopes to fix, starting with the Caps United encounter. Related Articles…

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Bosso player, team manager in fistfight

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By Sikhumbuzo Moyo HIGHLANDERS’ problem child, Denzel Khumalo, was involved in a fistfight with team manager Vezigama Dlodlo after being fined for allegedly attending training clad in a wrong kit on Wednesday. Denzel Khumalo The club has now instituted investigations in the matter, although all indications are that the talented but troubled player will be sacked. Sources close to the incident, which happened soon after training on Wednesday, said captain Ariel Sibanda had a torrid time trying to reason with Khumalo, who went berserk. Related Articles “It’s sad really that…

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Bosso defender undergoes surgery

Bosso defender undergoes surgery 7

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo HIGHLANDERS’ right-back, Bukhosi Ncube, went under the knife last week for the knee injury that he picked up in Week 4 during a league match against Triangle United at Barbourfields Stadium. Bukhosi Ncube Ncube will be out of action for about six weeks, according to team doctor Shepherd Khumalo. Khumalo described the operation conducted by a city specialist as successful and said Ncube had an anterior cruciate ligament injury as well as a lateral meniscus injury. Related Articles An anterior cruciate ligament injury is the over-stretching or…

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Jersey retirement that never was! . . . The mystery of the number 13 shirt

Jersey retirement that never was! . . . The mystery of the number 13 shirt 8

By Fungai Muderere While Prince Dube might have joined legends Shackman Tauro, Vitalis Takawira, Peter Ndlovu, Knowledge Musona, Agent Sawu and Gilbert Mushangazhike when he bagged a hat-trick against Mauritius, the memory of that glorious afternoon might be blighted by the unsettling fact that he pulled off his heroics wearing the jersey number 13. Prince Dube For those on the stands at Emagumeni when Dube finally found his scoring boots in national colours at the home of his club side, Highlanders, the fact that he had the number 13 on…

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Player recovery worries Lulu

Player recovery worries Lulu 9

By Innocent Kurira Highlanders’ head coach Mandla ‘Lulu’ Mpofu says he is worried about the recovery of some of his key players ahead of a crucial Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie against Black Rhinos at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow. Mandla Mpofu Kick off is at 1PM. Bosso have had a tight fixture schedule that has seen them playing two games in four days following a two-week sabbatical. Related Articles They played Chapungu on Wednesday and now await in-form army side Black Rhinos tomorrow with limited time to prepare. The trio…

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Bosso edge Chapungu

Bosso edge Chapungu 10

By Innocent Kurira Highlanders finally remembered how to win at Barbourfields Stadium when they laboured to secure maximum points against visiting Chapungu in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday. Prince Dube who scored against Chapungu beats his marker in a match played at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday It was only Bosso’s fourth victory of the season. The score line wasn’t a true reflection of the game, but for the Bulawayo giants, to contemplate a below par performance is a secondary matter. They have played better, but still lost or drew games…

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