Byo City coach in fix­ing storm Mu­jokoro fin­gered as Bor­der struck down by Byo City

Win­ning is what mat­ters, not good football: Ak­bay

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A BIZARRE 50th minute de­ci­sion by match of­fi­cials that de­nied Tsholot­sho a clear penalty fol­low­ing a han­dling in­ci­dent in­side the box by Caps United de­fender Den­nis Dauda over­shad­owed the Harare side’s nar­row win in a Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship match at Lu­veve Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Caps United scored in the 71st minute through their bull­doz­ing Hwange-born striker Dominic Chungwa af­ter a bril­liant move started by Joel Ngodzo, who made a daz­zling run out­side the box and in the process drew the Tsholot­sho de­fend­ers. Ngodzo then quickly laid the ball back to Valen­tine Musarurwa, who spot­ted the over­lap­ping Hardlife Zvirekwi from the blind side. Zvirekwi sent in a hard and low grounder that Chungwa just pushed into the net.

How­ever, Tsholot­sho, whose game plan had worked for them, felt hard done by the 50th minute penalty de­nial.

An in-swinger came from the right side and in an effort to clear, Dauda han­dled with his out­stretched arm. Gweru ref­eree Thomas Masaa did not blow even when first as­sis­tant ref­eree Melody Ncube flagged and con­tin­ued to wave his flag to draw the at­ten­tion of Masaa. Ncube then put his flag down just as Masaa was also turn­ing to look at him. The two of­fi­cials ex­changed a thumbs up sign, much to the as­ton­ish­ment of fans.

“It could have been the turn­ing point for us, but ref­er­ees are hu­man be­ings too that make mis­takes,” said Tsholot­sho as­sis­tant coach Xolani Mafikeni af­ter the match.

Tsholot­sho though could have scored in open play had their strik­ers, par­tic­u­larly Collins Dhuwa, been more com­posed in front of goal.

In the sev­enth minute, the waste­ful Dhuwa’s tame and ill-ad­vised shot from out­side the box rolled weakly at Caps United goal­keeper Ed­more Sibanda.

Two min­utes later, Makepekepe al­most opened the scor­ing af­ter left-winger Valen­tine Ba­musi dis­patched a spec­u­la­tive and dip­ping shot that al­most em­bar­rassed Chang Mariy­oni in goals for Tsholot­sho.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to ex­ert pres­sure on the home side’s de­fence with their best chance fall­ing in the 14th minute.

Zvirekwi, who was play­ing on the right of de­fence, but used as an at­tack­ing link, re­leased a long cal­cu­lated pass to the on­rush­ing Phineas Ba­musi on the left side. Ba­musi charged for­ward and de­liv­ered a low cross that a clus­ter of Tsholot­sho de­fend­ers and Caps United for­wards took turns to miss. The ball fell to an un­marked Moses Muchenje, whose grounder was cleared for a cor­ner.

In the 23rd minute, Dhuwa was again pre­sented with an­other chance to put Tsholot­sho ahead, but his shot from in­side the box gave Sibanda no prob­lems fol­low­ing a move or­ches­trated by out­stand­ing debu­tant Zimise­leni Moyo, who had a good game.

Four min­utes be­fore the breather, Moyo was again in­volved in an­other Tsholot­sho at­tack that was again fluffed. The cham­pi­onship win­ning left footer with Zanaco of Zam­bia was at it again a minute be­fore half­time when his in­dus­try saw a through ball be­ing laid to Bless­ing Sibanda, who beat his marker for pace and placed the ball through the legs of goal­keeper Ed­more Sibanda and it rolled goal wards.

Bless­ing some­how slowed down, prob­a­bly think­ing the ball was go­ing straight in, but it changed di­rec­tion and went out for a goal kick.

The sec­ond half was a rather dull af­fair ex­cept in the last 15 min­utes when Caps United threw ev­ery­thing they had and it was from one of these raids that they grabbed the goal and with it max­i­mum points. HIGH­LANDERS coach Erol Ak­bay says he is mainly con­cerned about win­ning more than play­ing good football that pro­duces no pos­i­tive re­sults.

The Dutch­man also be­lieves Bosso’s re­cent bar­ren spell will end sooner than most crit­ics think.

Ak­bay said the ab­sence of key play­ers was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to their mis­er­able run since the 2-0 loss to Chicken Inn that has seen the Bu­l­awayo gi­ants pick­ing up just five points out of a pos­si­ble 15.

Just one goal in five games is all there is to show for third-placed Bosso, who have also some­how ben­e­fited from a poor run by chief ri­vals Dynamos.

Bosso take on Mutare City Rovers at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium this af­ter­noon in a must-win game for the team in gen­eral and Ak­bay in par­tic­u­lar.

“What is im­por­tant for us is win­ning, why worry about good football while los­ing? For us win­ning is the only lan­guage we speak and what mat­ters,” said Ak­bay.

He de­fended his style of play that has mostly seen High­landers sit­ting back and al­low­ing their op­po­nents to come at them be­fore try­ing to catch them on the break. That sys­tem has failed him three times this year.

“In mod­ern football, you have to de­fend and at­tack only if cer­tain of a kill. I know that peo­ple will al­ways want to see us dom­i­nat­ing, but you can’t win a game — like that if you don’t have the play­ers for such play,” said Ak­bay.

Bosso’s poor fi­nan­cial po­si­tion re­sulted in the club not beef­ing their squad with ex­pe­ri­enced and qual­ity play­ers.

High­landers only brought in Al­lan Ga­hadzikwa, who was off­loaded by Caps United where he spent the bet­ter part of the first half of this sea­son warm­ing the bench.

They also re­called their ju­nior player Nh­lanhla Ndlovu from Di­vi­sion One side Ama­ga­gasi and thrust him into the deep-end of the at­tack to­gether with the equally in­ex­pe­ri­enced Prince Dube.

The two young­sters have the po­ten­tial of form­ing one of the dead­li­est strike force in the land given time, but the Bosso fans are not renowned for pa­tience.

The coach is still within his tar­get of a top four fin­ish, but some fans be­lieve the ul­ti­mate prize is still within reach and that has put a bit of pres­sure on the tech­ni­cal bench and the in­ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

Ak­bay said they had spent the week work­ing on their ba­sic game, which some of the newly in­tro­duced play­ers had not grasped.

“We are missing a num­ber of play­ers and we are try­ing to get our ba­sic game back with these play­ers. Through­out the week we have been prac­tis­ing that and these play­ers have to play the way we want and if they do that then I as­sure you, High­landers will be back to their old self again,” said Ak­bay. — @skhu­moyo2000 Bor­der Strik­ers 0-1 Byo City BOR­DER Strik­ers yes­ter­day suf­fered a third de­feat at Dulivhadz­imu Sta­dium in a match that was marred by match fix­ing al­le­ga­tions. Bu­l­awayo City as­sis­tant coach Farai Mu­jokoro was ac­cused of brib­ing Bor­der Strik­ers goal min­der Tal­ent Sande with $300 to let them win the game by five goals. Ac­cord­ing to What­sApp mes­sages al­legedly be­tween Mu­jokoro and Sande, the money was sup­posed to be col­lected by Sande’s sis­ter from Bu­l­awayo City kit man­ager Gift Mvala. How­ever, Mvala walked into a trap be­fore kick­off when he al­legedly handed the money to Bor­der Strik­ers trea­surer Gift Jera, who was in the com­pany of a woman pos­ing as Sande’s sis­ter. The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice be­fore kick­off, forc­ing Mu­jokoro to dis­ap­pear from the sta­dium at half­time. Mu­jokoro’s phone went unan­swered when Chron­i­cle Sport con­tacted him last night. Sande said he was dis­turbed when Mu­jokoro ap­proached him and he alerted his su­pe­ri­ors, who then set a trap. “I am still young and I want to build a ca­reer based on in­tegrity. Such cor­rupt ten­den­cies are de­stroy­ing the game of football in the coun­try. I hope author­i­ties will deal de­ci­sively with this is­sue,” said Sande. Em­manuel Mandi­ranga scored the soli­tary goal in the sixth minute that gave the vis­i­tors max­i­mum points. Bu­l­awayo City coach Phi­lani Ncube said he was unaware of the match fix­ing at­tempts, al­though the What­sApp mes­sages al­legedly in­di­cate that he gave Mu­jokoro the nod. “I can­not com­ment on mat­ters of hearsay that haven’t been brought to my at­ten­tion,” said Ncube. Zenzo Moyo, Bu­l­awayo City vice-chair­man, said po­lice should in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions.

“As a team, we don’t tol­er­ate match fix­ing. Football should be the win­ner and the re­spon­si­ble author­i­ties should con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the al­le­ga­tions.

“We are yet to get full de­tails about the mat­ter,” Moyo said.

Bor­der Strik­ers sec­re­tary Rodlet Chig­winya said they were wor­ried about the match fix­ing al­le­ga­tions.

“This is killing sport. We played the match fully aware of our op­po­nents’ ef­forts to in­flu­ence the re­sult,” Chig­winya said.

Erol Ak­bay Thomas Masaa

Farai Mu­jokoro

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