Chaminuka in win­ning de­but

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Noel Mun­z­abwa Swazi­land in Mbabane,

WAR­RIORS’ as­sis­tant coach Saul Chaminuka marked his ar­rival in Swazi­land’s do­mes­tic foot­ball with a charm­ing 2-0 win in the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion on Fri­day night.

Chaminuka’s new side Mat­sapha United dis­missed Madlenya to pick their first win of the sea­son at Mavuso Sports Cen­tre.

Cen­tral de­fender Sa­belo Gamedze and striker Sidumo Shongwe scored on ei­ther side of the break to se­cure max­i­mum points for Mat­sapha United.

“It was not the best of the games, but some­times you need to win. There are times when you need to think about the re­sult, the des­ti­na­tion and not the jour­ney. I think when I look at the game, this is what I’ll see, but again I also think it was the start­ing point, the first step. Now the real jour­ney be­gins,” said Chaminuka. It was also a week­end of mixed for­tunes for three Zim­babwe-born coaches. Julius Chaku­pewa’s Manzini Wan­der­ers beat re­turnees Moneni Pi­rates 2-0, while Manzini Sun­downs, who are coached by God­frey Tamirepi, notched a 1-1 draw with Sea Birds. “It hasn’t been easy but grind­ing re­sults un­der dif­fi­cult con­di­tions will al­ways be sweet. Now that we’ve picked up a win on the open­ing week­end, some­thing Wan­der­ers haven’t known for the past three sea­sons, we should not sit on our lau­rels, but fo­cus and be­lieve in our­selves,” said Chaku­pewa. Only two Zim­bab­wean play­ers, Paida Dube of Manzini Sun­downs and Tawana Chikore of Manzini Wan­der­ers, fea­tured in this week­end’s league matches. They both lasted 90 min­utes, while Green Mam­bas’ Bless­ing Sande, Tal­ent Maphosa of Mbabane Swal­lows and Wan­der­ers’ Tafadzwa Jar­a­vani sat it out on the sub­sti­tutes’ bench. — @NoelMun­z­abwa

Saul Chaminuka

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