DeMbare go to SLIZ school

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Brighton Zhawi

THOSE who wit­nessed past hero­ics hope this is the day he will re­deem him­self and live up to the hype as well as the yes­ter­year sto­ries he will tell his kids and grand­chil­dren. The younger gen­er­a­tion looks at the gi­ant’s old and tat­tered robes, writ­ten Bat­tle of Zim­babwe, and ac­cuse their el­ders of go­ing down the hy­per­bole lane each time they talk of pre­vi­ous match ups.

A Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League clash dubbed the Bat­tle of Zim­babwe must bring the coun­try to a stand­still, ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one should stop and bear wit­ness to heavy­weight football bat­tle, right? Ideally yes. How­ever, this world has no room for sym­pa­thy, if it’s not on it’s just not on and the peo­ple will show their ap­proval or dis­ap­proval on so­cial me­dia.

In years gone by, a High­landers versus Dy­namos clash was a show­stop­per, a block­buster that was talked about weeks be­fore match day and years af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

Sadly this once colos­sal clash has de­gen­er­ated into a clash of two old clubs, a bat­tle of football at­tri­tion steeped more in history than qual­ity.

As Dy­namos make the trip to Bar­bour­fields, this af­ter­noon’s clash is not trend­ing, there are big­ger sto­ries be­ing liked and at­tract­ing com­ments on plat­forms such as Face­book and Twit­ter.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s hole in one — to bor­row a golf term — of ap­point­ing Kirsty Coven­try into Cab­i­net is what peo­ple are lik­ing, tweet­ing and retweet­ing.

Cha­pungu in Chibuku cheer

Cha­pungu ................2 Mutare City . . . . . .......... 2 (Cha­pungu progress 5-3 on penal­ties) AIRFORCE side Cha­pungu booked their place in the first round of the Chibuku Su­per Cup with a bat­tling penalty shoout-out elim­i­na­tion of Mutare City at As­cot yes­ter­day.

The match had ended 2-2 af­ter reg­u­la­tion time and needed penal­ties to de­cide the win­ner.

Cha­pungu’s five takers con­verted Os­borne Muku­radare, Ed­more Muza­nen­hamo, Xolisani Ncube, Maxwell Mavuto and Tapiwa Kum­buyani con­verted their ef­forts.

Kum­bu­lani Njovo missed for Mutare City while the trio of Jef­frey Takunda, Piniel Gumbo and Brian Chin­hoyi con­verted.

Be­fore the penal­ties Vialli Tad­zoka and Jef­frey Takunda scored for Mutare City while the duo of Brighton Mu­goni and Muza­nen­hamo was on tar­get for the air­men.

Chaoungu will now meet THERE is a school of thought which says win­ning in sport starts in the of­fice, an ar­gu­ment that sug­gests that a team is as good as its ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In Zim­babwe, Dy­namos Football Club is al­ways used as an ex­am­ple of how poor ad­min­is­tra­tion can choke a sports out­fit.

But DeMbare are do­ing some­thing about that rep­u­ta­tion.

The club is set to send of­fi­cials to this month’s In­ter­na­tional Con­tin­ued Ed­u­ca­tion Sports

The War­riors’ visit to Congo Braz­zav­ille for an Africa Cup of Na­tions clash has also over­shad­owed this once gi­gan­tic clash. Even the PSL chair­man­ship elec­tions, set for the cap­i­tal this morn­ing, have their shadow tow­er­ing over a clash that may see King­stone Nkhatha mak­ing his DeMbare de­but.

But maybe, just maybe, this must be the sound­track to this match up, a low key build up that gives its lat­est cast the room to ex­press them­selves.

The pres­sure, the history of this clash

IT’S a sorry sight, a gi­ant who used to bring the whole coun­try to a stand­still cough­ing and limp­ing back onto the scene with very few peo­ple tak­ing no­tice or car­ing.

league FC Plat­inum in the next round and their coach Rod­well Dh­lakama said his charges will push hard to win the cup com­pe­ti­tion.

“I am happy we man­aged to book a place in the next stage of the tour­na­ment, what delights us even more is that we gave other play­ers a chance and they did well. Now we face FC Plat­inum in the next round and history has a ten­dency of re­peat­ing it­self. We beat them last year and can beat them again this year,” said Dhakama. Teams

Cha­pungu: T Garayi( T Shumba 69’), T Kum­buyani, R Bota, R Matutu, C Ma­tivenga, E Muza­nen­hamo, M Mavuto, P Mut­setse(,E Chi­rape 82), B Mu­goni, O Muku­radare, X Ncube.

Mutare City: A Chi­name, P Gumbo, L Man­gaira, K Bin­gala, J Takunda, K Njovo, J Chi­tavira, B Vheremu, V Tad­zoka, H Zvakava­pano( B Chin­hoyi 68’), T Ka­banda. Man­age­ment Course.

The course, be­ing held by the Sports Lead­ers In­sti­tute of Zim­babwe (SLIZ) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Amer­ica’s West Vir­ginia Univer­sity, runs from 24 to 25 Septem­ber at Old Harar­i­ans Sports Club.

“We have about 80 con­firmed par­tic­i­pants from var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing lo­cal football clubs like Dy­namos, ad­min­is­tra­tors from vol­ley­ball, net­ball, Gov­ern­ment, coun­cil and pri­vate schools, while uni­formed and the iconic club badges, have in re­cent times ap­peared to sad­dle both sets of play­ers.

On a stage where play­ers like Melusi Nki­wane, Claudius Zviri­payi, Mercedes “Rambo” Sibanda and Tauya Mure­hwa used to look like football or­a­cles, the lat­ter day play­ers are look­ing like fraud­sters try­ing to steal a liv­ing as foot­ballers. How­ever, it does not look all gloomy. The pres­ence of such play­ers as Dy­namos goal­keeper Sim­barashe Chi­nani and High­landers right back McClive Phiri

Nine years on Del Potro

AR­GEN­TINE Juan Martin del Potro will com­pete in his first Grand Slam fi­nal for nine years af­ter de­fend­ing cham­pion Rafael Nadal re­tired from their US Open semi­fi­nal.Third seed Del Potro, 29, was lead­ing 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 when Nadal quit be­cause of a knee prob­lem.

Nadal, the top seed, twice needed med­i­cal at­ten­tion be­fore con­ced­ing.

“It was dif­fi­cult for me to keep play­ing. I was in too much pain,” said the 32-year-old Spa­niard.

“It was one player play­ing and one on the other side of the court. I hate re­tir­ing - but to stay one more set out there play­ing like that is too much for me.”

Del Potro, the 2009 cham­pion, will face Ser­bia’s No­vak Djokovic in tonight’s fi­nal af­ter the 13-time Grand Slam win­ner beat Ja­pan’s Kei Nishikori in straight sets.

Nadal had prob­lems with his right knee dur­ing his third-round win over Rus­sian Karen Khachanov.

The 17-time Grand Slam cham­pion in­sisted it was not a ma­jor prob­lem and won forces are also ex­pected to be part of this,” said SLIZ pres­i­dent Rus­sel Maradza.

The re­spected ad­min­is­tra­tor added that the lat­est course is a sign of how SLIZ is strength­en­ing its re­la­tion­ship with West Vir­ginia Univer­sity with whom they re­cently signed a five-year Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing.

“It’s an­other jewel in our crown,” said Maradza.

“Con­duct­ing the course will be Dr Floyd Johns as well as Pro­fes­sor Sean Bul­gar and Denise Johns, gives the neu­trals hope of a good game. Both Chi­nani and Phiri epit­o­mize the state that both the Bat­tle of Zim­babwe pro­tag­o­nists are in — a state of hope. Deemed not good enough by Yadah Stars, the 22-year-old Chi­nani has risen to be­come the DeMbare num­ber one and while he needs to work on his foot­work, he looks like a de­cent goalie, the best Dy­namos have had since Ta­tenda Mku­ruva.

The way Chi­nani saved God­knows Mur­wira’s ex­plo­sive free kick when Ngezi gru­elling matches against Nikoloz Basi­lashvili and ninth seed Do­minic Thiem to reach the last four. But the knee in­jury which has caused him prob­lems through­out his ca­reer came back to ruin his sev­enth US Open semi-fi­nal.

Nadal said he was not feel­ing any is­sues dur­ing prac­tice on Thurs­day nor be­fore Fri­day’s match.

He started to feel pain at 2-2 in the first set, called for the trainer dur­ing the changeover at 4-3 and then again at 2-1 in the sec­ond.

Although the three-time US Open cham­pion con­tin­ued un­til the set was com­plete, the in­evitable de­ci­sion came af­ter an­other chat with the med­i­cal man.

“I was try­ing to hope it would im­prove but it was not to be,” said Nadal.

“I waited as much as I could. It was very dif­fi­cult for me to say goodbye be­fore the match fin­ished, but at some po­si­tion you have to make a de­ci­sion,” he added. — BBC a Sports Man­age­ment Mas­ters holder.

“We first en­gaged West Vir­ginia in Nige­ria in 2016 and later in Kenya that same year and it all cul­mi­nated in them hold­ing their first sem­i­nar last year. We also had our sports lead­ers go­ing to West Vir­ginia in Fe­bru­ary this year.

“Our re­la­tion­ship is grow­ing from strength to strength and such, a de­vel­op­ment can only be good for Zim­bab­wean sport.”

Maradza com­mended Gov­ern­ment for tak­ing sports Plat­inum edged Dy­namos 1-0 on July 22 this year at Ru­faro oozed of class and served as con­fir­ma­tion that DeMbare stum­bled on gold.

“Play­ing for Dy­namos is not an easy job. There’s a lot of pres­sure that comes with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing the last man in the DeMbare de­fence but I am work­ing hard. If I get to play against High­landers, I in­tend to put in an­other shift,” said Chi­nani.

Phiri was also re­jected by Ngezi Plat­inum Stars but has since trans­formed

Ron­aldo’s black eye

CRIS­TIANO RON­ALDO was all smiles when train­ing with Ju­ven­tus this week, de­spite look­ing like he’d gone a few rounds with Mike Tyson.

The Por­tuguese star, who has stayed with his club in­stead of re­port­ing to Por­tu­gal dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break, sported a rather painful black eye as he lim­bered up and went through the usual drills along­side his Ner­az­zurri team­mates in Turin.

Rather than any ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar box­ing ac­tiv­ity, Ron­aldo suf­fered the bruise in a col­li­sion with Parma de­fender Sime­one Ia­copini dur­ing Juve’s last match.

The 33-year-old has been omit­ted from the Por­tu­gal squad for the in­ter­na­tional break to al­low him to fo­cus on fully re­cov­er­ing his fit­ness and hope­fully ar­rest­ing his three­game goal­less drought at club level.

Ron­aldo made his big move from Real Madrid in the sum­mer in search of a new chal­lenge but so far he’s found it tough in front of goal, although he seems to be en­joy­ing life in Italy.

Strike part­ner Mario Mandzu­kic de­vel­op­ment se­ri­ously.

“Our pro­grams run un­der the na­tional sports de­vel­op­ment net­work and we work hand in glove with the Sports and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion, they are very sup­port­ive. The Zim­babwe Olympic Com­mit­tee also come with their ex­per­tise.

“We be­lieve in team work and are call­ing for more net­work­ing be­cause sport has be­come a busi­ness and it can fund it­self, we are con­fi­dent of a great fu­ture for Zim­bab­wean sport,” Maradza said. him­self into one of con­sis­tent per­form­ers.

Ev­ery match in the black and white of High­landers is a bless­ing for a player they said is not of plat­inum qual­ity in Mhon­doro. “I am one of those kids who dreamt of play­ing for Bosso and I wear the High­landers jersey with pride,” said the 25-year-old Phiri.

At BF, the gi­ant has a chance to dress him­self in new robes and live up to the Bat­tle of Zim­babwe name. Here he comes! Bosso’s most tweeted a pic­ture on Fri­day with Ron­aldo and his new pals, to­gether with the cap­tion: “WIN­NING TEAM.”

And while that may be strictly true with Ju­ven­tus en­joy­ing a 100 per­cent start to the sea­son -- they face Sas­suolo next on Sep. 16 (9 a.m. ET, ESPN+) -- we’d wager Ron­aldo will be itch­ing to stop his strug­gles in front of goal.

At least he’s fir­ing in train­ing, though. An­drea Barza­gli has said he has been as­tounded by Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s hunger and de­sire.

“He’s scor­ing all the time in train­ing and I’m sure when he also starts do­ing so in games, he’s not go­ing to stop. He’s an in­cred­i­ble pro­fes­sional and it’s a plea­sure for me to train with him be­cause he trans­mits en­ergy and great de­sire to work,” he said. Serie A, you have been warned! — ESPN

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

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