Friday, August 31, 2012



Jay Spearing - Liverpool to Bolton - season-long loan;
Andrea Orlandi - Swansea to Brighton - undisclosed;
Nigel de Jong - Manchester City to AC Milan - £3.5m;
Amin Affane - Chelsea to Roda JC - season-long loan;
Thorgan Hazard - Chelsea to SV Zulte Waregem - season-long loan;
Sam Magri - Portsmouth to QPR - undisclosed;
Kieran Richardson - Sunderland to Fulham - undisclosed;
Scott Sinclair - Swansea to Man City - £6.2m;
Jordan Bowery - Chesterfield to Aston Villa - £500,000;
Roman Golobart - Wigan to Tranmere - one-month loan;
Corey Gameiro - Fulham to FC Eindhoven - four-month loan;
Charlie Adam - Liverpool to Stoke - £4m;
Chu-Young Park - Arsenal to Celta Vigo - season-long loan;
Danny Rose - Tottenham to Sunderland - season-long loan;
Chris David - FC Twente to Fulham - undisclosed;
Giovani Dos Santos - Tottenham to Mallorca - undisclosed;
Maicon - Inter to Man City - undisclosed;
Rafael van der Vaart - Tottenham to Hamburg - £10m
George Francomb - Norwich to AFC Wimbledon - one-month loan;
Dimitar Berbatov - Man Utd to Fulham - £5m;
Richard Wright - free agent to Man City;
Nathaniel Chalobah - Chelsea to Watford - sixth-month loan;
Pablo Hernandez - Valencia to Swansea - £5.5m;
Nicklas Bendtner - Arsenal to Juventus - season-long loan;
Gael Kakuta - Chelsea to Vitesse Arnhem - season-long loan
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Parreira speaks to

No matter the situation or the subject up for discussion, talking football with Carlos Alberto Parreira is always an in-depth affair. Piercing analysis from a man who knows the game inside out mingle freely with the first-hand experiences of someone who, among so many other things, tasted life as a coach at no fewer than six FIFA World Cups™, as discovered recently on British soil.

On the agenda in our interview with Parreira, a member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group for the Olympic Football Tournaments at London 2012, were his world title success with A Seleção in 1994 and a particular ideal that has often set him apart: his determination to always do things his own way. What’s your verdict on a generation of Brazilian players that should be hitting their peak come Brazil 2014? How does it compare with previous generations?

Carlos Alberto Parreira: At the end of the day, you can only rate a team at the competition itself. In Brazil there are always emerging talents and promising players. In my 40 years of football I must have heard someone say “he’ll be the new Pele” dozens of times and then they fall short. That’s valid for whole generations: you have to prove yourself on the pitch, when it counts. This generation is promising and talented but we’ll only see what they’re really made of come 2014. Neymar’s involvement makes this, perhaps, one of the most gifted crops we’ve had in recent years. He’s a class apart.

You’re a clear example of just how much FIFA World Cup success can shape a career, aren’t you? How big an impact has that 1994 win had on your profile?

The World Cup is the pinnacle, the highest point of any player or coach’s career. You could have achieved millions of positive things, made mistakes, had successes and failures, but when you win a World Cup that’s what will be remembered. And I’ve had more of a sense of that in recent years: it’s very striking how people treat you, the way they respect you and see you differently. When I’m introduced it’s as “Carlos Parreira, world champion”. It’s now 18 years since we won the World Cup, yet just the other day I was stopped twice on the street by English people, who greeted me and said “you’re a legend”. It’s a stamp, a label you wear with pride for the rest of your life.
A lot of people were quite disparaging about that Seleção, even though it won the world title. Do you still get a sense of that sometimes?

Time goes by and nobody remembers things like that. What goes down forever is winning the title, full stop. It was a title win that ended a 24-year drought, during which period we’d never even reached the Final. If you look back, it was a very good team. Taffarel is among the best keepers Brazil have ever had. Jorginho and Aldair [were among the best ever in their positions] too, as was Branco. I don’t want to compare him with Nilton Santos [a world champion in 1958 and 1962], who was a class apart, but Branco was one of the finest left-backs Brazil ever produced.

Dunga was a great midfielder in that organisational and defensive role of his, while on top of all these players we had Romario and Bebeto. We had a team that was technically very good, which was why we won. It had quality as well as the other vital ingredients you need: togetherness, the right players, good planning and hard work from the coaching staff.

That 24-year title drought put huge pressure on the squad’s shoulders, right?

The pressure was enormous; in fact that was our toughest opponent. We couldn’t get our heads round it. You’d pick up the paper, look at what was written and think “My God, we’ve not been world champions for 24 years and these people, instead of supporting us, are making things harder: they want to bring us all down.” Fortunately we had a very experienced coaching staff – me, [Mario] Zagallo, Moracy Sant’Anna, Admildo Chirol, Americo Faria – so we didn’t let the criticism get to us. We had our own path to follow, our way of doing things. If there’s one thing we’re particularly proud of from that win is the fact we did everything our own way.

On that note, back in 1997 or ’98 I gave a talk to European coaches on behalf of UEFA. I was treated as a special guest, as the coach of the reigning world champions. In my presentation I included the ten main ideals [behind our success]: commitment, pride in pulling on the yellow jersey, etc. And the main one was instilling in the players that the World Cup is a short competition with no margin for error. So, we had a motto in the camp: maximum efficiency and zero errors. We only had one goal and that was to reclaim the title – the whole squad’s minds were focused on that. That’s why we didn’t let the criticism get to us. At that conference, after I’d given my talk, they prepared a video and sent a copy to everybody. It had my photo on it and the title they gave it was My Way, like the Frank Sinatra song. (laughs)
What is beautiful football? It’s playing effectively, knowing how to defend, how to attack and getting results.
Carlos Alberto Parreira.

If there hadn’t been all that pressure after so long without FIFA World Cup victory, would you have approached USA 1994 any differently? Would the team’s style of play have changed?                                                                   

No, no. The team was criticised so heavily that, after we won, we didn’t need to say anything. People said “They won, but without jogo bonito”. But what is beautiful football? It’s playing effectively, knowing how to defend, how to attack and getting results. And we did all that: we became champions without losing a game. And it wasn’t a ‘European-style’ team, far from it. That was never the case, it was just a stupid label someone came up with. There were no European principles behind the building of that team. We put the emphasis on Brazilian football values: we played a back four – which has forever been a characteristic of Brazilian teams; we used zonal marking; we controlled possession and played one-touch football. Those were the characteristics of that side.
When it came to defending, we’d bring eight players behind the ball, just like Brazil did in 1970 under Zagallo: when possession was lost, everybody got back. It was eight in our case because Romario and Bebeto were special players, who’d never been taught how to help out in defence. The European sides were surprised by how organised and physically fit we were. We went through that World Cup without being in real danger. Do you know how hard that is? To play a full World Cup without being forced onto the back foot? There wasn’t a single game when Taffarel had to be our best player, that’s because we were solid defensively.

When you mention the small margin for error at a FIFA World Cup, it makes us realise just how hard it must have been to make decisions such as taking Rai out of the starting XI. Is that really the case?

Of course, but you have to be firm and prepared for the consequences. Rai was our biggest name, our captain. He was struggling following his switch to European football, to Paris Saint-Germain, in 1993. He spent a period out of their side and leading up the World Cup he’d not had a holiday for two years. It all hit him too hard. When he came back into the Brazil squad, I gave him a starting place even though he wasn’t at his best. He began [USA 1994] as a starter until, after the group phase, I decided to give his place to Mazinho, who was more versatile. Against USA in the Round of 16, he played in three positions: when Leonardo got sent off he filled in at left-back, then he switched to the right and he ended the game back in the centre of midfield – alongside Mauro Silva and Dunga – where he kept his place for the rest of the Copa.

Technically he was very good, but he wasn’t a midfielder with attacking flair. The only reason I only didn’t replace Rai with a more attacking player was because there wasn’t one around at the time. Rai was the most attacking, followed by Zinho, who was another starter. Indeed, if you look at the papers from the time, there was no clamour, no outrage that a certain player or other should have been selected. Neto was a good attacking midfielder, but he couldn’t establish himself at national-team level. We experimented with Rivaldo too, in fact he made his Seleçãodebut under us against Mexico. He did well but didn’t really click; we couldn’t be sure enough about him to select him. Later on, of course, he grew a lot as a player and was incredibly important in that 2002 [World Cup] win.

When you talk about a player being unable to “establish himself at national-team level”, what do you mean exactly? Do you need different criteria to assess a player in the Seleção as opposed to at his club?

That’s vital, things change so much. The pattern of play, the demands on them, the level of responsibility and the technical quality required are all different, as is the level of criticism you receive – because the eyes of the whole world are on you [with A Seleção). Some don’t let it get to them and even thrive on it, while others are weighed down by the yellow jersey.

For example Branco, in 1994, came into the squad off a run of injuries and, after recently going back to Brazil, he wasn’t getting a game at Corinthians. But, not only had he been a Brazilian champion under me at Fluminense in 1984 he also played spectacularly at the World Cups in 1986 and 1990. He treated those World Cups like a kickaround in his back garden, with no pressure. That makes a difference, which is why I didn’t think twice about selecting him. And he came through for us when we needed him: as well as scoring that winning goal against the Netherlands, in that game he also nullified the threat of [Marc] Overmars, who was their most dangerous player.

However, sometimes these situations don’t go your way, isn’t that right? Was that what happened at Germany 2006?

What happens, sometimes, is that situations force themselves upon you, in a certain way. What I mean to say is, when things are going right it’s hard to make many changes because, at the end of the day, you’re getting the right results. I think that’s part of what happened with the team at the 2006 World Cup. We tried to make a tactical plan work including four players who’d virtually never had any defensive responsibility: Kaka, Ronaldinho Gaucho, Adriano and Ronaldo.

It was such a talented attack and it went so well for a long time, like at the Confederations Cup [2005] with Robinho in place of Ronaldo, that it didn’t raise many concerns. But, for the reasons that everybody has spoken about many times – some players not being in the best shape, a slight shortage of the commitment you need for a tournament like that – we weren’t able to carry our form into the World Cup itself. Sometimes that’s the way it is: when an idea starts going right you get carried along with it, for better or for worse.

Makonese For Man City

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BREAKING NEWS: Man City have agreed a £24m deal with Zvenyika makonese . The Zimbabwean deal will go through tonight subject to a medical.
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What a deal can't play against Liverpool

What a deal !!!!!!
Andy Carroll cannot play for West Ham against Liverpool this season under the terms of his loan deal.
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Man utd Reject £ 60 M

BREAKING NEWS: Man Utd have rejected a £57m bid from Chelsea for Howard Webb

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Benjie in no rush

Benjamin "Benjani" Mwaruwari has insisted that he's in no rush to find a club and said that he could possibly join up with SuperSport United next week.

The 34-year-old Zimbabwean has been linked with a return to the PSL since last year and, although a number of PSL clubs have been connected to the former Manchester City striker's signature, nothing has materialised as yet.

Benjani ended his European venture at the end of last season after a successful 11-year spell saw him play for a host of top quality teams, including the likes of Auxerre, Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers.

The former Zimbabwe international has flirted with the idea of ending his career in the PSL, where his illustrious professional career began over a decade ago with Jomo Cosmos.

Having recently trained with Cosmos, it was rumoured that he would join the NFD side but he has explained that that was never an option.

He told the Siya crew, "Yeah, I'm just taking my time, but you know football, anything can happen. I trained with Cosmos to keep myself fit, maybe once a week. SuperSport didn't train yesterday, and they have a game tomorrow, maybe we'll see next week." Although the transfer window closes today, Mwaruwari will not be affected by the window slamming shut, as he is a free agent and can join at any time.
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Wenger After blues midfilder

Arsenal are planning a move for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien. Arsene Wenger wants the 29-year-old on loan after he fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Full story: Daily Mail

Porto say Tottenham will have to smash their £16.5m transfer record to land 25-year-old midfielder Joao Moutinho. Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea are preparing to loan out striker Daniel Sturridge, 22, if they can complete the signing of Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle. The 20-year-old forward is likely to cost the European champions £20m. Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham's Michael Dawson, 28, could still leave White Hart Lane, despite fellow defender Younes Kaboul likely to be out injured until Christmas. Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool outcast Charlie Adam may have to choose between a trio of clubs on deadline day - with Stoke trying to beat Everton and Fulham to the midfielder's signature. Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are ready to send striker Marouane Chamakh, 28, out on loan, with Malaga or Besiktas likely destinations. Full story: The Metro

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun, 32, could be set for a deadline-day return to former club West Ham. Full story: Daily Express

Aston Villa are aiming to pull off a double swoop for Genk striker Christian Benteke, 21, and Charlton's 22-year-old midfielder Dale Stephens. Full story: Daily Mirror

Centre-back and defensive midfielder Stephane Mbia, 26, has revealed he is heading for QPR — after snubbing an 11th-hour bid from Fenerbahce. Full story: The Sun

Everton want to sign Blackburn midfielder Steven N'Zonzi after the 23-year-old fell out with Rovers boss Steve Kean. Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom will launch a £3m beat-the-deadline bid for Blackburn's 24-year-old defender Martin Olsson. Full story: The Sun

Sunderland see Danny Rose, 22, as the ideal replacement for Kieran Richardson and hope to sign Tottenham's left-sided player on loan. Full story:
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Caps Fire big headed players

RELEGATION haunted Caps United, still in a dazed state following a 3-0 bashing by Dynamos in a Harare Derby last weekend, have fired influential goalkeeper Edmore "Zikeeper" Sibanda and defender and former captain Nyasha Mukumbi, accusing them of sabotaging the team.

The club also gave a stern warning to midfielder Marvel Samaneka and strikers Washington Pakamisa and Evans Gwekwerere in what will turn out to be a "Capsgate" as the players are alleged to have been underperforming in a bid to have a former coach taking over the reins.

Sources privy to the goings-on at the club said even when the former Caps great, Lloyd Chitembwe, was assistant to Northern Irishman, Sean Connor, the players allegedly sided with him.

"The directors feel some players have been deliberately working against the club's cause and felt it was better to work with committed players who would give their best even when losing," said a Caps United player who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation.

The player said the majority of the players had always suspected foul play on the part of the fingered players.

Contacted for comment, Caps United chief executive officer Maxwell Mironga tried to be diplomatic with his words, choosing to say: "As of now they are not part of the club".

He said the players were free to join any club they want and Caps would not stand in their way.

"It's to do with insubordination. The Code of Conduct in their contracts was clear about what happens when a player decides not to follow expected conduct," said Mironga.

He said he could not reveal what the players did as investigations were still going on, a suggestion that more heads could roll at the former Cup Kings.

Goalkeeper Sibanda, who was Caps United's deadball specialist and had endeared himself to the fans with his pose just before taking a freekick, missed a penalty recently while Pakamisa, a born striker, is yet to score this year.

Strikers have not been scoring while the defence has been very porous.

Makepekepe started the season badly and their performance deteriorated steadily until now even though they had some wins here and there.

The team never really gelled with the final straw coming last Sunday when they were pummelled into submission by their neighbours Dynamos, a result that broke a 12-year-old record.

The Dynamos match was the ninth league game without a win and they lie 12th on the Castle Lager

Premiership log standings with a paltry 19 points– a massive 24 points behind leaders Highlanders.

The club directors, Farai Jere and Twine Phiri fired Connor and Chitembwe and brought into the train,

Taurai Mangwiro and Mkhuphali Masuku but results continue to elude the team.
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Bosso on there own

HIGHLANDERS are on their own now, they do not need anybody to help them win the championship.
As it stands now with Motor Action who have always been their bogey side, they need mental strength.

This is going to show if they are serious championship contenders because from my knowledge and experience, if Dynamos start coming the way they are doing, they can actually win.
Highlanders will have to win their own matches especially the next four to five games.

Don't forget Monomotapa have won the championship before, they are dark horses in this race, they can be considered in the equation if Dynamos and Highlanders fail to stamp their authority in the next four to five games.

I am not saying this because I support Highlanders, considering I am one of the longest serving technical staff, seven draws is enough now, Highlanders must start winning games if the team has to win the championship. The next five games must all be wins.

Dynamos has won the championship since Independence  the highest number of times, even from 1962. With that kind of record you cannot take them lightly. Highlanders has to dig deep, they have only won it seven times.

Without trying to actually tell Highlanders who to play, Kelvin Kaindu has to come out with strikers who can get goals for him otherwise this championship cannot be won.

The advice I can give to Highlanders is that the mental strength of the players must be at its best.

The desire to win must be stronger that the fear to lose.

The unbeaten run will not be good enough if Highlanders fail to win the championship. Highlanders have not won the championship since 2006 and there is every reason to look forward to Kaindu making a difference this season and what raises hope is that he has already shown that he is capable. The Highlanders family has waited for too long for the title and they really need it.

Kaindu has won it before with Zanaco in Zambia, its not anything new to him but it will be new now because he is Highlanders coach.

Bosso must not tackle the next four to five games with the thought of Dynamos being on their neck.

Highlanders should not think about Dynamos, they should say, "We are Highlanders and we are going to win this championship".

Dynamos and Monomotapa are in it. Monomotapa who are third with 36 points, seven behind leaders Highlanders cannot be underrated they have won it before, they are dark horses, they will have a say in this race.

With Highlanders taking on Motor Action at Barbourfields Stadium, Dynamos are at home to Gunners at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

This is where I actually say Dynamos players' ability to withstand pressure cannot be underrated when it comes to this stage of the championship.

They infact proved this last year when FC Platinum who had a 12-point lead started dropping points and DeMbare started winning theirs. It boils to the next four to five games. It will take a strong Gunners in terms of approach to the game but to be honest I cannot see a Dynamos defeat at Rufaro Stadium. Of course miracles happen in football  and in the event of Gunners winning, it will be a very big miracle at Rufaro.

Black Mambas, Caps United, Gunners, Hardbody, Blue Rangers and Quelaton are all  fighting relegation. The Castle Lager Premiership relegates four teams. I see these teams all fighting very hard to survive and it would be sad to see a big team like Caps United go down.

Caps' away match to Buffaloes is a must win if they are to rekindle hopes of survival in the elite league.

Hwange and Harare City can also be caught in this relegation fight. Anything can happen towards the end of the season and indications are pointing to a situation of a dog eat dog affair.

Zulu is a former Bushbucks, Eastlands, Olympics, Zimbabwe Saints and Highlanders bustling striker nicknamed "Thunderboots" after the late Peter Nyama because of his shooting prowess in the 1970s.

He has coached AmaZulu, Highlanders, Railstars and Zimbabwe Saints in Bulawayo and had a stint with the Zimbabwe Under-17 team.
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Chinyama cleared

The transfer of striker Takesure Chinyama to Orlando Pirates from Zimbabwe club Dynamos have finally been secured after weeks of haggling.

Dynamos have issued the International Transfer Certificate, allowing Pirates to register the player for the new season with a day to go before the close of the transfer window.

Chinyama has missed Pirates' first five games of the new campaign, including their elimination from the MTN8.

But he could debut as soon as Saturday when the defending league champions host Moroka swallows at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Zimbabwe champions Dynamos had been refusing to issue the ITC as they claimed Pirates ha not paid them.

But the players' agent, Kennedy Mapeza, claimed banking regulations in South Africa had held up the deal.

"The process took longer because Pirates had to apply to the reserve bank to send money to Zimbabwe," he claimed.

Chinyama said he was looking forward to his chance to play, according to an interview published on the club's website.

"I had a good spell in Europe before returning to Zimbabwe where I did fairly well too. Coming to South Africa is a chance for me to take my game to a higher level. Since I arrived here I'm doing a lot of physical and tactical training and I feel ready to play."

Chinyama has been at Pirates since mid-July. Bucs hope he will be able to produce a regular diet of goals.

"Scoring goals is not easy, but it is something that I strive to do in every match I play. The expectations from strikers are extremely high all over the world, as we are on the front-line. I'm okay with that and scoring goals for my team will be my big mission in the PSL."

Chinyama was top scorer in the Zimbabwe league before leaving for Pirates. The 29-year-old scored 19 goals for Poland's Legia Warsaw in the 2008-09 season.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Liverpool News

!!!!!! GOOD NEWS !!!!!!
Calciomercato in Italy claim an exclsuive today and say that Liverpool are back in the hunt for Bologna's Gaston Ramirez, and that a deal isn't too far from being done.Liverpool have now offered a new idea which would see them take Ramirez on loan for a year and then further the transfer into a permanent deal next summer. The initial loan fee would be € 5m and then, depending on appearances and achievements, they would pay Bologna a further € 10m or € 15m to make the deal complete.
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Terry back to 3 lions squad

Chelsea captain John Terry is back in the England squad ahead of the team's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in September.

England manager Roy Hodgson promised to include Terry in his next squad if fit and, true to his word, the Blues defender was named as part of Hodgson's latest team.


Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker has also been named in the squad at right back after recovering from a broken toe, while Jack Butland and John Ruddy were included as back-up goalkeepers to Joe Hart.


The squad:


Jack Butland (Birmingham City)

Joe Hart (Manchester City)

John Ruddy (Norwich City).



Leighton Baines (Everton)

Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea)

Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

Phil Jagielka (Everton)

Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)

John Terry (Chelsea)

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).


Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Adam Johnson (Sunderland)

Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

James Milner (Manchester City)

Theo Walcott (Arsenal).



Andy Carroll (Liverpool)
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
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Warriors And Angola Match For Rufaro

ZIFA have acceded to the Warriors technical team's request to play Angola at Rufaro Stadium, Harare, in a crucial Afcon first leg of the final qualifier on 9 September. Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo said the move would certainly boost the team's morale. He said Rufaro Stadium was easily accessible and the turnout of the 12th player, the supporters, was likely to be big.

"The 12th player who is the supporter favours Rufaro Stadium. Its terraces are close to the pitch and that effect has a huge impact.

"The National Sports Stadium terraces are too far from the field and the atmosphere does not get anywhere close to Rufaro," said Gumbo who speaks from experience having played at all the country's three biggest stadia.

He knows exactly the effect of fans being just by the touchline and urging the players on.

"We are happy Zifa have agreed to have the match at our preferred venue which is Rufaro. I am hopeful we will be able to get in camp all the players we identified," said Gumbo.

He said he was confident that his ace striker Knowledge Musona would be available for the match.

Last month the youngster through a Harare lawyer said he would not play for the Warriors again.

This was after he was seen in the capital with Henrietta Rushwaya during lunch with another Warriors player Ovidy Karuru.

Rushwaya and Karuru have been fingered in Asiagate and Zifa were not comfortable with the players who were in camp being seen with the former chief executive officer.

The Afcon qualifier is for next year's finals to be held in South Africa, the first ever since Caf resolved to have them on odd years so that they do not clash with the Olympics and World Cup finals. This was after big clubs complained that they could not afford the luxury of releasing their players for the Afcon finals in January and February and then again in June for the World Cup finals.

The congested programmes resulted in fatigue as players could literally go two to three seasons without an off-season break.

Jonathan Mashingaidze said the Zifa board had agreed to have the match moved to Rufaro following a request by the players and coaches. He said what Zifa wanted was for the Warriors to qualify for the finals hence it was doing all within its powers to create the best conditions for the team.

"The coaches said they wanted to play at Rufaro Stadium and we agreed to their request. We will do everything in our power to ensure they have adequate training time at the match venue," said Mashingaidze.

He said the coaches argument was that Rufaro was compact and the fans will be just a few metres from the action.

"It can be intimidating when the stadium is full and this is what they want to take advantage of.

"We are committed to winning this game, it would be nice for Zimbabweans to go to the finals as participants and supporters watching their team in action. We are praying that the boys win both ties so that we make it," said Mashingaidze.

He said the team to face Angola had been announced early to allow all efforts to be made to enable players to arrive on time.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

11 Zim players end there man utd tour on a bad note

HARARE - Eleven young Zimbabwean footballers who travelled to England to attend the Manchester United Soccer Schools UK Residential Camp ended their tour on a dejected note.

It emerged that WWS had no backup plan after Manchester United Soccer Schools UK Residential Camp came to a conclusion at Destine College on Friday.

This meant the fledgling stars had to quickly find alternative accommodation as their itinerary showed they were scheduled to travel back home on Sunday.

The young Zimbabweans were thrown out of camp, but luckily, some of the players had relatives in Manchester, who were able to bail them out.

Others who didn't have relatives near Staffordshire were left to thank a lady only identified as Chigumira, aunt to one of the players, Masimba Chigumira, who gladly accommodated the rest of the contingent.

Instead of cheering Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa make their Old Trafford debut in fantastic fashion, eight players were stuck in a traffic jam whilst three who had found alternative transport to the Theatre of Dreams witnessed their football stars in action.

The Manchester United and Fulham tie was part of their seven-day training and development programme.

The three young players who managed to watch Manchester United down Fulham to register their first win of the season only managed to do so in the second half.

The team landed in the capital yesterday with their parents waiting in anticipation to re-unite with their kids.

"We were scared for the safety of our children when we heard that they had to find alternative accommodation," said Luka Chitereka, father to Tinashe.

"But we just said to ourselves if God opened the way for my son to go in the first place he will open the door for his return. We are just happy, that our son had such an opportunity to learn from the best.

"Noone in the family has ever had a chance to fly overseas, so this was landmark for us, that our son was involved."

Another parent who preferred anonymity for fear of reprisal said: "On Friday when I heard that my son had to find alternative accommodation, I was obviously concerned and that they didn't get a chance to watch Manchester United play, a feature which was part of the programme, I got worried."

There was however, some parents who were delighted by the experience gained in Manchester by their kids.

Thelma Kurenjekwa said despite the hiccups the trip was a success for her son Tinashe.

"It's great that my son has had such an opportunity to learn from the top coaches. With us we had a family over that side so we didn't have much of a problem."

"When you have trips of this magnitude for the first time you expect some hiccups," she said.

Preeti Kroll, WWS marketing manager said: "The trip was an amazing experience for the young players. It's been a little challenging but overall it was a success."

Team: Tadiwanashe Ngomanyi, Tinashe Chitereka, Karl Longwane, Leo Muoghanra, Masimba Chigumira, Mufaro Mhariwa, Langton Maunganidze, Mudiwa Matiyenga, Zion Moore, Tadiwa Kurenjekwa, Kelvin Marufu
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Dembare Cruise past Fc platinum

Dynamos 2 - 0 FC Platinum

Dynamos are leading FC Platinum by two goals by Denver Mukamba

FC Platinum player red carded.

Dynamos fans now singing tikatamba tamba toda Highlanders

Dynamos line up
Chigova, Magorimbo, Mushure, Guthrie, Jaure, Chafa, Sekete, Murape, Mukamba, Vengesayi, Mupasiri
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Fiorentina preparing to welcome Man Utd striker Berbatov

Tottenham make offer for Barcelona winger Afellay

Arsenal boss Wenger delivers 'sign or sell' ultimatum to Man City, Liverpool target Walcott

Arsenal boss Wenger convinced Serge Gnabry can replace Walcott

Tottenham met buyout clause for Fulham ace Dembele

QPR's Barton jetting to Marseille

Tottenham boss AVB doing all he can to land Porto's Moutinho

Southampton clinch deal for Zambia forward Emmanuel Mayuka

Sunderland boss O'Neill admits he must find Richardson replacement

Fulham move to beat AC Milan for Lyon striker Gomis

Swansea to bid for Crewe midfielder Westwood

Liverpool boss Rodgers sees Downing as long-term left-back

Fenerbahce target Chelsea's Essien AND Meireles

MK Dons deal in ex-Fulham, Wigan star Bullard

Hamburg confident of deal for Tottenham playmaker Van der Vaart

Man City furious as Swansea hike-up Sinclair price

Doubts raised over Lescott's Man City future

Molde chasing Man Utd striker King

Man Utd legend Ince in line for Chesterfield job

Fulham coach McKinlay wanted at Coventry

Swansea rival Norwich, Southampton for FC Clujstriker Modou Sougou

Oxford snap up Arsenal defender Boateng

Cahill returns to Socceroos squad with Schwarzer poised to make history

Real Madrid boss Mourinho: Modric will play. He was our No1 target

Real Madrid coach Mourinho urges QPR target Carvalho to leave

No split Chelsea loyalties for Atletico Madrid keeper Courtois

Real Madrid challenge Newcastle for Debuchy

Barcelona boss Vilanova says Song will see Supercopa action

Man City to make £12M bid for Arsenal contractrebel Walcott

Real Madrid's Sahin opens door to Liverpool stay

Aston Villa could move for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert.

Wayne Rooney fears Manchester United are preparing to offload him for £40million.

Spurs want Russia striker Alan Dzagoev, 22, from CSKA Moscow, but could lose Jermain Defoe and Rafael van der Vaart.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been warned to sign a new deal in the next 48 hours or be sold.

Manchester City have been told it will cost them £25m to sign Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia.

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is in negotiations about a shock move to AC Milan.

Liverpool want to sign Wolves keeper Dorus de Vries to give Pepe Reina more competition.

QPR hope to complete the signing of Brazil keeper Julio Cesar, 32, from Inter Milan today.

Chelsea will make a final bid for Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle before Friday's transfer deadline.

Aston Villa are ready to increase their bid for Genk striker Christian Benteke after having an offer of £5m rejected by the Belgian side.

Fenerbache are preparing an £8million bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.

German club Hamburg hope an offer of around £9m will be enough to tempt Tottenham to sell midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart.

Aston Villa are ready to pay £2.75m to sign Middlesbrough's 22-year-old left-back Joe Bennett.

Swansea are to make a £2m bid for Crewe midfielder Ashley Westwood, 22.

West Ham and Bolton have enquired about Charlton right back Chris Solly, 21, who is rated at £2.5m.

Arsenal are tracking Manchester striker Edin Dzeko and Swansea right back Angel Rangel.

John Terry returned to training with Chelsea yesterday and has been given the go-ahead by the club's medical staff to report for duty with England next week.

Tottenham are hopeful that they will announce the signing of Fulham midfielder Mousa Dembele within the next 24 hours.

Newcastle will only accept offers for Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini, 30, Ivorian midfielderCheick Tiote, 26, or French playmaker Yohan Cabaye, 26, if they are too good to turn down.

Tottenham have been warned they may miss out on 22-year-old France international midfielderYann M'Vila after having a £12m bid rejected earlier this summer.

Raheem Sterling's rapid Liverpool progress has major consequences for Stewart Downing's Anfield future as the England winger has been asked to reinvent himself as a left-back.

Everton have distanced themselves from a move for striker Michael Owen.

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is hoping to revive his loan deal for Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone, 25.

Swansea are to make a £2m bid for Crewe midfielder Ashley Westwood, 22.

QPR and West Brom are tracking Argentine Cristian Ansaldi, 25, who is currently on the books of Rubin Kazan.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, 30, has expressed his frustration at new players facing immediate comparisons with departed star Robin van Persie.

Watford keeper Almunia: Man Utd striker Van Persie lost confidence in Arsenal future.

Leicester boss Pearson insists no Man Utd offer for Liam Moore

Man Utd coach Joyce: Fletcher making great progress

Arsenal desperate to find buyers for fringe players

Watford keeper Almunia happy to be out of Arsenal

West Ham return unlikely for Liverpool's Cole

Tottenham will up bid for Shakhtar star Willian

Liverpool skipper Gerrard: Allen looks a real player

Maiga impresses West Ham management on debut

West Ham boss Allardyce wants to keep Cup hero Maynard

Morecambe boss Bentley: Sunderland striker Saha my hero

O'Neill delighted with Johnson's winning Sunderland debut

Pulis pushing to add to Stoke squad

Southampton wrapping up deal for Bologna star Ramirez

Jol offers no excuses as Fulham dumped from Capital One Cup

Wigan boss Martinez puts Premier League points ahead of Cup wins

Fulham, West Brom target Whittingham commits to Cardiff

Forest chairman welcomes deal for Arsenal's Lansbury

Villa challenge Fulham for Evian striker Sagbo

QPR boss Hughes yet to speak with Green aboutJulio Cesar arrival

QPR boss Hughes says Julio Cesar deal not yet over line

QPR boss Hughes insists Barton can still make Marseille move

Swansea reject Man City bid for Sinclair

Juventus keen to bring Chelsea legend Drogba back to Europe

Ex-Fiorentina star Bigica says Man City target Nastasic must stay

AC Milan chief Galliani rules out bid for Liverpool's Carroll
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League cup results

Full Time Sheffield Wednesday
1 - 0 Fulham

Full Time Norwich City 2 - 1 Scunthorpe

Full Time Sunderland 2 - 0 Morecambe

Full Time Aston Villa
3 - 0 Tranmere Rovers F.C.

Full Time Stoke City 3 - 4 Swindon

Full Time Stevenage 1 - 4 Southampton

Full Time QPR 3 - 0 Walsall F.C.

Full Time Yeovil Town Football Club
2 - 4 West Brom

Full Time Swansea City 3 - 1 Barnsley

Full Time Nottingham Forest
1 - 4 Wigan

Full Time West Ham
2 - 0 Crewe Alexandra FC

Full Time Reading
3 - 2 Peterborough United

League cup fixture today:
Everton vs Leyton @645pm GMT
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Week 20 Zim Psl fixtures

Zimbabwe Soccer (ZPSL) Week 20 fixtures
Monomotapa vs Shabanie Mine (Rufaro),
FC Platinum vs Blue Rangers (Mandava),
Black Mambas vs Harare City (Morris Depot)

Highlanders vs Motor Action (BF),
Dynamos vs Gunners (Rufaro),
Hwange vs Chicken Inn (Colliery),
Hardbody vs Quelaton (Ascot),
Buffaloes vs Caps United (Sakubva)
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Gould To miss on 2013 Caf finals

In 2010 Morgan Gould, then with SuperSport United, was ruled out of the FIFA World Cup due to injury. Two years later the central defender is on the Kaizer Chiefs roster and in jeopardy of missing out on the 2013 African Cup of Nations, again due to injury.

Gould has been sidelined for up to six months after tearing his Achilles tendon and if he remains out of action for the full term, he will only return to action in February of 2013, meaning that he will miss out on the Afcon.


The Bafana Bafana player says that his latest set-back is frustrating. He understands that it is a part of the game but admits that it is heartbreaking to miss out on two major competitions hosted on South African soil.


"It is heartbreaking. It is frustrating. Every player wants to play in such tournaments and to miss out on two of them through injury is so painful. I know such things happen in football but it is frustrating. 


"It has happened to top footballers and at times we have to live with it, but it is frustrating. This is life and there is nothing I can do," the former Jomo Cosmos defender said.
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Dynamos vs FC Platinum final 18 for 2 teams

Final 18 Men teams for Dynamos and FC Platinum. Which one is stronger?

Ngodzo J,

Out Dube Tafadzwa, Sibanda Charles, Ngodzo Zephaniah.


Out: Kutyauripo Makopa Mutuma Muparati
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2013 Fixtures for Caps Utd

Rumors created CAPS United fixtures for Northern Region Division One 2013.
Caps United vs Shamva Mine,
Caps United vs Goromonzi United,
Caps United vs DC Academy,
Caps United vs ZPC Kariba,
Caps United vs Flame Lily,
Caps United vs Mazowe,
Caps United v Chegutu Pirates,
Caps United v Masvingo United,
Caps United vs Douglas Warriors,
Caps United v Jumbo Giants,
Caps United vs Greendale Spears,
Caps Unted vs Effile Flats,
Caps United v Mwana Africa,
Caps United vs Chazesesa United
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Dynamos much awaited appel hearing to out next week

THE much-awaited Dynamos appeal hearing will now take place tomorrow in the capital after failing to take place last Wednesday due to a communication breakdown. Dynamos appealed against the Premier Soccer League's disciplinary committee's ruling that the two teams should replay the match at a neutral venue.

Dynamos were hauled before the PSL disciplinary committee after their marshals assaulted Chipangano coaches just before the two teams' league match in the capital on 6 May.

The match ended 4-1 in favour of the reigning Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions.

Chipangano played the whole match without their coaches, Nation Dube and Mebelo Njekwa, as they had to be rushed to hospital for treatment. Physical trainer Kenny Nyape and kit master Andrew Zulu were left in charge of the game.

Head coach Tennant Chilumba was away in his home country, Zambia, to attend a Caf-run coaching clinic.

Zifa Appeals committee secretary Timothy Sangarwe confirmed that the hearing will take place tomorrow.

"There was a communication breakdown between the clubs resulting in Hwange failing to access Dynamos' heads of argument on time. We could have held the hearing last Wednesday," said Sangarwe.

He said all things being equal, the verdict could be out next Wednesday. The outcome will have a significant bearing on the league title race as DeMbare are six points behind Highlanders with two games in hand. One of the outstanding games — against FC Platinum — will be played today and the other, against Hwange, will be played later.

Dynamos' argument is that the three marshals, Abraham Kwenda, James Dzamu and Simbarashe Zviita, never paid admission of guilt fines as alleged by the Don Moyo-led PSL disciplinary committee.

According to the committee ruling, the three marshals admitted to assaulting the two coaches and this was confirmed by the payment of admission of guilt fines.

However, the PSL's letter of summons to DeMbare stated that the club violated Order 31 of the Rules and Regulations which reads in part:

"It is an act of misconduct on the part of the club when its officials, players, servants or duly authorised (express or implied) representatives assault, threaten, intimidate, coerce, interfere, mislead or insult a match official, player, official of the league, public, press or media or any other person, before, during or after any match . . . ."

The PSL disciplinary committee ordered a replay of the match at a neutral venue after nullifying the result  and fining Dynamos $2 000 but half of that was suspended on condition that they do not commit a similar offence during the season.

"The result of the match is nullified and a replay is hereby ordered at a neutral venue to be decided by the PSL.

"Dynamos Football Club is also to meet the full costs in respect of transport, accommodation and food for Hwange Football Club for the replay which should be hosted at a neutral venue to be decided by the Premier Soccer League. The fine is to be paid by 30 June 2012," read part of the ruling.

There were allegations that Zifa violated standing regulations by allowing the Harare giants to appeal despite the fact that Dembare had failed to lodge the appeal within the stipulated one week.

The PSL Disciplinary committee gave DeMbare a week to lodge an appeal with the Zifa Appeals committee but DeMbare only appealed after a week.

Meanwhile, the Motor Action/Caps United appeal verdict, whose outcome will have a far reaching effect on the future of the troubled Makepekepe, is expected  today.

Motor Action appealed against the PSL decision to award the match to Caps United on a 3-0 scoreline for failing to turn up for the match at Gwanzura.
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Bosso treasure cleared of fraud

REINSTATED Highlanders treasurer, Odiel Nkomo, has reportedly been cleared by a Harare-based forensic audit firm hired by the club to investigate financial irregularities. The auditors were called in following allegations that Nkomo had paid himself about $6 600 that the club owed him.

He reportedly advanced the money to the club when the previous executive chaired by Themba Ndlela was in office.

The club accused Nkomo of violating its rules and regulations as all expenditure is supposed to be authorised by the executive committee led by Peter Dube.

There were also allegations that there were no records to prove that Nkomo was owed money by the club with vice chairman Sikhanyiso Moyo, who also served under Ndlela, saying he was not aware that Nkomo was owed money by the club.

The confusion prompted the board's finance and turnaround committee, led by Mgcini Nkolomi, to intervene and it immediately suspended Nkomo pending the investigations.

Nkolomi's committee has two other members, Daves Ndumiso Sibanda and Filabusi-based board vice chairman, Jonathan Moyo.

In a dramatic twist of events, an emergency board meeting was called a few days later and Nkomo was reinstated to his position after the full board noted that a sub-committee had no powers to suspend an executive member.

The emergency meeting was reportedly tension-filled as some board members who supported Nkomo's suspension even threatened to walk out in protest over the decision to reinstate him.

In the meantime, the audit committee had already started its investigative work on those alleged financial irregularities.

"The audit team is through with its work and nothing untoward was found as everything was said to be above board, except maybe the grabbing of the money by Nkomo but records showed that he was owed money.

"Even former chairman Ndlela is reportedly owed about $9 000. In fact the audit team discovered that Nkomo was owed more than what he took," said a source close to the goings-on at the club.

Contacted for comment, board chairman Dumisani Sandi refused to shed more light on the findings but confirmed that the audit report was out.

"We have a joint board and executive meeting tomorrow (today) where I am sure that report will be discussed. We are not meeting to discuss the audit report per se but this is our scheduled fortnightly joint meeting with the executive," said Sandi who promised to give a full statement tomorrow.
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Dembare takes on FC Platinum without there hitman

DEFENDING champions, Dynamos will be without Rodrick Mutuma and Tawanda Muparati, who are both serving their suspensions, when they clash with FC Platinum at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.

The two players were suspended for Week 16, which is today's match, and should not play unless the Harare giants defy standing rules and regulations while FC Platinum might also find themselves on the wrong side of the law after taking along suspended Zephania Ngodzo for the match.

Ngodzo received a red card on Saturday in the 3-0 loss to Monomotapa at Mandava Stadium but The Money bags are arguing that today's match is a Week 16 rearranged fixture which should not affect Ngodzo's suspension.

"Our rules are very clear on that one, a red card is immediate suspension for the next two games and if they use Ngodzo then they should know that they will be using a suspended player," said board member competitions, Tawengwa Hara.

Upon receiving the notification from the Premier Soccer League that Mutuma and Muparati had been suspended for Week 16, the Dynamos leadership wrote to the league  stating that the suspension did not affect their week 15 game and the league agreed that the duo was eligible to play.

The Harare side went on to post a morale-boosting 2-1 win over the platinum miners.

"Just like FC Platinum, if Dynamos field the two players, they will be doing so in full knowledge that the two players are suspended," said Hara.

The match though had been in doubt after Dynamos tried to have it postponed arguing that their coach Callisto Pasuwa will be attending a coaching clinic at Prince Edward High School.

"We wrote to them and told them that we cannot entertain their request for a postponement so the match is definitely on," said Hara yesterday.

Meanwhile, FC Platinum have been a pale shadow of themselves this season and are almost out of the running for the league title while the Harare giants have not lost a match since that shock 1-0 defeat to Harare City nine matches ago.

FC Platinum believe Dynamos are under a lot of pressure as they try to close the gap on leaders, Highlanders, who enjoy a six-point lead.

"Dynamos are under pressure to close the gap between them and Highlanders. We have not beaten them in the past four meetings and they will want to maintain their record," said club spokesperson Phillimon Muvengwa.

"It is going to be one of the most exciting matches to be played at Rufaro Stadium this season. We are well prepared for them and we have already forgotten about the loss to Monomotapa and our main focus is on the  match," he said.

FC Platinum will miss the services of injured players Simon Shoko, Rowan Nenzou and Frank Mlambo.
Tafadzwa Dube is also out.

The former Lancashire Steel, Masvingo, Dynamos and Gunners goal minder who had conceded 21 goals did not travel with the team yesterday and Francis Tizayi who enjoys playing against Dynamos will be guarding the posts.

The miners welcome back Thabani Kamusoko who will play the defensive role getting support from captain Daniel Veremu and Norman Togara.

Ali Sadiki, Donald Ngoma, Benjamin Marere and Mitchell Katsvairo are expected to lead the Zvishavane-based side's attack.

FC Platinum need to collect maximum points to keep their hopes alive although they are sitting on 29 points from 18 matches.

"I just want to pick up points at the moment and that is my main focus and I will not talk about the championship," said interim coach Chikuni.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wits invite Bosso for A international friendly in november ,

The dreaded Bulawayo football giants, Highlanders FC, will be flying into Johannesburg in early November 2012 to play Wits University FC  at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.  

The forthcoming friendly, between these  two  premier league giants has been confirmed and all that remains is to put a few final  touches on the logistics. The SA based representatives of Bosso, are working around the clock with their Wits FC counterparties to finalise the technicalities.

This year's friendly between Bosso and Wits University comes hot on the heels of a hugely successful friendly that was held (at Ellis Park between Bosso and Bloemfontein FC) in July 2011 from  which Bosso  raised  in excess of R150 000 (net of all expenses like flights , accommodation, food  etc . etc). And of course the direct benefit of that money was the fact that it was wisely used by the Bosso executives to acquire the services of the great Zambian coach, Kelvin Kaindu. The result, as they say, is history.

The main objective of this year's friendly will be to showcase the hugely under-utilised Bosso supporters in the South African football arena, and, through that, to facilitate the possibility of signing a partnership between Bosso and Wits University FC .

If Wits FC partners with Bosso through a twinning mechanism, Wits could benefit from the support and partronage of the diehard Bosso fans who reside within the vicinity of Wits University. It is noteworthy that Wits University FC already has an array of sponsors inclusive of  its owner Bidvest Bank,  which could also benefit Bosso by giving it access to advanced and developed infrastructure through technical expertise, inter alia.
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#Tottenham chief Daniel Levy took a whopping £10million hit to keep Luka Modric away from Chelsea and Man Utd.
#The focus at White Hart Lane is on renewed raids for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila and Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Willian.
#Eden Hazard wants to win a treble with Chelsea this season.
#Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has changed his mind about sending Raheem Sterling out on loan.
#Aston Villa are ready to launch a £4million bid for Genk striker Christian Benteke.
#Southampton have been given hope in their stunning attempt to sign Gaston Ramirez.
#Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini faces a race against the clock in his bid to land top targets Daniele De Rossi and Javi Martinez this week.
#Chelsea have put a £25million price tag on Daniel Sturridge.
#Fulham are leading the chase to sign homesick Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson.
#Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is a £6million target for Aston Villa and Everton.
#Manchester City's summer clear out will continue this week when they send Roque Santa Cruz back to Spain.
#Chelsea and Arsenal will battle it out for the signature of Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
#Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has set up a deadline-busting move for Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza.
#Sheffield Wednesday are planning a £2.75million swoop for Norwich defender Leon Barnett.
#Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is lining up a last-gasp swoop got Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge.
#Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has given the green light for a frantic last-minute spending spree after yesterday cashing in on £30million Luka Modric.
#QPR are ready to offload Joey Barton to anyone who wants him after announcing he can leave for free.
#Southampton have agreed a club record £11million deal for Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez.
#Man city expect to complete the signing of Scott Sinclair today.
#Liverpool will sell Charlie Adam but have warned Everton: 'He'll cost you £5million'.
#Norwich boss Chris Hughton is ready to pay £1million-plus for Blackburn goalkeeper Mark Bunn.
#Chelsea misfit Gale Kakuta is set to join Marseille on a one-year loan deal with the French club having a £5million option to buy.
#Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is a £6million target for both Aston Villa and Everton.
#Southampton are now leading the race for Birmingham defender Curtis Davies.
#QPR are considering taking Porto centre-half Rolando on loan.
#Burnley hope to sign Swansea forward Stephen Dobbie for £400,000.
#Manchester City are poised to sign Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia in a deal that could reach £24million.
#West Ham are ready to make a sensational bid to bring Joe Cole home to Upton Park.
#Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has returned from a mission to Ukraine hopeful of landing Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Willian.
#Mark Hughes will complete the signing of Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar in the next 24 hours to replace Rob Green at QPR.
#Manchester City are closing in on a deal for Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic.#
Juventus have added Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner to their wanted list.
#Swansea are hopeful of landing Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez and Middlesbrough's Marvin Emnes.
#Tottenham and Arsenal look set to battle it out for Yann M'Vila of Rennes and Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle ahead of the transfer deadline.
#West Ham are set to make on last bid to bring Joe Cole home as he faces up to the prospect of another four months on the sidelines at Liverpool.
#Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will have urgent discussions with owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner today as he looks to bring in at least two players before Friday's transfer deadline.
#Javier Hernandez is prepared to fight for his place at Manchester United despite being edged out of the first-team picture following the arrival of Robin van Persie.
#Rodgers keeps quiet over Dempsey #Manchester City are closing in on Fiorentina's 19-year-old Serbia defender Matija Nastasic, with Montenegro defender Stefan Savic, 21, - plus cash - going the other way.
#Sunderland are hopeful of beating Liverpool to the signing of striker Clint Dempsey, 29, after opening talks with Fulham over a transfer.
#Barcelona will this week sanction the loan departure of Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay, 26, with Arsenal and Tottenham interested.
#Everton have made an enquiry for Dundee United's highly-rated 22-year-old forward Johnny Russell.
#Tottenham's new partnership with Real Madrid will require managers Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho to work together just years after they had a spectacular falling-out.
#Liverpool fear Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, who missed six months of last season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, could be out for two months with a thigh injury.
#American sportswear firm Nike are to take over England's kit deal from Umbro and produce a new away shirt as early as next spring.
#Agents of Man Utd ace Nani in Zenit talks over £25M move
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#Internacional striker Damiao goes cold on Tottenham move
#Swansea not giving up on Bolton's Davies
#West Brom move for Blackburn wing-back Olsson
#Swansea haggle with Valencia over Hernandez price
#Everton tracking Dundee Utd striker Russell
#Villa ahead of Fulham in battle for Genk striker Christian Bentek
#Vitesse coach Van der Gouw: Buttner desperate for success at Man Utd
#St Etienne demand big money for Man Utd target Kurt Zouma
#Newcastle brace for Arsenal, Spurs offers over Cabaye
#Norwich boss Hughton denies move for ex-Man Utd striker Owen
#Fulham boss Jol cools link with Shakhtar striker Eduardo
#Moyes concerned over Everton squad depth
#Liverpool, Everton tracking Rangers starlet Barrie McKay
#Stoke boss Pulis admits Academy developments limiting transfer spending
#Middlesbrough boss Mowbray knows Swansea want Emnes
#Moses happy to play anywhere for Chelsea
#M'Baye Niang announces he's joining AC Milan
#Fulham frontrunners for Sunderland's Richardson
#Ajax sign Fulham striker Danny Hoesen
#Torino coach Ventura targets Man City striker Guidetti
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#Chelsea, Spurs target Hulk wants decision "by Wednesday"
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Masilela Chiefs deal done

The latest news reaching the Siya crew is that Tsepo Masilela's move to Kaizer Chiefs has been concluded.

A Soccer-Laduma source close to the deal explained that negotiations between the respective parties reached its final stages this morning (Tuesday) and the deal has since been done.


Soccer-Laduma has been following Masilela's link to the the Amakhosi closely over the past few weeks and reported yesterday that the 27-year-old's current club, Maccabi Haifa, have agreed to a deal with Chiefs. The club's have been locked in negotiations with the loose ends being tied up.


Now it can be confirmed that the former Getafe loanee will be donning the Glamour Boys' jersey this season giving coach Stuart Baxter more options in defence. 


Having gained experience in Spain's La Liga and in Israel, there is no doubt that the South African international will bring a wealth of experience to Naturena.
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Steve should quit

"Steven Gerrard should quit Liverpool"
Do you agree with the former England manager?

The former England manger said:

"Steven Gerrard is 'Mr Liverpool' and he has won the Champions League, Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup with them.

"But will he ever win a Premier League title?

''As things look now, absolutely not.

"A lot of things have to change at Liverpool for that to happen.

''The American owners have to give more money and buy the right players.

"They have a good coach in Brendan Rodgers but the players did anything but play well together.

"I don't begrudge a good guy like Steven winning the Premier League, but maybe he needs to change clubs if he wants to have that title.

"Both my dad and I have been Liverpool fans since the club's heyday in the 1980s but the Liverpool we see today is far from the top level.''
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Highlanders Chairman condemns Harare City behavior .

HIGHLANDERS chairman Peter Dube has lambasted Harare City for the way his team was treated before their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday. It was a terrible weekend for coach Kelvin Kaindu and his players.

Harare City, chaired by former Premier Soccer League secretary general Leslie Gwindi, locked Highlanders out of the stadium on Friday afternoon forcing the visitors to train on dusty grounds outside the match venue.

As if that was not enough, on match day, the team bus was locked out of the venue for more than 30 minutes and when they were eventually allowed in, head coach Kaindu was further humiliated when he was asked to produce his identity particulars.

Upon getting into the dressing room, the team found pieces of black and white cloth and white powder strewn around.

"This is rubbish and one would not believe it if you were not at Rufaro Stadium but I personally witnessed it because I was also kept out for close to 10 minutes and already the team bus was outside. As a club we will make an informed decision on the way forward after our executive meeting," said Dube.

Coach Kaindu was also not amused by the dirty tactics employed by Harare City ahead of the match which ended 0-0 and saw Bosso maintain their unbeaten run after 19 games and still with a chance of landing their first league title since 2006.

"I commend the boys for the good performance despite the frustration. I must however warn our opponents that the more they do funny things like that the more we will become stronger," said Kaindu.

On the championship charge, the Zambian said the race was still wide open.
"We are building a team that must win things and a good team does that," said Kaindu.

The draw saw Bosso's eight point lead reduced to six by arch rivals Dynamos, who have two games in hand, after the Glamour boys pummelled city rivals Caps United 3-0 at Rufaro Stadium in what should clearly spell doom for Makepekepe.
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Zifa Fined $10 K by Caf

ZIFA have been fined $10 000 by the Confederation of African Football for crowd trouble during a Warriors match against Guinea on 3 June at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The Warriors lost the match - a World Cup qualifier - 0-1 and there was crowd trouble soon after the game with some ugly scenes outside the stadium.

The national association chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed receiving communication from Caf last Thursday.

Mashingaidze said the game now faces too many forces, most of whom were not working for the common good, and the fine comes at a time when the national association is surviving via a begging bowl on a day-to-day basis.

"I received communication from Caf that we have been fined $10 000 for the unruly behaviour of our fans on 3 June. It was unfortunate that there were some sponsored hooligans who wanted to disrupt the smooth running of the game.

"They booed and shouted at the players despite the fact that it was their own team in action. It came as no surprise at the end of the match that there were disturbances. That is the other source of worry for the game as there are people who sponsor hooliganism just to smear Zifa's name. We have our own shortcomings as an organisation, we are not as capacitated as we would have loved to be," said Mashingaidze.

He said the $10 000 was heavy on the cash-strapped association.

"We have no money and then we get that kind of fine. It is going to affect our operations as an organisation as we have to pay that figure soon. We urge fans not to allow themselves to be dragged into soccer politics as they end up being the losers, with the game of football too," said Mashingaidze.

Zifa are battling to bring sanity to the game but face strong resistance from those implicated in the Asiagate scandal. They have gone full throttle in promoting activities that bring the reputation of the present Zifa Assembly into disrepute.

Once Zifa are discredited, they hope that the findings by two committees tasked with investigating the Warriors' trips to Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa will be considered a sham.

Mashingaidze confirmed that Zifa would in future enhance security in and outside the stadium and go on awareness programmes to deal with hooliganism.

"We will enhance security at all our matches. We want soccer to stay a family sport," said Mashingaidze.

Zimbabwe face Angola on 9 September in Harare in the first leg of the Afcon final qualifying round.
Zifa have said they are ready for the challenge.

Mashingaidze warned that all those engaged in hooliganism, be it in local leagues or international matches, will face the full wrath of the law.
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Asiagate To benefit other nations : Gumede

ZIFA vice-president Ndumiso Gumede believes that Zimbabwe's experience with the Asiagate scam will benefit fellow African associations in their bid to avert and combat match-fixing which is threatening to hamper football on a global scale. Gumede was part of a Zifa delegation that attended a Fifa/Cosafa and Interpol

workshop on regional integrity which ended in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday.
Sport and Recreation Commission chairman, Charles Nhemachena, presented a paper on Zimbabwe's experience with match-fixing where they shared with Fifa, Interpol and Cosafa members, the challenges they have faced in trying to bring the Asiagate scandal to some logical conclusion.

Nhemachena, who also felt that Zifa's experience had touched the region, later emerged from the workshop to admit that the probe was a "necessary but huge and costly exercise,'' which warranted national support for Zifa.
Gumede was flanked by Zifa board member finance Elliot Kasu , the association's chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze and Nhemachena as he faced the media and reckoned that such countries like Mozambique and Zambia, which had not yet been affected, had lauded Zimbabwe for giving them a practical experience of dealing with match-fixing.

"Zimbabwe's experience has virtually opened the eyes of other associations who think that they could sooner or later be targeted by match fixers.
"From the discussions we held we have also now resolved to go back home and somehow get the whole nation to appreciate the threat of match fixing and corruption through use of the Sports Commission. We also need  to find people to propagate this through the SRC and as Mr. Nhemachena has already indicated, we will push for legislation that will target match-fixing and outlaw it in the country's statutes and allow for seizure of assets that would have been bought directly

from proceeds of match-fixing.

''We could also use peer educators to raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing using such people like Peter Ndlovu who have a more direct influence on the younger players who have become the latest target of match-fixers.
"From now on all Zifa courses be it for referees, administrators, coaches, they will have a section of training on dealing with match-fixing and how the trends can be observed,'' Gumede said. Nhemachena also urged all sporting associations in the country to also fight the threat of age cheating, which felt had a huge bearing on corruption in sport.

"We should also have a programme of surveillance of the match-fixers who may want to target players and we should not ignore interactions of players with suspicious characters like what happened the other time with Musona and Karuru… we should actually be worried about such cases.
"Where the stakes are high, like in the forthcoming game between Zimbabwe and Angola, there is need to redouble the security and surveillance efforts,'' Nhemachena said.

Kasu also made no secret of the fact that their conclusion of their Asiagate probe could be scuppered by lack of funding and said they had appraised new Fifa head of security Ralf Mutschke about the complexity of their situation.
"As a general policy of Fifa they are not supposed to be funding associations on match-fixing but when we sought an audience with Ralf and appraised him of the processes which we went through, the uniqueness of the Zimbabwe situation and the magnitude of the problem we will have if we do not get financial support.

"So even if Ralf's budget is exhausted we have suggested that they can try to get money from elsewhere to help us,'' Kasu said. Zifa's counterparts in South Africa are also at across roads as they seek to conclude their probe into allegations that some of Bafana Bafana's matches before the 2010 World Cup were fixed.
Questions as to when the conclusion of the inquest can be expected produced distinctly different responses at the workshop.

Safa says it is still waiting for Fifa to conclude the investigation into allegations that the referees for Bafana's friendly games in May and June 2010 were provided by an Asian match-fixing syndicate.
It is alleged that in games against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia, Guatemala and Denmark, dubious penalties were awarded.

However, Mutschke said at the weekend's match-fixing workshop that it was waiting for a report from Safa before proceeding further.
The workshop was conducted in Johannesburg by Interpol and the world football's governing body.
Fifa's previous security chief, Chris Eaton, who was in Johannesburg in March, had promised to wrap up the case urgently.

Fifa wanted to get to the bottom of exactly which Safa official decided to employ a shady Asian company to bring in referees to take charge of the Bafana games.
The world soccer governing body had confirmed that Safa had been taken in by Wilson Raj Perumal from Singapore, who offered free referees for the friendlies.

Ordinarily, Safa would have arranged its own referees from neighbouring countries for the matches. Fifa wants to know why Safa suddenly accepted an offer fromPerumal, an unknown individual.
Perumal who was jailed in Finland for match-fixing entered into talks with former Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe to be a match agent for future Safa activities.
As a sweetener, Perumal arranged and paid for the referees for the friendly games in question
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Stuart pearce to consider rewarding Sterling

: Sterling on the rise: Liverpool's young ace in line for Pearce call

Stuart Pearce is considering rewarding Raheem Sterling's exciting progress by including the Liverpool winger in his next England Under 21 squad.

Sterling made an impressive first Barclays Premier League start against Manchester City on Sunday following a man-of-the-match performance on his full debut at Hearts in the Europa League.

The 17-year-old was picked six days ago for the England Under 19 squad to face Germany in Hamburg next week but Pearce is giving serious thought to selecting Sterling for the European Championship qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Norway.

His form has already forced Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to revise his pre-season view that Sterling would benefit from being sent out on loan.

Rodgers said: 'I have seen a lot of development in him in a short time. He takes on a lot of the concepts and he is very good with instructions. Normally wingers want to do their own thing but, tactically, Raheem is improving every day.

'I am certain over the next few years he will develop into a very good footballer. We just have to make sure we keep the pressure off him. Those sorts of games (in the Europa League) are good for him. But he certainly won't be going on loan.'

Liverpool, meanwhile, are bracing themselves for bad news about midfielder Lucas Leiva, amid fears he is facing a lay-off that will run into months rather than weeks
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Bosso R10 Moyo For Chipolopolo Zesco

ZESCO United Football Club head coach Wedson Nyirenda has shown interest in Highlanders midfield maestro Peter "Rio" Moyo.

Nyirenda spotted the dreadlocked midfielder during the Warriors' 1-2 loss to Zambia three weeks ago.

Despite being on the field of play for only 15 minutes, Moyo's deft touches caught the eyes of many including supporters who were milling around the Warriors team bus after the match, demanding to shake hands with the pint-sized midfielder.

Moyo had come in as one of the three half-time substitutes together with Bruce Kangwa and Rahman Kutsanzira replacing Denver Mukamba, Danny Phiri and Khumbulani Banda respectively in the middle of the park, but only lasted 15 minutes as Rahman Gumbo had to pull him off after he complained of stomach pains.

Moyo however, was good enough to impress Nyirenda in that short time on the field of play.

"I saw the dreadlocked midfielder who did not last long on the field of play. I do not know what forced the coach to pull him off but I am convinced he is a good player," Nyirenda said.

"I am going to engage our good friend Kelvin Kaindu on his services because I have already got the nod from the company to go after him. We will be opening negotiations with Highlanders very soon".

Contacted for comment, Moyo said he was not aware of the Zambian club's interest.

"They have not contacted me concerning the issue." Moyo said. Highlanders' executive also professed ignorance over the subject.

"I have been with the coach (Kevin Kaindu) for the rest of the week but he has not told me anything yet. We have been meeting club executive members this week but nothing has been said concerning that issue," added Moyo.

If the deal materialises, Moyo will join another Zimbabwean, Zimiseleni Moyo, who also plays for Zesco United
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Barbatov to exit old trafford

Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov is reportedly on the brink of an exit as the Gazzetta Dello Sport claims that the club have reached an agreement with Fiorentina for a fee of 5 million Pounds.
The Bulgarian has long been an outcast at United and he could finally be on his way out, with only personal terms to be agreed upon, reportedly.
Meanwhile, despite Alex Ferguson's claims that United's spending spree is done for the summer, rumors continue to circulate about potential new signings.
The latest to be linked with the Red Devils is Saint Etienne youngster Kurt Zouma who, United fans will be happy to know, is a central defender.
United are facing a severe defensive crisis with Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all out injured. It is no surprise thus that they are linked with the French starlet, who the Sun claims is the subject of a 9 million Pound move from United.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus and QPR have also been linked with a move for the defender.
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»Carlos Tevez last night pledged his future to Manchester City.
»Luka Modric expects to seal his £33million moveto Real Madrid in the next 24 hours - triggering Tottenham moves for Willian and Moussa Dembele.
»Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is teeing up a shock swoop for Leicester's young centre-back Liam Moore.
»Everton and Aston Villa are chasing Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.
»Stoke pulled out of a deal for Tom Huddlestone -because Tottenham wanted a loan fee and a call-back clause.
»Joey Barton last night told QPR to finalise his loan move with Marseille.
»Roberto Mancini admits he faces a vital five days to bolster Manchester City's squad before the transfer deadline.
»Southampton are set to make a £5million swoop for Ajax left-back Nicolai Boilesen.
»Michael Owen insists he will be back in the Premier League this week after leaving Manchester United earlier in the summer.
»Roberto Mancini claims Manchester City's hopes for the season will be determined by the business they conduct in the final five days of the transfer window. Daniele De Rossi, Stevan Jovetic and JaviMartinez all interest the Italian.
»Swansea will step up their pursuit of Marvin Emnes this week and are confident of signing him for £5million.
»Manchester United striker Federico Macheda is wanted on loan by Turkish side Bursaspor.
»Wigan are weighing up a bid for Bolton winger Lee Chung-yong.
»Blackburn are making a £4million move for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert and have asked for Swansea's Luke Moore on loan.
»Carlos Tevez's 100th goal in English football rescued Manchester City - then he claimed he would be happy to sign a new deal.
»Swansea winger Scott Sinclair, 23, looks set to complete his move to Manchester City on Tuesday for a transfer fee believed to be £6.2m.
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Harare City Played mind games to log leaders Bosso had to pay to train at Rufaro

Hosts Harare City employed all the dirty tactics in
their arsenal on their opponents Bosso since Friday
when the current log leaders arrived in town.
Highlanders made a payment to the city council to
train at Rufaro after a Northern Region Division One
match but Bosso were denied access, with the authorities saying Harare City wanted to use the
venue for training. As it was not enough for Highlanders, upon arriving
at Rufaro on Saturday, they could not access the
stadium for close to 30 minutes until the gates were
open. And to top it all, Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu
was asked to produce his identity before he could be
allowed entry, a mystery to say the least. In the dressing room, they found white and black
cloths lying around, white powder strewn around
and Kaindu was left fuming at the amateurish mind
games the hosts were employing.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gumede apologies to Bosso

Ndumiso Gumede has admitted Zifa erroneously registered Castle Lager premier league pacesetter Highlander for CAF Confederation Cup and apologised on Spot FM. Gumede promised that Zifa will meet Caf leadership to have Bosso exonerated.

Bosso will only know whether they will participate on the continent in September after the CAF annual meetings of the Standing Committees and Executive Committee.

Highlanders were suspended by the continent's football governing body last year after failing to take part in the CAF Confederation Cup, which they had been entered by Zifa against the club's will.

The Standing Committees and Executive Committee meetings are scheduled to meet in Seychelles from 30 August to 10 September.

The CAF Extra-ordinary General Assembly is also scheduled to meet during the same time.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said they had written to CAF twice over the matter and he was confident the issue was going to be dealt with at the CAF meetings.

"Although we are yet to receive correspondence from CAF on the issue, I am sure the issue will be dealt with during the Seychelles meeting, where there will be various committees meeting on the sidelines. One of the committees is likely to tackle the issue," he said.

Bosso were suspended for three years by CAF after Zifa registered them as one of the country's representatives in last year's CAF club competitions despite the fact the club had written to the football mother body informing them they would not be able to embark on an African safari due to financial constraints.

CAF rules clearly state that any club that fails to fulfill fixtures gets an automatic      three-year suspension.

It is still not clear why Zifa went on to submit the club's name with other local teams when Highlanders had clearly stated they would not be able to afford the continental incursion.

Highlanders chairman Peter Dube said they had written to the PSL seeking to have the suspension lifted.

During the 2010 season Highlanders finished third on the log after Motor Action and Dynamos and they were eligible to participate in the CAF Confederations cup.

He said they were worried by the fact that they are serving a sentence for a crime they never committed and have resolved to petition the mother body through PSL to rectify the situation.

"We wrote to the PSL late last month and we are pursuing the issue because we do not believe we should be persecuted for something that we did not do.

"We feel hard done by Zifa who registered us when they had been notified we did not have the finances to participate," said Dube.

He said the club's hands are clean and the suspension should be revoked.

Last year, then Highlanders chairman, Themba Ndlela said as an executive they had resolved not to pursue the matter because they felt they were too deep in financial quagmire to be able to participate in any CAF competition within the three-year suspension period.
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Bosso City match summary


Bosso put up another solid show as they continued their unstoppable march to the coveted crown despite being held to a goaless draw by sturbbon Harare City at Rufaro stadium this afternoon. This ensured that we take our unbeaten run to 19games.
lt was a thrilling end to end match which could have gone either way had both sides taken their chances. City a day before had used unsporting tactics barring Bosso from using rufaro stadium for a feel of the match venue prior to the match, obviously they thought this would result in them being able to stop our unbeaten run but alas it never was.
The match started at a cracking pace as early as the third minute we forced a corner which we fluffed. City gained confidenced and started throwing attacks at us but our defence stood firm on few occasions they breached it they found a stumbling block in the form of Ariel Sibanda. It must b said our midfield of Rio and Mthulisi was on holiday today losing the ball unnecessary, we tried to open up city but at times we hurried our shots. On one such occasion Mthulisi fired wide then a good move involving Man of the moment Mambare who laid for Bheki who hadd an outstanding game the latter skied his effort. City hit back beating Eric cleanly and charged into the area only for lnno to intervene clearing for a corner which Ariel saved. First half ended goaless with city using high balls to bipass our mid and rough play.Second half saw us failing to add the killer punch to our marvel to watch passing game and city tried to hit us on the break since we were commiting more man forward one such effort of theirs was brilliantly saved by Ariel. We made substitions with Simon replacing and lmmediatly stabilised the mid and in his second touch his solo effort almost gave us the lead but the keeper saved. Mthulisi then made a blind pass which was intercepted by harare player and the counter that followed hit the woodwork with the keeper lost and everone holding their hearts. Bosso responded with a counter Mambare roasting his markers on the center and releasing Bheki who had made made a run but he was a shade too slow to connect, we trie everything but city refused to yeild and were always a danger on the counter as they pumped evry ball to dangerman Nguwodzawo and Kalongoda, Grazo was introduced late in the second half triadd urgency upfront winning several freekicks and cornerkicks which the keeper delt with, in the end we settled for a share of yhe spoils and stretched our unbeaten run to 1n games a new PSL record
Player ratings
Ariel Man of the match produced a save of the match to kip us in it, he is playing a game of his life and its not surprising if he displaces kapini as the new zim number 1 9/10
Bruce Tshuma plays with renewed cinfidence and has just made the rightback his own 8/10
Honest played well made forrays upfront 7/10
Captain lnno leading by example made atimely intervention in 1st half and shut iut the dangerous number 11 7/10
Erick ver steady and calm he shut out their number 21 7/10
Mthulisi he was simple on holiday never clicked though he tried long ranges we wondwed the whole match 5/10
Rio another pedestrian today he was duly taken off in the second half 5/10
Mambare exciting to watch with fancy footwork,contender the calender 7/10
Bheki outstanding the whole afternoon had a shot written goal all ova it denied by the keeper he was a victim of many crude tackles 8/10
Kangwa exciting to watch on the left he kept them busy with his trickery 7/10
Milton played well he is hardworking and a true fighter 7/10
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Log Standings After todays games

LOG STANDINGS after today's matches

P W D L F A Pts
1 BOSSO.....19 12 7 0 37 10 43
2 Monomotapa...19 11 3 5 27 21 36
2 Dynamos..........16 10 4 2 27 8 34
4 Shabanie ...........18 9 5 4 23 14 32
5 Buffaloes............19 9 5 5 18 13 32
6 Chicken Inn.......18 8 5 5 19 11 29
7 FC Platinum.....18 8 5 5 27 23 29
8 Hwange...........18 7 5 6 27 27 26
9 Motor Action...19 7 5 7 17 17 26
10 Harare City.......19 5 9 5 15 16 24
11 Black Mambas......19 6 3 10 16 27 21
12 Caps United..18 5 4 9 15 21 19
13 Gunners........ .19 5 3 11 17 22 18
14 Hardbody.....19 4 3 12 16 28 15
15 Blue Rangers..19 3 5 11 17 36 14
16 Quelaton....19 2 3 14 9 34 6
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Nuri Sahni on Speaking To Xabi Alonso

Nuri Sahin on speaking to Xabi Alonso:

''Yes, of course. A lot of times. Xabi is a person who really cares about football. He's in love with football. I'm the same, and that's why we had a lot of conversations. When I arrived at Real Madrid, we spoke about German football and Italian football. He likes football! When he heard Liverpool were interested in me, he started telling me about Liverpool. He is still in love with Liverpool Football Club, I think! It's crazy how he was telling me about Liverpool. He was saying, 'Go there, you will love it. The fans will take care of you and love you' and things like that. He said Anfield is the best stadium in the world. Xabi won a lot of trophies here, and hopefully we can do that too.''

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SAF on Macheda

SAF on Macheda: "He is so unlucky, I have complete belief in the boy. He could be an outstanding player. But he needs football. We put him on loan to Sampdoria last January. He was there for two weeks, they sacked the coach and he doesn't get a game. We put him on loan to QPR. Two weeks later they sack the coach and he doesn't get a game. That has been really unfortunate. He has been bothered with his ankle a little bit over the last few weeks, so we have done the right thing to get an operation and hopefully he will be ready for next season"
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