Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Zim Foreign Based

FORMER Highlanders star player Honour Gombami is yet to find his feet at his new Belgian Second Division side, Antwerp after featuring for only 45 minutes this season with seven games played so far.

Gombami joined the second tier side, who are yet to lose, this season after being loaned out by top league outfit Cercle Brugge following a horrific injury in 2009. He has taken long to recover. He nevertheless failed to command a regular place in the team as he made a slow but steady recovery.

Over the weekend, Gombami watched action from the terraces as Antwerp cruised to a 2-0 win over Brussels.

While Gombami was celebrating with teammates at the end of the match, fellow countryman in Belgium and former teammate at Highlanders, Vusa Nyoni was counting his team's chances following Germinal Beerschot's 0-1 loss to Mons in the top Jupiler League.

Nyoni, a crucial member of the Rahman Gumbo's Warriors who are close to making their third appearance at the Nations Cup finals, has been in top form for both his club and country. In Germany, Knowledge Musona was a 60th minute substitution for Milan Petrzelo as his Bundesliga side Augsburg held his former paymasters, Hoffenheim to a nil all draw.

Musona, seen by some sections of the media as the best thing to happen for the Warriors has featured three times for the bottom placed Germany outfit, playing 203 minutes out of a possible 540 minutes and his team has collected just two points from a possible 18.

Another player enjoying an early season is Warriors defender, Onisimor Bhasera who turns out for Plymouth Argyle in the England Npower League Two side.

Nicknamed "Baz" by the club's supporters, Bhasera has played every single game for his side this season and a post on the club's website yesterday about his national team call-up showed how important the player is valued at the club.

"Bhasera has been called up to represent Zimbabwe in the second leg of their African Cup of Nations qualifier with Angola on 14 October.

As a result, Baz will not be available for our Johnstone's Paint Trophy match with Aldershot on, 8 October, or our Npower League Two trip to Barnet on 13 October," said the club on their official website.

In the Ekstraklasa League in Poland, it was the clash of Zimbabweans as Legia Warszawa, home to Dickson Choto held Costa Nhamoinesu's Zaglebie Lubin to a 2-2 draw. Choto though set it out on the bench while the former AmaZulu strongman, Nhamoinesu had another 90 minutes of play.

He is part of the Asiagate list having taken part in six of the games.

In Cyprus, Warriors' rightback Noel Kaseke who made a surprise move to the less glamorous side Alki Larnaca from top side Omonia Nicosia was part of the squad that lost  3-0 to Anorthosis.
Alki are yet to taste a win since the Cypriot 2012/13 season started four weeks ago.

In Russia, Terek Grozny, home to former Amavevane and Motor Action player Musa Mguni, fell 1-2 to Kubon Krasnodar. The gangly Mguni is still nursing an injury which he picked up while on duty with the Warriors in the Nations Cup qualifier against Burundi early this year.

It has been a terrible start to the season for Warriors defender Esrom Nyandoro whose South African Absa outfit and one of the giants in the Southern Region, Mamelodi Sundowns recorded their fifth loss on the trot, falling 0-2 to former Caps United defender Gilbert Mapemba's Morroka Swallows.

Another crucial Warriors player Khama Billiat was again on the receiving end as Ajax Cape Town were handed a 1-5 hiding by Washington Arubi and Lionel M'tizwa's University of Pretoria.

It was Ajax's fourth loss of the season, and fans chanted "You must go!" to coach Maarten Stekelenburg.
Warriors' captain, Tapuwa Kapini was again not part of the team as AmaZulu went down 1-2 to Platinum Stars with Stars' other goal coming courtesy of a Carlington Nyadombo's 45- minute own goal.

Former Highlanders striker Mkhokheli Dube was part of the starting line-up for AmaZulu before making way for Goodman Dlamini deep in the second half.

It is however the absence of Kapini that might worry Warriors coach Gumbo ahead of the crucial Nations Cup qualifier against Angola next week. He has been out for sometime now due to injury which seemed to have been aggravated in the 3-1 win over Angola.

His understudy, Highlanders' Ariel Sibanda will now be Gumbo's almost certain first choice.

Still in South Africa, giants Kaizer Chiefs opened a four-point lead at the top of the standings with a 2-0 win over debutants, Chippa United to continue with their unbeaten start to the season. Amakhosi are home to Zhaimu Jambo, Willard Katsande, Kingstone Nkhata and Lloyd Zvasiya. Save for Zvasiya, all the Zimbabwean players were part of the starting side with Zvasiya warming the bench.

Big Takesure Chinyama, who scored an injury-time stunner in the 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town last Tuesday, was not even on the bench on Sunday as Orlando Pirates fell by a solitary goal to Bloemfontein Celtic, once home to Richard Choruma, Japhet M'parutsa and George Nechironga.
By Sbue
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