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Bosso win #VisitZimbabwe curtain raiser

Highlanders coach Madinda Ndlovu receives his winners’ medal from Tourism and Hospitality minister Prisca Mupfumira Ricky Zililo in HarareDynamos 1-1 Highlanders(Highlanders won 3-2 after penalty shootouts) HIGHLANDERS’ coach Madinda Ndlovu emerged from yesterday’s #VisitZimbabwe curtain raiser to the World Class Legends and Zimbabwe Legends match at the National Sports Stadium happy with the performance of the Bosso development squad. Highlanders fielded a side dominated by players from their development team, Bosso 90, who compete in the Southern Region Division One League. The young Bosso lads held their own against a Dynamos first team, with Ray Lunga, a fringe Highlanders’ first team player, giving Bosso the lead in the 32nd minute. DeMbare equalised through Valentine Kadonzvo in the ...

Zambrotta impressed by Zimbabwe

Gianluca Zambrotta (standing second from right) travelled with World Class Legends to Zimbabwe’s top tourist destinations Eddie Chikamhi, Harare BureauITALY’S World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta says he has been charmed by Zimbabwe after his World Class Legends rounded off their tour of the country with a 5-2 win over the local legends at the National Sports Stadium yesterday. Zambrotta, one of the many former stars in the visiting team’s line-up, said he was excited being in the country and pledged to tour Zimbabwe again. The organisers last night hosted a dinner for the tourists. The legends had a chance to visit some holiday resorts, including Victoria Falls, during their week’s stay in Zimbabwe.Zambrotta, who played for big European clubs like Juventus, Barcelona and AC Milan, yesterda...

Zimbabwe men’s future tours programme 2018-2023 released

THE International Cricket Council, on behalf of its Members, today released the men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2018-2023. The FTP provides clarity and certainty around all bilateral international fixtures and incorporates all three formats of the game.The result of a significant collective effort from the Members, with the support of the ICC, the FTP focuses on bringing more context to bilateral cricket. A World Test Championship has been created along with a 13-team men’s ODI league that will act as a qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Nine top-ranked sides will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from July 15, 2019, to April 30, 2021. The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis ag...

African misery grows…Egypt join Morocco in SWC exit

Suerez of Uruguay Cape Town — Uruguay booked their place in the World Cup knockout stage along with Russia yesterday, as Luis Suarez scored the winner on his 100th international appearance in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don. The South Americans take on the hosts in their final Group A match on June 25 with top spot on the line, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated after both suffered back-to-back defeats. Russia and Uruguay will face one of the top two from Group B in the last 16 – either Portugal, Spain or Iran. Earlier in the day, Portugal were too strong for Morocco as a record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo goal ended their World Cup campaign. The 31-year-old Suarez, whose previous two World Cups both ended in bans after his infamous 2010 handball against Ghan...

Jere takes over as PSL chairman

Farai Jere Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports ReporterCAPS United president Farai Jere will be confirmed as the new Premier Soccer League chairman on July 14 as he was the only candidate who had submitted papers for the position by close of the nomination process last Friday. The Makepekepe boss will take over from former Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa, who had been holding fort in his capacity as PSL Emergency committee chairperson following the suspension of the league’s former chairman Peter Dube. “The Zifa electoral committee convened on the 19th of June following the close of nominations for beach soccer, futsal, Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League (ZWSL) and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Friday 15 June 2018. In a statement the electoral committee chaired by Vusisizwe Vuma said the incumb...

Russia 2018: Group C preview

Denmark v Australia (14.00)The consensus going into this vital Group C contest is that Denmark are the favourites, but not overwhelmingly so. Everything points to a highly competitive match-up between nations with respectable Fifa World Cup™ traditions, desperate to write new and successful chapters in their world finals history books. The onus is on Australia as they need to put points on the table after being edged by France 2-1 in their opening match, while Denmark will be motivated by the knowledge that three points could mean a spot in the knockout stage. The Danes also have the  possibility of winning successive matches for just the second time in their World Cup history. There are a couple of moments in history that will make for pleasant reading for Socceroos fans. Australia coach ...

Bosso development side to face Dynamos

Nhlanhla Dube Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports ReporterHIGHLANDERS will take a development side to face Dynamos in today’s curtain-raiser to the exhibition match between World Class Legends and their Zimbabwean counterparts at the National Sports Stadium. Bosso and Dynamos were invited by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) to be part of the exhibition match, which is part of the authority’s drive to market the country as a tourist and investment destination of choice, in line with the government’s “Zimbabwe is open for business” campaign. Nhlanhla Dube, the Highlanders’ chief executive officer, said the invitational competition came at the right time when the Premiership is on a mid-season break and presents fringe players an opportunity to get game time. “This game has everything to do with ...

Chicken Inn left-back to try luck in SA

Chicken Inn’s Divine Lunga beats his marker David Temwanjira of Shabanie Mine in a match played at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo in this file picture Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports ReporterWARRIORS and Chicken Inn left-back Divine Lunga is expected to jet out of the country for a medical, as he closes in on a move to an unnamed South African Premiership side. Three Absa Premiership sides Kaizer Chiefs, Durban-based Golden Arrows and newly promoted Black Leopards have reportedly made inquiries about the availability of Lunga. South Africa’s Soccer Laduma reported that Chiefs were impressed by Lunga during the 2018 Cosafa Cup which Zimbabwe won in Polokwane a fortnight ago. The defender featured in all the Warriors’ three games, helping the national team clinch the title for a record sixth time. C...

Bulawayo Chiefs fall short of target

Garthly Chipuka Innocent Kurira, Sports ReporterBULAWAYO Chiefs coach Garthly Chipuka says his side failed to reach its set target for the first half of the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership season and will be hoping for a turn in fortunes when the league resumes in a fortnight’s time. Chipuka said they had set themselves a minimum target of 20 points from 17 games, but they could only manage 18 points. A victory over ZPC Kariba this past weekend would have seen the Premiership debutants reaching their set target, but they were humbled 2-0. Chiefs made a bright start to the season and were in the top eight for nine games, but fizzled out as the demands of topflight football took a toll. The new boys, however, managed to develop a nice reputation for themselves as the league’s giant killers aft...

Highlanders board member quits

Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports ReporterRETIRED Colonel Thomas Ngwenya has tendered his resignation from the Highlanders’ board of directors. The 83-year-old former Zimbabwe National Army officer tendered his letter of resignation last week, although sources said he inserted some conditions before he could take a rest. “It’s true that Ngwenya tendered his letter of resignation, but the process is not yet complete as we have to hold a joint meeting with the executive,” said Highlanders board of directors secretary and spokesperson Matthew Sibindi. He confirmed that there were some conditions Ngwenya put in his letter, but would not divulge them to Chronicle Sport. “There are condition which he set, but I cannot announce them, maybe when the right time comes,” said Sibindi. Sources, however, ...

Tambwera still believes in Sables’ success

Lenience Tambwera Petros Kausiyo, Harare BureauZIMBABWE flyhalf Lenience Tambwera believes the Sables next Rugby Africa Cup assignment away to Kenya will be a huge test of their character to bounce back and keep the destiny of their 2019 World Cup hopes in their hands. The Sables were held to a surprise 23-23 draw by Morocco at the Machinery Exchange Rugby Stadium at Harare Sports Club on Saturday. There might be a two-week break for Peter de Villiers’ men to re-group and re-organise but the Sables know fully well that in such a high-stakes game, it is a short period. Zimbabwe are looking to end 27 years of waiting to secure a place at the World Cup showcase, set for Japan next year. As De Villiers’ men regrouped in Harare yesterday Tambwera, who contributed 13 of the Sables points against...

Zigara to be buried today

The late Lovemore Zigara Mukudzei Chingwere, Midlands BureauTHE late Zimpapers correspondent, Lovemore Zigara, is set be laid to rest this afternoon at Mutasa Cemetery in Gweru. Zigara, who was 36, is survived by wife Michelle and two sons. The Gweru-based journalist was pronounced dead on arrival at Kwekwe General Hospital after he was involved in a head-on collision on his way to Kwekwe from Gweru on Saturday. His brother Gift confirmed burial arrangements. “He will be buried tomorrow (today) at Mutasa cemetery.” “As a family we are very saddened by such kind of a sudden death, it is unfortunate my brother died at a very young age. “We were looking up to him as a family and taking him away from us is a very difficult situation for us as a family,” said Zigara. Meanwhile, former Premiersh...