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Zim players battle it out in South Africa


Seven Zimbabwean soccer players will battle it out at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday in the semifinals of the annual Telkom Charity after Kaizer Chiefs were drawn against Mamelodi Sundowns.
The draw was conducted yesterday morning.
The match between Amakhosi and the Brazilians begins at 12 noon, while the first semi-final, between AmaZulu and Orlando Pirates kicks off proceedings at 10am.
In the voting, Downs finished with top honours with a registered 191 384 votes, followed by AmaZulu with 124 372 votes.
The last two spots in the one-day charity event were very closely contested between the three Soweto-based teams, but in the end Pirates and Chiefs scraped in with 113 989 and 113 086 votes respectively.
Sundowns, captained by Warriors holding midfielder Esrom Nyandoro added three players from former Zimbabwe champions Caps United.
Method Mwanjali, Nyasha Mushekwi and Lionel Mtizwa will get their first taste of South African football in the gold and blue colours of the Brazilians.
For Chiefs, Rookie of the Year Knowledge Musona and defenders Thomas Sweswe and Zhaimu Jambo will line up in the gold and black colours against their fellow countrymen.
Zimbabwean defender Zvenyika Makonese plays for Bucs.
The Ruud Krol-led side beat AmaZulu 1-0 in a friendly game in Johannesburg, but Saturday’s game could be totally different one as Usuthu also want to use the tournament to show their intention of winning some silverware this season.
Speaking to after the draw in Johannesburg, Modisane said they were ready for Usuthu on Saturday.
“We have been playing friendly games and preparations for the new season have been going well. The tournament is not only going to afford us the chance to win the trophy for a third time but also give us a platform for our supporters to see new players and what the club has in store for them this season.”
AmaZulu coach Manqoba Mngqithi has also promised to unleash a few new youngsters during the tournament.
“All our opponents in the tournament are regarded as bigger teams than us and so there is no point in choosing which one you want to play. All I can say is that the tournament will give us chance to see how far we have progressed and where we need to improve before the start of the league this month. I have a number of youngsters for Saturday’s match and my only wish is for them stay injury-free before the tournament.”
—Sports Editor/Kickoff

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