Zimbabwe international football players met with mixed fortunes in the Absa Premiership in South Africa on Wednesday night with only Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs recording good wins.
Sundowns beat Jomo Cosmos 2-0 with Katlego Mphela and Elias Pelembe on target, but out of a contingent of four players, the Brazilians only used skipper Method Mwanjali.
Striker Nyasha Mushekwi came in as a substitute for Mphela in the 75th minute while Esrom Nyandoro and Simba Sithole did not feature.
Midfielder Lionel Mtizwa is set to be de-registered after suffering an injury.
Chiefs beat Moroka Swallows 2-0, featuring only Tinashe Nengomasha, while Thomas Sweswe, Zhaimu Jambo and new signings, Willard Katsande and Lincoln Zvasiya, did not make appearances. Sweswe was sidelined with flu.
Swallows, on the other hand, used former Caps United players-Gilbert Mapemba and Oscar Machapa in a losing cause.
Swallows coach Gordon Igesund said Chiefs deserved their 2-0 victory.
Igesund was confident going into the match, but Amakhosi shocked his side with goals from Lehlohonolo Majoro and Josta Dladla.
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“I played the normal 4-4-2, but the plan was taking the game to them – my players gave Chiefs too much respect, especially in the first half. We gave the ball away easily.
“It is always great to play Kaizer Chiefs, but we did not come to the party. There were lessons learnt in this game and we need to be tougher. All-in-all, Chiefs deserved their victory.”
Warriors star Khama Billiat took the flak for being wasteful after Ajax Cape Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Maritzburg United. Fellow Warriors Tafadzwa Rusike played 79 minutes of the game.
Former Warriors goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro had a successful night for Bidvest Wits after Sifiso Myeni scored the only goal in the team’s 1-0 win over Engen Santos.
Current Warriors number one Tapuwa Kapini was beaten deep in injury time by Aleni Lebyane as AmaZulu lost 1-0 to Free State Stars.
Kapini is the new captain of the club and had thwarted numerous raids from Stars, until injury time when Lebyane headed home Noah Chivuta’s free-kick in the 94th minute.