Mixed fortunes for Zimbabweans abroad

Warriors and Mamelodi Sundowns veteran midfielder Esrom Nyandoro is surprised by his team’s lack of a killer instinct in front of goal after yet another loss to Moroka Swallows over the weekend.

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Sundowns, easily the richest football club in South Africa, have not won in five matches and are in the relegation zone in the Absa Premiership.

“We can’t seem to score, I don’t know why,” said the Zimbabwean midfielder. “We obviously conceded two early goals, and tried to come back, but we just can’t score.

“We have been working hard on it at training. It’s tough luck to us, but credit to Swallows, they played their part. We just have to go back to the drawing board,” he told Soccer Laduma after the loss.

Nyandoro, who played the full game, was expected in Harare yesterday to join the Warriors as they start preparations for the blood-and-thunder Afcon 2013 second leg qualifier against Angola on October 14 in Luanda.

Teammate Nyasha Mushekwi came off the bench to no avail while Method Mwanjali did not play.

He was not the only Warriors player on the losing end as right-back Noel Kaseke saw his Cyprus First Division side Alki being hammered 3-0 by Anorthosis to remain without a win in four attempts.

Midfielder Vusa Nyoni was also on the losing end in Belgium as Germinal Beerschot went down 1-0 to Mons. They are seventh on the log with 13 points from nine matches. He played the entire match.

Quincy Antipas, who plays for Brondby, failed to make the final 18 as his side lost 3-2 to Randers.

Leftback Onisimor Bhasera passed a late fitness test for English League Two side Plymouth and featured in a 1-1 home draw against Southend United. They are 16th on the log and, honestly, Bhasera does not deserve to be playing in the lower leagues.

Top striker Knowledge Musona, recently down with an injury, returned to action as a second half substitute for German Bundesliga side Augsburg, but could not score against his former team Hoffeinheim as the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Back in South Africa, Carlington Nyadombo scored an own goal in AmaZulu’s 2-1 loss to Platinum Stars while Abbas Amidu, a second half substitute, saw his side Black Leopards draw 0-0 against Golden Arrows.

Khama Billiat, the man of the match in the 3-1 beating of Angola in the first leg, created Ajax Cape Town’s only goal in the 31st minute as Pretoria University ran riot winning 5-1. Tuks had goalkeeper Washington Arubi and anchorman Lionel Mtizwa in action.

Bidvest Wits missed Tinashe Nengomasha in their 1-0 win over Cuthbert Malajila’s Maritzburg United. Thomas Sweswe returned to action for the Students. Takesure Chinyama was missing in action for Orlando Pirates as they went down 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic in front of 38 000 fans on Sunday afternoon.

Kaizer Chiefs featured Jimmy Jambo, Willard Katsande and Kingston Nkhatha in beating Chippa United 2-0 to retain top spot in the Absa Premiership. In Botswana, Arnold Chaka’s Mochudi Centre Chiefs, coached by former Warriors coach Madinda Ndlovu, ran riot humiliating BR Highlanders 9-1.

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