EDWARD Sadomba’s Al Ittihad Kalba and Pro League debut in the United Arab Emirates got off to a pretty horrible start on Saturday after he was sent off and his side went down 2-1 at home to Baniyas.
The Warriors man joined the well-sponsored league two weeks ago on a reported deal worth $400 000.
He was tasked with firing his relegation threatened side to safety – a duty the 29-year-old has publicly stated is capable of doing.
But Sadomba was given a straight red-card in the 83rd minute for stepping on Baniyas defender Amer Abdul Rahman.
Kalba, who are currently bottom of the 14-team log table with 7 points from 14 matches was already trailing 2-1 when the former Dynamos and Al Hilal midfielder committed the offence.
It was also a bad Pro League debut for Sadomba’s Warriors teammate Noel Kaseke whose Al Shaab side was beaten 1-0 away to Dubai on Sunday.
The dreadlocked defender who joined his new team last week, played the whole match.
Just like his fellow countryman, Kaseke received a booking on his debut although his was a yellow card.
Al Shaab are third from the bottom with the same points as Sadomba’s team.
It was not rosy either for Zimbabweans plying their trade in Europe. Bradley Pritchard’s Charlton Athletic was beaten 2-1 at home by Sheffield Wednesday with the Warriors midfielder, linked with a move to Fulham, Reading and Aston Villa playing the entire match.
Charlton are currently on 12th position on the log and still have good chances of promotion into the Barclays Premier League.
Onismor Bhasera’s Plymouth Argyle sunk into the relegation zone after a 0-0 draw at home to Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
Bhasera, reportedly the club’s highest paid player is linked with a move out of the club.
Argyle are on 23rd position on the 24-team log standings.
The Belgian League resumed this week, but just like his counterparts in Europe, there was nothing to celebrate for Ovidy Karuru. Karuru’s OH Leuven was beaten 2-0 away to Waasland Beveren with the Warriors midfielder playing for 79 minutes.
Vusa Nyoni’s RAEC Mons drew 0-0 with his former club Germinal Beerschot. Nyoni played the whole match.
Striker Knowledge Musona was still absent from the Augsburg line-up as they drew 0-0 with Schalke 04.
Musona is reportedly serving a suspension for ill-discipline after arriving at a club’s training session late in Turkey during the winter break.
On a more positive note, Romania-based striker Mike Temwanjira has recovered from an injury and has started training with his club FC Vaslui.
The former Caps United striker has been down for the past few months, an injury that ruled him out of the Warriors’ decisive Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Angola.
His club yesterday confirmed that the striker had started training ahead of the league restart in March. The league is currently on a winter break and Vaslui are sitting pretty on third position.