TWO people dominated Zimbabwe’s football landscape in the Caf Champions League this weekend.
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And no doubt the star man was Orlando Pirates striker Takesure Chinyama who netted four goals as the former African champions hammered Djamal of the Comoros Islands 5-0 on Saturday night.
It could have been seven — and five for the former Hwange Monomotapa and Dynamos hitman — for the Sea Robbers, but two goals were disallowed for offside.
Djabal suffered an early blow when goalkeeper Djabir El Hamid had to retire injured and outfield player Ahamada Ali took his place.
After Sifiso Myeni volleyed the Buccaneers into the lead on 25 minutes, burly Chinyama took over with one goal in the opening half and three after half-time, while his team struggled to spring an offside trap that caught them 17 times.
Djamal, who arrived with a packed technical team but one goalkeeper, were no match for the South Africans seeking their second continental trophy since a 1995 championship win.
Djamal does not have the capacity to overturn the deficit.
While Chinyama stole all the thunder, there was an important win for former Warriors coach Madinda Ndlovu as he led Botswana champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs to a deserved 1-0 win over Maxaquene in Maputo, Mozambique, on Saturday.
In league matches played over the weekend, Kaizer Chiefs returned to the top of the Absa Premiership with a 2-1 win over Free State Stars with Kingston Nkhatha playing 64 minutes of the match but failing to hit the target.
There was no place for Willard Katsande, Lincoln Zvasiya or Mathew Rusike in the Chiefs’ team.
Wilfred Mugeyi picked up his first win for Chippa United as coach after they dismantled Black Leopards 3-1 on Saturday.
Mamelodi Sundowns clinically dispatched Maritzburg 3-0 on Friday night with Nyasha Mushekwi scoring the third goal in a match where Esrom Nyandoro and Method Mwanjali featured.
Former Chapungu, Highlanders and Dynamos striker Cuthbert Malajila played the entire match while there was no place for Terrence Mandaza in the Maritzburg line-up.
AmaZulu beat Golden Arrows 1-0, but still remained at the bottom of the table.
Former Warriors goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini was in goals for Usuthu. Carlington Nyadombo also played.
Ramson Zhuwawo and Mkhokheli Dube did not take part in the match.
In Europe, it was all doom for Knowledge Musona. He was not even on the bench as Augsburg went down 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga.
Bradley Pritchard was on the losing end for Charlton Athletic despite playing the whole match in the English Championship as his team went down 1-0 to Hull City.
They are 15th on the log. Onisimor Bhasera’s Plymouth were downed 0-1 at home by Oxford.
Vusa Nyoni’s Mons went down 2-0 to Gent in the Belgian Jupiler League with the former AmaZulu player featuring for 88 minutes.