IT was such a good weekend for Takesure Chinyama after he received his second gold medal of the season with his South African Premiership football club Platinum Stars after their Telkom Knockout triumph, despite the former Dynamos player not contributing much to that achievement.
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Dikwena beat Orlando Pirates 2-1 on Saturday to win the TKO, with Chinyama taking no part in the match.
Earlier in the season, Stars beat the same opposition to win the MTN after a penalty shoot-out with Chinyama playing the last 20 minutes of that match which had spilled into extra time.
Chinyama has seen very little game time this season since his move from Orlando Pirates last season, having played just 38 minutes of the team’s 12 league games this season.
His coach Allan Freese last week came out in the open and told the former Dynamos striker that he has to work extra hard if he will make it into his team’s line-up.
There was also good news coming from South Africa over the weekend over the weekend with midfielder Khama Billiat returning to training for his club Sundowns after recovering from a minor injury. Billiat missed Sundowns’ last week 1-0 league loss to Mpumalanga Black Aces due to the injury and had scans taken on him over the weekend. His club yesterday announced on their official website that the player’s medical report is showing no indication of serious damage.
The speedy merchant started training with the rest of the squad on Sunday and had been certified to play against Kaizer Chiefs today.
It’s also smooth sailing for Costa Nhamoinesu in Europe. The left back has featured in all the 16 league games for his club Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic’s Liga this season, where they have not lost a single match. The team is top of the log with 42 points, four clear of second-placed Viktoria Plzen.
The 27-year-old has been selected into the league’s 2013 Team of the Year, in addition to being nominated on a three member list for November Player of the Month whose winner would be announced today.
In Sweden, Archford Gutu’s Kalmar missed out in a place in European football next season after the club finished the season on fourth place.
Kalmar who participated in the Europa League last season, finished this term on 52 points, two below the Europa cut-off point.
Moving to Belgium, it is now clear that Ovidy Karuru will not be staying at OH Leuven. It appears the Warriors midfielder is paying the price of a reported training ground burst up with his coach Ronny Van Geneugden. Karuru has only featured once in 20 matches for his club this season. His only appearance was in a Cup competition in September when he played the whole match in a 2-0 win over a second tie division team Vise’. The player has also made it public that he wants to move away, with Nyasha Mushekwi’s KV Oostende, a potential suitor.
Talking about Mushekwi, he was a second half substitute for his club when they won 2-0 at home to Cercle Brugge, the three points that helped them to move out of the relegation zone to position 11th on the 16 team table.
Still in Belgium, Warriors left-back Vusa Nyoni is also not seeing much game time for his club Mons. While he has played in 10 of the 18 matches for his club this season, but the appearances have been cameo.
Nyoni has played just 20 minutes in Mons’ last three matches, including an 84th minute substitute appearance the Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Zulte Waregem. Mons are bottom of the Pro League with seven points.