Madinda at the summit

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MADINDA Ndlovu is back in the hunt in the Botswana beMobile Premier League after leading his side Township Rollers to a 2-1 victory over BDFX1 and assuming top spot on Friday night.

Wellington Toni

The former Highlanders and Warriors coach is chasing a third straight league title after winning the last two with Mochudi Centre Chiefs.  Rollers have 41 points, the same as BDF while Gaborone United and Chiefs have 39 and 35 points respectively.

GU and Chiefs drew 1-1 on Sunday.

Until last week, BDF were firmly in charge of the proceedings in Botswana, but were docked six points by the PSL Disciplinary Committee for taking football matters to court. And before they could even recover, Rollers pounced on them.

In Belgium, Nyasha Mushekwi fired blanks as KV Oostende lost 2-0 to Standard Liege while Vusa Nyoni was on the bench the entire match as Mons went down 4-1 to Beveren in the Jupiler League and remain in danger of relegation.

KV are 12th on the log with 22 points from 22 matches while Mons anchor the standings.

There is still no place for Zimbabwean goalkeeper Tando
Velaphi in the Melbourne Hearts team in the Australian top flight. Heart beat Newcastle Jets 3-1 on Saturday.

It was Heart’s first win of the season from 15 matches, but it still left them rooted at the bottom with just eight points. They have lost nine times and drew five matches, leaving them with a Herculean task of surviving relegation.

Meanwhile, Stuart Baxter, the Kaizer Chiefs coach has said he is not impressed with the level of football at the ongoing African Nations Championships (Chan) finals where South Africa was knocked out on Sunday after they lost 3-1 to Nigeria.

Zimbabwean players have been angling for moves to South African clubs after the Chan finals, but have put up two pathetic performances in the goalless draws against Uganda and Morocco. With that kind of performances, they are no longer marketable.

The likes of Peter Rio Moyo, Milton Ncube, Simba Nhivi Sithole, George Chigova, Munyaradzi Diya and Kuda Mahachi are more interested in attracting South African clubs than looking at the bigger picture that might eventually land them in Europe.

Fine, South Africa can be a stepping stone, but haven’t we seen the likes of Sithole, Oscar Machapa and Tafadzwa Rusike returning home?
Still in South Africa, all but one Zimbabwean at Kaizer Chiefs has been included for their 2014 Caf Champions League campaign which starts against Black Africa of Namibia in the second week of February.

Strikers Knowledge Musona and Kingstone Nkatha lead the cast together with Mathew Rusike while Willard Katsande, who recently signed a three-year deal at Amakhosi, is also part of the list. Missing is left back Jimmy Jambo, who is still recovering from injury.

Jambo’s place is also threatened by the presence of Tsepo Masilela in the team.  Musona, who is on loan from German side Hoffeinheim, is making his debut in the competition together with Nkhatha and Rusike. Katsande has featured before for Gunners.

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  1. chii chakashata kuenda kuSouth Africa? amai ndoenda kuJoburg kani kune mari yepaper! they will def earn much more than the peanuts at zim teams. thats for sure.

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