AS the 2014 Caf Champions League took centre stage at the weekend, Zimbabwe international Edward Sadomba notched a double as Al Ahly Benghazi thumped Foulah Edifice of Chad 4-0 on Saturday.
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The second leg will be played between 14-16 February, with the winner playing the victor between Ghana’s Berekum Chelsea and South Sudan’s Atlabara.
Sadomba struck the opening goal in the 26th minute of the match and completed his double three minutes from time. The other goals came from Al Amaami in the 55th minute via the penalty spot and Al Mehdi in the 71st minute.
He was not the only Zimbabwean scoring twice as Kaizer Chiefs striker Kingston Nkhatha also managed the same feat in the 3-0 win over Black Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday — marking a start of a journey that might eventually lead to a clash against Zimbabwe champions Dynamos, who beat Mochudi Centre Chiefs of Botswana 3-0 on Sunday.
Nkhatha has refused to get carried away by that double, telling the club’s official website: “I thank my teammates for the supply of balls to allow me to score the goals. I just scored the goals so did Mandla (Masango), but the win belongs to the club. Our focus has to switch quickly to the next game away against Maritzburg United on Tuesday night (tonight) in the South African Premier League (PSL).”
Still in South Africa, but in the South African PSL, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Cuthbert Malajila played just 21 minutes in the 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates, while Khama Billiat was on the pitch for 89 minutes. Billiat missed a number of chances, but his coach Pitso Mosimane has defended him.
“You must understand that Khama comes from Ajax. He comes from a situation where he was never tried and tested, so now he comes to Mamelodi Sundowns – a team that is very ambitious, where there is a lot of pressure and stress.
“With his technique, everybody expects more from him. I’m happy he scored last week against Golden Arrows, but it is okay that he didn’t score against Pirates. He can be better, because he puts himself in so many goalscoring opportunities.
“But he is not yet ready to be scoring every week. He’s only been at Sundowns for six months, but he’s got big potential. You must see him at training; he does amazing things, but we must give him time,” Mosimane told Kick Off yesterday.
Rodreck Mutuma did not feature in Bloemfontein Celtic’s 2-0 win over Washington Arubi’s AmaTuks while there was no Takesure Chinyama in the Platinum Stars’ 1-0 win over Free State Stars.
Gilbert Mapemba was finally back in the Moroka Swallows team that drew 0-0 with AmaZulu after a long injury lay off. Carlington Nyadombo starred for AmaZulu while goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini suffered a head injury last week and is on the mend.
In Australia, Tando Velaphi, the Zimbabwean goalkeeper made the final 18, but did not play as Melbourne Heart beat Perth Glory 2-1.
In Belgium, Vusa Nyoni’s Mons is headed for the second division, if they survive the play offs. From 25 matches, they have won just three, drawn four and lost 18 to anchor the bottom with 13 points. This weekend, they were routed 5-1 at home by Lierse.