The Herald (Harare)

10 July 2012

Zimbabwe: Mufakose Queens' Sweet, Sweet 18

MUFAKOSE Queens began the season with a bang when they fired 18 goals past Hard Drive at Sakubva stadium as the ten-team Marange Resources national women's soccer league kicked off last weekend.

Mighty Warriors midfielder, Emmaculate Msipa, Nomsa Bizecki and Rutendo Madongorere scored four goals each.

Former Mighty Warriors defender, Melody Musasa, and Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri got two goals each as the Harare side ran riot.

By half-time Mufakose Queens had scored 10 goals but the hosts managed to get two face-savers later in the second half.

The game ended 18-2. Mufakose Queens' coach, Langton Giwa, praised his charges.

"If you are playing small teams there should be a big difference because our league is very competitive this year and at the end the season may be decided on goal difference.

"So when facing the small teams you have to win convincingly as other big teams may win by a bigger margin.

"Our team has a number of experienced players and was just too strong for our opponents, who had young players. They have young players and we will pursue three of the players for the Under-20 national team because they are good," said Giwa.

Defending champions Black Rhinos also began their campaign on a good note when they scored half-a-dozen goals against Chipembere Queens at Ascot.

The army side got their goals from skipper Kuda Basopo, who scored four goals, while Mighty Warriors striker Rutendo "Madzimai" Makore scored a brace.

However, Rhinos finished the match with 10 players after their new acquisition Rufaro Machingura was red carded for rough play.

Yesterday Rhinos Queens coach, Thomas Chinyan'anya, said his team has not yet gelled but will keep working as they prepare for a tough season. "It was a good match and I am happy that Chipembere have improved if you compare to last season. It shows that their coaches have been working hard.

"Only the referee spoiled the game and it's sad that these match officials fail to properly officiate matches where our players should learn important things such as time-wasting.

"We are not yet at our level as our players have been concentrating with the national team and now we will have to work out combinations and everything," said Chinyan'anya.

Bulawayo side, Inline Academy, also got the better of Flame Lily at Baham Green Sports Club when they beat the prison side 3-1.

Mighty Warriors' striker, Rudo Neshamba, Sibonginkosi Nleya and Viola Chingwe scored for the hosts. Flame Lily captain, Zvikomborero Musoso, scored the equaliser for the visitors in the first half before Inline turned on the heat in the second half and won the match.

Inline Academy coach, Shadreck Mlauzi, said despite beating the visiting Harare side, it was a very close call.

"It was really a tough match and it shows that the standard of our league would be tough this year as a lot is at stake.

"But at the end of the day, it is the smallest detail which won us the game," said Mlauzi.

Flame Lily coach, Backlyfield Chiwenga, said his team failed to utilise their chances and were punished.

Results

Faith Drive 2, Mufakose Queens 18; Cyclone Queens 2, New Orleans 0; Inline Academy 3, Flame Lily 1; Chipembere Queens 0, Black Rhinos 6; Cosa Guruve 1, Masvingo Queens 0.

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