The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Mufakose Queens Beat Cyclone Queens

Mufakose Queens beat Cyclone Queens 3-0 in a local derby at Hellenics but the biggest winners were Flame Lily as the Marange Resources Women's Soccer National League championship continued to produce the thrills.

Flame Lily pumped 15 goals without reply against Faith Drive.

The Mutare side have become the league's whipping team as they also conceded 18 goals against Mufakose in the opening match.

However, it was a tough contest for Mufakose but they managed to subdue their Mbare rivals with early goals.

Mufakose Queens forward, Eunice Chibanda, scored the opener just 30 seconds after kick-off and completed her brace before the breather while Melody Musasa also weighed in with another goal in the first half.

It was never going to be easy for Cyclone Queens, facing a side with a lot of experienced players.

Cyclone have lost their veteran goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai and goal-getter Erina Jeke to Flame Lily.

Cyclone coach, Yohane Chikaola, said the void left by the Mighty Warriors duo has paralysed his team.

"We have lost some of our key players and in women's football it is not easy to quickly find replacements and it is a process but we hope that by next season we would have assembled a very good team again," said Chikaola.

Mufakose coach, Langton Giwa, said the match was balanced but their game plan worked.

"The match was 50-50 but we unsettled them with early goals and it was our game plan to get early goals and it worked.

"We are happy with the way our team is playing and we are treating all the teams in the league the same," said Giwa.

At Chikurubi, Mighty Warriors striker Jeke scored eight goals for her new club as Flame Lily ran riot and won 15-0 to register their first win.

Flame Lily's Sikhulekile Nyoni got a hattrick while Loveness Kwichu and Hope Mwendazviuya scored two goals apiece.

Flame Lily coach, Backlyfield, Chiwenga said his team was slowly getting into the groove.

"It was a good game and our first win but without dwelling much on this game, I think we are coming up with something.

"We wouldn't want to measure our performance with this last game as we played a relatively weak team.

"We just set the target of 15 goals and after scoring we were now just playing a passing game.

"Faith Drive have young players and I don't think they will scratch anything this season but have a team for the future", said Chiwenga.

It was also goals galore in Masvingo as Inline Academy thrashed the hosts Masvingo 9-0.

The Bulawayo side cruised to another victory with Mighty Warriors striker Rudo Neshamba scoring four goals while Judith Lunga grabbed a hat trick.

Sibonginkosi Nleya and Talent Mazetesa also weighed in with a goal each.

Inline Academy coach Shadreck Mlauzi said he was spoilt for choice in the strike force department where he has seven forwards.

"We were playing against an improved side compared to last year.

"We expected less resistance but it wasn't the case even though the result says otherwise.

"We are expecting to keep on improving but we have collected six points and scored 12 goals in two matches and this shows a lot of work was done during the off-season.

"I am spoilt for choice with seven strikers such as Precious Mpala, Samukelisiwe Zulu, Nyasha Maroti, Botswana international Bepeto(Bonang Otlhagile), Neshamba, Sibonginkosi and Tonderai Masango and l am still looking for perfect combinations," said Mlauzi.

Champions Black Rhinos also marched on when they beat Cosa Guruve 5-0 at 2 Brigade.

Skipper Kuda Basopo and Rutendo Makore contributed two goals each while new signing Violet Bepete also added a goal.

The army side's coach Thomas Chinyan'anya said they were forced to change their approach to beat a stubborn Guruve side.

"It was a tough match and we didn't expect them to be that strong.

"We had to change our game plan at half-time when we were leading 1-0 as we sensed trouble and their players were now showing signs of fatigue later in the game and we managed to score more goals," said Chinyan'anya.

New Orleans also registered their first win when they beat Chipembere Queens 2-0 with goals from Nokuthula Ndlovu and Caroline Ndlovu.

Results

Mufakose Queens 3, Cyclone Queens 0; Black Rhinos 5, Cosa Guruve 0; Flame Lily 15, Faith Drive 0; Masvingo 0, Inline Academy 9; New Orleans 2, Chipembere 0.

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