The Herald (Harare)

25 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Mukamba Plays First Match

FORMER Dynamos playmaker Denver Mukamba finally made his debut in the South African Premiership when he came from the bench as his new side BidVest Wits were defeated 3-0 by Kaizer Chiefs in a Nedbank Cup match on Saturday. Mukamba, who is also the national team captain in the new-look Warriors squad assembled by German coach Klaus Dieter-Pagels, joined the South African Premiership side Wits during the mid-season and made his first appearance in a competitive match at the weekend.

He came in from the bench to replace winger Bangolwethu Jiyaya in the 58th minute at Mbombela Stadium.

Considering that it was his first game, Mutuma played well and will fancy his chances of retaining a place in the team during the next match.

Siboniso Gaxa put Chiefs ahead in the 35th minute when he beat Wits goalkeeper Ryan Harrison and Amakhosi doubled the lead in the 49th minute when Morgan Gould connected a cross by Spiwe Tshabalala. Then Mukamba made his long-waited entry in the second half but it was Chiefs who increased the lead through Mandla Masango to give Mukamba a rude welcome into the South African Premiership. Mukamba joined Bidvest Wits during the South African season's mid-season and could not play in the three league matches after the break.

The lanky midfielder could only watch from the terraces as Wits beat Black Leopards 1-0 in a league match and he was also excluded from the team that lost 3-0 to Roderick Mutuma's Bloemfontein Celtic.

Mutuma is yet to play a match since moving from Dynamos.

Again Mukamba was excluded by coach Clive Barker as the Clever Boys beat Wilfred Mugeyi's Chippa United 2-1 in a league match last Thursday but his chance came on Saturday. Veteran midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha and defender Thomas Sweswe featured for Wits against their former side Chiefs. Chiefs could have won by a bigger margin but has Zimbabwe international Kingstone Nkhata missing several chances. Willard Katsande played for Chiefs before he was pulled out midway in the second half, just a few minutes before his fellow Zimbabwean Matthew Rusike was also rested.

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