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TAPIBAW No 67 - Highlanders (Zimbabwe)
By way of a change this time, we'll avoid the potted history of this club and instead include an extract from their latest match report, written by an ever-so-slightly carried-away reporter:
CHAMPIONS Highlanders finished the season in style by winning their last Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the dreaded Maglas Stadium yesterday.
Shabanie had declared total war against the Bulawayo side but were dealt a major blow by the right boot of Mkhokheli Dube in the 35th minute.
Needing nothing short of victory to finish the league as runners-up Chinda Boys dreams were shattered when Richard Choruma dribbled past Steven Matsaira and sent a low cross that was met with deadly precision by Dube.
The win by Highlanders left Shabanie fans wondering the best possible way of beating Highlanders. In their six outings from the 2001 season Shabanie have failed to beat Highlanders who have been the league champions for the past four years.
Highlanders nearly took the lead in the 19th minute when they won a free-kick outside the box and gifted national team midfielder Johannes Ngodzo let go a screamer that saw Shabanie goalkeeper Andrew Chisunga diving full stretch to punch his effort for a corner
In the see-saw encounter, Bosso were denied a comfortable lead by Chisunga in the 71st minute. Choruma’s thunderous shot from Ngodzo’s cross was tipped over the bar by the Shabanie goalkeeper with Highlanders fans jerked from their seats.
The introduction of Francis Chandida and Tichaona Mazanhi by Shabanie coach Solomon Kaseke midway through the second half changed the compexion of the match.
The duo played their hearts out troubling the Highlanders defence that missed the rock steady Dazzy Kapenya reportedly to be ill but the damage had already been done.
Referee Kenny Marange also had a bad day in the office as his poor officiating killed the flow of the game.
PS - we can only mourn the loss of former league clubs "Black Horrors" and "Go Beer Rovers", but glorify in current Highlanders opponents "Amazulu", "Wankie" and "Buymore."
murky world of Sunday morning football comes under the spotlight this
time, in particular the Nottinghamshire Sunday Football League.
TAPIBAW No 69 - Montevideo Wanderers (Uruguay)
After decades of domestic
success, Wanderers made their bow in the ‘Libertadores de América’
Cup of 1974 alongside the cream of South America's club sides. And going
back to that centenary, a celebrational stamp was issued in 2002 featuring
a suitably-dressed wanderer - dig them socks.....
a proud wearer of the real black and white, former toon trainee and
Geordie boy Alan Pouton has had to make do with this frankly poor
effort at his current club Grimsby Town.