Messi Proves Too Much for Lyon as Barca Reach CL Quarters

Lionel Messi came up just short of matching Christiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick a day earlier but still scored twice and set up two more as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. After Ronaldo’s treble on Tuesday for Juventus sent Atletico Madrid packing in Turin, Messi delivered his own symphony at the Camp Nou, where Lyon were outplayed save for a very brief period in the second half when they threatened a comeback in this last-16 tie.  “Cristiano yesterday was impressive,” Messi said afterwards. “It was…

Zidane Returns To Bernabeu

Zinedine Zidane is set to make a sensational return as Real Madrid manager, according to reports in Spain. The Frenchman resigned at the Bernabeu at the end of last season following a third successive Champions League title. But the club has since struggled, with Julen Lopetegui fired after a disastrous start to the season and Santiago Solari unable to navigate Los Blancos past the last 16 in Europe, with Ajax handing them a humiliating exit. And Solari now looks set to be the second sacking of the season at the…

FC Platinum And Orlando Pirates Draw

FC PLATINUM…….(2)(2) ORLANDO PIRATE….(0)(2) ZIMBABWE’S representatives in the CAF Champions league FC Platinum finally rediscovered their goal scoring form as they played out to 2-2 draw against Orlando Pirates in a thrilling Group B tie played at Orlando stadium yesterday. Unlike their opponents, the Zimbabwean champions went into this encounter knowing they had no chance of making it into the quarter-finals of the competition but for them the clash was  a mission to restore lost pride. The miners dominated the early exchanges with their catchy and free-flowing football and with…

Chicken Inn Will Fly High: Antipas

DESPITE returning home winless from a four-team invitational tournament in Malawi, Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas (pictured) says he drew positives from the trip and believes the Gamecocks will be a force to reckon with in the 2019 season beginning at the end of the month. Chicken Inn begin their campaign with a home tie against ZPC Kariba and then travel to Harare for a game with Yadah. They have a big home tie in their third match where they face Dynamos in Bulawayo before an away game to Ngezi…

Platinum At An Advantage Against Pirates

FC Platinum will be looking to take advantage of a fatigued Orlando Pirates side hoping to collect their first set of maximum points in a Group B clash of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League tonight. The Zimbabwe champions have no chance of making it into the quarter-finals of the competition with just a single point from four matches, but their clash remains important, as they seek to restore lost pride. Norman Mapeza’s side is yet to score a goal at this stage of the competition and their…

Nyatanga Up Against Coventry

ZIMBABWE National Soccer Supporters Association president Charles Eddy Nyatanga has taken Sports minister Kirsty Coventry to court, alleging that she erred in appointing a Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) director-general and in denying Zimbabwe an opportunity to host the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament later this year. In his application filed at the High Court yesterday under case number 1650/19, Nyatanga is seeking to invalidate the appointment of SRC director-general Prince Mupazviriho, whose appointment Nyatanga said violated section 24 of the Sports and Recreation Commission Act (Chapter…

‘Nsukuzonke’ Turns 46, Remains Zims’ Hero

PETER NDLOVU, the greatest Warrior of all-time, turned 46 yesterday, in the very month when, exactly 15 years ago, he became the first captain to lead the national football team to victory at the Nations Cup finals. The country’s most celebrated in-field footballer, second only to Bruce Grobbelaar in terms of global appeal among the nation’s footballers, King Peter remains a celebrated figure in the game, 22 years after he waved goodbye to his time in the English Premiership. The footprints, which his magical left foot made on the football…

Why Musona Left Anderlecht”

Zimbabwe captain Knowledge Musona has revealed why he had to leave the Belgian side Anderlecht this January and join another club in the same league, KSC Lokeren. In mid-March, Knowledge Musona will lead out a Zimbabwe side which is one match away from reaching the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Zimbabwe just need to avoid defeat to Congo in their final qualification match in Group G in order to secure their place in Egypt in the summer. Knowledge Musona will, of course, be key to that. The 28-year-old is the most…

Highlanders Drop Madeya

HIGHLANDERS will be loaning out goalkeeper Nedrick Madeya after securing the services of former Bantu Rovers and Bulawayo City’s Wellington Muuya and ex-Mutare City Rovers’ Alfred Chiname. Madeya enjoyed a lot of game time in 2017, under coach Erol Akbay, who had dropped veteran shot stopper Ariel Sibanda. Coach Madinda Ndlovu retains his trust in Sibanda, who is in his 10th year in the Highlanders’ senior team. Ndlovu also gave Madeya an opportunity and he featured in some games last year. Club chief executive officer Nhlanhla Dube yesterday said there…

Caps’ New Signing Eyes More Goals

Caps United’s new signing Gabriel Nyoni has promised more goals this season as he targets the league title with the Green Machine. Nyoni opted to sign for Caps United after spurning a new contract with Highlanders, and has set himself a target of more goals after scoring six, while making eight assists at Bosso last term. The attacker is enjoying his return to Caps United, having been there as a junior and he is looking ahead to the new season with confidence that they can bring success. “Am happy to…