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Shamva Mine in blistering start to the season

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Shamva Mine announced their return to the Ruyamuro Northern Region Soccer League with an emphatic 6-0 routing of Karoi United at Trojan Mine stadium on Sunday.

Shamva Mine exited the Ruyamuro Northern Region Soccer League after being relegated in 2017 but they returned with a bang putting on a vintage performance that gave their supporters belief that they might be in for bigger things this year.

Seasoned striker Nicholas Alifandika led from the front scoring two goals with the Zulu brothers Tafirenyika and Abraham weighing in with a goal each. Tafirenyika opened the floodgates just eight minutes into the match before William Gondo, Abraham, Alifandika and Tawanda Vambe also registered their names on to the score sheet.

Shamva Mine coach Ralph Kawondera was ecstatic after the big win.

“It’s a good start to the season. It gives confidence to the boys. This what we had planned for and we got it,” Kawondera said.

“I’m really happy for the boys because they applied all the aspects that we have been working on at training. This gives us confidence going into the next match.”

Last season’s runners up Herentals U20 emerged the winners in the headline match of the weekend beating hosts Golden Eagles 2-1 at Ellis Robbins. Golden Eagles who added former Highlanders and CAPS United coach Mark Mathe to their technical bench that is headed by Gilbert Mushangazhike started the match brightly and could have gotten the opener in the first five minutes but Herentals U20 wrestled control of the game and got their goals through a brace from Silas Azeti. Eagles got their consolation through an own goal from Herentals U20 player Prince Mapingure. Former Chicken Inn captain Moses Jackson who led now defunct Hardbody into the premiership in 2013, made his debut for Golden Eagles captaining the team playing in central defence along with another veteran Lincoln Zvasiya.

Herentals U20 coach Paul Benza believes the win is the tonic that they need going into the season.

“It is crucial in any tournament to start with a win, worse still in a league which is highly competitive like the Ruyamuro Northern Region Soccer League. Even a draw a draw was still a good result for us,” Benza said.

“We were up against a highly experienced team with a good technical bench as well. The game was tough as I anticipated.”

Richard Chunga started his reign as Chinhoyi Stars coach on a positive note with a 1-0 win over OMNIA. New signing Delroy Lingelelani signed from Cam & Motor got the winner. 2011 Coach of the Year Bigboy Mawiwi had a not so rosy return to the league as his Come Again fell short losing 1-0 away to debutants ZRP Harare at Morris Sports Club. Felix Chihweta scored seven minutes from full time to give the Nkosinathi Zhou coached ZRP Harare a winning start to the season.

Former champions Harare City marked their return to the league with a 2-1 away to Concession United at Trojan Mine stadium. Seasoned striker Tawanda ‘Finger’ Nyamandwe and Alois Gwanzura got the goals for the Joseph ‘Shabba’Takaringofa coached Harare City. Debutants MWOS snatched a point in their first match in the goalless draw away to Chegutu Pirates at Pfupajena stadium. Keith William scored the only goal of the match match as Trojan Stars edged Commando Bullets 1-0 in a tightly contested match at Trojan Mine stadium.
Black Mambas were also held to a goalless draw by Banket United. Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 had started the ball rolling on Friday with a 3-1 win over PAM FC at Baobab stadium. Enterprising Tinashe Mabvudzi netted a brace with Gerald Bhoko adding the third. Jairos Kasondo grabbed to face saver for PAM FC- NRSL Times

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