Zimbabwe Warriors in Camp against Liberia

first_imgAriel Sibanda of Zimbabwe WarriorsThe first batch of players of the Zimbabwe national soccer team, Warriors trooped to camp Tuesday night (May 30) at the Yadah Hotel exclusive VVIP Suites in the Waterfalls area of Harare.The team begins preparations for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia at the National Sports Stadium on June 11.The Caps United duo of inform midfielder Ronald ‘Rooney’ Chitiyo, who made the Caf Champions League Team of the Week for the second round group matches after a starring role for the Green Machines against Algerian side USM Alger, was part of the group that went to camp.His teammate, defensive midfielder Devon Chafa, FC Platinum goalkeeper Petros Mhari and Ngezi Platinum wingback Qadr Amini and central defender Partson Jaure were also part of the group.Caps United defender Dennis Dauda, who needs treatment after suffering injury in that match against USM Alger, also checked in.Zifa President Philip Chiyangwa had earlier spent the better part of Tuesday inspecting the suits, where the Warriors will stay during their camp, having a taste of the food that they will consume and also looking at the state of the pitch which has been offered for some of the team’s training sessions.The Zifa boss spent virtually all his working day—from morning to late afternoon—in the company of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya who provided the accommodation, food and training around to the Warriors free of charge.“Everything has gone according to plan today (yesterday) and the Zifa President took a leadership role in all this, he was here from first thing in the morning and right until around 4pm, in the company of Prophet Walter Magaya, inspecting the accommodation facilities, the dinning places and the training ground,” Warriors acting team manager Wellington Mpandare said.“The Zifa boss was impressed with the state of the VVIP suits where the boys will be staying for their camp and he was also happy that the secluded environment provides the perfect place for the players to camp and concentrate on preparing for the big game.“He was taken on the tour of the facilities by the prophet and you know that the Zifa boss is a man who believes in elegance and when he tells you that he has been impressed with what he has seen then it means a lot.“We need to thank the prophet for opening his facility for a national cause, at no charge at all, and this is what is needed on their own given that it costs a lot just to prepare and host such a huge match.“Remember the association also has to foot the bill for the air tickets for the players, the bill for the referees, among others and it’s good that someone who has a passion for our football has come to the aid of our football leaders so that they won’t have to run the huge costs of paying for the team’s accommodation and food as we prepare for this big game.” (Zimbabwe Chronicle).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manchester City claim 17th straight win, United 13 points adrift

first_imgCity are 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, who lost more ground on the leaders after conceding a last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw at 10-man Leicester City.Harry Kane equalled the record for Premier League goals in a calendar year with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Burnley that lifted Tottenham Hotspur to fifth place, while third-place Chelsea drew 0-0 at Everton.Hailing Aguero, Guardiola said: “He is a special player, a legend, and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals.”Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane celebrates after scoring at Turf Moor in Burnley © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYCity are now two wins off the record for consecutive victories in Europe’s top five leagues, which was set by Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2013-14.They have already become the first team to score 100 goals in the English top flight in a single year since Liverpool in 1982.City took a 27th-minute lead when Aguero met Fernandinho’s cross with a diving header to bring up a century of goals in front of City’s fans since his 2011 move from Atletico Madrid.The Argentina striker’s dinked pass set up Sterling to smash home City’s second goal — and his 16th of the season — in the 53rd minute before Aguero headed in his second.City substitute Danilo completed the scoring late on, rubber-stamping a victory that sent Bournemouth into the relegation zone.At the King Power Stadium, United’s frustration continued as they suffered another setback after their shock League Cup quarter-final defeat at second-tier Bristol City.Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (R) makes save under pressure from Chelsea’s defender Marcos Alonso © AFP / PAUL ELLISJose Mourinho’s side trailed in the 27th minute when Jamie Vardy slotted home for Leicester.Spanish winger Juan Mata equalised with a cool finish in the 40th minute.Mata put United ahead with a superb 60th-minute free-kick before Leicester had Daniel Amartey sent off for a barge on Marcus Rashford that triggered a second booking.But Leicester defender Harry Maguire was left unmarked to snatch a dramatic equaliser four minutes into stoppage-time.– ‘Childish’ United –“We were punished by our mistakes. It was an easy match to win, we did everything to win,” said Mourinho. Newcastle United’s midfielder Christian Atsu (L) shoots past West Ham United’s goalkeeper Adrian (R) to score their third goal © AFP / Ian KINGTON“We missed incredible chances and there was childish loss of possession. Childish in their box and childish in our box.”Tottenham bounced back from their 4-1 loss at City to win at Burnley, who drop one place to seventh.Kane opened the scoring with a seventh-minute penalty at Turf Moor after Kevin Long was adjudged to have fouled Dele Alli and added two clean strikes in the second half.He has now scored 36 league goals in 2017, equalling Alan Shearer’s Premier League-era record, with a home game against Southampton on Tuesday still to come.“I am aware I’ve equalled Alan Shearer’s record,” Kane told BT Sport.Leicester City’s striker Jamie Vardy (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Manchester United at King Power Stadium in Leicester © AFP / Roland HARRISON“Just going into this game, I thought I can get a couple and then there’s Southampton to play.”Everton continued their improvement under new manager Sam Allardyce by extending their unbeaten run to six league games with a dogged 0-0 draw at home to champions Chelsea.“I think this result is unfair,” said Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte.“Everton deserve credit, but we deserved to win.”Swansea City remain four points adrift of safety at the foot of the table after drawing 1-1 against Crystal Palace in their first game since the sacking of manager Paul Clement.Palace, now unbeaten in eight league games, took the lead through Luka Milivojevic’s penalty just before the hour.But Swansea, with player-manager Leon Britton in the dug-out, levelled 13 minutes from time when Jordan Ayew drilled home from outside the box.Joe Allen starred as Stoke City registered a timely 3-1 win over second-bottom West Bromwich Albion to ease some of the pressure on manager Mark Hughes.Newcastle United climbed out of the relegation zone after ending a nine-game winless run by edging West Ham United 3-2 in an entertaining encounter at London Stadium.Pascal Gross’s fourth goal of the season earned Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-0 win at home to Watford, while Laurent Depoitre cancelled out Charlie Austin’s opener as Huddersfield Town drew 1-1 at Southampton.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero (R) heads the ball to score their third goal against Bournemouth © AFP / Oli SCARFFLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – Manchester City racked up a 17th consecutive Premier League victory after Sergio Aguero’s 100th and 101st Etihad Stadium goals inspired a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.Aguero scored twice and set up Raheem Sterling as Pep Guardiola’s side made it 18 wins and one draw in the first half of the season.last_img read more