Mixed fortunes for Zimbabwean footballers in SA as ABSA Premiership curtain came down. It was a heartbreak for Warriors star Khama Billiat and countryman Willard Katsande as Kaizer Chiefs surrendered the title on the last day of the season. The Absa Premiership curtain came down at the weekend, ending with mixed fortunes for Zimbabwean footballers.
Billiat, however, ended the season in style, scoring in their 1-1 draw at Baroka but his goal was not enough to land the championship as Mamelodi Sundowns won 3-0 against Black Leopards to be crowned champions.
Warriors goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze was in goal for Baroka as he also battled relegation and the result ensured safety.
Striker Knox Mutizwa, who netted 13 in the just-ended season, fell short with three goals from Orlando Pirates’ Hellings Mhango who won the golden boot. Mutizwa’s Golden Arrows, also home to Devine Lunga and Danny Phiri fall 1-0 to Chippa United on the last day of the season.
Chippa has two Zimbabweans in their books – Kevin and Elvis Moyo. George Chigova, Walter Musona and Charlton Mashumba’s Polokwane City will be playing in the second tier next season after being relegated.
Although they went into last day of the match with no hope for survival, they went on to lose 3-1 to Bidvest Wits who have Terrence Dzvukamanja in their ranks. Mashumba scored seven goals for Polokwane while Chigova’s future is uncertain following the expiry of his contract.
The result, however, saw Dzvukamanja’s Bidvest finishing in the top four. It was also a sad ending to the season for Kuda Mahachi, Evans Rusike, Onismor Bhasera and their coach Kaitano Tembo as SuperSport United fall 1-0 at Cape Town City resultantly failing to secure a CAF Confederations Cup spot.
Clive Augusto, who joined Maritzburg United after a successful stint at Chicken Inn while Gabriel Nyoni was released. Ageless goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini, who has been in top form of late, was in goal for Highlands Park in their 1-1 draw against Talent Chawapiwa and Butholezwe Ncube’s AmaZulu.
The result guaranteed safety for Usuthu who returned to action after Covid-19 break fighting relegation. Ovidy Karuru’s Stellenbosch finished the season on a losing end – a 1-0 defeat to Pirates.
Source – H-Metro
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