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FIFA BOSS CONFIRMS ZIM VISIT

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Fifa president Gianni Infantino has confirmed his visit to Zimbabwe next Friday to attend Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa’s birthday celebrations. By Nigel Matongorere Infantino will join other football heads from across the African continent to celebrate with Chiyangwa, who will also be toasting his ascendency to the Cosafa top post. The Fifa boss’ confirmation will come as a major blow ...

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ASAMOAH GYAN DEEMED TO HAVE ‘UNETHICAL HAIR” IN UAE

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FORMER Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is among a group of more than 40 players deemed to have “unethical hair” under United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) guidelines. The 31-year-old Ghanaian is on loan at Dubai-based Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli from Shanghai SIPG. Some Islamic teachings ban ‘Qaza’ hairstyles, where only part of the head is shaved. Individual match ...

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CHIYANGWA HITS BACK AT HAYATOU

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ZIMBABWE Football Association (Zifa) president, Philip Chiyangwa, has hit back at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) over accusations that the Harare businessman, who is Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) president, is trying to “destabilise the continental football mother body.” BY HENRY MHARA Caf last week, through its secretary-general, Hicham El Amrani, wrote to Chiyangwa expressing their reservations ...

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HARARE CITY RELUCTANT TO REPLACE MASUKU

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HARARE City have said they will stick with their coach, Mukhupali Masuku despite the gaffer falling short of the required minimum qualification of a Caf A Licence stipulated by Zifa. BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA The football governing body came up with a raft of new requirements that will be enforced this year of coaches’ minimum qualifications at different levels. All Premier ...

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MUTUMA IMPRESSES AKBAY

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FORMER Dynamos striker, Roderick Mutuma inched close to clinching a deal with Highlanders, after coach Erol Akbay gave him the thumbs-up after just one training session with the Bulawayo football giants yesterday. BY FORTUNE MBELE Mutuma (28) could finally realise his dream of playing for Bosso, having been spurned by the then head coach, Mkhupali Masuku in 2011 during his ...

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MUTIZWA WINS MAN-OF-THE MATCH AWARD

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Knox Mutizwa was voted man of the match after helping Golden Arrows to a 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtics in a South African Premier Soccer League game in Durban on Saturday. By Ricky Zililo The former Highlanders’ striker, who is on loan from Bidvest Wits, was playing his second Premiership game since moving to South Africa in June 2016. Mutizwa ...

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KATSANDE IN WARRIORS U-TURN

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Kaizer Chiefs midfield hardman Willard Katsande has had a change of heart and rescinded his decision to quit international football. By Petros Kausiyo He revealed he will avail himself for another dance with the senior national team. Katsande called time on his international career in the wake of the Warriors’ early exit from the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals ...

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CAF, CHIYANGWA FEUD

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Zifa president, Philip Chiyangwa, has crossed swords with Confederation of African Football (Caf) boss, Issa Hayatou, over his invitation of Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, as well as FA presidents of other countries. BY Kevin Mapasure Infantino has confirmed he will be coming to Zimbabwe following Chiyangwa’s invitation. The Caf leadership has been agitated by the “meeting”, which, according the continental ...

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GOOD START FOR NGEZI PLATINUM

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NGEZI Platinum Stars got off to a good start in their maiden Caf Confederation Cup adventure after earning a one-all draw in the first leg of their preliminary round clash against Pamplemousse in Mauritius yesterday. By Sports Reporter PAMPLEMOUSSE . . . . . . (1)1 NGEZI PLATINUM STARS . .(1) 1 The Tonderai Ndiraya-coached side got off to a ...

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MANUVIRE, ZEKUMBAWIRE JOIN ZPC KARIBA

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ZPC Kariba have made a statement about their ambitions next term after capturing striker, Francesco Zekumbawire and Raphael Manuvire, who had been on Harare City’s books. BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA Zekumbawire, who played for Hwange and Harare giants Dynamos and then Harare City signed for cash-rich Tanzanian outfit Azam on a two-year deal in August last year. He played there for ...

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