Willard Katsande Assaulted In Road Rage Incident

Former Warriors captain Willard Katsande was allegedly ambushed and assaulted by an unknown man in South Africa where he is based, resulting in substantial damage to his car. The road rage incident happened on Saturday night in Roodepoort on the West Rand, News24 reported. The 35-year-old former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, who currently plays for newly promoted Sekhukhune United, opened a case of common assault and malicious damage to property at the Honeydew police station. The case is being investigated. According to Katsande’s statement to the police, seen by City Press, the altercation…

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Benjani Mwaruwari Appointed Warriors Assistant Coach

Former Warriors striker Benjani Mwaruwari has been appointed national team assistant coach with immediate effect, the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) confirmed on Wednesday. Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic has been working with Dynamos’ Tonderai Ndiraya and Harare City’s Lloyd Chitembwe as his assistants, and Mwaruwari has now been roped in as the third assistant. ZIFA has been under pressure from football stakeholders to sack the Croat due to his poor record with the Warriors, having won a single match in nearly a dozen matches, but the Felton Kamambo-led administration instead decided…

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ZIFA Lose Hope On Europe-based Warriors Stars

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) says it cannot guarantee the availability of key players based in Europe ahead of the Warriors’ FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia next week. Clubs in Europe are refusing to release players who would have to quarantine for 10 days upon return and thus miss their teams’ assignments. Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba will not be travelling to Zimbabwe for the matches after English Premier League clubs unanimously agreed not to release their players who have to travel to Red List countries. Jordan…

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Liverpool Refuse To Release Salah For Egypt’s World Cup Qualifiers

English club Liverpool has refused to allow Mohamed Salah to travel to Africa for World Cup qualifiers with Egypt next month, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said on Monday. According to EFA, Liverpool said they made the decision because Salah would be forced to quarantine on his return to England. It opens up the possibility of similar refusals from other European clubs ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers in Africa, Asia, the Concacaf region, Europe and South America, and puts them on a potential collision course with FIFA, the…

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Arsenal Fell To Premier League Newcomers

Arsenal lost their first English Premier League match of 2021/22 season to league newcomers, Brentford. The hosts scored in both halves and could have scored more on a lucky day. Brentford spent some 74 years away from the first tier and for at least one night they are top of the Premier League table. The Bees got their first goal after 22 minutes when Sergi Canos drove low past keeper Bernd Leno at the near post. Although Arsenal complained bitterly that the ball had gone out of play in the…

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Loga Snubs Local Players For World Cup Qualifiers

Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic has dropped locally-based players from his Warriors squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers next month. The Croat had wanted to infuse some of the fringe players who did duty at the recent COSAFA Cup tournament in South Africa, into the main Warriors squad. However, due to the inactivity of the local league due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Warriors squad will now be composed of foreign-based players only. The Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League was suspended in June following a surge in coronavirus cases across…

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Lionel Messi Has Agreed To Join PSG

Former Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has agreed to join Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on a two-year contract with the option of another year after leaving the Catalans. The deal is worth £25m per year after tax with PSG. The 34-year-old will receive a £25m signing-on fee; Messi was set to sign a new five-year contract at Barcelona but the club was unable to complete the deal due to LaLiga financial fair play rules. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is travelling to Paris Tuesday afternoon to seal his move to the…

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I’m Not Here To Make Up The Numbers, Says Katsande After Joining Sekhukhune

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande, who joined DStv Premiership newcomers Sekhukhune United after a decade at the Soweto giants, said he relishes playing football in a different environment. The Zimbabwean (35) said he is at Sekhukhune to compete, and not to make up the numbers. He said: It’s a great opportunity for me to play in a different environment. I’m not just coming here to make up the numbers, I’m here to compete, and the team has shown lots of support to me. The former Warriors captain was one…

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Tendayi Darikwa Named Wigan Athletic Captain

Warriors right-back Tendayi Darikwa has been named Wigan Athletic captain, the English League One club confirmed on Friday. Meanwhile, Max Power has been confirmed as Club’s vice-captain after his return from Sunderland, while Jamie Jones remains as Latics’ Club captain. The club said: We can confirm that Tendayi Darikwa is the Wigan Athletic captain for the 2021/22 season, with Max Power and Jamie Jones forming the Club’s leadership team as vice-captain and Club Captain. Darikwa arrived at the Club in January, and instantly became a mainstay in the Latics starting…

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FC Platinum Announce Partnership Agreement With Real Betis

Zimbabwe’s pre-COVID-19 Premier Soccer League champions FC Platinum have announced a partnership agreement with Spanish club Real Betis. According to a statement released by the club on Friday evening, the areas of collaboration between Pure Platinum Play and the Andalusian-based club include strategic planning, the business of football, digital transformation, and innovation as well as rationalising football beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement read: FC Platinum is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with Real Betis Balompié, making FC Platinum an official Associate Partner of Real Betis. Established in 1995,…

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