No joy for Zim players in Belgium

Sports Reporter
IT has been a terrible start in the 2013/14 Belgium Jupiler League for Vusa Nyoni and Ovidy Karuru whose teams are yet to register wins after three games. Nyoni, a former Highlanders player, turns out for Mons who find themselves on 12th position with just a single point they picked up in the opening match of the season against Amiens SC while Karuru, a Masvingo United product plays for OL Leuven who anchor the 16 team log with a single point too.

Karuru’s team picked up their first point on Saturday after playing to a 1-1 draw with KV Oostende who had signed Nyasha Mushekwi before the deal collapsed. Karuru however was not part of the team.

Nyoni, while enjoying game time was taken out with eight minutes before full time and replaced by Dylan De Belder who however could do little as Mons went on to lose 1-2 at home to Sporting Charleroi.

Former Motor Action striker Quincy Antipas continued with his scoring form that he exhibited towards the end of last season in the Danish Superliga when he hit the nets for his Brondby side as they drew 2-2 away to Viborg. Brondby’s other goal came from Simon Makienot deep into injury time.

Closer to the Zimbabwean borders across the Limpopo, there was joy and agony for Zimbabweans in the MTN8 quarterfinals that were played from Friday.

Wits University, home to four Zimbabweans, Thomas Sweswe, Tinashe Nengomasha, Benjani Mwaruwari and Denver Mukamba, crushed Blomfontein Celtics 3-0 to advance to the semifinals where they will meet Platinum Stars.

A quick brace from Sibusiso Vilakazi and another goal from Gatenah Kedebe sealed the fate for Phuma Sele Sele in a match which only Nengomasha from the Zimbabwean contingent played.

The other semi-final that had Zimbabweans also produced a similar crushing defeat and win as Absa Premiership champions Kaizer Chiefs drilled three goals past former Highlanders and Dynamos shot stopper Washington Arubi who turns out for University of Pretoria, also home to another former Bosso star Obadiah Tarumbwa.

Willard Katsande, returning Knowledge Musona and Kingstone Nkhatha are on the Amakhosi books.

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