Sports in 2018: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Noone expected Dynamos football club to end their 2018 Premier soccer league campaign fighting relegation. Not even one could have imagined that Mutare City will register the new unwanted record in Zimbabwean football. Chiyangwa’s fall is even a myth to some today. The year was full of drama in Zimbabwean football.

Norman Mapeza’s men were crowned Zimbabwean Champions for the second time in a row setting a club record. They really face an uphill battle to topple Calisto Pasuwa’s era when Dynamos shelved four league titles in a row. It was a double-delight for the Zvishavane mining club when they triumphed against Triangle FC to pocketthe Castle Cup Chalenge. The Kugona Kunenge Kudada boys have extended theirmettle to CAF after they negotiated their way through CNaPS of Madagascar inthe preliminary stage to proceed to the group stage for the first time in theclub’s history.

It was, however, unfortunate for the Zvishavane boys after Mutare City handed their pride to Black Rhinos. FC Platinum was lauded as the best scoring machine in Zimbabwean football after they cruised six past Mutare City. The now relegated Manicaland side was battered seven nil by Black Rhinos who became high scoringrecord holders in a single match.

It was also a year to remember for Taurai Mangwiro, the Triangle FC gaffer, after he gave the Lowveld side their first major cup in the name of Chibuku Supercup. Finishing in the top four is something he can even brag about considering that the country’s football juggernauts Dynamos FC, Highlanders FC and CapsUnited were all languishing on the bottom of the log.

For Dembare, it could have been worse had they not replace Lloyd Mutasa earlier after the team was in the relegation zone. It took another Lloyd, surnamed Chigowe this time, to save the Harare giants. The Glamour Boys team boardawarded Chigowe at the end of the season with a full time job for his Messianicrole.

The relegation of teams which were suffering financially proved that money is everything in football. Teams which pump their players like FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum were unsurprisingly topping the league.

In a surprising turn of events, the moneyed and outspoken Phillip Chiyangwa lost his Zifa presidential post to his rival Felix Kamambo. Kamambo once had his application papers dismissed by the Zifa electoral committee pointing out that he was facing suspension from all football activities. After being cleared,Kamambo was leading Chiyangwa forcing the then president to pull out.

With all the drama of the year, some teams will be looking for serious appeasement come next season while FC Platinum will be surely gearing to maintain its grip. Kamambo’s leadership is something football is looking forward to.