Zimbabwe: Golden Eagles Fly Into Axis Solutions Final

Sports Reporter

VETERAN defender Raymond Uchena scored the only goal of the match that helped Golden Eagles to seal a place in the Axis Solutions Super-8 football final when they beat Trojan Stars in a tightly-contested semi-final tie at Ellis Robins School yesterday.

Golden Eagles will now face Simba Bhora in the final of the US$20 000-richer tournament to be played at the end of the ZIFA Northern Region Division One Soccer League season.

Simba secured their passage on Saturday after beating Herentals Under-20 on penalties in the other semi-final.

And yesterday’s match was always going to be tense with Gilbert Mushangazhike keen to make a loud statement in charge of Eagles while Raphael Kawondera, who was appointed last week, was also out to prove a point.

And it was a cracker right from the first whistle with Trojan Stars fashioning out two clear chances in the first 10 minutes but former Dynamos striker Quality Kangadzi failed to finish them off.

It was Golden Eagles who looked dangerous in front of goal each time they ventured forward. And with 19 minutes on, Uchena tapped in the only goal of the match after Trojan Stars defence failed to clear their lines.

They should have stretched their lead but their forwards fluffed their lines on several occasions.

Mushangazhike was full of praise for his lads.

“My charges played according to instruction. You know football isn’t played in the field alone but it is also played beyond it.