A NUMBER of Zimbabwean footballers in foreign leagues were in action at the weekend – a positive development to the Warriors technical team ahead of the start of 2022 World Cup qualifiers next month.
Tino Kadewere came off the bench as Lyon won 3-2 at Monaco in an ill-tempered Ligue 1 match that saw players almost coming to blows at the final whistle on Sunday.
It was a crucial win for Kadewere’s side who remained fourth on the standings with hopes of Champions League football still alive.
In the same country, Marshall Munetsi returned to Stade de Reims starting team – playing as a centre back as they drew 2-2 against Nimes.
Admiral Muskwe and Jordan Zemura played against each on Saturday with the former emerging the winner.
Muskwe’s Wycombe Wanderers beat Zemura’s Bournemouth 1-0 in the English Championship.
In the English League One, Tendayi Darikwa played the entire game as Wigan Athletic lost 3-1 to Hull City.
Marvelous Nakamba was an unused substitute in Aston Villa’s 2-1 victory over Everton in the Premier League.
In Turkey, Warriors defender Teenage Hadebe played the entire match as Yeni Malatyaspor suffered a 1-0 defeat to Sivaspor the topflight.
In the same country, Alec Mudimu was in action for his relegation-threatened Ankaraspor in their 3-2 win over Samsunspor in the Turkish second division.
Scotland-based striker David Moyo scored the winner in Hamilton’s 2-1 win over St Mirren.
In Zambia, Takudzwa Chimwemwe played while Jimmy Dzingai was on the bench as Nkana lost 3-0 to Green Eagles in a Super League encounter.
Dominic Chungwa started off the bench as Lumwana Radiants suffered a 2-0 defeat to Kabwe Warriors.
Thomas Chideu started in Forest Rangers’ 1-0 defeat to Zanaco while Ocean Mushure also played for his Lusaka Dynamos in their 3-1 defeat to Red Arrows.
In the DStv Premiership, Kuda Mahachi scored as SuperSport United played to a 1-1 draw against Baroka.
His countryman teammate Evans Rusike also started in that match while goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze was on the bench for the opposite side.
Ovidy Karuru started for Black Leopards as they won 2-1 over TMM who had Zimbabweans Washington Arubi and Farai Madhanhanga in the starting team.
Willard Katsande was on the bench as Kaizer Chiefs drew 2-2 against Bloemfontein Celtic.