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FIVE-STAR RUSSIANS

Robson Sharuko Senior Sports Editor RUSSIA provided the fireworks in an electric start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow last night as they powered to the biggest winning margin by the hosts, on the opening day of the showcase, in 84 years with a five-star demolition of Saudi …

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Lopetegui sad over sacking

MADRID. — Julen Lopetegui has admitted he was left “very sad” after he was sacked as Spain soccer boss. The 51-year-old was named as Real Madrid’s new manager on Tuesday – then fired by his national team 24 hours later . He was due to take charge of Spain’s opening …

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Brazil win Gazprom award

Sikhumbuzo Moyo in MOSCOW, Russia FIVE-TIME World champions Brazil yesterday won the Gazprom Football for Friendship Nine Values Cup after being chosen by the young participants at this F4F programme that ended on the eve of the World Cup tournament kick-off. The young participants, who included the Zimbabwean duo of …

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Morocco captain warns Sables

Tadious Manyepo Sports Reporter MOROCCO captain Arabat Hocine has warned the Sables to underrate the North Africans at their own peril when the two teams clash in the Africa Gold Cup opener at Harare Sports Club tomorrow. Hocine said the Sables won’t have tomorrow’s game on a silver platter. Hocine, …

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PDV names his Sables

Petros Kausiyo Deputy Sports Editor AFTER months of intense preparations, Peter De Villiers has named his Sables starting XV for his competitive match in charge and the coach insisted yesterday that tomorrow’s Rugby Africa Gold Cup clash against Morocco is not about any individual but the country. Zimbabwe will begin …

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Ronaldo kick-starts World Cup campaign

SOCHI. — Cristiano Ronaldo will launch his latest and probably last attempt to crown his career with a World Cup soccer winner’s medal when European champions Portugal face neighbours Spain in their opening World Cup game here tonight. The match kicks-off at 8pm. The 33-year-old will lock horns with six …

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Brendan Taylor explains move

Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE international cricketer Brendan Taylor says he is simply trying to help other local cricketers for them to come up with an association that represents their interests and has no intentions to have any battles with the game’s leadership. Taylor took to Twitter yesterday to pronounce his stance …

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Mapeza still in pain

Mukudzei Chingwere Sports Reporter FC PLATINUM gaffer Norman Mapeza is still feeling the pain from a back injury he sustained in a freak gym incident early this year. Mapeza underwent surgery on March 2 in Harare and was initially set to be on the sidelines for a period of up …

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Chapungu player goes AWOL

Mukudzei Chingwere Sports Reporter CHAPUNGU star winger Blessing Sahondo has not reported for duty this week ahead of their clash against CAPS United on Sunday, amid interest for his services from the Green Machine. Sahondo was one of Chapungu’s best performers last season. But the airmen managed to retain the …

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Cheetahs in Italy

Petros Kausiyo Deputy Sports Editor ZIMBABWE’S Cheetahs flew into Italy yesterday morning to take part in this weekend’s Roma tournament, which will be the last batch of competitive matches before they head off to the United States for the Rugby Sevens World Cup next month. Coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba will be …

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