Nwankwo Kanu

Kanu laments ‘saddest day’ of life after medals vanish

By AFP Nwankwo Kanu said on Tuesday that he had suffered the “saddest day” of his life after finding out every medal won by the former Arsenal and Nigeria star had vanished from a Lagos property of his. Speaking to online outlet The Cable, Kanu lamented the “rude shock” of learning that a host of

Gabriel Jesus

Man City striker Jesus vows no let-up in Liverpool title chase

By AFP Gabriel Jesus says his confidence has soared after his recent goal glut, vowing that Manchester City will not let up in their pursuit of Premier League leaders Liverpool. The Brazil striker scored another two, taking his tally to seven in three appearances, as City beat Wolves 3-0 on Monday to cut Liverpool’s lead

Spurs star Kane out until March with ankle injury

By AFP Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be sidelined until March after suffering ankle ligament damage in Sunday’s defeat against Manchester United. Kane sustained the injury to his left ankle in the closing moments of the 1-0 loss at Wembley and scans have now confirmed the extent of the problem. It is the third successive

TENNIS: Ominous Serena, Djokovic make Open statements

By AFP A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition Tuesday as world number one Novak Djokovic destroyed his opponent as he targets a record seventh title. US Open champion Naomi Osaka also stormed through, but world number one Simona Halep was lucky to stay alive, needing to

Delic Murimba (right)

Mamelodi Sundowns invite Zim teenager for trials

By SOUTH Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns are set to assess Zimbabwe Under-20 striker Delic Murimba following his impressive COSAFA U-20 Championships campaign. Murimba, 19, is set to jet into Johannesburg on Monday ahead of a 10-day assessment at Chloorkop, according to reports in Zimbabwe. The teenager shared the top goal scorer award with Monaco-bound South

SA’s Pirates given red carpet treatment in Zimbabwe

By The Citizen Orlando Pirates were treated to a warm welcome in Bulawayo as fans flocked the Barbourfields Stadium to watch their favourite South African club, but there was nothing much to cheer about at the end as Bucs were held to a goalless draw by FC Platinum in the opening Caf Group B Champions

Cesc Fabregas

Sarri missing Fabregas already at Chelsea

By AFP Maurizio Sarri admitted the departure of Cesc Fabregas has left a gaping hole in his squad magnified by Jorginho’s below-par performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle. Sarri said the 31-year-old Spanish World Cup-winning midfielder, who left for Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco last Friday, would have been a natural replacement for Jorginho. The

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova says passion undimmed as she makes point

By AFP Maria Sharapova said her passion for tennis remained undimmed Monday after a serving a 6-0, 6-0 “double bagel” to Britain’s Harriet Dart in the Australian Open first round Monday. The veteran five-time Grand Slam winner, who has struggled with injury since returning from a doping ban in 2017, showed glimpses of her old

David de Gea

Solskjaer hails De Gea as United dig deep to beat Spurs

By AFP Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said David de Gea was making a case to be considered Manchester United’s greatest-ever goalkeeper after he produced a masterclass on Sunday to protect his side’s 1-0 lead against Tottenham. The match at Wembley pitted two of the bookmakers’ favourites to permanently replace Jose Mourinho against one another but it

Zimbabwe’s India tour hangs in the balance

By Agencies   Zimbabwe‘s tour of India in March is in danger of being cancelled after the announcement of dates for the IPL 2019. The latest season of Indian Premier League has been pushed ahead of its regular window in April-May due to the impending general elections in the country. The league is proposed to start from

Philemon 'Chippa' Masinga

South African football ‘giant’ Masinga dies

By AFP Former South Africa star Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga died Sunday aged 49 in a Johannesburg hospital from cancer, the national football association said in a statement. “We have lost a giant of South African football,” said football association president Danny Jordaan. “This is a sad day and I am gutted. “I saw him last

Serena Williams

Serena shooting for Slam history

By AFP Serena Williams has adopted a low profile ahead of the Australian Open, but rival players admit the American’s shadow looms large in Melbourne as she eyes a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown. Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to

Football is the new cricket, says India coach Constantine

By AFP A nomadic English coach whose colourful career has taken him from Millwall to Malawi has got cricket-mad India dreaming of Asian Cup football glory. India stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening match last weekend to record their first victory at the tournament in over 50 years and despite losing 2-0 to hosts United

Raphael Gomba

Young Zim soccer star heads for trials at Man City

By Robert Tapfumaneyi RISING Zimbabwe football star Raphael Gomba (14) is set to join other young players for a two week trial stint at English premiership giants Manchester City. The Australia based South Coast Baptist College (SCBC) football academy member is expected in United Kingdom 21 January to start his trials. If he fails to


Neymar’s father on son ‘begging’ for Barcelona return Reports of Neymar “begging” for a return to Barcelona have been branded “fake news” by the Paris Saint-Germain star’s father. A potential return to Camp Nou for the Brazil international continues to be mooted in each passing transfer window. He departed Catalunya back in 2017 as part of a record-breaking €222 million (£199m/$255m) deal.

FC Platinum

FC Platinum, Pirates Champions League tie ends in goalless draw

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE premiership champions FC Platinum put on a commendable performance on their CAF Champions League group stage debut by holding South African giants Orlando Pirates to a goalless draw on Saturday. Although it was the Zvishavane side which was officially playing at home, Pirates had the solid backing of the vociferous Highlanders

Norman Mapeza

Mapeza unfazed by Mahachi form ahead of Pirates clash

By Sports Reporter FC PLATINUM coach Norman Mapeza says he is unfazed by the brilliant form of Zimbabwe international midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi ahead of his team’s opening CAF Champions League Group B match against South African side Orlando Pirates at Barbourfields Stadium Saturday. Mahachi, who initially struggled to settle at Orlando Pirates, has been in