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The DRC: Dangerous battle for influence in the former Katanga

Since 2015, tensions and discontent have risen in the former province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), amidst political manoeuvres and a deteriorating economic situation. Meanwhile, the region is a major stake for President Joseph Kabila, who is...

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Another setback for Kasukuwere

HARARE – Work towards the rehabilitation of the country’s main border posts will now be handled exclusively by the ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, without the involvement of the ministry of Local Government and National Housing,...

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Zanu PF chefs bleed banks dry

HARARE – Politicians, particularly the elite in Zanu PF, are proving to be a thorn in the flesh for the financial services sector, with hardly a month passing without the Deputy Sheriff being called in to put assets of defaulting politicians under the hammer in...

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‘Zec taking away people’s right to vote’

HARARE – Millions of Zimbabweans are likely going to fail to vote in next year’s elections, owing to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’s demand for people to produce proof of residence to register to vote. Many Zimbabweans are not landlords and...

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Zec urged to reign in Zanu PF

HARARE – The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC has called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to reign in the ruling Zanu PF party amid claims that it is frog-marching people to its rallies ahead of the 2018 crucial elections. Through its spokesperson Obert Gutu,...

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‘Coalition will bury Mugabe’

HARARE – Opposition political parties have warned President Robert Mugabe that he should brace for the worst page of his long political life as he not only faces an internal revolt in his party ahead of next year’s elections, but also a rout from their...

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I am Nathaniel Manheru – Charamba

HARARE – Permanent secretary of information George Charamba said he is paying tribute to the late liberation singer Dickson Chingaira aka Cde Chinx, by disclosing that he is the shadowy character Nathaniel Manheru who contributes a weekly column in The Saturday...

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‘Council needs to review master plan’

HARARE – As Harare continues growing in all directions, its Master Plan (MP) has not been reviewed in the last 23 years after it was adopted in 1994. The finance director Tendai Kwenda has sought approval of a supplementary budget of $3 million to fund the...

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‘Police will continue to defy High Court’

HARARE – Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni says police will continue to defy High Court orders as long as they “compromise the country’s security”. Speaking in the National Assembly last week,  Mguni said the police service...

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Diamond companies fooled me: Mugabe

MUTARE – President Robert Mugabe has publicly admitted that he was fooled after being paraded holding up a $1,5 million dummy cheque by Chiadzwa diamond mining companies at the behest of then Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere. Mugabe told thousands of...

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Cde Chinx deserves the honour

HARARE - Late liberation war fighter and renowned musician Dickson Chingaira, aka Cde Chinx, should be declared a national hero. While the onus to bestow such an honour lies in the hands of President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party, it would be a mockery for them...

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ZRP ignores voices of reason

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) continues to ignore calls by senior government officials — including President Robert Mugabe — to reduce roadblocks, a situation that has immensely affected the tourism industry and prejudiced the country...

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RioZim courts suitor for $2bn Sengwa power plant

HARARE – Listed resources firm, RioZim, is in discussions with a potential investor to kick-start its $2,2 billion Sengwa thermal power project. Anticipated to result in the generation of 2 400 megawatts (MW) of power, the project has been on the cards since the...

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Zimpost rakes in $3,2m from partnerships

HARARE – State-owned postal, courier and ICT services provider, Zimpost, handled international transactions worth $3,2 million in the year to December 2016 through partnerships with international money transfer companies, acting managing director, Sifundo Moyo,...

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Avian flu outbreak contained: Irvine’s

HARARE – One of the country’s leading poultry breeding companies, Irvine’s Zimbabwe (Irvine’s), says it has contained the highly-pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus that broke out at its farm almost a fortnight ago. Avian flu is a virus that occurs...

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Willdale’s loss widens as company sells land

HARARE – Listed brick-making firm Willdale’s net loss widened to $380 564 in the six months to March 2017, from $146 575 recorded prior comparable period on the back of heavy rains that damaged the company’s furnaces. While the first half had been...

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Zanu PF humiliates Soul Jah Love

HARARE – Zimdancehall chanter Soul Jah Love was last week dressed down in Mutare at a Zanu PF rally addressed by President Robert Mugabe. Soul Jah Love, who was set to perform at Mugabe’s meet-the-youth-rally, was left with egg on the face after Zanu PF...

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Steve Makoni meets Kireni Zulu

HARARE – Veteran musician Steve “Dhongi” Makoni will meet Kireni Zulu in what is expected to be an explosive encounter at City Sports Bar in the capital tonight. The two will also share the stage with Pamela Zulu aka Gonyeti, Kessia aka Muchaneta,...

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Condolences pour in for Cde Chinx

HARARE – The late music star Dickson Chingaira aka Cde Chinx’s songs stimulated both Zanla and Zipra fighters into action and helped mobilise the masses into an incredible resistance population, Zanu PF party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo has said. Moyo,...

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Collapsed goalpost forces match abandonment

GWERU – Domestic football yesterday hit another all-time low after the Castle Lager Premiership match between Chapungu and Dynamos was abandoned after one of the goalposts at Ascot Stadium collapsed. The home side’s goalkeeper Talbert Shumba crashed...

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Bosso beat 10-man Hwange

BULAWAYO – A new-look Highlanders side produced a sterling performance to dispatch 10-man Hwange 3-0 in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday. After the chastening 3-0 midweek defeat to Black Rhinos, Bosso coach Erol Akbay chose to...

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Harare City dump Triangle

HARARE – Harare City coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube feels there is still room for improvement after his charges continued their march with a deserved 2-0 victory over Triangle in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday. An own-goal by Triangle...

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Sportivo end MSC’s run

HARARE – Sportivo handed newboys Mutare Sports Club (MSC) their first defeat of the 2017 Intercity Rugby League season following a 51-3 hiding at Harare Sports Club on Saturday. The home side ran in eight tries of which four were converted and a single penalty...

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Joshua Nkomo mentored Mugabe: Dabengwa

OPPOSITION Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa has claimed that President Robert Mugabe would have remained an ordinary teacher and political nonentity had he not been recruited and catapulted into the limelight by the late former Vice-President Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo during...

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Mugabe lashes out at Chinese

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has lashed out at his “all-weather friends” — the Chinese — for allegedly using him to hoodwink the people of Manicaland province into believing they would benefit from proceeds of Chiadzwa’s Marange diamonds. BY...

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Moyo scoffs at ‘Command Ugly-Culture’

HIGHER Education minister Jonathan Moyo has once again rubbished government’s Command Agriculture programme, which he labelled as “Command Ugly-Culture”, claiming Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa had hijacked and corrupted it. BY RICHARD CHIDZA...

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ZCC warns Mugabe of God’s wrath

ZIMBABWE Council of Churches (ZCC) general secretary, Kenneth Mtata has warned President Robert Mugabe of gleefully accepting idolatrous titles from his followers, saying he risks God’s wrath of being “struck to death” like the Biblical King Herod....

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Mujuru ups 2018 election campaign, targets rural vote

BEITBRIDGE — National People’s Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru has upped her 2018 election campaign by targeting rural areas, long considered as Zanu PF strongholds, urging the electorate to dump the “uncaring” ruling party. BY OWN...

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Witty Mutambara resurfaces

HARARE – While many describe  Arthur Mutambara as a political opportunist, others credit him for pioneering student activism but very few will disagree that the garrulous robotics professor has an abundance of wit. It is little wonder why the former student...

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Zanu PF choir master no more

HARARE – As black Zimbabweans fought their last battles against the colonial Ian Douglas Smith-led Rhodesia Front (RF) in the 1970s, music had become part of the revolution. In the rural areas, the masses would gather during the night for all-night pungwes...

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I no longer have time for golf – Chitiga

HARARE - From this Sunday, the Daily News on Sunday will be publishing this new column that celebrates women in top positions. In our ground-breaking instalment, deputy Business Editor Ndakaziva Majaka caught up with the National Social Security Authority (Nssa)...

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Harare must wake up from its slumber

HARARE – It appears it never rains but pours for Zimbabwe’s capital city, which has been struggling to supply adequate potable water to its residents, despite the above normal rains received during the last farming season. While the heavy rains culminated...

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Opposition parties need to wise up

HARARE – The ruling Zanu PF party is reviving its election machinery in readiness for next year’s polls. A string of “meetings” lined up by party leader President Robert Mugabe to “interface” with Zanu PF youths should serve as...

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109 milling firms close, 13 000 rendered jobless

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s economic turmoil has resulted in 109 milling companies closing down in the past eight years amid fears that the Mandatory Food Fortification programme will result in more milling companies twisting in the wind. Industry experts reason...

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All eyes on next politburo meeting

HARARE – Attention in Zanu PF will shift to the forthcoming politburo meeting after the supreme decision-making organ of the ruling party failed to conclusively deal with a report on its national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, at its meeting last week....

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National hero status likely for Cde Chinx

HARARE – One of Zimbabwe’s greatest music composers, Dickson Chingaira, aka Cde Chinx, passed away on Friday, plunging the arts and music industry into mourning. Cde Chinx died at West End Hospital in Harare after battling leukaemia cancer. He was 61 and...

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Failing economy hits arts industry hard

HARARE - “An artiste cannot fail; it is a success to be one,” this assertion was made by American Sociologist Charles Horton Cooley back in the day; the statement has since lost relevance when applied to Zimbabwean artistes. The harsh economic environment...

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Byo Arts Awards top nominee shares dream

BULAWAYO – Recently, multi-talented artiste Madlela Sikhobokhobo hogged the limelight in the City of Kings when he garnered four nominations — the highest number by an individual artiste in the inaugural Bulawayo Arts Awards set to be held at the Large...

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Kazz penetrates regional market

HARARE – United Kingdom (UK)-based Zimbabwean singer Farhaan “Kazz” Khan has set his sight on the African market after collaborating with artistes from Zambia and Malawi on the remix of his track Kudana. The Masvingo-born artiste, better known...

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Redemption time for CAPS United

HARARE – After the horror show against Al-Ahli Tripoli at home in the African Champions League, CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe is relaxed as he prepares for the same opponents this week. Makepekepe were awful as they were defeated 2-4 at the National Sports...

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Mighty Warriors exit hurt: Mlauzi

HARARE – Being a national team coach normally comes with fame and prestige but it has not been the case for former Mighty Warriors gaffer Shadreck Mlauzi. Although Mlauzi says the experience was priceless his exit from the team has, however, left him with...

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I’m learning from the best: Lot

HARARE – All the attention of Black Rhinos’ storming start to the 2017 Castle Lager Premiership season has centred on defenders Sydney Linyama and James Mukombwe. Stanford “Stix” Mutizwa’s side were promoted back into the top division...

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Bowler Mshangwe rediscovers form

HARARE – Mountaineers spinner Natsai Mshangwe is slowly turning into a good batsman in the same way he has perfected his googly delivery. Although he made his One Day International debut back in 2011 primarily as a spinner, a year earlier Mshangwe was opening...

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Cremer’s five-for levels ODI series

GLASGOW - Zimbabwe’s spin-bowling attack capitalised on an overeager batting approach with captain Graeme Cremer’s 5 for 29 doing the bulk of the damage to wipe out Scotland for 169 in 42 overs before Sikandar Raza’s composed half-century clinched a...

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Ex Generations actress for Zim

Peter Matika, Senior Life Reporter FORMER Generations actress Katlego Danke is expected in the country at the end of next month to promote the much anticipated local anti —human trafficking movie Ziyanda. The director of the film, Dumisani Nyongolo Nkomo said...

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Cde Chinx no more

Harare Bureau AS Zimbabweans mourn the death of liberation fighter and renowned musician, Dickson Chingaira, popularly known as Cde Chinx, the Zanu-PF Harare Province has taken the lead in recommending that he be declared a National Hero. Cde Chinx died at a private...

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HCCL in robust production strategy

Dumisani Nsingo, Senior Business Reporter HWANGE Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) has outlined its short to medium term strategy aimed at increasing production and revenue generation by double each year until it reaches 350 000 tonnes per month. In an interview, HCCL...

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AU urges restraint in Djibouti-Eritrea border spat

ADDIS ABABA — The African Union urged Djibouti and Eritrea to remain calm and exercise restraint yesterday after Djibouti accused its neighbour of occupying disputed territory along their border following the withdrawal of Qatari peacekeepers. On Friday,...

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Nkosana Moyo takes on Mugabe

HARARE – As the country hurtles towards potentially bruising elections next year, former Industry and International Trade minister Nkosana Moyo has given the first clearest hint that he would take on President Robert Mugabe at the polls although he remained...

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I am not a Zanu PF project – Nkosana Moyo

HARARE - As the country draws closer to the 2018 elections, several names have been thrown in the hat for the presidential race. The Daily News’ deputy chief writer, Tendai Kamhungira, recently caught up with former Industry and International Trade minister...

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Mugabe hints at retirement

MUTARE – President Robert Mugabe yesterday hinted that he was on his way out and that it is now time for youths to come on board and assume responsibilities. He chastened his old guard at a rally held in Mutare yesterday — where he was addressing the...

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Zim increases fuel blending to 15pc

HARARE – Zimbabwe has increased mandatory petrol blending from 10 percent to 15 percent due to improved supplies of ethanol. Only a month ago, the threshold was increased from five percent to 10 percent. In March, President Robert Mugabe’s government had...

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Father Zimbabwe remembered

HARARE - The University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, is today holding a memorial lecture in memory of the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo — who died in 1999 aged 82. The liberation icon, who is also known as Father Zimbabwe was born on June...

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Violent clashes over cotton sales

HARARE - Scores of Zanu PF youths were left injured in Sanyati last week after they attempted to force farmers to sell their cotton produce to Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco). The youths wore T-shits emblazoned Cotton Yese Kuna President (all cotton to the...

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‘Zec should reinstate the special vote’

HARARE - Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) is concerned by statements attributed to the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) Rita Makarau to the effect that police officers and Zec officials on duty away from their wards will not be able to...

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Water pipe bursts increase

HARARE - Despite an increase in water production at Morton Jaffray (MJ) water treatment works, Harare is still losing the liquid to burst pipes. Harare City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme said MJ had increased water production by 20 megalitres, resulting in some...

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Govt risks not being taken seriously

HARARE – One of the burning issues on nearly everyone’s lips these days is the high prevalence of roadblocks on the country’s roads. It has become the “new normal” for motorists to go through at least three roadblocks in a stretch of...

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Going beyond demands for reforms

HARARE – The 2018 elections are likely to be noxious for the opposition, should the parties fail to be strategic, decisive and resist the compulsion of being driven by emotions rather than rationale. Indications are that there is not likely to be any...

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Dividends trapped in banks

HARARE – While most counters on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) have been trying to outdo each other in declaring dividends, concern remains over the failure by foreign investors to access their return in light of the liquidity crisis rattling the local...

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ZSE bull-run buoys FML

HARARE – First Mutual Holdings (FML)’s investment income in the five months to May 2017 surged from $581 000 to $5,5 million, driven by a rebounding Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE), a company official said. The financial services group’s chief...

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Ipec launches framework for low income earners

HARARE – The Insurance and Pensions Commission (Ipec) yesterday launched Zimbabwe’s maiden Micro-Insurance Regulatory Framework aimed at facilitating the provision of insurance to low income earners. The regulator’s commissioner, Tendai Karonga, said...

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StanChart splurges $7m on refurbishment

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s oldest financial institution, Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe (StanChart), has spent $6,5 million on a branch refurbishment exercise. The financial services institution’s chairman, Lovemore Manatsa, said the bank has already...

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I won’t dump local fans: Jah Prayzah

HARARE - Jah Prayzah says the reduction of the shows he is holding in Zimbabwe should not be misconstrued to mean that he has abandoned his local followers. Speaking through his manager Keen Mushapaidze, the Jerusarema hit-maker told the Daily News that his...

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Sulu to collaborate with school kids

HARARE – Choirs from Arundel and Twin Rivers Schools in conjunction with the Heritage Jazz band will collaborate with dendera star Suluman Chimbetu at Reps Theatre today. Dubbed “Salibonani” the event that began on Thursday evening and will end...

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Chibuku Neshamwari dates Karoi

HARARE – Chikangwe Tavern in Karoi will host the Mashonaland West Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival contest today. Over 10 traditional dance groups are expected to battle it out for the three prizes on offer. The winner will walk away with $300 with...

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International Day of Yoga

HARARE – On Sunday, there will be a yoga session open to members of the public at India House as part of the build-up to the commemoration of International Day of Yoga that falls on June 21. On the same day, courtesy of Indian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Masakui...

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Edzai Kasinauyo passes away

HARARE – The country’s football fraternity was yesterday plunged into mourning following the untimely death of former Warriors midfielder Edzai Kasinauyo. The former Zimbabwe international midfielder, 42, died at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre in...

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Chidzambwa for Cosafa

HARARE – Sunday Chidzambwa has bounced back as Warriors coach after he was named as the side’s interim coach for the Castle Lager Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup later this month. Zimbabwe does not have a substantive coach since Kalisto Pasuwa’s sacking...

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Ngezi remain focused

HARARE - Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya said they would not allow Thursday night’s defeat to Dynamos dent their confidence as the Castle Lager Premiership reaches the half stage. The Platinum miners blew a 2-1 lead before going to lose 3-2 to the...

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CAPS Utd quartet back

HARARE - CAPS United skipper Hardlife Zvirekwi, goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda, defender Dennis Dauda and midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike have all resumed training. The quartet is in contention for the Green Machine’s trip to Tunisia to face Al-Ahli Tripoli in the African...

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