Zim boys ready to rock in Super Diski again

HARARE - Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker, who is now in charge of Absa Premiership club Black Aces, summed it up for me on Wednesday night after watching his team lose a closely-fought league tie 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs.

“They say South Africans can’t play football,” a quipping Barker, as quotable as ever, told Supersport’s Phumlani Msibi after the game.

“Had we played 20 more minutes, we would have seen the best game in the world. Very good game, end-to-end stuff.”

Welcome back, Super Diski, and indeed, Wednesday’s match not only whetted our appetite for the long season ahead and hopefully put to rest once again the debate over the quality of football across the Limpopo compared to ours.

The performance of Zimbabwean players in that match makes us look forward to another fruitful season for our boys in the SA PSL.

Tendai Ndoro continued his hot streak of form with another eye-catching performance, and although he didn’t add to his one goal so far this season, he looked sharp and threatening each time he was in possession of the ball and could so easily hit the heights he reached when he joined Aces mid-last season.

Aces keeper Energy Murambadoro might have lost his Zimbabwe first-choice jersey a while ago, but he showed that class is permanent with an imposing performance between the sticks, and that one-handed save from Mandla Masango’s screamer in the second half was ample evidence of his undisputed ability.

For Chiefs, Willard Katsande continues to be the midfield lynchpin of Stuart Baxter’s side as they seek to reclaim their title from Sundowns.

Expect more from Zimbabwean players this season, once more – there can be no doubt of it.

It’s a long season, but whichever way it goes, you get the good feeling that one of own will be key to the success of the teams in Super Diski.

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