HAPLESS, defenceless and hopeless are the ideal words that describe Bulawayo’s Magwegwe Stars Football Club.
Magwegwe Stars, a social football outfit that recently registered with the Bulawayo Social Football League Pool A, has found the going tough amid revelations that they have conceded a massive 85 goals in six games.
In the six games the not so shining stars, have managed to find the back of the net once meaning they are sitting on a goal difference of -84 in a 24-member league whose log leaders, 70 Combination are on a +18 goal difference.
Only last Sunday — the day they found their first goal of the season through the boot of Ntabiso Sikhosana — they fell 27-1 at the hands of FC Stars in a match that was played at New Magwegwe’s eMbambayileni ground.
Interestingly, the ground is where former Warriors and Manchester City forward Benjani Mwaruwari’s laid the foundation of his football career.
And as if that is not enough, Stars “citadel” is located a stone’s throw from Mwaruwari’s family home and to his former school (Magwegwe High School).
Despite the fact that results have continued to elude them, Magwegwe Stars vice secretary-general Sibusiso Vundla, said they enjoy a good partnership with National Aids Council (Nac) and their main focus was not to post positive results on the field of play.
“As for now we are not really worried about match results. The team is one of the tools that are used by our partners Nac to educate people on issues to with HIV and Aids. The target audience is our players, our opponents those that come to watch our matches,” said Vundla.
Porous as they might be in their last line of defence, online research points to the fact that SO l’Emyrne of Madagascar conceded 149 goals without reply in a match played against their AS Adema counterparts in October 2002.
However, the research further suggests that SO l’Emyrne (SOE) intentionally lost the game in protest over refereeing decisions that had gone against them during a four-team playoff tournament.
The match had surpassed the previous record for the highest scoreline when Arbroath beat Bon Accord 36–0, in the Scottish Cup played in 1885.
Question: Are Magwegwe Stars in any protest?
Answer: Go watch for yourself when Magwegwe Stars play at Embambayileni ground on Sunday when they meet Magwegwe Bullets in their seventh match of the not so inspiring campaign.