Bantu Rovers held Highlanders to a goalless draw in dull Premier Soccer League match played at Barbourfields Stadium Monday.
The game started off at a frenetic pace in the first 15 minutes but then degenerated into a slow, tepid affair with both teams attacking but lacking the killer punch up-front.
The only interesting aspect of the match was that it was a brothers’ affair with Zephania and Joel Ngodzo turning out for Bosso against their sibling Johannes while Bekithemba Ndlovu was up against younger brother Dumisani for Rovers.
The first half began with the pendulum swinging from one end to the other with Highlanders launching attacks with man-of-the-match and defender Gift Lunga and striker Francis Kanda on the onslaught but unlucky with the goals.
In the 21st minute, the impressive Lunga made a solo run from his left flank, lost the ball to Bantu Rovers’ defender Dumisani Ndlovu and later dispossessed him inside Tshintsha Guluva’s half but could not make an accurate pass to Kanda and the ball was cleared.
Four minutes later, Bosso striker Chipo “Jack Roller” Tsodzo was brought down inside Bantu Rovers’ half and from the resultant free kick, Lunga packed a powerful shot which was headed away for a corner by defender Herbert Dick.
In the 32nd minute, Kanda’s beautiful header past a bemused Bantu Rovers goalkeeper Liberty Chirava after receiving a cross from Lunga was ruled offside by referee Bryton Malandule, who had a brilliant afternoon.
Bekithemba was cautioned for a crude tackle on Bantu Rovers’ striker Mkhululi Moyo.
The only chance for Bantu Rovers in the first half came in the 40th minute after a defensive lapse by captain Gilbert Banda and Innocent Mapuranga.
The fluff resulted in the ball falling into the path of Bantu Rovers’ midfielder Johannes Ngodzo but Mapuranga recovered and stopped Ngodzo before he could pack a shot inside Highlanders’ 12-yard box.
The second half was worse with the only chance near the goalmouth coming from Highlanders after captain Banda broke loose from the back and penetrated the Bantu Rovers’ half, exchanging passes with Abraham Mbaiwa.