Douglas Warriors…….(0) 1
Highlanders put up a brilliant performance to complete a double against a disjointed Douglas Warriors as they collected maximum points in a one-sided Premiership encounter at Barbourfields Stadium Sunday.
Man-of-the-match Joel Ngodzo scored a brace, one goal from the penalty spot in eighth and 36th minutes and the other goals came from Eric Mudzingwa (sixth minute) and Menard Mupera (75th minute).
Interestingly, of the four goals for the Bulawayo giants, none came from the strikers. The face saver for the out-of-sorts visitors came from Milton Kurewa in the 51st minute.
After the match, Highlanders coach Mohammed Fathi as if ‘fatigued’ by the win after a string of mediocre performances threw tantrums, refused to speak to the media.
Bosso spokesperson Andrew Tapela asked him to at least give a comment on the technical aspect but, the pensive Egyptian would have none of it.
“It is not about you SG (secretary general), it’s me, I don’t want to talk to the press,” Fathi said before disappearing into the dressing room.
Douglas Warriors’ coach Beaven Gwamure admitted they lost fairly to Highlanders but blamed the loss on the travel arrangements for his boys, whom he said arrived an hour before kickoff.
“I don’t want to blame it much on the players. We only arrived an hour before the match and that had a lot of bearing to my boys’ performance.
Otherwise, credit goes to Highlanders, they overran us in the first half and we lost it,” Gwamure said.
Six minutes into the match, after fired up Bosso bombarded the Douglas Warriors goal area, a harmless looking ball came into Mupera’s path and he curled in a cross which fell on Mudzingwa’s head who pushed the ball past goalkeeper Lovemore Makwavarara with ease.
Still smarting from that goal by Highlanders, two minutes later, Douglas Warriors had to endure another as the impressive Ngodzo outpaced the visitors’ midfielders from the centre stretching to the right flank.
Ngodzo then let go of screamer way outside the Douglas Warriors’ penalty area which caught Makwavarara off guard.
Then a Douglas Warriors defender handled inside the penalty box and Ngodzo converted from the spot in the 35th minute. In the 51st minute, a Douglas Warriors striker was hacked down inside the Bosso penalty box and Ncube awarded the visitors a spot kick, which was well taken by Kurewa, who sent Ariel Sibanda the wrong side.
Bosso continued to dominate Douglas Warriors in the second half and were to be rewarded one more time in the 75th minute through Mupera.