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Masuku in second Bosso win amid violence

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Highlanders ……………. (1) 1
Shabanie Mine…………….. 0

Hwange ……………………(0)1
Black Mambas ………….(0)1

Highlanders posted their second consecutive win with new coach Mkhuphali Masuku in another Bulawayo encounter in which hooliganism reared its ugly head once more as Bosso supporters threw missiles onto the pitch causing a 44-minute stoppage in the second half.

The farcical match was played at Luveve Stadium between the Bulawayo giants and Shabanie Mine before a paltry crowd of about 2 000 people as soccer fans chose to stay at home and watch the Warriors “lose” to Cape Verde on television.

With 20 minutes of the second half having been played, Highlanders’ scorer Francis Kanda spoiled his day as he was given his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident. It all started when Bosso midfielder Joel Ngodzo was brought down inside Shabanie’s half and they were awarded a free kick.

It boggles the mind why Kanda decided to then kick one of the Shabanie players off the ball but was spotted by referee Philani Ncube who showed him the red card.

This did not go down with the Highlanders supporters at the western stand, who indiscriminately started throwing stones into the pitch causing both the Bosso and Shabanie bench to scurry for cover inside the pitch and the match had to be stopped.

Match commissioner Judah Nsingo said the match was stopped because of the unruly behaviour of the Highlanders’ fans but the 44-minute stoppage was necessitated by consultations to resume the match.

“One of the Highlanders players was given a red card and the supporters were not happy and they started throwing missiles into the pitch. That is the reason why the match had to be stopped. We had to stop the match for that time because of consultations,” Nsingo said.

It however appeared the Chinda Boys did not want to resume after the benches for both teams were moved to the eastern side.

The Shabanie players remained seated inside the pitch until the team’s chairman Wilfred Makazhe went to talk to them and the match finally resumed.

The only goal of the match by Kanda in the fifth minute from a harmless-looking ball which forced Shabanie Mine goalkeeper Roy Mazingi to move off his line to pick up the ball but the fast Highlanders striker was first on the ball and he just tapped it into an empty net.

Black Mambas picked up a much-needed point on the road as they held Hwange to a draw in a Premiership match at the Colliery Sunday.

Black Mambas, who were missing the services of technical director Madinda Ndlovu who was with the Warriors, opened the scoring through Abbas Amidu in the 65th minute before Hwange equalised a minute later through a penalty by Gilbert Zulu.

Amidu won the ball at the edge of the box and cut through the Hwange rearguard and slipped one past a bemused Petros Mhari to give Mambas the lead.

Hwange responded by unleashing a blitz upon the celebrating Mambas team who were caught off guard.

Hwange’s efforts paid off as a Mambas player handled leading to Zulu’s equaliser from the spot.

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