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Highlanders caretaker coach Mkhuphali Masuku made it three wins in row as he collected maximum points against an out-of sorts Caps United in a lacklustre Premiership socer match played at Barbourfields Stadium Sunday.
In his third win, Masuku became the first coach to hand Caps United’s Moses Chunga his first loss in seven games. From six games, Chunga had won five and drawn one against Gunners in midweek.
Mernard Mupera struck the only goal of the match at the re-opened Barbourfields after 14 minutes to leave Highlanders at 31 points from 19 games and in eighth position.
It was a happy moment for Masuku when referee Anthony Njaya blew the final whistle but the Bosso mentor was not happy with his boys’ performance.
“The boys were losing concentration. There were instances when we were supposed to punish Caps United. Yes, it’s another win but like I have always said, it’s now water under the bridge. We are taking each game as it comes.”
Chunga did not have much to say. “We did not create enough chances.”
All credit for the goal goes to defender Gift Lunga who initiated a move from the left flank, flighting the ball into the Caps United’s penalty box.
Chipo “Jack Roller” Tsodzo chested the ball down for Eric Mudzingwa, who pushed the ball to Mupera, who dribbled past a Caps United defender before slotting the ball past a bemused Edmore Sibanda, between the goal posts for The Green Machine.
It was all calm for a Highlanders’ game yesterday as the Bosso executive held an anti-hooliganism parade before the start of the match.
Four minutes after Mupera’s goal, Highlanders could have made it two up with Joel “Josta” Ngodzo but the midfielder became selfish instead of pushing the ball to an unmarked Tsodzo.
Josta decided to try a shot for himself but fumbled with the ball. Makepekepe had a chance in the 13th minute, but their man-of-the-match Pride Tafirenyika’s header missed the target with Highlanders goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda a beaten man.
With five minutes of the first half remaining, Rahman Kutsanzira for Bosso, missed a sitter with only Sibanda to beat after he was set up by Tsodzo.
Tafirenyika was at it again as Caps United picked up form towards the end of the first half but his stinger from inside the box found an alert Ariel.
Bosso brought striker Simbarashe Gate in the second half for an ineffective Tsodzo but his introduction did not do much to change the colour of the dull match.
Caps United also brought in veteran Leonard Tsipa, who did one or two deft touches but could not make any difference for them.
A one-man effort by Bosso captain Bekithemba “Super” Ndlovu in the 63rd minute could have paid dividends for Highlanders but his shot from an awkward position was punched away for a corner kick by an alert Edmore.