Highlanders . . . . . . . . . . 0
Masvingo United . . . . . . 0
Disjointed Highlanders have themselves to blame for failing to collect maximum points at home when they were held to a goalless draw in a mediocre Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Barbourfields Stadium Sunday.
Bosso failed to play like a co-ordinated side, overwhelming Masvingo in the field of play but lacking creativity and the killer punch upfront.
Despite overshadowing Masvingo during the entire 90 minutes of the match, the Bulawayo soccer giants only had a handful of shots at goal and the visitors’ goalkeeper Francis Tizayi was virtually on holiday save for the dying minutes of the match.
Bosso striker Njabulo Ncube did not get the support he deserved and at times had to work himself back into the centre to get the ball.
Highlanders started off on the offensive in the first half but failed to break through and Luke Masomere’s Masvingo looked determined to snatch the points from their hosts.
Masvingo were happy with the away point and Masomere, who has maintained he is fighting relegation, was happy with his boys’ performance.
“I am happy with the result considering the players were on strike and we did not train a single day. It is a good start to the season. We are fighting relegation and with a bit of luck, we will move out of the relegation zone,” said Masomere.
Highlanders’ assistant coach Mark Mathe blamed the loss on the team’s failure to utilise chances.
It was a good day for Masvingo United goalkeeper Tizayi, the man-of-the-match and Johnson Zimbabe, whose manoeuvres from the visitors’ counter-raids could have earned them a goal.
A Sibanda, L Nkomo, G Lunga, I Mapuranga, G Banda, E Mudzingwa, L Matawu (M Mburayi 35th minute), B Ndlovu, N Ncube, R Kutsanzira, G Ncube (V Nzombe 59th min)
F Tizayi, V Sinamayi, J Zimbabe, H Mavundi (E Dzumbunu 84th min), Douglas Zimbago (B Chirere 63rd min), S Muchabaya, I Chapura, B Mazorodze, W Ndiweni (P Chagara 63rd min), P Chandisaita, P Sinamayi