Chicken Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Shabanie Mine . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Highlanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0
Monomotapa . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0
Chicken Inn striker Evans Chikwaikwai piled on Shabanie Mine’s relegation woes at Luveve Stadium as Monomotapa held Highlanders to a goalless draw at Barbourfields Stadium to keep their hopes of remaining in the Castle Premiership alive.
Chikwaikwai fired past Shabanie Mine goalkeeper Victor Twaliki in added time and the asbestos miners must win their last match and pray Monomotapa lose to Masvingo to remain in the Premiership.
Shooting Stars kissed the league goodbye with a 1-0 loss to Caps United at the National Sports Stadium.
Monomotapa assistant coach Nkululeko Dlamini was happy that his side managed to salvage a point away from home.
“It was a good game. At least we managed to get a point away from home. We now have our destiny in our own hands and hope we manage to beat Masvingo next week in the last match. It’s still game on,” Dlamini said.
Highlanders’ coach Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper” Masuku was not happy with the result and rued missing striker Graham Ncube as his charges wasted several chances.
“We tried our best, we gained a point, but we missed a lot of chances and this is what always happens when we don’t have Graham. But it happens in football. It’s part of the game,” Masuku said.
The main culprit for Bosso yesterday was attacking midfielder Bruce Kangwa, who missed two clear chances with only Monomotapa goalkeeper Tapiwa Mafunga to beat 14 minutes into the first half and in the 51st minute.
In the 14th minute, Knox Mutizirwa capitalised on a blunder by Monomotapa defender Morgan Mungombe and was not selfish, pushing the ball to a better-positioned Kangwa, who shot off-target with only Mafunga to beat.
Highlanders bombarded Monomotapa in the second half with a barrage of attacks from man-of-the-match Xolani Ncube, Rahman Kutsanzira and defender Tendai Ndlovu, but the Monomotapa defence — led by former Njube Sundowns midfielder Tendai Ngulube — shut out the Highlanders’ onslaughts.
Monomotapa also had a few flashes from striker Carlos Mesi and substitute Makai Kawashu, but their only chance of scoring came in the 82nd minute when the latter failed to hook the ball over advancing Highlanders goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda after captain Gilbert Banda had made a defensive blunder.