Highlanders . . . . . . . . . . 1
BMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 2
Be-Mobile Premier Soccer League title contenders Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) beat Highlanders in front of their home crowd in a pre-season international friendly match played at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
BMC scored their goals through Kenanao Kgetholetsile in the 12th minute and Zimbabwean Mandlaenkosi Sibanda in the 67th minute while the hosts had their face-saver in the 33rd minute courtesy of midfielder Simon Munawa.
Zimbabweans Sibanda and Hillary Madzivanyika engineered the goal that put BMC ahead after they combined to set up Kgetholetsile who beat goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda.
A free kick given to Highlanders was taken by Eric Mudzingwa, who spotted Munawa on the right flank and the latter rifled past another Zimbabwean — Takudzwa Ndoro — the BMC goalkeeper from outside the penalty box to put the two sides at par.
But a goalmouth melee cost Highlanders in the 67th minute as Ariel Sibanda could not collect a header from Sibanda, who gave Bosso a headache in the middle of the park.
But if Highlanders are going to sign the Zambian duo of Nasha Kaaya and George Mubita, they will probably have a reason to smile this year as the two were a thorn to BMC with former on the right wing and Mubita attacking from the centre.
Save for Ariel, Mudzingwa, Munawa, Graham Ncube, Innocent Mapuranga, Bruce Kangwa and Brighton Choto, Highlanders fielded players from their junior ranks who gave a good account of themselves.
BMC coach Daniel “Chicco” Nare said the friendly match was a good expedition for his boys.
“It was a training expedition for us, not results-oriented. I just wanted to expose my players to international club football. It was not really about results,” Nare said.
BMC beat FC Platinum 2-0 at Mandava Stadium on Saturday and the Batswana team coach paid tribute to the platinum miners, whom he said had fully catered for their trip to Zimbabwe.