Highlanders . . . . (0) 1
Black Mambas . . . . . 0
HIGHLANDERS right-back Lawson Nkomo emerged the hero of the day after he rifled in an added time thunderbolt to keep the Castle Lager Premiership football championship race open and exciting as Bosso edged a 10-man Black Mambas in a lukewarm league match at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
Report by Fortune Mbele
Bosso were awarded a corner kick in added time which Nkomo took and capitalised on a resultant poor clearance by Mambas to pack a powerful shot from outside the box that left goalkeeper Tendai Mateyaunga a spectator just as a sense of stalemate had started to settle in.
Black Mambas were reduced to 10 men after Tendai Chinungo saw red in the 29th minute for a crude tackle on Bosso attacker Masimba Mambare.
The win for Highlanders means that the championship race remains as lively as it has been in the last couple of months.
Black Mambas have themselves to blame for the loss after they employed time-wasting tactics in the second half with the main culprit being goalkeeper Mateyaunga.
Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu was ecstatic with getting the late goal that gave his side maximum points, but was not amused by Black Mambas’ time wasting-antics.
Nkomo, whose goal gave Highlanders maximum points, was also jubilant as he was mobbed by the Bosso supporters and said they now had to focus on beating Dynamos in their next assignment before winning the championship.
“It has been a long time since I last scored. But scoring from that position is my strength and I must use it. Come next game, we must beat Dynamos and concentrate on winning the championship,” Nkomo said.
Mambas gaffer John “Toto” Ncube said the red card affected them, but believed his boys put up a gallant show.
The relegation fight is not yet over for Warumwa Warumwa who remain on 28 points from 25 matches.
“The boys played very well. We had a brilliant game. That red card affected us. We have to keep on fighting and I am confident that we are going to survive,” Ncube said.
Highlanders did not play their usual game failing on accurate passes with the midfield of Mthulisi Maphosa, Peter “Rio” Moyo and Milton Ncube under tight monitoring from veteran Innocent Nyoni, who had a wonderfull game.