Bosso dream alive

Highlanders . . . . . . (1) 1
FC Platinum . . . . . . .    0

Report by Fortune Mbele

HIGHLANDERS edged FC Platinum at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday to keep their title chase alive ahead of the final round of Premier Soccer League matches at the weekend.

Prolific Masimba Mambare was on target in the 22nd minute from inside the penalty box after Graham Ncube’s effort deflected off the visitors’ defence and fell on his path and he rifled home a scorcher past goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube.

The solitary goal left the title race to be decided on the final day after defending champions Dynamos cruised 3-0 past army side Buffaloes at Rufaro Stadium.

The coveted trophy also awaits the decision of a determination to be made today by the Commercial Arbitration Court over the disputed Dynamos-Hwange match that was played in May.

Dynamos lead Bosso by two points with 68 before they play their last game against Hardbody at Ascot Stadium on Sunday while Highlanders take on troubled Blue Rangers in Harare.

If Bosso lose or settle for a draw on Sunday, then they surrender the title to DeMbare, while a loss for the defending champions and a win for Highlanders will bring the silverware to Bulawayo for the first time in six years.

Highlanders gaffer Kelvin Kaindu yesterday insisted that the race was still on.

“It is good that we have picked up six points from a team like FC Platinum although we missed a lot of chances. We are still marching and the race is still on. It is not going to be easy on Sunday as this is the game that is going to decide our destiny,” Kaindu said.

The game at Barbourfields belonged to Highlanders in the first half as they bombarded the platinum miners before they were finally rewarded in the 22nd minute with the visitors’ defenders Zephania Ngodzo, Daniel Veremu, Qadir Amin and Rafel Muduviwa being kept busy by the marauding Mambare, Bhekimpilo Ncube, Heritani Masuku and Mthulisi Maphosa.

Platinum’s only chance in the first half was a Charles Sibanda strike in the 39th minute which narrowly missed the upright off an Ali Sadiki cross.

Highlanders came a more fired-up side in the second stanza stringing beautiful moves from the back, but the hosts failed to find the target.

Platinum came back into the game after the introduction of Joel “Josta” Ngodzo and Mitchelle Katsvairo in the 54th minute for William Manondo and Welcome Ndiweni.

A long clearance by Platinum in the 57th minute could have resulted in an equaliser as suspect Bosso central defender Dumisani “Fazo” Ndlovu allowed Donald Ngoma a free header, but Ariel Sibanda came to the hosts’ rescue.

As Platinum turned on the heat, Josta could have equalised five minutes after coming in, but one of his usual searing strikes was met by an alert Sibanda.

In the 84th minute, Peter “Rio” Moyo appeared to be in a better position to shoot after breaking loose from the left, but opted for Mambare, who could not convert.

“Highlanders played well in the first 20 minutes. Credit to them; they have youngsters who played well. Our pattern of the game changed when we brought in Josta and Katsvairo, we had our chances, but we could not bury them,” said Platinum coach Tendai Chikuni.

Teams:
Highlanders: A Sibanda, B Tshuma, B Kangwa, D Ndlovu, I Mapuranga, M Maphosa, G Ncube (B Chikaka 49th minute), H Masuku, K Mutizwa (O Zibande 70th minute), B Ncube (P Moyo 60th minute), M Mambare
FC Platinum: T Dube, R Muduviwa, Q Amin, Z Ngodzo, D Veremu, T Kamusoko, W Manondo (J Ngodzo 54th minute), W Ndiweni (M Katsvairo 54th minute), D Ngoma, C Sibanda, A Sadiki (A Gahadzikwa 80th minute)

Results:
Dynamos 3, Buffaloes 0; Highlanders 1, FC Platinum 0; Black Mambas 2, Hardbody 1; Motor Action 0, Gunners 1; Hwange 7, Blue Rangers 1; Chicken Inn 2, Caps United 2; Harare City 2, Monomotapa 1; Shabanie Mine 1, Quelaton 0

Final Fixtures:
Saturday: Harare City v Motor Action (Gwanzura) Caps United v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro)
Sunday: Monomotapa v Buffaloes (Rufaro), Blue Rangers v Highlanders (Gwanzura), FC Platinum v Black Mambas (Mandava), Hardbody v Dynamos (Ascot), Quelaton v Hwange (Luveve), Gunners v Chicken Inn (Lafarge)

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16 Comments

  1. Tambaoga Shirichena

    Highlanders F.C has really played their hearts out this season. Lady lucky was not on their side in the Mbada Diamonds Cup when they fell to Monoz. Coincidentally, Monoz is the only team that derailed Highlanders’ unbeaten run in the 2012 league so far. Keep the fighting spirit so that the league race is decided on Sunday through the fair play concept. I hope you will play well without looking at how DeMbare perform.

    1. @Tambaoga. You cannot talk of lady lucky not on their side in the Mbada, when you are leading 2-0. and you surrender that and beaten 3-2 eventually. that is nonsense. It means thay lack a lot. Do not talk of luck on that game. Only talk of luck on their score against Dynamos lol

      1. bull sh**t mhani muDembare iwe @esteem unongoti luck kana yave ku dynamos kwete ku Monoz. hauna nyaya

    2. I must congratulate, the Highlanders family for putting up a strong fight this season, and they should not despair, they have a good team for next season. This current team reminds of Highlanders teams of the old, NOT in terms of talent, but consistence! Peter Khomo, Maseko, Khumalo, Majola, Pakethi and them all. That was a great team indeed which had talented players…

      But my favourite team, MaDembare have retained the league title….

      1. Peter Nkomo

      2. Nice words Wisdom.

        If only everyone had your spirit, Zimbabwe would be heaven on earth, in sports, socially, politically, and at the place of work.

        Good luck to both teams.

  2. How can you say only Monoz derail Highlanders? If that was the case, from the 29 games they have played they should be sitting comfortably at 87pts. I ask you Tambaoga to redo your mathematics, this Highlanders team dropped 18pts from 9 draws which automatically translate to 6 defeats, So was it only Monoz which derailed your mighty Bosso?

  3. mambare siyana nembora rejujuo ndiro rave kupengesa imwe playe
    r kuhwange.

  4. SInce when have draws been translated to defeats. That sounds like sour grapes. Bosso has done exceptionally well for a team that travelled extensively to reach this milestone unlike Debutter that play most away games in Hre with minimal away costs & challenges. No doubt Dynamos played well this season but that does not take glory from Bosso’s undefeated record run that Dembare supporters scoff at. Its a record, beat it if you can. It doesnt matter that we are no.2, we have a record. If by the way you lose the Hwange case or Lose on Sunday, the so-called DVD-team will lift the trophy.

    1. @bhinikwa. Iwe ndambokubvunza ku Herald, what unbeaten record are you talking about? You beaten by Monoz. Offcourse draws are not defeats but, DeMbare with 3 defeats and you with one defeat, its DeMbare on top. So whats your story. After all DeMbare is the most successful team in Southern Africa, ahead of rich RSA premiership team. There no mention of Drawsolona there. yooo

  5. Those draws mathematically translate themselves into defeats like it or not ,they hve surely costed yr beloved Bosso a chance to be champions this year,and travelling a lot for yr Bosso is not of Dembare making and by the way yr team was not travelling to play Dembare alone and the costs u hve cited are baseless coz u are covered as much as Dembare is.And lastly about the Hwangie issue its none of yr business and there are two possibilities as well,either a replay which DEMBARE will surely win or points will be awarded to Dembare,so either way u will never run away from the BP U ARE SUFFERING from as Bosso supporters.

  6. nothing like dembare is the best in southern africa where is the champions league or caf trophy all i know is pirates is currently the best in southern africa.

  7. An unbeaten run without any cup succees is meaningless and useless. Teams play to win trophies not to build meaningless unbeaten records.

    In the Hwange case worst case scenerio would be a replay and judging by current performence you can see who is likely to win.Do not dream of Dynamos losing those points in the boardroom for Lowlanders to win the title.

  8. Highlanders ndizvo after Platinum fc tried to destroy it , the team came as a suprise package and now we are number 2 what a team!!!

  9. Wellcome you so right, the team has shown the real Highlandersness of old that was ressilient and determination. But as you have already alluded to, let the better team win, Dembare

  10. bhinikwa, you cannot blame the many away games in harare to Debutter as you are saying but coz of composition of the teams and their representation on regional levels. Bosso yanga ichingi gona wani despite the fact that its away games were outside Bulawayo and Debutter yacho ine good record in most of its visits outside of harare worse still ku BF against bosso and even kuHwange. Remember teams like dembare-debutter and bosso nolonger count on away or home coz they have supporters all over the country. Ngamateam elizwe lonke kumbula. Otherwise uphose waba Fair

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