Highlanders . . . . (2) 3
Shabanie Mine . . . (1) 1
HIGHLANDERS have themselves to blame for failing to clinch the 2013 Castle Lager Premier Soccer league title as they squandered close to 15 clear chances against Shabanie Mine in an exciting match at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
FORTUNE MBELE,SPORTS REPORTER
The Bulawayo giants surrendered the title to Dynamos once again as the Glamour Boys grabbed the championship for a record third successive time with the two teams tied on 54 points.
DeMbare clinched the title on a three goal superior goal difference after condemning Black Mambas to Division One with a 2-0 win to take the $70 000 first prize money while Bosso who were also tied on 54 points with Harare City walk away with $50 000.
Bosso were also tied on goal difference with third-placed Harare City who drew 2-2 with Caps United and could easily have grabbed the championship for the first time with a win over the Green Machine.
The Sunshine City Boys get $30 000 for becoming second runner-up.
Bosso scored through Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube as early as the 10th minute and Milton Ncube notching a beauty nine minutes later and another on the stroke of 90 minutes with an equally beautiful header.
Shabanie got their face saver in the 23rd minute after Bosso right-back Bruce Tshuma made a blind pass to the visitors’ Caleb Masocha who made no mistake and fired past goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya with skipper Innocent Mapuranga failing to clear off the goal line.
The 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Harare City last Sunday in the capital returned to haunt Highlanders yesterday as head coach Kelvin Kaindu, who returned from the UK on Saturday, admitted.
Kaindu also rued yesterday’s missed chances by his charges, the main culprits being Milton Ncube, Knox Mutizwa, substitutes Ozias Zibande and Bhekimpilo “Barca” Ncube and playmaker Peter “Rio” Moyo while Masimba Mambare taken out in the 65th minute was totally out of the game.
“The goal difference puts us on a disadvantage once again. It is the Harare City match where we conceded four goals and that is the game where we lost it. We have been struggling at home after creating so many chances. Everyone wants to score but they are not scoring,” a dejected Kaindu said.
He once again heaped praises on veteran striker Tshiki, whom he said made their game easy.
The veteran striker was substituted in the 27th minute after an injury.
Shabanie Mine head coach Luke Masomere, who said he was not certain about his stay at the former asbestos mining club, said he was happy that they had survived relegation with 40 points.
“We played very well despite the fact that we got negative results. Bosso played very well and that is why they scored three goals. Surviving relegation was our main aim and I am happy that we are still in the Premier Soccer League,” Masomere said.
Tshiki dribbled past Caleb Masocha and tried to make his way past Shabanie Mine goalkeeper Victor Twaliki, who stopped but the forceful striker recovered from the goal minder’s save to chip the ball over for Bosso’s first goal.
Bosso right-back Tshuma then set up Milton, who roasted Rodney Mware on the left before a far corner curler that beat Twaliki.
But Tshuma became villain with a schoolboy blunder instead of clearing the ball he made blind square pass to an unmarked Masocha who pounced on the ball to fire past Diya.
Bosso continued to pound Shabanie and Milton got the head in the 90th minute getting onto the end of a Zibande cross.
Highlanders have Diya to pay tribute to after he made several saves that could have cost Bosso the number two spot.