Mutizwa steals thunder in Battle of Zimbabwe

AS HIGHLANDERS players gathered on the pitch, forming a tight circle, their traditional way of motivating each other before a match, coach Bongani Mafu watched with interest.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA

As the players dispersed, he called Knox Mutizwa and put his arm around his shoulders afterwards before kick-off of the match against Dynamos on Sunday at Rufaro which Bosso lost 3-2.

Never mind the chaos that assistant referee Bongani Gadzikwa authored in the 78th minute, this was a day for Mutizwa to make his mark.

Mafu had a few words with the 21-year-old striker who went on to dazzle his opponents Dynamos scoring a memorable brace — his first time to score against the Harare giants.

And at the final whistle, the Bosso forward shared his disappointment of his team’s failure to secure victory against their rivals having outclassed them in the second half in which they could have buried them under an avalanche of goals had they not wasted several chances which came their way.

Knox Mutizwa (in front ) celebrates his opener against Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday

“Before the match, the coach called me and told me that it was my time to shine. He then said ‘go and shine’. That gave me a great lift, there was a great weight off my shoulders.

“I did exactly what he told me. It’s my first time to score against Dynamos and am particularly happy that I scored a brace. But I am disappointed we failed to beat them after playing so well. We had the upper hand especially in the second half. We could have won this match,” said Mutizwa looking dejected and downcast as he spoke to NewsDay Sport.

Mutizwa had thrust Bosso ahead in the sixth minute, from the spot kick, sending goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva the wrong way after Augustine Mbara had illegally brought down Obadiah Tarumbwa in the box and referee Norman Matemera awarded a penalty.

But Dynamos star midfielder Ronald Chitiyo struck a first half brace to thrust his team into the lead. However, that setback appeared to give Bosso the much-needed steel, as they dominated in the second half in which they had some interludes of beautiful movements and passing.

They drew level, two minutes into the second half, with Mutizwa completing his brace with a superb header from a free kick by Edmore Muzanenhamo.

However, as the Bulawayo giants launched wave after wave of attack on their opponents’ goal, they succumbed to a 73rd header by Qadr Amini.

Still, Bosso playing with the spirit of an ant and the determination of a bee, could have rescued the match two minutes from full time but Muzanenhamo had what appeared a genuine goal disallowed for offside by Gadzikwa after Matemera had initially signalled for a goal.

But television replays suggest there was no offside.

It was a heartbreaking end to a match which the Bulawayo giants appeared on course to win for the first time since 2006. In the last two times that Bosso have come close to beating Dynamos, it was match officials that stole the stole the show.

Two seasons back, Matemera, added three more minutes to the added time allowing Dynamos to equalise right at the death.

6 Comments

  1. You need to look up the meaning of the term “hatchet job” It so sad to see how low journalistic standards have sunk in Zimbabwe. You are a Bosso fan masquerading as a reporter. Your article lacks any balance whatsover, you are reporting from the premise that Bosso should have one the match and that everything else was (including Dembare’s 3 goals) was conspiring to prevent your desired outcome. You are focusing on Bosso’s performance only as if their opponents did not put up a worthy performamnce? How come they managed to score 3 goals? You keep harping on about the added time in the other match but tell me how that stopped Bosso from scoring another goal and instead allowed Dembare to equalise? The referee’s decision on Sunday was questionable yes but as a reporter you need to give a balanced review of the match. And yes I am Dynamos fan..

  2. yes Gatsi spot on, of coz m also dembare fan

  3. The reporter is sore.let me remind him that Dembare did not score twice from a deadball situation.The referees spoiled a good game!

  4. dembarefan says

    “it was a heartbreaking end to a match which the Bulawayo giants appeared on course to win for the first time since 2006. In the last two times that Bosso have come close to beating Dynamos, it was match officials that stole the stole the show.

    Two seasons back, Matemera, added three more minutes to the added time allowing Dynamos to equalise right at the death.”

    haha you gottab be kidding me? Bosso were on course to win yet they were losing 3-2 when the incident happened? yes the decision was questionable buh please Mr Reporter dont waste our time with your biased reporting.

    These things happen in football, Maradona scored with his hand at the world cup and henry prevented ireland from going to the world cup by using his hand to control the ball so there is nothing special about your beloved Bosso.

  5. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    A very good article. Keep it up. You revealed the truth and the truth hurts. Mutizwa is a good player and the sky is the limit.

  6. what a superb perfomance from my homeboy knox jome mutizwa,he juss reminded me ,our street football days at pelandaba…

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