By Sports Reporter
Highlanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Bulawayo City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Highlanders coach Mandla Mpofu was disappointed as his team could only manage a draw against a Bulawayo City team that matched it man-for-man for the better part of the match, in a Chibuku Super Cup Group 2 tie played at Babourfields Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday.
City played well in the first half, often frustrating Highlanders with heavy tackles, but it was Highlanders who could have taken a 1-0 half-time lead had Keith Mavunga’s long range effort not been punched out by the Bulawayo City goalkeeper Bhekimpilo Ncube in the 31st minute.
City were the more offensive side in the second half and missed a couple of chances. First it was John Chinyerere, who could not get the better of Ariel Sibanda and saw his effort blocked by the Highlanders goalkeeper in the box 15 minutes into the second half.
Fifteen minutes later, Lewis Ncube opted to shoot instead of releasing Chinyerere, who had made a good opening in the box. Ncube shot wide as Sibanda extended his body and narrowed the angle.
At the other end, Highlanders striker Lynoth Chikuhwa had space in the box turned well to shoot, but his effort was blocked by the impressive Vincent Moyo.
Mpofu said: “I am happy we did not lose and we kept a clean sheet, but I am dissappointed with our overall performance as we need to improve our conversion rate,” he said.
Bulawayo coach Philani Ncube was full of praise for his boys.
“We are improving with each game and I am happy especially with our defence as we did not concede today, but both set of players showed fatigue.”
With the point, Bosso finish second with 10 points, two points behind Chicken Inn and will now face FC Platinum, while the GameCocks will face Ngezi Platinum Stars.
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