Highlanders wallop Herentals

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Mandla Mpofu

By Fortune Mbele

Highlanders . . . . . . . . (1)4

Herentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

HIGHLANDERS FOOTBALL CLUB coach Mandla Mpofu sought solace in the Bible after his team recorded only their second win of the season with this comprehensive victory over Herentals College at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday.

Bosso, who had only scored in one of their opening six matches took a 1-0 lead at the break courtesy of a beautiful header from Nqobizitha Masuka following a fine cross delivered from the right flank by defender Andrew Mbeba after 17 minutes. It was his third goal of the season.

They added a second after 64 minutes through Stanley Ngala. The goal came as a result of lovely work on the left flank by Rahman Kutsanzira, who delivered a cross that was met by substitute Bukhosi Sibanda, whose rising shot somehow fell on the feet of Ngala, who simply touched the ball into the nets for his first of the season.

Ngala turned provider when he received a cross from Divine Mhindirira and unselfishly laid it back for Adrian Silla, who came with a grounder to beat Takudzwa Chikosi, the Herentals goalkeeper.

Substitute Lynoth Chikuhwa made it 4-0 when he received a long ball from the back rounded off the goalkeeper before placing the ball into an empty net in injury time as Highlanders fans broke into a song after 77 minutes.

Herentals, who once more fielded owner Innocent Benza in the starting line-up had a good first half in which Davison Marowa was outstanding playing as the left link. Marowa was the only change from the last starting 11 and his combination with Edgar Mhungu was a joy to watch.

Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziwa felt the singing affected his boys.

“It was bad day in office and I think the early injury to Brighton Majarira and the Bosso fans affected the team,” Mutiwekuziwa said.

Mpofu on the other hand said: “After the Tenax match I could see the positives, what was missing were the goals and we got them, if you believe in the Bible
go and read Mark 11 vs 24,” said Mpofu as he was being congratulated by Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe who watched the match.

Highlanders face Caps United in their next match in Harare.

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