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Bosso won at last in the PSL through a goal by Cuthbert Malajila (2nd Min).


FINALLY, there was something to smile about for Highlanders as they collected maximum points after eight games with a rather hard-fought win over Motor Action in a CBZ Premiership match played at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.



Cuthbert Malajila’s first half strike was all the Bulawayo giants needed to bag three points.



Highlanders had gone for eight games without a win and this victory was a relief for the technical team, players, executive and the fans.



Highlanders’ interim coach Rueben Tsengwa was a relieved man and said the team’s patience had finally paid off and they would continue working hard.



“It was a good game for us and our patience finally paid off. We are going to continue working hard and hope to win our remaining matches and try new combinations,” said Tsengwa.



He gave credit to Zephania Ngodzo and Guide Goddard for doing a sterling job in marshalling the defence adding that Gilbert Banda would have to fight for the first team jersey.



“Zephania and Goddard did well in the heart of defence. It will not be easy for Gilbert when he returns as he has to work hard to get a place in the team,” said Tsengwa.



The match started off on a high note with Highlanders attacking from the first whistle. It was in these early attacks that the former champions managed to grab a goal.



Malajila volleyed home from close range after two minutes from a Gift Lunga long clearance. Lunga had cleared a ball under the challenge of Louis Matawu and Malajila outpaced Moses Williams who should have done better to clear the ball to safety.



The early goal gave Highlanders the cutting edge as they began dictating the pace of the game but in the sixth minute, Johannes Ngodzo looked in agony as his long-range shot missed goal by inches.



Motor Action’s first attempt at goal was in the ninth minute when Warriors midfielder Clemence Matawu set up Salimu Milanzi who took a weak shot that gave Washington Arubi no problems.



The visitors’ defence of Williams and Milanzi looked shaky and had the Highlanders strikeforce been lethal, they could have bagged more goals.



In the 29th minute Highlanders could have doubled the scoreline after they were awarded a penalty when Milanzi brought down Douglas Zimbago in the box. Marlon Jani who was in goal for the visitors made a brilliant save, diving to his left to deny Johannes a goal.



Malajila, full of running the whole afternoon, failed to beat Jani in a one-on-one situation in the 35th minute.



The last five minutes of the first half saw the visitors taking the game away from Highlanders in search of an equaliser. Motor Action made some beautiful passes, keeping possesion and making brilliant build-ups but failed to find the back of the net.



Darryl Nyandoro should have levelled in the 42nd minute after being set up by Milanzi who had done well to beat Lawson Nkomo and sent in a hard and low cross, which Nyandoro, unmarked in the box, failed to connect.



In the 44th minute Simbarashe Zimora shot over the goal with Arubi to beat.



The second half saw the Lindile Dube-coached side returning a more determined side. The introduction of Edmore Mufema for Zimora resuscitated the Harare teamstrikeforce and they nearly equalised in the 55th minute when Matawu set up Mufema but the former Dynamos striker shot over the goal.



Jacob Muzokomba who came in for Johannes could have had his name on the scoresheet but failed to connect a cross delivered by Zimbago in the 75th minute.


Louis, who had a good game beat Richard Choruma and Lunga on the left side and released a cross for Mufema who watched in disbelief as the woodwork denied him a goal with Arubi beaten all systems out.



Mufema could have grabbed a late equaliser but lack of precision saw him head the ball wide with only Arubi to beat in the 90th minute.



Teams



Highlanders: W Arubi, Z Ngodzo, G Goddard, L Nkomo, G Lunga, S Alimenda, R Choruma, A Mbaiwa, J Ngodzo (J Muzokomba 73rd min), D Zimbago, C Malajila



Motor Action: M Jani, E Tembo, R Marere, M Williams, L Matawu, C Matawu, S Milanzi, D Chakupa (I Masame 53rd min), P Mumba, S Zimora(E Mufema 53rd min), D Nyandoro (L Salous 79th min) Chronicle



Results - Week25 (25/10/2008 - 26/10/2008)







Saturday, 25 October 2008

15:00   

CFC

Caps FC




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1

SST

Shooting Stars




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15:00   

CTD

Caps United




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3

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0

LGN

Lengthens




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Sunday, 26 October 2008

15:00   

MSV

Masvingo United




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3

:

1

KGN

Kiglon




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15:00   

DMS

Dynamos




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GNS

Gunners




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15:00   

CPU

Chapungu




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1

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0

SND

Njube Sundowns




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Sports

Bulawayo giants , Bosso, crash to CAPS United

Bulawayo giants , Bosso, crash to CAPS United

By Fatima Bulla

Caps United . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 2

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

Caps United yesterday finally managed to get one over Kelvin Kaindu and his Highlanders charges after they came out tops in their explosive dual at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

 

CHECKMATE . . . Highlanders captain Innocent Mapuranga goes for the ball under the watchful eye of Caps United Dominic Chungwa in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at the National Sports Stadium.

An eighth minute goal from Dominic Chungwa and a second-half strike by Leonard Fiyado cancelled Milton Ncube’s long range goal and ensured CAPS United pummeled their opponents to submission.

This came after the Green Machine’s last victory in a league match against Highlanders was during the second round of the 2011 season when they sailed to a 3-1 victory in Harare.

The Green Machine coach Taurai Mangwiro believes the advantage is now on his team with all the pressure piling on Highlanders before the two lock horns in the reverse fixture in a fortnight.

“I expect them to come out fighting because we are not under pressure anymore going into that match. I always felt if we had played the same way we played against Hwange we were going to win today.

“Records are meant to be broken, today was our day and we do not live in the past. Let us face things as they are and think about the future. It is sweet to beat the log leaders like I was saying that we did not need other teams to do the job for us. We are now within three points of the summit,” Mangwiro said.

Caps United went into the match with their morale high as they were the only side among the Big Three — the others being Dynamos and Highlanders — to register a victory in the mid-week matches.

And it was only eight minutes after referee Batsirayi Muchenje blew the whistle that the Green Machine shook the side netting.

Clearly having a good day, Rahman Kutsanzira partnered well with Moses Muchenje and the resultant cross was met by Chungwa who tapped the ball in the net beating Munyaradzi Diya in goals for the visitors.

Realising that they were behind, Highlanders began probing the Caps United goal with Milton Ncube the most offensive. He was duly rewarded after 30 minutes when, without hesitation, he powered a shot from 40 metres to leave United goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube stranded.

With the band of the Green Machine fans silenced, Highlanders then got their confidence back with Ncube causing much of the headaches for the home side’s defence. Masimba Mambare, who was the nemesis for Caps United in last year’s meeting, appeared quieter than usual.

As the first half waned away with the two teams tied on a goal each, Mangwiro’s talk must have been put to practice better than Kaindu’s as the second half would go on to prove.

With Caps United’s David Rediyoni tiring, Mangwiro brought in Zvirekwi in the 50th minute and it seemed to have made the difference. Despite making blunders in the first few minutes, Zvirekwi now popularly known as Nairobi following his forgettable journey with the Warriors, soon began breathe fire.

Caps United players were now full of running and young Fiyado saw an opportunity in the 80th minute as he dinked the ball over Diya to push his team ahead. Then Bosso were buried. In the young Turks, Mangwiro believes he has a promising team.

“There is a lot of promise, there is light at the end of the tunnel. What we need is to keep believing, now we are calling for a lot of patience from our supporters and we will get there.

“We have to keep working hard, the ideal thing is we got 26 points in the first half of the season and have to do better in the second,” he added.

Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu said the loss is in the past as he turns his attention to the reverse fixture.

“It was always going to be difficult for us considering that last season we beat them home and away and today they beat us 2-1.

“I think today we created few chances and we did not look that dangerous. We were not at our best but today (yesterday) was a different game, it is gone. The next fixture we will work on the things that we failed to do.

“When you come from a game where you are beaten, the other team has always a slight advantage but I think it is going to be a different game,” the Zambian born said.

Kaindu relayed worry over losing six points in three days. They lost 0-1 to Chicken Inn on Wednesday.

“It was quite difficult to lose six points especially that we are on top and it is affecting our movement and position on the log standings,” he said.

 

 
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