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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

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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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0

SND

Njube Sundowns




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Sports

Bosso legend blasts Highlanders players

Bosso legend blasts Highlanders players

By Lovemore Dube Senior Sports Editor

FORMER Highlanders FC goalscoring sensation Tobias Mudyambanje has challenged the team’s players to pick themselves up and restore the glory days to the Bulawayo giants.

Mudyambanje, nicknamed Flashdance during his heydays and now a successful development coach, believes the onus is now on the players to dust themselves up and redeem lost pride because the team’s playing woes could not just be blamed on the technical team as players also needed to pull up their socks and grind positive results.

 He remained hopeful that Bosso could still land the championship but said the chances were however getting slimmer as the team was failing to get points from matches it should have.

 “The title is slipping away. The challenge is that when you lose two points to Dynamos you fall by six points behind them. There are still some difficult games to go but for Dynamos most will be in Harare even if they are away.

 “Players will have to lift themselves up in the remaining matches. They have to be more convincing than the 45 minute team they have been,” said Mudyambanje.

 The former Bosso and Olympics striker said he was worried about the team’s endurance because of late Highlanders have been failing to lift up their game in the second half of every match suggesting that their fitness levels were not up to scratch.

 Not only have they been found wanting with lasting the entire match on their feet, they have played second fiddle in tactics with most substitutions put to waste.

 “In the second half of the match they are often worn out. Even the substitutions fail to change the complexion of the game. At this stage of the season one does not expect them to be tiring so easily as if they are not match fit, they need the endurance to last matches if they are to rescue the championship and win tournaments,” said Mudyambanje.

 He said the challenge also lay in players changing their attitudes and having a renewed vigour to win.

“They need to know who they are playing for, its not themselves but the nation and sponsors as well. It is sickening to find Highlanders struggling at home against Bantu Rovers, Buffaloes and How Mine. We would not lose derbies during our days and nowadays we see these boys taking it easy as if there is no pride at stake at all.

“So the players have been a let down too. They have failed to justify why they are playing for the club. It’s like they are just out to fulfil a duty. That spark and zeal accompanied by passion for the club is missing,” said the former cup winning striker with Bosso.

He also criticised the technical team for teaching old dogs new tricks.

“There is no point in ignoring the junior policy, disregarding the football network in the province and region for talent from elsewhere when the base is there. Locals play for their community and are worried about the reaction they will face at home when they are not performing but an outsider will hide himself in his room and have no one in the community to duck because of mediocre performances.

 “They should have the guts to go for younger players and teach them to play in positions that they are best suited for. No player should have a position created for him when there is a younger star to groom,” said Mudyambanje.

 Erick Mudzingwa, who has starred in midfield and central defence, has of late been deployed at right back. He was as pathetic as the rest of the players with the exception of Ariel Sibanda and Felix Chindungwe in the TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup convincingly won 4-1 by DeMbare on Saturday.

Pressure is mounting on the coaches to step down and the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final match against How Mine presents them with an opportunity to prove themselves and justify their positions.

Highlanders needs the money from these tournaments to settle debts some of which are owed to serving stars and former players and coaches.

Tensions are high and there are calls for a clear out of players at the end of the season.

Poor performances might lead to bad attendances which could hit the broke club in the pocket.

“There is a need for the Bosso family to stay united and cheer the boys up to the end. They know what is expected of them and all they have to do is to pick themselves up and deliver. It’s not too late, they can rescue the season,” said Mudyambanje - Chronicle Sports.

 
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