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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 coach turns up heat on players

Bosso coach turns up heat on players

UNDER-FIRE Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu has turned up the heat on his players by increasing the number and intensity of physical drills since the beginning of the week.

However, Kaindu said the only change to the sessions has been the approach. “We just want everyone to have a different approach to our remaining games. I don’t think we have been that hard on them but our programmes are different depending on the type of opposition we are facing,” said Kaindu.



Kaindu: Feels the pressure (Photo: Chronicle)


Bosso take on ZPC Kariba on Sunday.

Players who spoke to Chronicle Sport on condition they are not named described this week’s sessions as “unlike Highlanders” and “very physical” as the Zambian tries to save his job following the Premiership title ultimatum given to him by his employers on Monday.

The ultimatum was given after their 0-1 loss to Harare City in a league match at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday which left the Mbada Diamonds Cup holders and Chibuku Super Cup semi-finalists four points behind their perennial rivals and reigning league champions Dynamos.

Highlanders’ weekend loss in the capital was their second in as many trips after DeMbare mauled them 4-1 in the TM Supermarkets Challenge Cup at the National Sports Stadium on September 6.

“It was not normal business on Tuesday as the coach told us that the executive took a swipe at him following the loss. He was not the Kaindu we have known since 2012 and if we thought he was joking, his hard talk clearly manifested itself on the field,” said a senior player.

Another player confirmed that their sessions have become very hard with taxing drills being incorporated.

“Bro, kuyafiwa these days in our sessions and I can safely tell you that if it was possible some people could have been offloaded this week as the coach seems to have a feeling that they are sabotaging him,” said the player.

Other players, while confirming the change of business operations during training sessions accused Kaindu of having favourite players who never get substituted even if they perform below expectations.

The Zambian said every player in his squad is putting up 100 percent effort as they try to lift the club from where it is now.

“These are the same players that have given us smiles before and I believe this is the time to give them the much needed moral support and as the technical bench we still have confidence and belief in them that they will deliver us to our destination,” said Kaindu.

Asked whether he has been under pressure he said: “Football is a pressure game, as coaches we are taught how to handle pressure and that’s what makes football exciting, no pressure no football,” said the Zambian.

Meanwhile, ZPC Kariba arrived in the city last night and are expected to have a training session at the match venue tomorrow evening after the How Mine versus Chicken Inn match.

The visitors, whose performance in their debut top flight campaign has been as dramatic as their entry, will be without defender Obey Mwerahari.

Their goalkeeper, Tendai Hove, who has conceded the least number of goals this season at 15, has already described the Highlanders encounter as a do or die match that must be treated as a final.

Fixtures

Tomorrow: How Mine v Chicken Inn (Hartsfield), FC Platinum v Buffaloes (Mandava), Chapungu v Chiredzi (Ascot), Black Rhinos v Caps United (Rimuka).

Sunday: Dynamos v Shabanie Mine ( Rufaro), Triangle United v Harare City (Gibbo), Highlanders v ZPC Kariba (Hartsfield) - Chronicle Sport.

 

 
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