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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 reach Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-finals

Bosso reach Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-finals

HIGHLANDERS reached the semi-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup in style on Sunday, dismantling Buffaloes 3-0 in a quarterfinal match played at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo.

Having exited the competition in the first round in 2011 and at the quarterfinal stage last season, the Bulawayo giants needed a timely substitution in the second half and a seven minute three-goal blitz sent them into Friday’s semi-final draw.

Masimba Mambare

Mthulisi Maphosa, Masimba Mambare and Milton Ncube were the scorers as Kelvin Kaindu’s side stayed in the hunt for a league and cup double as they sit second in the Castle Premiership.

Highlanders settled first with Mambare heading over the bar in the seventh minute before Steven Sibanda shot wide at the other end for Buffaloes. Sibanda was presented with another chance two minutes later but his effort was smothered by Highlanders goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya.

Mambare then came face to face with goalkeeper Blessing Mandimutsira but struck him on the chest while Njabulo Ncube’s effort from the rebound went wide.

Buffaloes almost responded immediately but captain Prosper Matizanadzo saw his effort go wide after he had been allowed space on the edge of the box.

A ferocious free kick by Bheki Ncube was punched back into play on the half hour before Mambare’s stinging curler was also pushed away by the goalkeeper.

Bheki Ncube had seemingly thrust Bosso into the lead in the 43rd minute from a corner delivered by Bruce Kangwa but referee Nomore Musundire adjudged that there had been a foul on goalkeeper Blessing Mandimutsira before the goal was scored.

Then an inspired substitution by Kaindu in the 53rd minute and on the hour changed things for Bosso. Beven Chikaka came in for Njabulo Ncube while Maphosa replaced Simon Munawa, who seemed to struggle with his game in the middle of the park in the absence of the more combative and attacking of Peter ‘Rio’ Moyo.

With Kangwa running hard on the left, Maphosa positioned himself well in the box for a cross in the 62nd minute that he neatly placed past Mandimutsira to break the deadlock.

While Buffaloes were still trying to recover, Gabriel Nyoni, a nuisance to the Buffaloes defence all afternoon, dummied Themba Ndlovu and laid the ball to Chikaka. Chikaka in turn found Mambare who coolly slotted home.

Then in the 70th minute, Kaindu added more firepower to the Highlanders attack in a bid to extinguish any Buffaloes comeback hopes when he brought in Milton Ncube for Bheki Ncube.

And with his first touch of the ball, Milton headed home under close challenge from Matizanadzo and Ndlovu to make it 3-0.

Said Kaindu after the match: “I am very happy with the way we played in the second half and finally reaching the semi-finals. I hope we will go all the way because this was not an easy match if you saw how they closed us down in the first half.”

Buffaloes coach Timothy Masachi said they had lost to a better team. “We lost to a better team and we should go back to the drawing board and fight for a better finish in the league.”

In the league matches this season, Highlanders thumped Buffaloes 3-0 at Barbourfields before last week’s 1-1 draw at Sakubva – NewZimbabwe.

 
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