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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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SST

Shooting Stars




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CTD

Caps United




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LGN

Lengthens




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Sunday, 26 October 2008

15:00   

MSV

Masvingo United




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1

KGN

Kiglon




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DMS

Dynamos




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GNS

Gunners




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15:00   

CPU

Chapungu




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SND

Njube Sundowns




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Zenzo Moyo: Current Highlanders not passionate

Zenzo Moyo: Current Highlanders not passionate

HIGHLANDERS legend Zenzo Moyo believes the current crop of players at the Bulawayo giants have not shown serious commitment to the club which has led to Bosso’s inconsistency in the 2013 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Although Highlanders are still in the race for the championship, they have lost six matches in the league with nine matches left to the end of the season. Last season they lost only one match in 30 games.

Zenzo Moyo: The current crop is not passionate

Bosso are sitting on position three with 37 points, four points behind log leaders Dynamos to whom they ceded the title on the last day last year (they were square on 69 points with Dynamos, but were outdone on goal difference).

The former Warriors international and championship-winning hitman, whose last title was in 2006 after a return from Europe, said there was lack of commitment by players who did not have the understanding that donning the Highlanders jersey could take them places.

Instead, he says, they bicker on financial benefits from the club.

“As legends, we don’t want to point fingers. This is not the right time, but we have players who are lacking ability to deliver. I don’t want to mention names, but our players have no sense of belonging to Highlanders. We cannot be blaming the coach or the manager for the results.

“Our players don’t know what it means to fight for and put on that jersey. They don’t see that Highlanders can open doors for them.

“Instead they are crying out for little sums of money in winning bonuses. Highlanders is a big club that can take you places and win you big bonuses elsewhere. We didn’t have money when we played for Highlanders, but we were committed and we knew what those jerseys meant,” Moyo whose international career took him to Cyprus in 2000, said .

He also played in Greece before rejoining the club in 2006 under Methembe Ndlovu’s tutelage to win another league title.

Since Highlanders exported Vusa Nyoni, Tapuwa Kapini, Honour Gombami and Obadiah Tarumbwa after the 2006 triumph, no player has left for Europe.

Instead, star players like Washington Arubi who joined from Lancashire Steel and Cuthbert Malajila from Chapungu, opted for Dynamos, subsequently ending up in South Africa.

Nyoni is still in Belgium while Tarumbwa has joined Pretoria University in South Africa after stints in Cyprus and Kenya. Gombami, has played in Belgium, but is club hunting while Kapini is in SA.

From the current crop of players, none except Masimba Mambare, Peter “Rio” Moyo and Milton Ncube have attracted interest from abroad.

Moyo’s class included “real black and white” Bosso sons like Gift Lunga (Jr), Johannes Ngodzo, Mubariki Chisoni, Thulani “Biya” Ncube, Amon Chimbalanga, Dazzy Kapenya, Thabani Masawi, Blessing Gumiso and Siza Khoza, among others.

Bosso lost their sixth match on Sunday, losing the second match to new PSL boys How Mine at Barbourfields Stadium.

This is the fourth match they have lost at Emagumeni after losing their first 0-1 to Motor Action in April. They then lost 1-2 to How Mine in May before another 0-1 loss to Chicken Inn in June.

Other losses were to Caps United in Harare in June (1-2) and 0-1 to Black Mambas also in the capital last month before the Sunday defeat to How Mine.

Highlanders fans have blamed the coach Kelvin Kaindu for experimenting with the team’s composition with another clique of supporters accusing welfare manager Willard Mashinkila-Khumalo of interfering with team selection.

Kaindu has denied that Mashinkila-Khumalo is throwing spanners into the works while Bosso chairman Peter Dube has also thrown that assertion out.

Two months ago, the club allegedly slashed winning bonuses for players by 50% which many say has contributed to the low morale in camp.

Last Friday, no member of the technical team attended the Mbada Diamonds Cup draw in Harare, although Khumalo and Dube were present. Kaindu and his assistants Bekithemba Ndlovu and Tembo Chuma were nowhere to be seen.

While Highlanders have been quick to dismiss issues, a source close to their sponsors BancABC, confirmed last week that the club had failed to present a budget for the acquisition of players during the mid-season transfer window and for the rehabilitation of a borehole at the clubhouse – Southern Eye.

 
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