Bosso back on top

HARARE - Highlanders rallied from behind after an early Monomotapa goal to cruise to a thumping victory in a lively match and reclaim pole position in the Castle Premiership.  

 Midfield hard-man Mthulisi Maphosa and forward Graham Ncube both scored a brace to ensure Bosso return to winning ways following last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to newboys How Mine.

 Njabulo Ncube scored Bosso’s fifth from the penalty spot while former Gunners striker Ismael Lawe netted Monomotapa’s  two goals to salvage some consolation.  

The win saw Kelvin Kaindu’s men regain top spot on the log standings with 23 points, enjoying a two point lead over Harare City and FC Platinum, who are tied on second place with 21 points.

 It was sweet revenge for Highlanders after they were derailed by Monomotapa in their failed title bid last season. Monoz also sent Bosso tumbling out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup in the same season.

 Monomotapa, who once again won a lot of admirers with their self-styled passing game, had themselves to blame, especially in the first half, where they controlled proceedings but failed to capitalise.

Biggie Zuze’s men enjoyed a huge chuck of possession especially in the opening 20 minutes, getting the opener in the 13th minute.

They went to sleep afterwards, failing to take full advantage of Highlanders’ jittery defence.

 “I think we could have wrapped up the match in the first half,” Monoz coach Biggie Zuze told reporters after the match.

 “We created a lot of scoring chances but we failed to bury them. Highlanders came strongly in the second half and they got the goals. We are very disappointed with the way we conceded the goals.

“I think the most important thing now is for us to re-group and fight back in our next assignments. Credit should go to Highlanders, they were too strong for us in the second half. The thing is we have a lot of youngsters who are playing Premiership football for the first time and some of them are still lacking experience.”

Highlanders keeper Ariel Sibanda, who started for Bosso in the absence of Munyaradzi Diya, away on national duty with the Warriors in Malawi, also made a number of crucial saves to deny Monoz.

 Bosso only came to the party in the second half, particularly after the introduction of Eric Mudzingwa in the 49th minute. The Bosso vice-captain replaced out-of-form Hillary Madzivanyika in midfield.

 Mudzingwa’s introduction stabilised Bosso’s midfield and they began to dictate pace, winning most of the battles and it was not a surprise when they scored twice inside two minutes on 55 and 56 minutes.

 Njabulo thrust Bosso into the lead from the spot after referee Batsirai Muchenje adjudged Monoz defender Morgan Mungombe to have brought down Graham in the box.

Maphosa followed with another goal a minute later.

Bosso however survived Monomotapa’s late surge after Lawe had reduced the arrears to make it 3-2 in the 81st minute. Graham Ncube and Maphosa netted in added time to kill off the match as a contest.

 TEAMS

Monomotapa: Tapiwa Zvaita, Nicholas Guyo (Clive Boroma, 45 min), Morgan Mungombe, Zvikomborero Biseki, Ismael Lawe, Agrippa Murimba (Never Tigere, 66min), Obey Mwerahari, Praise Tonha (Hamilton Masumbuko, 60min), Jimmy Tigere, Nelson Menson, Charles Rukwanhi.

Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, Simon Munawa, Bruce Kangwa, Dumisani Ndlovu, Innocent Mapuranga, Hillary Madzivanyika (Eric Mudzingwa, 49 min), Mthulisi Maphosa, Graham Ncube, Peter Moyo (Beaven Chikaka ,70 min), Milton Ncube, Njabulo Ncube (Heritan Masuku, 82 min). - Godknows Matarutse

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