Bosso pip Rhinos

BULAWAYO - A second half header by Ozias Zibande was enough for Highlanders to edge Black Rhinos 1-0 in a Zimbabwe National Army charity encounter at Barbourfields Stadium here yesterday.

Zibande struck on 54 minutes when he finished off a telling cross by Bosso anchorman Douglas Sibanda.

The goal was orchestrated by impressive Peter "Rio" Moyo when he dribbled his way past a cluster of Rhinos players before making a through pass for Sibanda who delivered a quality cross for Zibande to head home.

Both sides fielded a number of non-regulars and after the match Highlanders head coach Kelvin Kaindu said he may face a selection headache after impressive performances by most of his fringe players.

"It was a good practice match for us and the performance of the youngsters that we gave a run out may result in selection headaches for us," Kaindu said.

Some of the players that staked a claim for a regular starting slot for Highlanders include holding midfielder Sibanda, Zibande and teenage striker Bobby Nkomo.

Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani expressed satisfaction with his team's performance despite yesterday's loss.

"Today we gave a chance to youngsters to strut their stuff and I am glad that they responded well," Tutani said.

"I would like to call these boys the Youth Brigade because most of them are in their early twenties and I am confident that they will be a formidable outfit once they gel as a unit."

Second half substitute Brian Muzondiwa impressed for Rhinos and is one player to watch out for in the second half of the season.

Highlanders got $6 000 and winners medals for their efforts while Rhinos got $4 000 and runners up medals. - Sakheleni Nxumalo

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