Highlanders end winless streak

BULAWAYO – A solitary strike from hard working midfielder Heritein Masuku was enough to earn Highlanders maximum points against 10-man Hwange in a Castle Premiership encounter on Sunday.

After the win, Bosso now have 34 points from 18 games and moved into second position on the log, three behind leaders Harare City.

The diminutive Bosso linkman struck the winner on 66 minutes when he finished off an effort by Simon Munawa that was spilled onto his path by Hwange keeper Timothy Sibanda.

After the match Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu hailed his charges for getting back to winning ways after going for four previous league matches without victory.

“I think the victory came at the right time when we needed it the most,” Kaindu said.

“What was important was to get the maximum points and get back to winning ways.”

Highlanders enjoyed a bright start and could have gone ahead as early as the first minute but Milton Ncube headed weakly at Sibanda after finding himself at the end of a Mthulisi Maphosa cross.

Ncube nearly made amends for his miss after 12 minutes but his shot cannoned off the crossbar and back into play with Sibanda well beaten.

Other chances fell for Masuku and Bevan Chikaka but Hwange managed to hold on until halftime.

Chikaka failed to finish the first half after picking up an injury and he was replaced by Gabriel Nyoni on the stroke of halftime.

After the break Hwange’s attack improved and had a couple of efforts that went over the bar from Gilbert Zulu and Nkosana Siwela inside a minute on 58 minutes.

But it was Highlanders who went ahead on 66 minutes when Sibanda failed to safely collect a tame effort from Munawa and Masuku was at hand to stab the ball home from close range.

More problems were to follow for the coal miners after their midfielder Isaac Masame was shown a straight red card for rough play on 70 minutes.

Masame was sent off for fouling Highlanders substitute Nyoni.

Hwange coach Nation Dube blamed his team’s loss on what he termed a ‘‘schoolboy blunder’’ by his keeper Sibanda.

“We just gave the game away with that schoolboy blunder by the keeper but otherwise we played very well,” Dube said.

“There is still a number of games left in the season so we cannot talk of relegation at the moment.”

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