Bushire outshone Dynamos' midfield

BULAWAYO – Shabanie Mine goalkeeper Victor Twaliki may have been the hero in his team’s penalty shoot victory in the BancABC Sup8r semifinal victory over Dynamos, but on loan midfielder Frankson Bushire was definitely the most consistent player of the tie.

Playing just in front of holding midfielder Tafadzwa Mombeshora and operating mostly on the right flank, Bushire was the only player who stood up to the formidable Dynamos central midfield duo of Tawanda Muparati and Devon Chafa in the first half, which was dominated by the Harare giants.

The Makwasha Township-born Bushire, who is on loan from Shabanie’s Zvishavane rivals FC Platinum, refused to be intimidated by his more experienced opponents and stood head and shoulders above his teammates who seemed overawed by the occasion.

Bushire’s quality further shone through after Shabanie introduced fellow youngsters Fungai Chirinda and Valentine Ndaba as his combination with the two substitutes swung the game in his team’s favour.

The trio started to boss the midfield and Bushire showed his dribbling skills on 83 minutes when he left Dynamos left-back Ocean Mushure for dead on the right flank and the defender had to resort to rough play to contain the youngster.

Bushire capped his fine performance by finding the net in the penalty shootout when he successfully converted Shabanie’s fourth spot kick.

Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere described Bushire as a bright prospect.

“The young man has been playing well ever since we brought him into the team when we played against How Mine in the league,” Masomere said.

“He is a very disciplined and dedicated player and will definitely go far in his career if he stays focused.”

Bushire is signed to FC Platinum but has been on loan at Shabanie Mine since last season.

He has only just recently been thrust into the starting line-up and has not disappointed.

Bushire has found Bulawayo to be a good hunting ground as he scored the solitary goal that gave Shabanie victory over How Mine in a league encounter in July at Luveve Stadium.

FC Platinum officials were present during Sunday’s second BancABC semi-final encounter and will surely keep close tabs on Bushire in the final and during the remainder of the season.

Bushire is the nephew of former Shushine and Shabanie Mine player Menyani Phiri.

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