How Mine complete Bosso double

BULAWAYO – Premiership debutants How Mine completed a double over Highlanders after registering a smash and grab 1-0 victory over their more illustrious neighbours at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Highlanders reject Warren Dube scored the decisive goal on 50 minutes to secure a first Premiership victory over Highlanders for How Mine coach Philani "Beefy" Ncube.

An elated Ncube told journalists after the match that he had out foxed the Highlanders technical team.

"Highlanders came here with a strategy but we managed to counter their game plan by letting them enjoy possession and catch them on the counter," Ncube said.

The hosts could have grabbed the lead as early as the first minute but their chief striker Simba Sithole failed to beat Highlanders keeper Munyaradzi Diya from point blank range.

Sithole had created the chance after taking the Bosso defence head on but lost his nerve upon finding himself face to face with Diya, who easily smothered the striker's effort.

Highlanders’ striker Gabriel Nyoni then came up with the miss of the day when he sent his effort horribly wide from just a few metres outside the goalmouth after three minutes of play.

Bruce Kangwa had supplied Nyoni with the cross from the left wing.

Bosso went on to pin How Mine back into their own half for long periods but lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.

How Mine responded by hauling off the out of sorts Eddy Nkhulungo and replacing him with Thembani Masuku after 26 minutes.

This change brought some stability to the team and the two teams went to the break on level terms.

This situation changed just five minutes into the second half when Dube volleyed home a cross by Sithole to give his side the lead.

Sithole took Highlanders defender Dumisani Ndlovu off his central position before whipping in a cross that found Dube lurking on the blind side and the former New West player made no mistake from just inside the penalty box.

Highlanders had a chance to draw level on 57 minutes but Bheki Ncube shot over the bar from a good position after being set up by the hardworking Simon Munawa.

How Mine had new goalkeeper Ephraim Mazarura to thank for protecting their lead when the former Warriors keeper dived full length to punch away a ferocious free kick taken by Lawson Nkomo on 66 minutes.

Mazarura's block was not emphatic and the ball eventually fell for Highlanders midfielder Masimba Mambare who shot waywardly to deny his team the equaliser.

Both Ncube and Mambare did not last the distance but their replacements also failed to bring about any meaningful change.

Highlanders head coach Kelvin Kaindu singled out this lack of impact from his substitutes as the major reason why his team lost.

"It is sad that we lost after conceding from the only attempt at goal that the opposition made and it was unfortunate that the changes that we made were not effective and we have lost ground in the championship race," Kaindu said.

How Mine took their points tally to 31 from 21 matches while Highlanders remain on 37 after yesterday's loss.

Teams:

How Mine: Ephraim Mazarura, Brighton Dube, Khumbulani Banda, Herbert Dick(Nyasha Mukumbi 76 min), Gilbert Banda, Menard Mupera, XolisaniMoyo(Qinani Sibanda 53 min), Eddy Nkhulungo (Thembani Masuku 26 min),Timothy January, Warren Dube, Simba Sithole

Highlanders: Munyaradzi Diya, Lawson Nkomo, Bruce Kangwa, Dumisani Ndlovu, Innocent Mapuranga, Mthulisi Maphosa (Njabulo Ncube 58 min), Peter Moyo, SimonMunawa, Masimba Mambare (Master Masitara 75 min), Bheki Ncube(Heritein Masuku 63 min), Gabriel Nyoni.

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