Rio regains lost mojo

BULAWAYO - Highlanders' midfield dynamo Peter “Rio” Moyo has rediscovered the blazing form that saw him ignite the local football scene at the beginning of the 2012 season.

The dreadlocked player, who together with Mthulisi Maphosa was the driving force behind Highlanders’ great start to the season last year, chose the recent Mbada Diamonds Cup final to remind local fans of his quality and deservedly walked away with the man-of-the-match award after putting up a polished performance.

Moyo’s confidence seemed to have deserted him following a slump in form towards the end of last year and this season he struggled to match the lofty standards that he set in his debut season in the local top flight league.

But judging from the way he shone like a beacon against How Mine at Barbourfields Stadium at the weekend, Moyo’s confidence is not only back but it is overflowing.

The way he confidently took control of the game in the early stages of the match was the reason why Highlanders won the crucial midfield battle and this put his team on top of the situation for the better part of the match.

His performance during the final, which Highlanders won 3-0, was that of a true playmaker as his willingness to knock the ball around led his teammates to follow suit and How Mine spent the better part of the day chasing shadows.

“I may have been chosen as the man-of-the-match but it was a team effort and I guess we all wanted to achieve victory in the cup final and atone for losing the league title,” Moyo told the Daily News yesterday.

“We wanted to have something to show for our efforts because at the end of the day every individual has got to look back and count their achievements at the end of the year and the driving force was that we did not want to end the season empty handed.”

And to add icing on top of the cake Moyo got his name on the score sheet after grabbing Bosso’s second goal of the match.

Scoring has always been the Warriors midfielder’s Achilles Heel but the way he ‘passed the net’ after combining with fellow midfielder Masimba Mambare showed a vast improvement in his shooting.

That Moyo was back in top form was evident in Highlanders’ last league match of the Castle Premiership campaign when he played a blinder against Shabanie Mine as his team sought to hit an avalanche of goals past their opponents and steal the championship from right under Dynamos’ nose.

And had he been more composed in front of goal he could have harvested a number of goals and aided his team’s cause but that was not to be as he kept hurrying his shots after getting into good goal scoring positions.

Moyo’s hitting form at this point in time is good news for Zimbabwe national team coach Ian Gorowa ahead of next year’s African Nations Championships to be hosted by South Africa.

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