Cohesion eludes Bosso

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo giants Highlanders’ struggle to find the right combinations continued last Sunday with yet another unconvincing display that belies the talent at their disposal.

Bosso were eliminated from this year’s edition of the Independence Trophy tournament after losing 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out to FC Platinum and their performance during large parts of the match must have left their fans a worried lot.

Mantengwane fans, whose hopes of seeing their team dominating the local game and beyond were raised sky high following Highlanders’ acquisition of a number of star players at the start of the year, walked out of Barbourfields Stadium a dejected lot and some even vented their anger on FC Platinum fans who had to seek to refuge inside the stadium as the situation threatened to become volatile at the Mpilo end.

Some fans later took to social networks to register their displeasure at their team’s lifeless performance with many singling out head coach Kelvin Kaindu’s shuttling between Zimbabwe, Zambia and the United Kingdom in pursuit of furthering his education as the reason behind Bosso’s woes.

Highlanders were very busy on the market and brought in a number of high profile players that include former Chicken Inn players Njabulo Nyoni, Felex Chindungwe and Kuda Mahachi, ex FC Platinum stars Charles Sibanda, Welcome Ndiweni and Joel Ngodzo, former Shabanie Mine linkman Valentine Ndaba, ex How Mine left-back Khumbulani Banda and prodigal son Rahman Kutsanzira also returned to Bosso from CAPS United.

Kaindu has in the past likened the arrival of all these new players as akin to building a team from scratch and this is the same explanation that his assistant Mathe proffered to the Daily News yesterday when asked to explain his team’s showing against FC Platinum on Sunday.

“Fans should not panic just because we are yet to play to our full potential. This will come in due course because remember there is quite a number of new players at the club who were signed from various clubs and they are still adjusting to the Highlanders style of play,” Mathe said.

The former Chicken Inn and Zimbabwe Saints coach added that the trick would be for Highlanders to grind out results in the early stages of the season as the team tries to gel.

Highlanders were let down by their central midfield partnership of Welcome Ndiweni and Hillary Madzivanyika that lacked aggression and as a result played second fiddle to the FC Platinum central midfield pairing of Simon Shoko and man of the match Thabani Kamusoko.

The trick could be the deployment of Chindungwe as the defensive linkman as the dreadlocked player brought a lot of stability upon his introduction in the dying stages of the game.

Tall striker Cleopas Dube also added a different dimension to Highlanders’ attack as he won all aerial tussles against the visitors’ defence.

Dube was unlucky not to get his name on the score sheet in added time when his powerful shot hit the crossbar with FC Platinum keeper Talbert Shumba stranded.

Highlanders will now meet Harare City in the Independence Trophy third place play-off in Bulawayo on Independence Day.

City lost 4-2 to Dynamos on penalties in the other semi-final tie.

Comments (2)

when will my fellow bosso fans learn to be patient. i know patience is a painful act but it is good. if we just become patient this year we will be happy people. the results we are having now are a test for us to see how we will react and what decisions we can end up making. one of the worst decision leadership should not make even when everyone is calling for it and we seem to be on lowest is sacking the head coach. we may do that later, but for now we need to keep him there. highlanders is a big team and is to be tested. lets avoid violence no matter how the defeats will be. the more the violence the more we will be disunited and the more we will lose.

see - 1 April 2014

Why cant Kaindu import strikers from Zambia as this has proved an elusive local commodity

MASTER P - 1 April 2014

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