Manhanga propels Bosso into quarter-finals

GWERU - Pasca Manhanga scored the solitary goal as Highlanders exorcised the Ascot jinx, beating Shabanie in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup here yesterday.

Highlanders had not won at Ascot this season, losing to Chapungu in the CG Msipa Charity Cup and to How Mine in the Netone One Wallet Cup.

Bosso were then held to goalless draw in the opening match of the season by Chapungu but new boy Manhanga, who joined from Triangle in mid-season, scored the priceless goal in the 34th minute which propelled his team into the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Despite the win, Bosso were far from convincing.

They would curve out a goal from a set piece after Hillary Madzivanyika was fouled by Douglas Sibanda.

Joel Ngodzo released Bruce Kangwa on the left. Kangwa sent in a floating cross past the Shabanie defence.

Manhanga, who was lurking behind the defence, coolly controlled the ball before beating Victor Twaliki with a nice chip. Madzivanyika could also have added his name on the score sheet late in the first half after making a solo run evading the whole Shabanie defence but failed to beat Twaliki, who had come off his line to narrow the angle.

Shabanie had moments of their own with Allan Tavarwisa troubling Highlanders’ central defensive pairing of Dumisani Ndlovu and Innocent Mapuranga. Bosso came into the second half playing more purposeful football but were let down by poor finishing.

Charles Sibanda, who seems to have lost his scoring form was sent through by Kangwa but blasted over the bar with only Twaliki to beat. Young Kudzanai Machazane who came in for Njabulo Ncube in the second half saw his header come off the crossbar after a nice delivery from Manhanga on the left.

Shabanie tried hard to come back into the match but were unlucky as they could not get the equaliser after creating a number of chances.

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