Manhanga buries Bosso's unhappy memories

HARARE - Highlanders had toiled for three matches without a victory at Ascot Stadium this season but that all changed on Sunday afternoon.

In all their three earlier visits this year to Gweru, the Bulawayo giants lost twice to Chapungu and How Mine in the CG Msipa Charity Shield and the NetOne One Wallet Cup.

The other match finished in a goalless draw with Chapungu in the first match of the Castle Premiership season back in April.

Bosso, who were on a four-match winless run, invaded the City of Progress for the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup for a date with Shabanie Mine on Sunday.

That winless run had left the club on edge and Tshilamoya needed a win at all costs to rekindle their season that was threatening to unravel.

It was newboy Pasca Manhanga who provided the much needed tonic, as Bosso emerged with their first win of the season from Ascot to dump the troubled asbestos miners out of the competition.

The midfielder, who arrived from Triangle during the mid-season transfer window, was outstanding down the left channel where he caused a lot of problems for the Chinda Boys’ defence.

Manhanga provided quality service for Bosso strikers Charles Sibanda and Njabulo Ncube but the duo was having a bad day in office and failed to provide the desired finish.

The former Triangle midfielder took the matter into his own hands, showing Sibanda and Ncube how it is done by scoring the solitary goal of the match 11 minutes before the half time break.

Manhanga coolly trapped under his feet Bruce Kangwa’s cross before scoring with a delightful chip past a badly positioned Victor Twaliki.

The goal brought a sigh of relief for Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu, who had come under pressure from the club’s demanding fans following that poor run in recent weeks.

Manhanga’s strike was also Highlanders’ first goal in four matches as they had last scored in their 4-2 win over city rivals Bantu Rovers last month.

Kaindu praised Manhanga after the match and believes the win will be a big confidence booster for his players going forward.

“It's a step forward for us to get a win after a winless streak. I’m happy for Pasca for getting that goal which made a huge difference and managed to restore some confidence among the players and supporters after a lean spell in the previous matches.

“It helps to bring back our confidence which was beginning to affect us as we were not scoring in recent matches. We also need to work on our finishing.”

Kaindu added that Bosso are looking forward to do well in the Chibuku Super Cup. Highlanders were the losing finalists in the last edition of the competition, going down to city rivals Zimbabwe Saints 1-0 at Barbourfields Stadium back in 1989.

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