Bosso fans react to another DeMbare defeat

HARARE - Highlanders fans have not reacted well to the club’s continued dominance by Dynamos following yet another crashing defeat to their fiercest rivals, who clinched the inaugural TM Pick’ Pay Challenge Cup on Saturday with a rampant 4-1 win in Harare.

The win by Calisto Pasuwa’s men meant DeMbare have not lost to Highlanders in a competitive game in eight years, a state-of-affairs  which represents a major blow to the pride of a club which means much more than football to its multitude of fans across the country, especially so in the Matabeleland region.
What hurts even more for the Highlanders faithful is that in those eight years, they have had to watch Dynamos win four league titles, the last three coming in succession in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Much of the blame, lately, has been laid at the feet of coach Kelvin Kaindu, who has failed to find a winning formula to beat Dynamos in the three seasons he has been in charge at Tshilamoya.
Following Saturday’s result at the National Sports Stadium, Highlanders fans took to social networking sites to vent their frustration.

Veteran broadcaster Ezra Tshisa Sibanda wrote on Facebook:
“Dynamos has floored their usual whipping boys Highlanders 4-1 in the inaugural TM Challenge Cup at National Sports Stadium in Harare. No Highlanders team in that famous black and white shirt has ever suffered in the way KK's team did during a brutal 90 minutes of Dynamos' polished and fascinating performance.

“DeMbare played as though their opponents might as well have been invited from a social club. They were embarrassed in a way that will make them look back on this game and want to shelter their eyes. It was football’s equivalent of chewing on broken glass and they should probably just be grateful Dynamos did not make it even more harrowing after missing numerous easy chances in front of goal. This was not a team losing, it was the dream of ever beating Dynamos dying in the hands of my dear friend KK. He always sings about ‘let’s focus on the next game’ in his post-match interviews, what focus is he talking about when he doesn't have a clue on what he is doing? Tactically he is very poor, he can't read the game neither can he instil a winning mentality on his players, he is just an object standing on the touch line. There was anger from travelling fans, resentment and something approaching a full-on mutiny when KK and his players lingered too long on the pitch at the end of the game before collecting their losers' medals. Yet there was also an appreciation of what they were seeing on Pasuwa and his team!”
Sibanda’s remarks drew approval comments from his followers, with some, as has become the norm in this great Zimbabwean football rivalry, unfortunately containing tribal connotations.

One Mandla Ndlovu said Bosso’s failure was a result of the team’s domination by players bearing Shona names, to which Sibanda and some Bosso fans took great exception.
Retorted Sibanda: “Please my dear friends this is football is not about tribes, it's about a coach who is failing in every respect. Don't find excuses for Kaindu and blame it on players, the coach is a failure period!”

Superstitions and sentimentalities of the past have also not escaped debates over DeMbare’s iron-grip dominance over Highlanders, with a school of thought that believes in the supernatural suggesting nothing will change until the spirits of the late Dynamos cheerleader Taribo West (real name Stanford Nhau), are appeased.
Nhau died in 2009 allegedly as a result of injuries sustained from an attack by Highlanders fans at Barbourfields Stadium the previous year.

The causes of his death, however, were disputed by sources who spoke to an online publication back in 2009.
A Highlanders fan, Zama Nyathi, writing on Bosso LIVE, also added his voice:

“For how long are we going to say kuzalunga kodwa kungalungi lutho (things will be okay when they are getting worse?). It’s time the coach must go. Sesibekezele kwenela (Our patience is waning) getting thin). There is nothing as painful as being beaten by Dynamos and no action is taken. For how long are we going to be the laughing stock? Enough is enough!”

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