Sorry Bosso booted out

HARARE - Highlanders caretaker coach Mark Mathe was left lamenting his team’s misfortune after two injury forced substitutions in the first half contributed to his side 3-0 defeat to Harare City in the Chibuku Super Cup semi-final here yesterday.

Bosso’s game plan went up in smoke after Bruce Kangwa, who was their outstanding player before he was replaced by Simon Munawa on 31 minutes, suffered a deep cut on his head after colliding with City midfielder Timire Mamvura in tussle for possession.

Kangwa, who was playing as a second striker behind Simba Sithole, was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Things went from bad to worse for the Bulawayo giants moments later when Erick Mudzingwa pulled a hamstring and was replaced by the disappointing Tapiwa Dephistara.

Up to that point, Highlanders were the better side and could have taken the lead but those injuries severely affected their rhythm.

Francesco Zekumbawire, William Manondo and Martin Vengesai scored a goal each to earn the Sunshine Boys a place in the final where they will now meet FC Platinum, who beat Black Rhinos 1-0 in the other semi-final fixture.

The defeat was the fourth straight defeat for Bosso in all competitions, conceding a massive 11 goals while scoring just once in the process.

“We are worried about the defeat as Highlanders family but the only thing we can do is going back to the drawing board,” Mathe said after the game.

“We need to stop making those making mistakes; we need to stop being generous otherwise we are a very attacking outfit. We did not defended and penetrate well.

“The sooner we up our game mentally, physically and playing wise the better for us. The first half substitutions however had a negative effect on our game.

“I wouldn’t want to say we lost the game because of that but it really affected our tactics as it forced us to make those changes which were not planned for. It affected our rhythm but I think we lacked fighting spirit because of the goal that we conceded just before half time.

“That’s where we lost the game mentally. We should have shown more fighting spirit in the second half but we were no longer decisive, we were no longer attacking in the second half.

Harare City coach Masimba Dinyero paid tribute to his charges for sticking to the game plan.

“The boys did exceptionally well; they were mentally and physically prepared for the match,” Dinyero said.

“I am happy with their performance today. They played according to instructions. The game plan was to avoid an early goal while suffocating them in midfield and caught them on counter attacks.

“I am now looking forward to the final with FC Platinum and I am relishing the challenge because these are two teams who enjoys playing passing football. I am sure the better team on the day will win the game.”

Harare City struggled in the early stages of the match and in truth, it was only a combination of poor finishing and at times good defending especially from veteran David Kutyauripo that prevented Bosso from getting on the score sheet.

With Kangwa causing all sorts of problems for City each time he was in possession upfront it looked just a matter of time before Bosso could get a goal.

Kangwa saw his pile drive pushed out for a corner on 15 minutes by City keeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu.

But moments later disaster struck for Highlanders when they were forced to make those changes.

Zekumbawire then put City ahead in the first minute of added time of the first half when his curling shot from the edge of the box beat Ariel Sibanda.

In the second half, it was one way traffic as City enjoyed more possession while Zekumbawire and Talent Chawapihwa troubling the Bosso defence every time they were in possession.

Manondo combined with Zekumbawire shortly after coming on to increase the Sunshine Boys’ lead with a fine low shot.

Vengesayi completed the rout when he profited from a scramble at the edge of the box in added time before running on to shoot past Sibanda.


Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, Rahman Kutsanzira (Pasca Manhanga 66 min), Mthulisi Maphosa, Bruce Kangwa (Simon Munawa 31 min), Innocent Mapuranga, Felix Chindungwe, Dumisani Ndlovu, Eric Mudzingwa (Tapiwa Daphistra 33 min), Honest Moyo, Simba Sithole, Charles Sibanda

Harare City: Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Munyaradzi Diro-Nyenye, Arnold Chivheya, David Kutyauripo, Arnold Chaka, Tendai Ngulube, Timire Mamvura, Martin Vengesai, Osbourne Mukuradare (William Manondo 61 min), Francesco Zekumbawire, Talent Chawapiwa (Benson Maglasi 75 min)

Comments (2)

Thanks to Dinyero for teaching Bosso how to play total football.Its a sign that Dynamos sons are doing well and there is always going to be life after Ras Pasuwa

GLAMOURBOY - 20 October 2014

I have said it before and I will repeat it again; Highlanders' defence line needs to be changed. What was old Mapuranga doing with the ball when Zekumbawire robbed him the ball and fired for goal!? How Tapiwa Daphistra comes on as a sub ahead of Manhanga can only be explained by the technical team. That Bosso teams tires out quickly and at this stage of the season its very unsual. Is it a case of old people failing to cope with the rigours of Premiership football!?

True Makepekepe - 20 October 2014

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