Shabanie humble Highlanders

ZVISHAVANE - Shabanie Mine overcame one of the tough hurdles in the fight against relegation, beating Highlanders 2-1 in a Castle Larger Premiership match at Maglas Stadium yesterday.

Shabanie had a terrific start, getting an early lead through Smart Muchabaiwa before Xolani Ncube put a cushion in the second half.

Highlanders had a spirited performance midway in the second half in which they had three goals cleared off the line.

With a positive result having a bearing on their survival, Shabanie could have gone ahead in the fourth minute when Muchabaiwa missed target narrowly off a Wellington Kamudyariwa cross.

There was no denying Muchabaiwa in the 15th minute, heading in a free-kick kick from Kamudyariwa on the right.

Shabanie continued enjoying territorial advantage with Douglas Sibanda, Kamudyariwa and Rowan Nenzou dictating pace. They could have increased their tally had they been precise in front of goal.

Highlanders were forced to make an injury induced substitution midway in the first half when Mthulisi Maphosa limped off and was replaced by Innocent Mapuranga.

Felix Chindungwe was pushed to anchorman position with Mapuranga taking his position at central defence. Highlanders began to have shape with Chindungwe plugging the hole in the Bosso midfield.

With Bosso beginning to impose themselves in the game, a blunder by Dumisani Ndlovu gifted Shabanie with a goal when lively Ncube intercepted a weak pass intended for Simon Munawa. He raced forward before slotting the ball past an outdrawn Munyaradzi Diya in the 54th minute.

Chindungwe thought he had pulled one back a minute later but his header was cleared off the line by Brighton Pamhirwa. Young King Nadolo, who came in for Valentine Ndaba, added some impetus into the Bosso attack resulting in a face saver in the 73rd minute with Nyoni heading in a corner from Bruce Kangwa on the left.

Simba Sithole, who had come on for an ineffective Charles Sibanda, saw his volley cleared off the line by Pamhirwa for a corner.

Muchabaiwa, who has been the pillar of strength at Shabanie, was needlessly given a straight red card after a scuffle for a ball with Nyoni. Bosso seized the numerical advantage as they launched a wave of attack one after the other bit they found the Shabanie defence with Pamhirwa once again blocking an effort from Nadolo in the 84th minute.

Comments (1)

Bosso should improve next season by appointing a coach with the desire and heart to win big matches unlike Kaindu

Smart - 10 November 2014

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