Bosso out of Chibuku Super Cup

BULAWAYO - A week after winning the ZNA Charities Challenge Cup, Highlanders failed to get inspiration from the win over Dynamos as they crashed out of the Chibuku Super Cup following yesterday’s defeat to How Mine on penalties.

With the match tied 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes, How Mine converted all their four spot kicks through Devon Chafa, Timothy January, Heritein Masuku and Menard Mupera.

Highlanders’ senior players chickened out during the penalty shoot-out leaving a young player, Tembinkosi Simango, who was making his debut to take the final deciding spot kick.

His effort was saved by How Mine goalkeeper Bernard Donovan to send How Mine through to the quarter-finals.

Only Obadiah Tarumbwa, King Nadolo and Nqobizitha Masuku scored while Tendai Ngulube also missed for Bosso.  

How Mine were the first to score in the 18th minute through Masuku.

The former Bosso midfielder had a good interchange of passes with Godfrey Nguwodzawo and unleashed a shot which seemingly looked like a cross.

The shot was, however, deflected by Highlanders defender Felix Chindungwe into his own net.

Highlanders then equalised in the second half through a beautiful free-kick by Tarumbwa.

Simon Munawa was brought down just outside the penalty box by Chafa.

Tarumbwa took the free-kick and his strike evaded How Mine goalkeeper Bernard to hit the back of the net.

Thereafter the match looked scrappy as players from both teams were cautious in their play as they avoided mistakes that could cost their team a chance to shine in the most prestigious cup in the league.

Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu said: “Wasted chances cost us. The chances we created in the first 15 minutes were not supposed to be missed. We had great play but we failed to complement it with goals.

“We lost through penalties of which penalties are anyone’s game. It’s a very big disappointment to be out of this cup.”

How Mine coach Luke Masomere said: “I am happy that we are through to the next round of the cup. I think we should have won the match even before going to the penalties because the referee had signalled an indirect kick and Highlanders scored directly.

“My boys showed a good fighting spirit. In my entire life, I have only lost once in penalty shoot-outs and I knew I was going to win this one.”

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