Bosso hammer How Mine

BULAWAYO - Highlanders finally rediscovered their winning formula at Barbourfields Stadium by scoring five goals to thrash city rivals How Mine and ease pressure on under-fire coach Bongani Mafu.

All season long, Bosso had won only twice at their home which had left Mafu perplexed but yesterday his side put all those bad memories behind with a splendid performance.

The Bulawayo giants also halted a six-match winless run in the league which stretched back to May when they beat struggling Whawha 2-0 at home.

Obadiah Tarumbwa and Knox Mutizwa scored a brace each while Simon Munawa weighed in with the other goal.

Mafu was on cloud nine after the match and praised his players for bouncing back against a side that had dumped them out of the Chibuku Super Cup on penalties only last week.

“We were lucky to get as many goals. I told the boys to go out and enjoy and even make mistakes,” he said.

“I’m happy there was freedom of expression on my players. Today we made use of our chances and it is good. I am happy for my players.

“Yes we won but we are still in the relegation zone. We are in hell, we need to get out.

“We need to look at ourselves and say we are not where we are supposed to be. We need to start getting those points.”

How Mine coach Luke Masomere agreed his team was totally outplayed.

“We were disjointed. Highlanders outplayed us today. My players played second best to Highlanders,” he said.

“Highlanders played as a unity and we didn’t. The referees’ performance was five star, they were very fair.”

Bosso broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the match through veteran striker Tarumbwa.

The forward was set up by Munawa and he beat the How Mine offside trap to lob the ball over the advancing goalkeeper Bernard Donovan.

Three minutes later, Menard Mupera equalised for the gold miners after receiving a loose ball just outside the box and hit a left-footed cracker that could be contender for goal of the season — to beat Njabulo Nyoni.

Highlanders kept the pressure on the visitors and their efforts paid off when Munawa restored their lead in the 33rd minute.

In the second half, Bosso started from where they had left off and after the hour mark Tarumbwa completed his brace when he finished off a goal bound effort from Mutizwa.

There was no denying Mutizwa his goal when he scored Bosso’s fourth five minutes later.

Munawa took advantage of a mistake by Donovan and sent in a cross for Mutizwa, who had the easiest of tasks to tap the ball into an empty net.

Mutizwa scored his brace when he chipped over Donovan two minutes from time after he had been set up by substitute Gabriel Nyoni.

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