ZPC beat Bosso again

BULAWAYO - A second half strike by veteran forward Limited Chikafa was all ZPC Kariba needed to subdue Highlanders in their backyard in an evenly-balanced Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.

Bosso were forced to end the season in an unfashionable way after they suddenly appeared to have struck a rich vein of form in a season that was largely characterised by poor performance which saw coach Bongani Mafu being sacked.

The game began with both teams sizing each other up. Bosso had the first meaningful chance on eight minutes when Sylvester Appiah tripped Bruce Kangwa who was charging for goal on the edge of the box.

Obadiah Tarumbwa took responsibility but skied his effort. On 24 minutes, the visitors could have taken the lead but Leonard Fiyado was the main culprit.

Fiyado was released by Chikafa but hesitated with only the goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda to beat allowing him to recover and collect the ball.

In the 32nd minute, Nqobizitha Masuku set up Tarumbwa whose effort from close range had to be blocked by Thomas Sweswe with ZPC Kariba goalie Tendai Hove a beaten man.

However, the visitors frustrated their opponents with a 46th minute goal by Chikafa.

Rantokoane Tsepo sent in a cross into the box from the right flank which was calmly received by Chikafa who simply placed the ball beyond the reach of Sibanda.

As Bosso vainly fought to claw back to salvage at least a draw, the ZPC defence marshalled by Dennis Dauda, Thomas Sweswe and Thomas Magorimbo did not give in.

On 74 minutes Bosso got what appeared to be a dubious penalty after referee Thabani Bhamala adjudged Pride Tafirenyika to have tripped Tarumbwa in the box.

This saw a temporary stoppage as the visitors protested against the decision which they argued was ill conceived.

They later gave in but Tarumbwa hit the upright.

But ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa had no problem with the penalty.

“I have always told my boys that you don’t do a sliding tackle in the box because once you do that you leave the referee with no option but to point to the penalty,” he said.

“I am happy for the victory because if you come to the City of Kings and get away with three points, then you are a man.”
Highlanders’ technical director Cosmos Zulu chose to describe the visitors as a bogey side.

“We failed to beat them since they came into the premier league; they are our bogey side. We had better ball possession but they got one chance and they utilised it,” he said.

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