Bosso set up derby final

 

BULAWAYO - Highlanders set up a potentially-explosive derby Easycall Cup final with league champions — Chicken Inn — after edging bitter rivals Dynamos 2-1 in a gripping semi-final tie played here yesterday.

And the high-profile semi-final would not end without controversial DeMbare striker Roderick Mutuma stealing the headlines, for the wrong reasons.



Mutuma, who was slapped with a four-match ban by the PSL disciplinary committee last week for his unruly behaviour at the end of the Chibuku Super Cup final which Dynamos lost to Harare City, in October, was yesterday red-carded for violent conduct.

The troublesome Dynamos striker had given his team a lifeline after pulling a goal back with 31 minutes remaining on the clock but was correctly sent off for kicking Ralph Matema off the ball, with three minutes remaining at a time the Glamour Boys were pressing for an equaliser with scores at 2-1.

His dismissal was a kick in the teeth to the Dynamos executive which successfully appealed against Mutuma and his strike partner Takesure Chinyama’s suspensions.

It also exposed the DeMbare executive as its threats not to fulfil yesterday’s blockbuster semi-final were seen as blackmail against the PSL and its disciplinary committee which rightly meted the punishment on Mutuma and Chinyama who were found guilty of having breached regulations during their altercation with the referee after losing to City.

But Mutuma’s latest disciplinary issues yesterday could not take way the gloss from Bosso’s victory which pits them against the newly-crowned Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions in the final to be played at Barbourfields Stadium.

It would be the first time since 2013 that two clubs from Bulawayo are meeting in a cup final.

The last cup final derby was between Highlanders and How Mine with Bosso winning the Mbada Diamonds Cup after defeating the gold miners.


Yesterday, coach Amini Soma-Phiri became the first Highlanders mentor in almost 10 years to beat Dynamos in a competitive match.

He is worth the credit especially considering how he turned around Highlanders season from a potential relegation disaster into a credible top six finish.

Bosso finished sixth following a late surge which was sparked by Soma-Phiri. Yesterday, he had a game plan which worked well as his players played for him — ignoring the record against their rivals which was stacked heavily against them — instead choosing to show what next season could offer by getting quickly off the blocks.

And with six minutes on the clock, Mantengwane took the lead through Obadiah Tarumbwa whose shot inside the box beat Tatenda Mukuruva despite his strong hand appearing to make a save.

Dynamos almost equalised four minutes later but Bosso ‘keeper Ariel Sibanda did well to deny the charging Blessing Moyo from close range.

Instead, it was Highlanders who went on to create several scoring opportunities with Knox Mutizwa, who arrived from trials in South Africa on Saturday evening, and Tarumbwa , causing all sorts of problems for DeMbare defenders.

Bosso were unfortunate not to get the second in the 20th minute when an Erick Mudzingwa header crashed against the cross bar.

Mutizwa doubled Bosso’s lead in the 32nd minute with a sublime chip after leaving an out-of-sorts Dynamos skipper, Augustine Mbara, for dead on the left side.

There was nothing that an advancing Mukuruva could do to keep out the fine finish.

Dynamos thought they had reduced the arrears on 40 minutes when Chinyama scored from close range but his effort was cancelled for offside.

With the Dynamos defence struggling to contain marauding Bosso strikers, Ndiraya responded by bringing in Masimba Mambare for Mbara two minutes before the break.

Mambare had little impact on the match.

Two minutes after the break, the hosts almost increased their tally when the impressive Tarumbwa beat Moyo and turned inside before his curling shot was kept out for a corner by the diving Mukuruva.

Mutuma reduced the arrears in the 59th minute when he profited from Bosso bad defending which allowed a miscued clearance across goal by tapping into the empty net.

It had appeared DeMbare would force the match into a penalty shoot-out but they soon fizzled out, allowing Highlanders to frustrate them.

Soma-Phiri made good tactical substitutions when he brought on King Nadolo to restrict Ocean Mushure’s forward movements while adding fresh legs to defensive midfield by bringing on Douglas Sibanda for the jaded Nqobizitha Masuku.

“Considering what we went through last week trying to have him play, I’m disappointed by the red card, especially from a senior player like him (Mutuma). We have to sit down and see what we can do about it,’ an angry Tonderai Ndiraya said in his post-match interview.

He blamed his team’s defeat for a poor first half performance which saw them concede two goals.

“I am very disappointed with our first half performance. We were sluggish, we conceded silly goals,” Ndiraya said. “We came back a bit stronger in the second half but we did not do enough to win. Overall, I’m disappointed with how the boys performed.”

Highlanders’ technical director Cosmas Zulu was ecstatic saying the victory vindicates his call for patience as they needed time to turn around things.

“I am happy that we managed to silence Dynamos. Now we are in the finals and we would want to win it for the Highlanders family,” said Zulu.

“Our mandate when we were appointed was to finish in the top eight which we achieved. We were (later) also mandated to reach the Easycall Cup final and here we are.”

Teams:

Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, Simon Munawa, Rahman Kutsanzira, Obadiah Tarumbwa, Bruce Kangwa, Nqobizitha Masuku, Knox Mutizwa, Felix Chindungwe, Tendai Ngulube, Erick Mudzingwa, Valentine Ndaba

Dynamos: Tatenda Mukuruva, Blessing Moyo, Godknows Murwira, Ocean Mushure, Elisha Muroiwa, Augustine Mbara, Walter Mukanga, Ronald Chitiyo, Carlos Rusere, Roderick Mutuma, Takesure Chinyama.


 

Comments (7)

i think rodrick should be disciplined he made the team ending up having no spirit for play

mr say - 7 December 2015

i think rodrick should be disciplined he made the team ending up having no spirit for play

mr say - 7 December 2015

Rodrick pliz dzidzira kugeza kwete kurwa

wangu - 7 December 2015

Ndiraya is too young to coach Dembare

Mike - 7 December 2015

Mutuma is aspoilt brat and Dynamos got what they deserved.they went to town about a conspiracy theory by PSL,little did they know that it was one of their own who was going to bring about their demise.Lesson learnt tell the truth always.you protect brats the will expose you.

matewu - 7 December 2015

mutuma is a very childish and over excited spoiled but talented boy he needs to mature for the benefit of the team

tari - 8 December 2015

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