Bosso reach Uhuru final

BULAWAYO - progressed to the final of the Independent Cup after beating 10-man FC Platinum on penalties in an exciting semi-final here yesterday.

Bosso will now meet city rivals Chicken Inn in Monday’s final set for the National Sports Stadium.

Impressive home side goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda turned out to be the hero when he saved two penalties in the shoot-out from Simon Shoko and Rafael Muduviwa.

Forward Brian Muzondiwa skied his effort way over the bar while Rodwell Chinyengetere was the only FC Platinum player to successfully convert his spot kick.

The host made no mistake as they successfully converted all their spot kicks through Bruce Kangwa, Knox Mtizwa and Simon Munawa.

Having lost to the platinum miners last weekend in the league, yesterday’s result was sweet revenge for Erol Akbay’s men.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza fielded a completely different team from last weekend and it was his side which took the lead through Ishmael Wadi after only 13 minutes.

Wadi broke loose on the left before beating Honest Moyo and coolly slotted his shot past Bosso goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda.

The home side found the equaliser on 24 minutes when Benson Moyo headed home a corner kick from Mutizwa.

The platinum miners were reduced to 10-man 15 minutes before the end when referee Nkosana Nduna sent off substitute Marshal Mudehwe for stomping on Honest Moyo.

Despite the numerical advantage, Bosso field to break down the visitors defence and the match went straight to a penalty shootout after 90 minutes.

Akbay admitted the visitors had given his side a good run for their money.

“It was not an easy game. I am actually a little bit disappointed because of the many chances that we missed. If you want to win you have to score,” the Dutchman said.

“Of course we won the match through penalties but that’s something that we do not want.”

He also praised Sibanda’s goal keeping prowess. I’m happy with Ariel was very good, he saved penalties he is actually my man of the match.”

Mapeza blamed the defeat on Mudehwe’s sending-off and praised his players for maintaining their shape for the remainder of the match.

“We played very good football, it’s unfortunate that one of our players got sent off and it changed the rhythm of our play a little bit but all the same we defended well, we didn’t lose shape. I’m proud of my boys that was a fantastic performance, it was brilliant.”

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