Bosso bounce back

BULAWAYO - Highlanders returned to winning ways after coming from behind to beat stubborn city rivals Tsholotsho in a Castle Premiership tie here yesterday.

The visitors drew first blood with a well-taken free kick by their captain William Stima from just outside the box that saw Bosso goalie Ariel Sibanda punching the ball into his own net.

But two minutes later, Highlanders equalised through chief striker Knox Mutizwa. The Bidvest Wits-bound striker slotted the ball past Tsholotsho keeper Mariyon Chong after being set up by King Nadolo.

Bosso got the winner in the second half through substitute Prince Dube who had an easy tap in from close range following an impressive build-up with Mutizwa.

This was Dube’s first league goal in Bosso colours and it came just three minutes after his introduction on the field of play.

The visitors considered themselves unlucky on 29 minutes after veteran midfielder Joel Lupahla made a solo run in the middle of the park before sending in a defence-splitting pass.

The pass fell onto the running Mostafa Ponyera who made no mistake beating Sibanda only to be ruled offside.

The team went for the breather tied one-all before Highlanders surged ahead in the 63rd minute through Dube.

In the 73rd minute, referee Hardly Ndazi was caught up in controversy after he disallowed what looked like a clear penalty for Tsholotsho.

Ponyera was felled in the box by Felix Chindungwe as he charged at goal but Ndazi saw nothing wrong with the challenge.

After the game, Tsholotsho coach Lizwe Sweswe said he was impressed by his charges but felt cheated by the referee’s decision to award them a penalty.

“It was a tough game, we didn’t get anything wrong but we should have scored about three but we don’t know about officials sometimes they protect these big teams,” Sweswe said.

His counterpart Erol Akbay said:  “I   was actually happy with the game, we  made too many mistakes, we gave them too much space, but I am happy with the three points.”

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