Byo City hold Bosso

BULAWAYO Bulawayo City needed a last-minute equaliser from substitute Emmanuel Mandiranga to deny Highlanders maximum points in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.

The Bulawayo giants can consider themselves unlucky after having held on to Bruce Kangwa’s goal on 60 minutes only to lose concentration at the stroke of full time.

Erol Akbay’s side were the first to reveal their hunger for goals. With only five minutes in the game, Kangwa’s effort from close range was calmly collected by City keeper Ndodana Sibanda after he had been sent through by Simon Munawa.

Two minutes later, Amakhosi shocked Bosso when veteran striker Mkhokheli Dube beat Bosso keeper Njabulo Nyoni with a beautiful header when he connected with a cross from Eddie Nkhulungo.

Surprisingly, the assistant referee ruled that Dube was in an offside position, a decision which left even the Bosso fans puzzled.

Amakhosi, who have not collected maximum points since they started their Premiership journey, did not lose hope as they matched Bosso man for man.

On 36 minutes, Knox Mutizwa must have cursed himself after he skied his effort when Nyoni was the only man to beat.

That was after King Nadolo dispossessed Xolisani Moyo before picking out the unmarked Mutizwa inside the box.

Ten minutes after the break, Bosso broke the deadlock with a devastating counterattack which saw Prince Dube getting enough ground on the left flank before crossing into the area where

Kangwa had made a good run before coolly slotting past Sibanda.

Despite the goal, City appeared unfazed as they continued to search for the equaliser.

After a lot of toiling, City were rewarded at the stroke of full time when Mkhululi Moyo sent in a long ball into the box from a corner kick which resulted in a goalmouth melee inside the Bosso box.

Mandiranga reacted quicker to poke the ball home to break the hearts of the Highlanders fans, who thought their team had done enough to collect maximum points.

After the match, Bulawayo City coach Philani Ncube complained about the disallowed goal.

“It was a balanced game; we had our own fair chances. But I think the goal that we scored was a genuine one but it’s one of those things in football. It was a positive result, we are still breathing,” Ncube said.

Bosso coach Akbay said he was not happy with his boys who were failing to score adding that he could not understand why his charges conceded such a goal at the death of the game.

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