Highlanders consolidate lead

HARARE - Bulawayo giants Highlanders showed their rivals no seasonal cheer yesterday as they consolidated their position at the top of the Castle Premiership table with a win against a fighting ZPC Kariba at Barbourfields Stadium.

On a weekend where their main rivals FC Platinum, Dynamos and CAPS United all registered victories, the game between Bosso and ZPC Kariba was all about entertaining football, full of free-flowing attacks and missed chances.

Midfielder Adrian Silla scored the all-important goal in the first half that gave Bosso maximum points taking their tally to 26 points from 11 matches and remained two points clear of second-placed CAPS United.

The win also ensured Highlanders remained unbeaten in nine matches, something which pleases their coach Erol Akbay, who has been credited for transforming the Bulawayo giants since joining them at the start of the season.

“It always feels good to win difficult matches like this,” Akbay said after the match.

“We picked up maximum points and I am happy although I was not very pleased with our second half performance. We gave them too much space to play and we were lucky to survive some of their raids.

“It was in contrast with the first half where we played total football. The good thing however, is that we picked up maximum points.

ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa felt luck was not on their side after watching his charges waste numerous scoring opportunities especially in the second half.

“I thought we did not play well in the first half but did well in the last 45 minutes and we were unlucky not to get a goal,” Chidzambwa said after the match.

“In football you are bound to lose at some point. It’s now back to the drawing board and start work on our shortcomings. We hope to get it right in our next matches.”

Highlanders started the match on the front foot causing all sorts of problems for the visitors. They, however, couldn’t turn their dominance into goals.

They later found their breakthrough five minutes before the break when Silla capitalised on some sloppy defending by ZPC Kariba to give Bosso the lead with a well-taken shot from just inside the box.

Erick Mudzingwa almost doubled Bosso’s lead from a free kick at the edge of the box but he was denied by an alert ZPC goalkeeper Tafadzwa Mawaya, who tipped the ball over the bar for a corner kick.

The second half saw ZPC coming close on several occasions but their strikers Limited Chikafa and Tawanda Nyamandwe took turns to miss good scoring opportunities.

The defeat ended ZPC Kariba’s eight-game unbeaten streak.

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