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HARARE - Returning hero — Rahman Gumbo — broke the hearts of Highlanders fans when he plotted the downfall of a team he had glorious moments both as a player and coach during a trophy-laden era with the Bulawayo giants.

“Dr Rush”, as Gumbo is known in football circles, silenced the Bosso faithful that had been floating on clouds following an impressive run under Dutch coach Erol Akbay.

Yesterday, the Chicken Inn top man made sure that he would emerge from Barbourfields with all the points, having been frustrated in midweek when his side was held to a dour goal-less draw by Hwange at the colliery.

The defending champions extended their dominance over Highlanders and to date have only lost once in their debut season in 2011.

A goal in either side of Njabulo Nyoni’s area by veterans Obadiah Tarumbwa and Clemence Matawu propelled Chicken Inn to a 2-0 win over their city rivals.

Gumbo said the strategy to starve Bosso of possession was crucial to yesterday’s win.

“To be quite frank we had to silence the twelfth man. Highlanders play well when the twelfth man, who is the supporters, is vocal. We had to keep possession to make sure we silence the supporters.” said Gumbo in his post-match interview.

“Without the twelfth man Highlanders became ordinary. We were also technically and tactically better than Highlanders.”

The Gamecocks were in control of the game from kick off and their new acquisitions — Chris Samakweri and Darryl Nyandoro — fitted well into the team.

The duo gave Highlanders defence a torrid time each time they were in possession.

The evergreen Matawu and impressive Lewis Kutinyu provided solid support.

Chicken Inn could have found the opener 14 minutes into the match when Matawu got on to the end of Kutinyu’s pass but he delayed pulling the trigger, allowing Bosso to clear their lines.

Highlanders had their own chance to go into the lead in the 24th minute when Simon Munawa’s deflected shot was saved by the fully-stretched Elvis Chipezeze.

Kasimero Chimbadzwa also failed to connect an inch perfect cross from Honest Moyo from the left flank in the 27th minute — directing his header backwards under no challenge.

And Highlanders were to be punished a minute later when their former striker Tarumbwa beat out-of-sorts right back Benson Phiri before curling his effort past a bemused Nyoni.

Kutinyu could have doubled the scores for the reigning champions but his stinging shot was parried back into play by Nyoni who was clearly the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Bruce Kangwa almost got an equaliser at the stroke of halftime after a solo run but ran out steam as his weak shot did not trouble Chipezeze.

The Gamecocks maintained their dominance in the second half with Matawu, Kutinyu and Thabani Goredema bossing the midfield.

Highlanders’ striker Prince Dube’s good work in attack was not well complemented by striking partner Chimbadzwa who hardly put a foot right the whole afternoon.

Chimbadzwa had to be substituted for Ralph Matema but his goal drought continued as he failed to find target.

Matawu then made it two for Chicken Inn at the death when he made a solo run and looped the ball over Nyoni before following it with a tap in into the empty net.

Highlanders coach Akbay who was red carded by referee Philani Ncube was disappointed by his team’s performance.

“We didn’t play any football today. In the first half and second half we played badly.

“I can say it wasn’t our day but we didn’t play our normal game,” Akbay said.

Highlanders’ defeat to Chicken Inn has left the door open for FC Platinum to displace them after the platinum miners overcame Mutare City Rovers yesterday.

FC Platinum need a draw against the Gamecocks to go to the top of the log when the Zvishavane-based side clash with the defending champions in a re-arranged midweek fixture which could see the leadership changing hands.

Highlanders remain on 26 points after yesterday’s defeat, the same number amassed by FC Platinum who have played a game less.

Bosso thus, lead by virtue of a superior goal difference.

Comments (1)

That's the difference between Dynamos and other clubs! Moses Chunga makes sure that he does not beat dynamos, same as Yogi, Ndiraya, Sunday Chidzambwa. All Dynamos sons aid their parent team and followers like Masomere also chip in!!!!!!! Now Rahman celebrates gunning down Bosso! That really refreshing and professional....not zvimwe zviya zviya!!

True Makepekepe - 5 July 2016

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