Bosso lift ZNA Charities Shield

BULAWAYO - Highlanders won their first piece of silverware this season when they successfully defending the ZNA Charities Shield in yesterday’s final beating Harare City 4-2 on penalties at Barbourfields Stadium.

A five-star performance by third-choice goalkeeper Prosper Matutu inspired Bosso to the title.

Matutu, who was playing his first competitive match for Highlanders, became the darling for the home crowd when he made a number of match-winning saves during the regulation time.

The icing on the cake came during the penalty shootout when the brilliant Matutu saved two spot kicks from Ronald Chitiyo and Munyaradzi Diro Nyenye.

Bosso managed to convert their spot kicks taken by Eric Mudzingwa, Prince Dube, Simon Munawa and Peter Mudawa respectively.

City scored their first and third penalties through William Manondo and Jerry Chipangura.

Harare City were the better side in the first half creating numerous scoring opportunities.

Francisco Zekumbawire, Martin Vengesayi and Kudakwashe Kumwala came face to face with Matutu but they all failed to beat the inspired Bosso keeper.

In the second half, Bosso took control of the game the introduction of Godfrey Makaruse for the ineffective King Nadolo.

Makaruse changed the complexion of the game as the Highlanders striking partnership of Prince Dube and Nhlanhla Ndlovu began to get some service.

Gabriel Nyoni and Brian Banda also came to the party.

Dube and Ndlovu got clear cut chances but the match belonged to goalkeepers as City keeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu made some heroic saves to deny the Bosso duo.

However, the day belonged to Matutu as he produced some spectacular saves to deny Harare City late in the match.

Vengesayi couldn't believe his eyes when his effort was saved by Matutu for a corner from close range.

Matutu was a revelation as he literally won the trophy for Bosso and one would not believe he was the third choice after Ariel Sibanda and Njabulo Nyoni.

After the match Highlanders coach Erol Akbay was a happy man.

“The first half belonged to Harare City and we had the second half. We didn't play well though but I’m happy we won the cup. We don't play good football these days but we win matches and I’m happy," Akbay said.

His opposite number Moses Chunga was happy with his team performance.

“We had a good day. We could have won it in 90 minutes but we failed to utilise our chances. I’m not disappointed, penalties are a lottery and we couldn't get our numbers right.” Chunga said.

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