Akbay laments Bosso display

HARARE - Highlanders coach Erol Akbay lamented Bosso’s failure to beat Triangle in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Barbourfields Stadium which blew their chance of returning to the top of the log.

Bosso went into yesterday’s re-arranged match three points behind log leaders FC Platinum and the brief was very clear; beat Triangle and they would return to the summit of the log via goal difference.

The Bulawayo giants however, blew this golden opportunity as they failed to unlock a well-drilled Sugar Sugar Boys defence.

Bosso clearly missed the services of winger Bruce Kangwa, who is in Tanzania to finalise a move to Azam FC.

Kangwa, who is the league’s leading goal scorer with seven strikes, has been Bosso’s livewire this season and yesterday they clearly lacked any real attacking threat.

Highlanders are now on 31 points, two behind FC Platinum and Akbay was visibly frustrated with the way his side performed.

“It was a bad game for us. We started well but in the second half we gave them too much space. We are very lucky that they didn't score. This was a loss for us today,” the Dutchman said after the final whistle.

The Sugar Sugar Boys coach David Mandigora said: “Highlanders are one of the best teams in the league. Getting a point away against Highlanders is good for us. We could have got a goal or two but we couldn't convert.”

The home side started the match on a good note as they took control of the proceedings in the early stages.

Teenage forward Prince Dube could have broken the deadlock as early as the second minute when he came face-to-face with Triangle keeper Ronald Mudimu.

Instead of picking his spot, Dube shot weakly straight at Mudimu, who made the save when he should have been picking the ball from his net.

Triangle’s first chance arrived in the 18th minute into the game when Malvern Gaki sent an inch perfect cross inside the Bosso penalty box which caused anxious moments for the home side.

Luckily for Bosso, the Triangle forwards took turns to miss as the home side survived.

Midway through the opening half, young Brian Banda had his effort blocked by Triangle’s Donald Dzvinyai for a corner after a good interchange of passes between Godfrey Makaruse, Gabriel Nyoni and Dube.

In the second half, Triangle started to dictate the pace in midfield where Gaki outshined his opponents.

Substitute Tichaona Mapangwana, who came in the first half for the injured Nelson Meson, failed to punish Highlanders in the 75 minute.

The Bosso defence failed to clear properly their lines and the ball fell kindly to Mapangwana, who directed his effort over the bar from inside the box.

In the dying stages of the match, Eric Mudzingwa wasted a good opportunity to give Bosso all three points when he shot wide from close range after he had been teed up by Ralph Matema.

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