Bosso complete double over DeMbare

BULAWAYO - Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa was disappointed with how his side crumbled in the second half to allow Highlanders to rally from behind and grab maximum points in a Castle Premiership match at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.

The Glamour Boys led 1-0 going into the break after Masimba Mambare struck for the visitors before Bosso rallied home in the second half through goals from defender Tendai Ndlovu and substitute Ralph Matema to seal maximum points.

The win saw Highlanders break a 10-year jinx, having failed to beat their rivals at home in a Premier League match which saw them complete a sweet double over their sworn enemies.

With the win, Bosso revived their faint title hopes but they remain six points behind log leaders FC Platinum with seven matches left before the season ends.

“It was a heart-breaking moment. Our boys lost concentration when it mattered most and we conceded two soft goals,” a disappointed Mutasa said after the match. 

“It was simple goals we could have avoided. Now the destiny of the premiership is not in our hands. The championship is seemingly impossible for us now.

The match lived up to its billing with supporters from both ends singing gallantly throughout the match to the battle of two most followed and biggest teams in the country.

With the match swinging from one end to the other, Highlanders’ Nhlanhla Ndlovu failed to properly connect a Prince Dube cross from the right and directed his header wide of Tatenda Mkuruva’s goal 10 minutes into the match. On 13 minutes, Dynamos prodigal son Denver Mukamba’s long range effort was saved by Ariel Sibanda in goals for Highlanders.

A minute later Prince Dube had his effort punched away for a corner by the fully diving Mkuruva.

Former Highlanders player Masimba Mambare broke the deadlock 28 minutes when he tucked in an inch perfect pass from the head of Godknows Murwira to send DeMbare fans into jubilation.

Buoyed by the goal, veteran Dynamos midfielder Stephen Alimenda failed to capitalise on Bosso loose marking when he headed wide from a Wisdom Mutasa corner kick just before the break.

Mambare also had a chance to double DeMbare’s lead but his effort from the edge of the box went just wide.

DeMbare came back from the breather in a similar way they have left in the first half and Mukamba almost punished the hosts in the 52nd minute after capitalising on poor communication by the Bosso defence but his effort was well dealt with by an alert Sibanda.

Highlanders play changed soon after the introduction of Ralph Matema and King Nadolo for the ineffective pair of Allan Gahadzikwa and Simon Munawa.

The home side started to play more purposeful football in search of an equaliser.

Highlanders finally got the equaliser in the 76th minute when Ndlovu ghosted from the blind side to connect a Mudzingwa corner kick.

With Dynamos still trying to regroup after conceding, Bosso added another goal three minutes later through veteran striker Matema who beat Mkuruva with a powerful header from close range.

Matema had another glorious chance to bury the visitors when he beat an offiside trap to come face to face with Mkuruva, but the Warriors number one did well to block his effort with his feet much to the relief of Dynamos fans.

In the end Bosso, held on resolutely to protect their lead for a historic victory over the Harare giants.

Highlanders coach Elroy Akbay was a happy man after the match, saluting his players for the way they responded after going into the break trailing.

“First half we played well. Everything was ok other than scoring. In the second half we changed our tactics. We had to remove a midfielder for a striker and it worked for us. Dynamos defenders were overpowering our strikers and we had to beef up our strike force:” Akbay said.

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