Bosso keep title hopes alive

BULAWAYO - Highlanders placed themselves as serious title contenders after posting their seventh league victory on the trot with a hard-fought win over Bulawayo City in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday.

Gabriel Nyoni, Simon Munawa and King Nadolo were on target for Bosso, who moved into second place on the log just one point behind CAPS United.

Bulawayo City got their consolation through their captain Xolisani Moyo.

Highlanders started the match like a house on fire, attacking the league debutants from all angles.

Bosso found the opener just after 20 minutes when City goalkeeper Ndodana Sibanda mistimed a bounce of the ball.

The alert Nyoni had the easiest of tasks to head the ball into an empty net with Sibanda out of the picture.

Trevor Ndlovu could have equalised for Amakhosi 10 minutes later when he came face-to-face with Bosso goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda.

Ndlovu, however, failed to beat the in-form Bosso keeper as his shot was parried back into play.

The home side doubled their lead through Munawa eight minutes before the break.

It was a team effort goal initiated by the evergreen Rahman Kutsanzira, who started the move on the left side of attack, before exchanging passes with Prince Dube and Nyoni.

Munawa arrived on the scene to unleash a scorcher that hit the back of the net sending the Bosso fans into delirium.

City pulled one back right at the stroke of halftime when Moyo scored from the penalty spot.

Referee Munyaradzi Majoni awarded City the penalty after Erick Mudzingwa brought down Ndlovu inside the box. Moyo sent Sibanda the wrong way from 12 yards out.

In the second half, Highlanders had to hold on dearly as City threatened to equalise and dent their title challenge.

Full back Morris Kadzola wasted an opportunity to equalise for City in the 89th minute when he directed his effort wide after getting to the end of Eddie Nkulungo’s corner kick.

Nadolo then sealed the victory for Bosso in added time when he dispossessed Moyo before exchanging passes with Dube.

In the end, the winger toe-poked the ball past Ndodana Sibanda, who had rushed off his line to close the danger.

Bosso gaffer Elroy Akbay said: “It was a good win for us. It was most important for us to win the match. We played good football in the first half but we were a bit slow in the second half.

“We are still dreaming about the championship and we will see what happens after we wake up from our dream.”

His opposite number Try Ncube accepted defeat.

“We didn’t start well. A goal can change everything. The Highlanders goal propelled them to play better. Highlanders were clinical in front of goal while we failed to convert our chances,” said Ncube.

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