Bosso book ZNA Charities final berth

BULAWAYO - Highlanders booked their place in the final of the ZNA Commander Charities Shield after coming back from a goal down to beat Chicken Inn during yesterday’s re-arranged semi-final clash.

Initially the match took place on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium but was stopped in the 55th minute due to heavy rains and lightning.

At the time the encounter was stopped, the 10-man Gamecocks were leading 1-0 courtesy of Clemence Matawu’s fifth minute strike.

Chicken Inn defender Devine Lunga was sent off by referee Philan Ncubbe in the 27th minute after bringing down Godknows Makaruse.    

Since it was a case of force majeure, the match was resumed yesterday morning at a different venue at Luveve Stadium with the scores 1-0 in favour of the Gamecocks.

But with a man advantage, Bosso were always going to be favourites to turn around the tie in the remaining 35 minutes.

The Bulawayo giants did just that after scoring through midfielder Adrian Silla and defender Peter Mudhuwa.        

Bosso will now meet Dynamos in the final after their 1-0 win over CAPS United in the other semi-final at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Highlanders’ new coach Madinda Ndlovu believes mobility and endurance came to his side’s advantage.

“I think we wanted to play a very open game against them. We knew very well that they had seasoned players compared to us,” Ndlovu said.

“We knew that what we had in stock was mobility and endurance hence we wanted to pull into the travelling gear in the second half.

“We approached the game today with attacking mentality. We needed to cancel their goal and go for the kill which is what we probably did.”

On the other hand, Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas, who is returning to the club for a second stint, feels his players came into yesterday’s match complacent thinking they had alredy done enough to win.

“We were caught napping. One thing I would like to do is blame my players for their poor approach to the last 35minutes,” Antipas, who won the 2015 title with Chicken Inn, said after the match.

“We were down with 10 men but we didn’t play according to instructions in this last 35minutes. It’s mainly to do with attitude.

“We played well on Sunday and they thought the game was over but it was nowhere near over.”

Highlanders resumed the match on a high note, playing some purposeful football and their fighting spirit really showed they meant business.

As for the Gamecocks, they were trying to slow the game down since they were a man down and looked content with defending that 1-0 lead.

On the hour mark, Bosso’s new revelation Nigel Makumbe could have equalised but directed his effort wide with only goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze to beat after he had been set up by McClive Phiri’s inch-perfect cross.

Six minutes later, it was Thabo Lunga, who came close to equalising when his header was tipped over the bar for a corner by Chipezeze from a Phiri long throw in.

At the other end, Chicken Inn substitute Obrey Chirinda missed a great chance to kill off the game when he sent his shot just inches off the target.

Bosso finally got the equaliser through Silla’s scorching shot from 25 yards out that gave Chipezeze no chance.

Chipezeze was in line with the shot but was unfortunately deceived by an awkward bounce in front of him.

After the goal, Bosso were all over the Gamecocks and created numerous scoring opportunities as they searched for the winner.

Mudhuwa finally got it right five minutes before full time when he connected with a free kick from Charlton Siamalonga.

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