Ozias Zibande inspires Bosso

Herentals................0

Highlanders....... (0) 2

HARARE - Ozias Zibande rose from the bench to grab a brace and inspire Highlanders to victory against Herentals in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.

It was Bosso’s second straight victory in as many matches following last weekend’s 2-1 win over Black Rhinos to maintain their positive start to the season.

The victory was, however, less convincing as Bosso were kept on the back foot for larger parts by a determined Herentals side who were unlucky to concede twice from set-pieces.

Highlanders only came to life following a double substitution which brought in Zibande and Brian Banda on 56 minutes for out-of-sorts Ben Musaka and Newman Sianchali respectively.

Zibande went on to put Highlanders ahead on 62 minutes with his second touch of the game, heading home a Nigel Makumbe corner kick after he was left unmarked inside the box.

With Herentals struggling on set-pieces, Zibande got his brace seven minutes from full time in similar style by planting a header into the empty net from another Makumbe corner kick to seal maximum points for the Bulawayo giants.

Highlanders coach Mandinda Ndlovu, while happy with collecting maximum points, admitted his charges were far from convincing.

“We didn’t start well, maybe we should give credit to Herentals for doing their homework well,” Ndlovu said.

“We failed to play well the whole of the first half. We couldn’t penetrate through the channels as we had planned. We couldn’t attack on the wings as we had wanted but above all, I would also want to give credit to my boys despite the fact that they were not at their best, they managed to collect maximum points.

“They managed to hold a few raids from our opponents. I think we started to play as a team after the substitutions and got the desired result.

“I am not happy with our play because this is not what we are capable of doing but we will take the win on the road and the three points.”

Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva felt inexperience took its toll after those two mistakes cost them at least something out of the game.

The defeat was their second in as many matches, having gone down to Ngezi Platinum Stars by a similar scoreline last weekend.

“I think we lacked concentration at a crucial stage and at the same time, our energy levels went down,” said Mutiwekuziva.

“We had five clear chances but we failed to bury them and it was the same thing in our opening match against Ngezi.

“Maybe there is also the aspect of stage fright and lack of experience at this level of the game.”

Teams:

Herentals: Prince Tafiremutsa, Blessing Maunganidze, Carlos Mavhurume, Brighton Majarira, Wilmore Chimbetu, William Kapumha, Aaron Chiwandamidzi, Jean Mutudza, Archmore Majarira, Innocent Benza (Travoulter Dube 68m), Blessing Majarira

Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, Honest Moyo, MacClive Phiri, Adrian Silla, Ben Musaka (Brian Banda 56m) Newman Sianchali (Ozias Zibande 56m) Godfrey Makaruse, Tendai Ndlovu, Peter Mudhuwa, Gabriel Nyoni, Nigel Makumbe

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