Bulawayo football giants, Highlanders re-established themselves as serious contenders for their first Castle Larger Premier League soccer title since 2006 with a 1-0 victory against Harare City at Rufaro Stadium today.
Causemore Gadeni At Rufaro Stadium
Bosso now have the opportunity to lift the title if they go on to win all the Premier League clashes in the coming weeks, hoping that FC Platinum and Caps United drop at least four points in the coming fixtures.
It took the individual brilliance of Allan Gahadzikwa and Ariel Sibanda to ensure Bosso continue with fine form as the former fired home on the one hour mark. Sibanda on the other hand was equal to the task following his heroics of saving a spot kick to deny the home side an equalizer.
The victory comes timeously and handy for the Amahlolanyama after log leaders FC Platinum and Caps United dropped crucial points in yesterday’s matches against Boarder Strikers and ZPC Kariba respectively.
The match started on a high tempo with both teams showing hunger for goals but the goalkeepers were equal to the tasks giving precise answers for all questions asked by either side.
Harare city, through the midfield workhorses in the calibre of Ronald Chitiyo, Manondo, James Jam and Honey Chimutimunzeve enjoyed a lion’s share of ball possession but failed to turn their dominance into goals, with the City fathers at one point commanding a possession of 55% against 45% to the visiting Bosso.
Despite not being involved in most cases, former Makepekepe star Rahman Kutsanzira, was a menace in the Harare city half operating from the left wing forward causing all sorta of havoc to the Moses Chunga tutored side.
Akbay had to make an injury inspired substitution after Nhlanhla Ndhlovu, who was having a good day in office, picked up a knee injury and Gabriel Nyoni had to be introduced.
The introduction of Nyoni gave Bosso a new leasw of life but the referee of the day eventually blew his whistle signalling the end of the first half, with no goals recorded on the score board.
Second half resumes but Harare City continued from where they had left, with Chitiyo, Manondo, and Jam taking turns to miss the target despite some five star football display from the City fathers who were exhibiting cohesion and adhesion leaving Bosso to play second fiddle on most occasions.
On the one hour mark, Allan Gahadzikwa connected from a Prince Dube pass beating Tafadzwa Dube, in goals for Harare City, all systems out finding the back of the net to put the visitors on the driving seat.
6 minutes later, an officiating blunder rewarded Chunga’s side a spot kick after Eric Mudzingwa was alleged to have handled in the box to off a Ronald Chitiyo goal bound effort
Up stepped William Manondo for the occasion but his effort was tipped out by Ariel Sibanda in goals for Bosso to deny the home side a level of matters, sending the Rufaro stadium’s City End occupied by the Bosso faithfuls to the toes in applause of a job well done.
King Nadolo, Gabriel Nyoni Prince Dube were now a thorn in the Harare city’s flesh as they were now firing from all cylinders in a bid to get an elusive insurance goal for the visitors.
3 minutes were added as injury time but Ronald Chitiyo did not throw in the towel, pulled a goal bound cracker but Sibanda had to go airborne to keep City at bay.
At the blink of full time, James Jam had to clear the ball off the line as Allan Gahadzikwa nearly grabbed a brace.
Ralph Matema’s late entry did not have an impact on the score board and the match ended 1 nil in favour of Highlanders.
Final Result Harare City 0 : Highlanders 1