HIGHLANDERS recovered from their defeat to Chicken Inn in their previous Castle Lager Premiership match last week to brush aside visiting Triangle 2-0 at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.
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Goals from Prince Dube who scored on 8 minutes and Roderick Mutuma 48 minutes. was all the Bulawayo giants needed to register a comfortable victory.\
It was a welcome win for Erol Akbay’s men who are desperate for points after they were edged 1-0 by Rahman Gumbo’s Chicken Inn in the previous match.
The win lifted Highlanders to fifth position on the league table with 20 points six behind leaders Ngezi Platinum who were held to a 0-0 draw by Chapungu at home.
At Maglas Norman Mapeza’s FC Platinum were held to a 1-1 draw by Shabanie Mine in the Zvishavane derby.
The Premiership returnees refused to be cowed into submission matching their more illustrious opponents blow by blow.
Wellington Taderera scored the equalising goal that earned Shabanie this big point in the 15th minute after Talent Chawapihwa had thrust the miners into a third minute lead.
The Chinda Boys came into the match bouyed by their recent form having developed a penchant of punching above their weight, so far this season they have avoided defeat against Dynamos, Highlanders and Caps United.
For FC Platinum their cross town rivals are viewed as minors on paper considering the disparities in the budgets of the two sides.
The platinum miners also came into the match being the only team in the elite division yet to taste defeat, and that form needed to be preserved to keep insight with the leading pack.
The two sides walked out of a sold out Maglas and the ingredients of a derby have been already met prior to kick-off.
On the field of play the players did not disappoint either as they produced a brilliant performance that kept both sets of supporters on their toes.
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza was cautious with his team selection throwing three midfield grafters Simon Shoko, Gerald Takwara and Winston Mhango into the starting line up.
The side also lacked any recognised gunslinger with Rodwell Chinyengetere who has been playing more as a central midfielder deployed to lead the attack.
But Chawapiwa made sure his paymasters had flair in the final third keeping the opponents on their toes the whole match.
Coach Mapeza’s dual role with the warriors and the Zvishavane based side has been a concern with some sections believing he will prejudice the other but his number two at FC Platinum Lizwe Sweswe allayed those fears.
“It was a good game of football and I think a draw was a fair result for both teams.
“No (Mapeza’s dual role) it is not a problem at all again this result. When he is away he gives us the programme to work with and we follow that so everything is in order,” said Sweswe.
Shabanie Mine coach Takesure Chiragwi was happy with the result and also louded his charges for the fighting spirit they showed.
“It was a good game of football and a draw was a fair result. We conceded early in the match but I am happy with how the guys responded after the goal,” said Chiragwi.