“#Zimbabwe” STRUGGLING Bulawayo giants Highlanders eased their relegation worries temporarily with a convincing 3-1 win over ailing fellow city rivals Bulawayo Chiefs in a Castle Lager Premiere league tie at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
Bosso went into the match, with only a point above the relegation cut off and badly needed a win to escape from the messy. The victory lifted them from 13th position on the league table to 11 with 28 points.
Highlanders made their intentions clear from the first whistle launching wave after wave of attack at their opponents goal.
Inform striker Prince Dube opened the scoring on 25 minutes, profiting from a defensive blunder by Arthur Ndlovu.
Ten minutes later, Tinashe Makanda doubled the lead with a well taken free kick after Dube was fouled just outside the box.
Makanda returned again to compound Chiefs woes with another goal on 58 minutes to complete his brace.
Bulawayo Chiefs pulled one back in the 86th minute courtesy of substitute Desire Shumbanhete.
Bulawayo Chiefs coach Thulani Sibanda believes his team still has a chance to survive the dreaded relegation.
“We made a lot of mistakes in the game and let Highlanders capitalize on our flows.
But I can say that we are not bedridden and we still have the chance and I still believe we will survive relegation, I don’t see us playing in Division one next year.
The mistakes we have been making just need to be rectified and we move on from there to the next encounters,” said Sibanda.
Highlanders Coach Mandla Mpofu praised his player’s attitude going into the game.
“We have been under a lot of pressure and we managed to deal with the boy’s pressure and attitudes. It wasn’t easy coming into this game and Bulawayo chiefs are always difficult to beat but today we managed to play well and got the points we need.
Our performance was like a build up from our game in Hwange, with a lot of getting into the opponents area and attacking more, if we maintain with this momentum and take it to the next games we will be good.
Bulawayo Chiefs : L.Chirava, B.Mpofu, A.Ndlovu (F.Matare’50) , M.Mkolo, S.Dube, L.Ndlela, A.Musiyiwa(B.Atso ‘79) K.Chakanyuka (S. Shumbanhete ‘66) S. Nyahwa, S.Mhlanga, H. Chikosa
Highlanders: A.Sibanda, M.Phiri, B.Banda, R.Lunga, N. Masuku, A.Mbeba, P. Muduhwa, M.Ndlovu, T.Makanda, P.Dube (B.Sibanda ‘85), D.Mhindirira (Kapupurika ‘69)