Bulawayo Chiefs… … … … … … … … … … .. (1) 2
Highlanders… … … … … … … … … … … … .. (0) 2
TWO well-taken free-kicks by defensive midfielder Adrian Silla, together with a last-minute strike saved Highlanders an embarrassing defeat, as they staged a late comeback to share the spoils with Bulawayo Chiefs in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Barbourfields yesterday.
Chiefs surrendered a two-goal lead by permitting Highlanders to crawl again into the sport and possibly saved Bosso coach Mandla Mpofu, who was subjected to taunts from followers calling for his head.
Agitated Bosso followers have been sad with the workforce’s efficiency and as Chiefs appeared set for max factors, Highlanders left it late to squeeze a degree that introduced aid to Mpofu.
Chiefs struck first via an unlikely supply; left-back Elvis Moyo, who rose majestically to go in a Billy Veremu cross from the correct within the thirtieth minute.
Bosso gamers have been responsible of ball watching, as they failed to trace Moyo, who had overlapped and located himself dealing with Highlanders’ goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda.
Chiefs doubled their lead three minutes into the second half via Arthur Musiyiwa, who ghosted in from the blind facet to attach a Felix Moyo cross from the correct.
Just like they’d performed after they conceded the primary objective, Bosso right-back Crispen Ncube failed to trace Musiyiwa, whose first shot was punched again into play by Sibanda, earlier than he transformed the rebound.
Silla pulled one again for Highlanders within the 79th minute from a free-kick on the sting of the field following a foul on Divine Mhindirira. Silla’s strike left Chiefs’ goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya rooted to his spot.
The objective gave Bosso gamers a lease of life and so they pressed Chiefs searching for an equaliser, which got here on the stroke of full-time via a magnificence from Silla, replicating his earlier strike.
Referee Mhaka Magare adjudged that Bosso’s Peter Muduhwa, who appeared to have misplaced possession, was fouled on the sting of the field and up stepped Silla, who scored a magnificence that led to a pitch invasion by ecstatic Bosso followers, who instantly forgotten about their earlier chants calling for Mpofu’s head.
“Those were very good free-kicks. I thought it was a very good game. We were outstanding, played excellent football and I’m very proud of the players, we played very well. We were in complete control of the game, even when they scored the first goal, we didn’t panic,” stated Chiefs coach Nilton Terroso.
Chiefs ought to have taken an early lead within the third minute after Arthur Musiyiwa threaded a defence-splitting go to striker Perfect Chikwende, who was let down by his first contact after timing his run nicely.
Musiyiwa dribbled previous a cluster of Highlanders’ gamers within the sixteenth minute, however did not beat goalkeeper Sibanda from shut vary and shot over the bar.
It took Highlanders about 20 minutes to settle, as Chiefs have been dominant in midfield the place they’d Musiyiwa, Lucky Ndlela, the thrilling Mthokozisi Msebe and Veremu.
Highlanders’ first objective scoring alternative of the sport fell to striker Lynoth Chikuhwa within the twenty fifth minute when he was set via by Bukhosi Sibanda, however he miscued his effort.
Stanley Ngala ought to have equalised for Highlanders within the thirty fifth minute when he acquired to the top of a Godfrey Makaruse cross from the left, however did not direct his header on the right track with goalkeeper Mawaya flat-footed.
Two minutes later, Highlanders have been fortunate to not concede when some free marking noticed Musiyiwa ghosting from the blind facet to get to the top of a pleasant Mthokozisi Msebe cross from the correct, however watched agonisingly as his shot went huge.
Highlanders tried to come back again into the sport with some good build-ups, however poor ending allow them to down.
Makaruse breached Chiefs’ defence within the forty third minute, however his snap shot missed the goal.
Chiefs then scored within the forty eighth minute to silence the house workforce’s followers.
In the sixty fifth minute, Highlanders’ supporters began singing “Mandla kahambe”, which means coach Mpofu ought to go.
Bosso gamers’ physique language advised a narrative of those who had given up, with solely Makaruse seemingly preventing a lone battle.
Musiyiwa introduced the very best of saves from Sibanda within the seventy fifth minute earlier than Bosso pulled one again within the 79th minute via Silla.
“I anticipated a tough game. We conceded an easy goal in the first-half and I feel my captain (Sibanda) should have done better. We also conceded early in the second-half, but I liked the fighting spirit of the boys, who I feel played for me. You could see when fans were negative (when they started chanting), but the boys got and got a point and now fans are jubilant,” stated Mpofu.
Bulawayo Chiefs: Takabva Mawaya, Felix Moyo, Elvis Moyo, Kevin Moyo, Malvin Mkolo, Lucky Ndlela (Ian Nekati, ninetieth minute), Mthokozisi Msebe, Arthur Musiyiwa (Emmanuel Chikwende, 88th minute), Perfect Chikwende (Mandla Gasela, 88th minute), Billy Veremu (Farau Matare, 74th minute), Obriel Chirinda (Wilson Mensah, 88th minute)
Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, Crispen Ncube (Darlington Mukuli, 56th minute), Mbongeni Ndlovu, Andrew Mbeba, Peter Muduhwa, Adrian Silla, Godfrey Makaruse, Devine Mhindirira, Stanley Ngala, Bukhosi Sibanda (Washington Navaya, forty sixth minute), Lynoth Chikuhwa