High­landers nar­row gap, as FC Plat­inum fal­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

BU­L­AWAYO gi­ants High­landers meet old neme­sis Dy­namos in their next Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League match af­ter post­ing two con­sec­u­tive wins.

Bosso beat ta­ble an­chors Bor­der Strik­ers 2-1 on Sun­day fol­low­ing a 2-0 win over How Mine the pre­vi­ous week.

High­landers’ vic­tory against Strik­ers took their points tally to 38 from 22 matches, clos­ing the gap be­tween them­selves and the ta­ble-top­pers from eight to six points.

Prais­ing his charges for a good fight against Strik­ers where they had to come from a goal down, High­landers’ coach Erol Ak­bay is hopeful of com­plet­ing a dou­ble over Dy­namos.

It will not be an easy out­ing for Ak­bay and his boys as Dy­namos are on a resur­gence fol­low­ing their 1-0 win over Cha­pungu at Ru­faro Sta­dium on Sun­day.

Bosso beat Dy­namos 2-0 in the first leg played in May, with goals by Prince Dube and Bruce Kangwa.

“There were a lot of pos­i­tives from the Bor­der Strik­ers’ game be­cause we cre­ated lots of scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and I’m also happy with the way my strik­ers Ralph Matema, Nh­lanhla Ndlovu and Prince Dube played. They po­si­tioned them­selves well and if they bring that pos­i­tive at­ti­tude for the Dy­namos game, I will be happy be­cause I want to win the game,” said Ak­bay.

The High­landers coach also said he was im­pressed with the men­tal at­ti­tude of his team, es­pe­cially how they re­cov­ered from an early goal they con­ceded.

Tabwe Ku­lunga fired Strik­ers into the lead 12 min­utes into the game, but High­landers hit back through Matema and mid-sea­son sign­ing Ndlovu.

An­other High­landers’ mid-sea­son sign­ing Allen Ga­hadzikwa, who seems to be set­tling well, was in­volved in both Bosso goals.

Ga­hadzikwa, who scored in last week’s 2-0 win over How Mine, is mak­ing Bosso tick and could be a solution to the creativ­ity prob­lems they have been fac­ing since the de­par­ture of Bruce Kangwa and Knox Mu­tizwa dur­ing the mid-sea­son win­dow.

While High­landers could be cel­e­brat­ing their re­turn to win­ning ways, league lead­ers FC Plat­inum should be wor­ried, as they are slowly los­ing grip on the cham­pi­onship race fol­low­ing two con­sec­u­tive draws.

The Zvisha­vane side has seen their lead over sec­ond­placed Caps United re­duced from five points to just one in the last three weeks.

FC Plat­inum’s draw against ZPC Kariba put them on 44 points, while Caps United moved to 43 points fol­low­ing a morale boost­ing win against Tri­an­gle United at Gibbo Sta­dium.

The Green Ma­chine are breath­ing heav­ily on FC Plat­inum’s neck and if the Zvisha­vane side con­tin­ues to slip, they will be top­pled.

In the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle, sec­ond from bot­tom m Tsholot­sho fi­nally put an end to their seven-match win­less streak by beat­ing How Mine 2-1.

Tsholot­sho’s win put them within a point of the reach of Mutare City Rovers, who are third from the bot­tom with 17 points.

Mutare City Rovers were beaten 0-1 by Bu­l­awayo City at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium, while Ngezi Plat­inum also went down by a sim­i­lar score line at home to Harare City.

Mean­while, Chicken Inn plays host to Hwange at Lu­veve S t a d ium to­mor­row.

The Game­cocks had three play­ers, de­fend­ers Teenage Hadebe and Lawrence Mh­langa as well as mid­fielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu with the na­tional team in Guinea for the dead-rub­ber 2017 Af­con qual­i­fier. w

Prince Dube Ralph Matema

Re­sults Satur­day:

Allen Ga­hadzikwa

Cal­listo Pa­suwa

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