Bosso through to Chibuku semis

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza

How Mine 1-1 High­landers (High­landers won 4-3 on penal­ties)

HIGH­LANDERS ad­vanced to the semi-fi­nals of the Chibuku Su­per Cup af­ter beat­ing How Mine 4-3 on penal­ties in a quar­ter-fi­nal derby played at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Si­mon Mu­nawa gave High­landers the lead in the 13th minute and sub­sti­tute God­frey Ngu­wodzawo replied for How Mine in the 36th minute.

Mu­nawa was fed by the speedy Gabriel Ny­oni in­side the box to power home a strike that beat How Mine goal­keeper Mun­yaradzi Diya.

Ny­oni, who was used as a sur­prise striker, could have scored sec­onds ear­lier af­ter us­ing his speed to break through the How Mine de­fence, but his shot was par­ried back into play by Diya.

Ny­oni col­lected the re­bound and un­selfishly laid the ball to the ad­vanc­ing Mu­nawa, who didn’t think twice about pack­ing a pow­er­ful shot to put Bosso in front.

The crowd went into frenzy as Bosso were all over How Mine, but wasted nu­mer­ous chances. They were pun­ished by sub­sti­tute Ngu­wodzawo, who had come in for Qadar Amini. He con­nected what looked like a harm­less cor­ner kick with his left foot and it beat a badly po­si­tioned Ariel Sibanda in goals for High­landers.

Bosso coach Erol Ak­bay had dur­ing the week said he wanted to wrap up the game in reg­u­la­tion time against the gold min­ers.

Ak­bay must have been wor­ried that How Mine was go­ing to re­peat an­other gi­ant killing act on Bosso in the same man­ner they ousted Dy­namos in the first round of the com­pe­ti­tion in Harare.

How­ever, the same penal­ties the Dutch­man was try­ing to avoid at all costs are what pro­pelled his side into semi-fi­nals where they join FC Plat­inum, Harare City and Ngezi Plat­inum Stars.

“In cup games you get one chance to ei­ther win or lose. We played well in the first 20 or so min­utes, but af­ter that we started play­ing a de­fen­sive game and al­lowed them to get back into the match. I wanted to win the match in 90 min­utes, but we couldn’t do it,” said Ak­bay af­ter the match.

With the game dead­locked in the sec­ond half, Ak­bay in­tro­duced vet­eran striker Ralph Matema, a man who has built him­self a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a su­per sub­sti­tute, for the in­ef­fec­tive Allen Ga­hadzikwa in the 66th minute.

Matema couldn’t re­peat the magic of pre­vi­ous matches in which he scored each time he was brought in.

The weather con­di­tions dras­ti­cally changed in the lat­ter stages of the sec­ond half with strong winds dis­turb­ing the mo­men­tum of the game as play­ers from both sides bat­tled to find the right passes.

The game de­gen­er­ated into kick-and-run foot­ball un­til the end of the 90 min­utes as the wind wrecked havoc.

Mil­ton Ncube, Ti­mothy Jan­uary and Pasca Man­hanga scored their spot kicks, but Ku­dak­washe Musharu’s kick struck the left up­right and goal­keeper Diya’s strike was saved by his Bosso op­po­site Sibanda.

Mu­nawa, Matema, Peter Muduhwa and Prince Dube were all on tar­get.

“I think what we need is con­sis­tency in all our matches. The sub­sti­tutes did their part and helped us up the game, al­though the sec­ond half was quite dif­fi­cult be­cause of the winds. I’m the kind of coach who plays an open game. I al­ways want to see my play­ers be­hind the ball; we did that but un­for­tu­nately the bet­ter team of the day won the game,” said How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu.

How Mine, who were the home team yes­ter­day, opted to wear an all-white strip, forc­ing Bosso to re­vert back to their tra­di­tional black and white stripe.

Bosso have been don­ning the all-white kit for the bet­ter part of the 2016 Premier Soc­cer League sea­son as they be­lieve it brought them luck, since most of their vic­to­ries were in that strip.

High­landers’ Prince Dube (left) ad­vance with the ball un­der chal­lenge from How Mine’s Kudzai Chideu dur­ing a Chibuku Su­per cup quar­ter fi­nals match played at Bar­bour­fields sta­dium yes­ter­day......Pic By Den­nis Mudza­miri..

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