The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Novem­ber 21, 1966 — Mata­bele High­landers are fast gain­ing the name of “the in­vin­ci­ble”. In the game or­gan­ised by the Mata­bele­land Premier Foot­ball League yes­ter­day, they thor­oughly out­classed, out-ma­noeu­vred and over­whelm­ingly de­feated a strong Home Sweep­ers side. Re­cently, they trounced Char­ter Broth­ers and Mashona­land, who are among the Mata­bele­land’s most ver­sa­tile sides.

Their young front­line never rests un­til they have piled up goals against their op­po­nents. In­side-right Tony rode the crest of vic­tory; he never put a foot wrong. His passes were ac­cu­rate and well-mean­ing and near the goal, he made no mis­take in scor­ing fewer than seven goals.

High­landers pitched the game to an un­be­liev­ably high stan­dard and Home Sweep­ers were never given a chance as the whis­tle blew. High­landers took the ball from the cen­tre and paved their way straight into a goal within a minute. It was worked be­tween Ed­ward and Kenny and then passed over to Tony, who rounded off a bril­liant move. Six min­utes later, Tony scored another goal.

Home Sweep­ers were left flat-footed and were not al­lowed to warm up to the game.

High­landers played as a team; quick and alert with their short passes, they seemed to have learnt a les­son from St Paul’s when they last vis­ited Bu­l­awayo, for they were play­ing like masters of the game. Home Sweep­ers worked hard for a score but in vain. They could not break through the de­fence manned by the twins Ed­ward and An­drew, and when they re­sorted to long shots, the goal­keeper seemed ready for the ball. The third goal again was by Tony from a ball brought up by Ed­ward to McKen­zie, then to Tony, who raced with it through the de­fence.

Mfakazi opened the scor­ing spree in the sec­ond half when he scored goal num­ber four. Tony scored the fifth and sixth within seven min­utes and also sev­enth, with cen­tre-for­ward Billy net­ting the eighth. Tony reg­is­tered the fi­nal goal amid tu­mul­tuous ap­plause.

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