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.