Bosso out of ti­tle chase

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - From Sikhum­buzo Moyo in Zvisha­vane

FC Plat­inum 3 - 0 High­landers THEY were in con­trol, they had bet­ter ball pos­ses­sion, they had the num­bers in terms of sup­port­ers but some­how High­landers left Zvisha­vane with their tails in be­tween their legs as FC Plat­inum truly trounced them with three out-of-the-or­di­nary goals.

Their third goal was a gem from their for­mer player Charles Sibanda who hit a first time vol­ley from out­side the box to all but seal Amahlolanyama’s fate.

“We just col­lapsed in the sec­ond half, our sea­son is now over. No more talk about the league ti­tle now,” said a clearly dis­ap­pointed High­landers coach Erol Ak­bay af­ter the match.

High­landers started the match clearly the bet­ter side with ex­cit­ing and tact­ful passes with al­most for­got­ten God­frey Makarutse, nick­named Baba Jukwa, hav­ing a field day on the left side of the at­tack.

Fans were ejected from their seats in the ninth minute when hold­ing mid­fielder Si­mon Mu­nawa’s well timed spec­u­la­tive shot saw FC Plat­inum goalie Pet­ros Mhari hit­ting against the up­right, much to the amuse­ment of fans.

Four min­utes later the hand­ful Makarutse shook his head in dis­be­lief af­ter Mhari saved his long drive from out­side the box. Makarutse had dis­pos­sessed Ian Nekati, pushed for­ward and let loose the shot.

Mu­nawa was back to ask very se­ri­ous ques­tions again on Mhari with another pile driver in the 24th minute.

All along Bosso were in con­trol of the pro­ceed­ings but goals could just not come.

Sens­ing dan­ger, FC Plat­inum coach Nor­man Mapeza who, at some point, fell down af­ter be­ing “hit” by a sus­pected mis­sile from the ter­races re­sult­ing in a six-minute stop­page, made a well timed tac­ti­cal sub­sti­tu­tion, pulling out Tari­sai Rukanda for Charles Sibanda in the 31st minute, who made an im­me­di­ate im­pact into the game.

Just be­fore the breather Sibanda’s in­tel­li­gent pass could have earned the home side the lead but Wal­ter Mu­sona was ruled out for off­side by ref­eree Nor­man Mate­mera.

The first goal came in the 51st minute through Ger­ald Tak­wara’s header, which was later proved to have been aided by a hand, through re­plays. It how­ever stood.

Ak­bay re­acted in the 63rd minute with a di­rect sub­sti­tu­tion, pulling out Ralph Matema for Al­lan Ga­hadzikwa.

The home side were 2-0 up in the 72nd minute af­ter Mu­sona beat an ill-con­ceived off­side trap, rounded off an ad­vanc­ing Ariel sibanda, charged to­wards goal and mo­ments be­fore con­firm­ing fur­ther mis­ery to Bosso sent Tendai Ndlovu to the other side with a beau­ti­ful dummy and then just pushed the ball into an empty net.

By then it was al­most clear that the plat­inum boys were well on their way to a first ever dou­ble over Amahlolanyama.

As the clock ticked away and with High­landers sup­port­ers ex­pect­ing at least a face saver, Sibanda struck against the run of play. What a beauty the goal was! There was noth­ing that Ariel could have done.

“Like I said, our last two games are a must win, we are still in it, the rest will take care of it­self. It is sad that the game was turned into a war­zone and we can’t have that. Foot­ball must be a fam­ily gath­er­ing,” said Mapeza, sport­ing an arm­sling.

HIGH­LANDERS striker Prince Dube and FC Plat­inum de­fender Elvis Moyo fight for pos­ses­sion dur­ing a Premier Soc­cer League match at Man­dava Sta­dium in Zvisha­vane yes­ter­day

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