‘Bosso fu­ture bright’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

IF ever they were any doubts about the fu­ture of High­landers Foot­ball Club on the field, those doubts were quashed by the per­for­mance of the rook­ies that the club un­leashed in its last league match against Hwange at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Satur­day. Paired against sea­soned, tried and tested op­po­nents like Hwange, Erol Ak­bay, the High­landers coach chose to gam­ble and threw in a team with an av­er­age age of 19,63 years. The start­ing 11 was clearly a line up of foot­ball tod­dlers. The boys never dis­ap­pointed, com­ing up with three well ex­e­cuted goals that left the few fans that braved the rainy Satur­day after­noon to come and cheer the young­sters, con­vinced that High­landers’ fu­ture was not un­der any threat. High­landers opened their score sheet through a gem of a goal from 20-year-old Adrian Silla (brought to High­landers by Joel Luphahla), who shrugged off a chal­lenge from An­drew Chuma just out­side the box, charged for­ward a me­tre or so be­fore re­leas­ing a curler that many and prob­a­bly even Hwange goal­keeper Tai­mon Mvula, thought was go­ing out only for the ball to sail into the top right cor­ner of the goal and into the nets.

The qual­ity of the goal was top class, es­pe­cially for a player as young as Silla. McCarthy Dube put Bosso two up with a goal of in­di­vid­ual bril­liance af­ter a nice one two move by the High­landers young­sters that was started by Prince Dube and fin­ished by an­other Dube. McCarthy re­ceived a pass from in­side the 12-yard box amid a clus­ter of Hwange de­fend­ers. Sur­rounded and with his col­leagues try­ing to open up, McCarthy, who had his back to the goal, sold a dummy by pre­tend­ing to be turn­ing to his right but in a flash turned left and let loose a lawn mower that gave Mvula no chance.

Sub­sti­tute Dou­glas Sibanda, who came in for the in­jured Peter Muduhwa, killed the match as a con­test with a third goal deep into the match af­ter a good move by Silla.

Hwange’s at­tacks were thwarted by the Bosso de­fence which in­cluded 18-year-old Bukhosi Ncube who part­nered stand in cap­tain Muduhwa as well as Nkosana Ndlovu, son to for­mer skip­per and as­sis­tant coach Bekithemba “Su­per” Ndlovu.

Nkosana put up a top drawer per­for­mance on the right side of de­fence, a ter­ri­tory so mo­nop­o­lised by his fa­ther. It was hard to be­lieve that the young man was mak­ing his first team de­but on game num­ber 30. If he does not grow big headed, the right back headaches could be over for Ak­bay.

This sea­son High­landers ex­changed Tendai Ngu­lube and Ben­son Phiri on the right back but both play­ers are not nat­u­ral de­fend­ers but mid­field­ers.

“My young­sters played very good foot­ball, they were tac­ti­cally per­fect in both halves. I am very proud of what I saw on Satur­day, the fu­ture looks bright,” said Ak­bay yes­ter­day.

Mean­while, Prince Dube and Bukhosi Ncube left yes­ter­day for the Cosafa Un­der-20 camp in Harare.

Erol Ak­bay

Joseph Muchechetere

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