Bosso forced to act

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Soccer Rugby Sport - Mehluli Sibanda and Don Makanyanga Sports Re­porters

HIGH­LANDERS act­ing chair­man Modern Ng­wenya has con­ceded that the team is go­ing through a gloomy pe­riod which calls for so­lu­tions to be found as a mat­ter of ur­gency to stop the slide which has seen Amahlolanyama lose three league matches in a row.

Bosso were yes­ter­day beaten 3-0 by Ngezi Plat­inum Stars at Baobab Sta­dium, their first ever loss to the Ton­derai Ndi­raya-coached side since Madamburo came into the top flight. High­landers de­feated Ngezi home and away in 2016 be­fore they also se­cured three points at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium this year. Yes­ter­day’s loss to Ngezi was the third in a row af­ter the shock 1-0 loss to Tsholot­sho last Wed­nes­day which fol­lowed the 2-0 de­feat to ZPC Kariba.

“We are go­ing through a lean spell. While a ‘prog­no­sis and di­ag­no­sis’ is key what’s im­por­tant is to come up with so­lu­tions ex­pe­di­tiously so that we can start get­ting pos­i­tive re­sults. The re­sults are very de­press­ing hence we are work­ing flat out as an ex­ec­u­tive to ar­rest this free fall. I ap­peal to our pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers to be calm and pa­tient as we try to find a win­ning for­mula,’’ Ng­wenya said.

Asked whether the bad re­sults were not a sign of a lead­er­ship fail­ure at High­landers, Ng­wenya pointed to the fact that Bosso won vi­tal matches with the very same play­ers at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.

“We won cru­cial matches in the first half of the sea­son and were in the cham­pi­onship ma­trix with the very same play­ers so the team can­not sud­denly be la­belled as fail­ure or use­less. Fail­ure is fail­ing to come up with so­lu­tions to prob­lems. We are busy try­ing to ad­dress the prob­lems that may be caus­ing our bad form. Our re­sponse to our lean spell will de­ter­mine whether we are fail­ures or not,’’ Ng­wenya said.

High­landers fans have ques­tioned coach Erol Ak­bay’s com­mit­ment to the Bosso cause since the Dutch­man an­nounced last month that he will be quit­ting the club at the ex­piry of his two-year con­tract at the end of this year. Last Wed­nes­day, the fans sang a song urg­ing Ak­bay to in­form his bosses that he has fallen short of ex­pec­ta­tions and is leav­ing the club.

How­ever, af­ter yes­ter­day’s game, Ak­bay claimed he was still com­mit­ted to the club but placed the blame on his play­ers.

“I am still loyal to the club. We were play­ing some good foot­ball but the strik­ers failed us. Our tar­get is not about a po­si­tion but we are now fo­cus­ing on win­ning our games, I will do my best un­til my con­tract ends on December 31.”

A brace from Tichaona Mab­vura and an­other goal from Ter­rence Dzuka­manja dis­man­tled a High­landers out­fit that has been in a sham­bles ever since coach Erol Ak­bay an­nounced that he would be leav­ing at the end of the sea­son.

Ndi­raya reck­ons his boys can start dream­ing af­ter de­liv­er­ing a solid show.

“We are a small fish in a big pond and it’s dif­fi­cult as well as fright­en­ing to be in this po­si­tion. Our tar­get has been a top four fin­ish but who knows we may re­vise our tar­gets for the sea­son. We played a good High­landers team and the win gives us con­fi­dence as the sea­son pro­gresses.”

Ngezi Plat­inum: N. Chadya, T. Mchisa, T. Dzvuka­manja, P. Jaure, L. Chako­roma, G. Mur­wira, K. Mur­era, T. Mab­vura, E. Mhungu ( Mukandi 76 mins), Q. Amini, C. Au­gosto ( Te­guru 71 mins) High­landers: A. Sibanda, R. Kut­sanzira, K. Nadolo (Banda 76 mins), S. Mu­nawa, G. Makaruse (Ndlovu 59 mins , P. Mud­huwa, T. Ngu­lube, H. Moyo, E. Mudz­ingwa, B. Phiri, R. Matema

Re­sults Yes­ter­day: FC Plat­inum 1-0 Black Rhi­nos, ZPC Kariba 2-1 Harare City, Cha­pungu 0-0 Caps United, Ngezi Plat­inum Stars 3-0 High­landers, Chicken Inn 1-0 Hwange Fix­tures To­day: Bantu Rovers v How Mine (Bar­bour­fields), Tri­an­gle v Bu­l­awayo City (Gibbo), Tsholot­sho v Sha­banie Mine (Dulivhadz­imu), Dy­namos v Yadah (Ru­faro) — @

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