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Brito takes Bosso players out for dinner

by Staff reporter
13 Sep 2022 at 05:16hrs | Views
HIGHLANDERS coach Baltermar Brito rewarded his players with dinner at a plush restaurant in Bulawayo on Sunday night following their 2-0 Premier Soccer League win over Triangle United.

A brace by striker Lynoth Chikuhwa powered Highlanders to their fourth consecutive win in all competitions.

Bosso have gone on a seven-match unbeaten run, winning five games including a 1-0 Chibuku Super Cup first round victory away at Triangle United. They drew twice against Tenax and Whawha.

Highlanders' last defeat was a shock 2-1 away loss to bottom side Whawha in July.

The three league wins on the trot include the 3-2 away victory against Yadah, a result that saw Bosso break a 32-out of Bulawayo winless league run which dated back to July 22, 2018 when they edged Triangle United 1-0 at Gibbo Stadium.

The other two wins were at home, 2-1 against Caps United and Triangle United (2-0).

Brito, who has been in charge of 10 PSL games, managing to collect 21 points from a possible 30, decided to spoil his players and his coaching staff for collecting 11 points in their last five games.

"The dinner is a reward to the team for the hard work that they've put towards achieving the target we had set for them. The coach said if they collect 11 points in five games, he will take them out and he is fulfilling his promise. It was a challenge for the team and we are happy that the guys achieved the set  target," said Highlanders' assistant coach Antonio Torres.

He could not be drawn to comment  on future targets for the players that might lead to the team being spoiled with another dinner.

After the dinner, the players interacted with fans and patrons at the venue and could be seen taking selfies with their admirers.

The reward to players came less than a week after a Highlanders supporter, who declined to be named, slaughtered a beast that the players shared as an incentive for winning three consecutive games.

The team captains, Ariel Sibanda and Nqobizitha Masuku picked up the meat which was equally packaged and shared with the rest of the players at last Tuesday's training.

"After the away 1-1 draw at Herentals, I promised players that if they win three consecutive games, I'll buy them a cow and they took up the challenge.

"They went on to knock Triangle United out of the Chibuku Super Cup, beating Caps United and Yadah.

"Our players need motivation and if they are giving us joy, I don't see the reason why we can't incentivise them.

"The little gestures that we show them actually uplifts the players. I believe that if they see fans travelling to cheer them in their games and appreciate their efforts with such little things, they can continue to deliver," said the Highlanders member.

Masuku, who led the squad on Sunday in the absence of Sibanda who was serving suspension, expressed their gratitude.

"We appreciate the dinner that the coach arranged for us so that we can celebrate together.

"We are also grateful to the support we keep getting from the fans. It hasn't been easy but they stuck with us, they motivate us and keep us going. We truly value their love," Masuku said.

Source - The Chronicle
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