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Hwange dent Bosso title hopes

by Staff reporter
25 Sep 2023 at 08:30hrs | Views
Hwange  1 - 0 Highlanders
In the 58th minute of the match at Colliery Stadium, substitute Lloyd Mutoma made an instant impact with his very first touch, scoring a sensational goal that proved to be the decisive moment as hosts Hwange silenced Highlanders. This result dealt a significant blow to Highlanders' aspirations of winning the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title, despite their promising start to the season.

The match had been closely contested, keeping the packed crowd on the edge of their seats. Mutoma, who came on for the young player Tendai Muvhuti, made the critical difference, securing maximum points for Chipangano, who are battling for survival in the league.

Mutoma's goal left veteran Highlanders goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda with no chance, as he was unable to stop the powerful volley that found the back of the net, sending the local fans into jubilation.

After the match, Mutoma explained his wonder goal with a cheerful smile, saying, "From the bench, I was informed that Ariel isn't diving much in the game. So when the ball came to me, my teammate Shepard encouraged me to take the shot, and I'm delighted I struck it sweetly, securing all the points for my team."

Apart from Mutoma's heroics, the match lived up to its pre-match hype, delivering an intense spectacle from the opening minute. Hwange created the first significant opportunity of the game in the 10th minute when striker Pritchard Mpelele broke free but failed to convert the chance, with Melikhaya Sibanda making a crucial tackle for a corner kick.

Highlanders then launched attacks from the right flank, involving Elshamar Farasi, which prompted Hwange coach Nation Dube to substitute leftback Ralyton Maphosa in the 25th minute due to his struggles in containing Farasi.

Hwange goalkeeper Nedrick Madeya made a crucial save on the half-hour mark, denying Bosso a breakthrough by stopping a powerful header from Andrew Mbeba.

Highlanders continued to press in the first half, with players like Mackinnon Mushure and Ncube coming close to scoring.

The second half continued in a lively fashion, with both teams having their moments, but it was Mutoma's brilliant strike that ultimately secured the victory for the home side.

Hwange had opportunities to extend their lead, but the young striker Mutoma missed several chances, much to the frustration of the home fans.

However, Madeya played a pivotal role in denying Highlanders an equalizer, making a remarkable save ten minutes from time when he stopped Calvin Chigonero's close-range shot.

Despite their late efforts, Highlanders couldn't breach Hwange's resilient defense, anchored by Godwin Goriyati and Lucas Sibanda.

In the end, it was a satisfying revenge for Hwange, who had lost the reverse fixture at Barbourfields Stadium after conceding a late goal.

Edmore Sibanda, standing in for Coach Dube, who had lost his voice from giving instructions, commended the players for their spirited performance against a formidable opponent, expressing confidence in their ability to continue delivering impressive results.

Highlanders' coach Baltemar Brito acknowledged his team's lapse in concentration that led to the decisive goal but praised his players for their overall performance. He emphasized that such is the nature of football.

The match attracted one of the largest crowds ever seen at Colliery Stadium, and despite the defeat, there were no crowd disturbances as Highlanders' fans accepted the outcome gracefully.

Source - The Herald
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