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Bosso flexes its muscles, whips Monomotapa into line

by Sports Reporter
24 May 2013 at 03:49hrs | Views
Monomotapa 2 - 5 Highlanders

FOR each of the five years that Highlanders had toiled, for an away win against Monomotapa, they marked it with a goal, in a five-goal punishment at Rufaro, that powered Bosso to the top of the Castle Lager Premiership table.

Given that this is the same team that derailed their league championship march, with that 0-3 mauling at the same stadium last year, it was probably just appropriate that when payback time came, it had to be in such ruthless fashion.

There was also the small matter of Monoz eliminating Bosso from the Mbada Diamonds Cup last year, with that come-from-behind 3-2 victory at the Colliery.

Yesterday, Highlanders flexed their muscles, just when they badly needed to do so after the depressing defeat in their last game, and whipped Monoz into line in a game that had a full package of entertainment for the fans.

For five years, between 2008 and 2012, Bosso had tried and failed to beat Monomotapa in the capital and their last victory had come in 2007, when they were still under the guidance of Methembe Ndlovu.

But that is now history after the Bulawayo giants did it in style as they romped to a victory that was impressive.

A brace from Graham Ncube (25th minute, 90th minute), a brace from the recalled Mthulisi Maphosa (56th, 90th) and a penalty by striker Njabulo "JB" Ncube in the 55th minute powered Bosso to a key victory.

Even a brace by Monoz forward Ishmael Lawe, including a beauty for the opener, were not enough to stop Bosso and his second goal, in the 82nd minute which cut the lead to 3-2, only helped to make the finale exciting.

Highlanders were missing midfielder Masimba Mambare and goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya.

Ariel Sibanda bounced back into the starting line-up for his first league match appearance this season.

And his first big job was to retrieve the ball from his net as early as the 13th minute, when the hosts drew first blood, through former Gunners' striker Lawe.

With Monoz settled and dictating the pace in the midfield they could have added another goal before Bosso struck when Graham headed a fine cross from Milton Ncube.

Monoz striker Lawe could have thrust his team into the lead again at the half-hour mark but his shot drew some superb reflexes from goalie Sibanda.

In another Monoz raid, Zvikomborero Biseki exchanged neat passes with another youthful midfielder, Praise Tonha, only for his effort to be blocked by central defender Innocent Mapuranga.

Highlanders could have scored four minutes before the break but Njabulo Ncube was denied by Monoz keeper Tapiwa Zvaita after the former Railstars man had received a good pass from Milton, who was a handful to the hosts the whole afternoon.

After the breather, the Zambian mentor pulled out defensive midfielder Hillary Madzivanyika, who was struggling, and threw in Mudzingwa into that holding position.

And, just like that, Bosso seized control of the match.

Shortly, Highlanders were awarded a penalty by referee Batsirai Muchenje in the 54th minute when Graham Ncube was brought down in the box by Jimmy Tigere.

Njabulo Ncube converted.

A minute later, Njabulo Ncube turned the provider when he received a long pass and sent a through ball to Maphosa, who scored his first of the afternoon, against his former team, and the third for the team.

However, Monomotapa still had other ideas and Lawe took his season's goals tally to six goals, when he latched onto a fine pass from captain of the day, Obey Mweraheri, and drilled the ball home.

Monomotapa were back in the game, with eight minutes of regulation time still to play, and sensed an equaliser.

But Bosso had other ideas and on the stroke of full time Graham got to the end of a ball from Dumisani Ndlovu to complete his brace and end this tie as a contest.

With four minutes added on, Highlanders made the best of the optional minutes and Maphosa made a run and slotted the ball home to complete a fine afternoon for the visitors.

T. Zvaita, J. Tigere, O. Mweraheri, N. Guyo (C. Boroma 46th minute), C. Rukwani, B. Zvikomborero, M. Mungombe, N. Meson, P. Tonha (H. Masumbuko 61st minute), A. Murimba (N. Tigere 67th minute), I. Lawe.
Highlanders: A. Sibanda, S. Munawa, I. Mapuranga, D. Ndlovu, B. Kangwa, H. Madzivanyika (E. Mudzingwa 50th minute), M. Maphosa, P. Moyo (B. Chikaka 71st minute), M. Ncube, G. Ncube, N. Ncube (H. Masuka 83rd minute).

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