FOOTBALL fanatics no doubt enjoyed the football fiesta laid out at Barbourfileds Stadium (BF) on a hot afternoon during the local derby featuring Highlanders Football Club and their nemesis How Mine Football Club.
It was worth watching the match as reported in the front and back pages aptly dubbed Diamond Display and All That Glitters is Diamonds.
Despite allegations of juju and other unorthodox methods not associated with football, fans got their money’s worth, barring isolated cases of hooligans who invaded the pitch after Highlanders seemed to dominate the match they convincingly won 3-1.
Despite the mediocrity of the present Bosso line-up, the boys in black and white atoned for their lackadaisical performance during the Castle Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign in which they lost to their fierce rivals Dynamos Football Club who have retained the PSL throne for the past three consecutive years.
What a show, a real football fiesta.
How Mine did their best, but seemed to have been overawed by the occasion as Bosso players, probably with their hearts and minds firmly on the extra $130 000 pay cheque after missing on the PSL championship, put up a scintillating performance, much to the delight of the fans that braved the scotching heat to throng to BF.
As rightly captured in our back page yesterday, some flew into Bulawayo from all corners of Zimbabwe while others drove into the City of Kings to witness the clash of the titans as Bosso and Chikurupati jostled for the prestigious Mbada Cup, the top paying tournament in the country.
While Bosso fanatics congratulate the team for atoning for their league setback after winning the rich tournament as predicted by one pastor Blessing Chiza, we take this opportunity to say thumbs-up to How Mine for putting up a brave fight as they were put on their pace to learn How to Mine Mettallon Gold.
Also cheers to Mdada Diamonds for sponsoring the football tournament. Bulawayo, which desperately needed a fillip had its comatose economy temporarily lifted as thousands of football fanatics descended on the city and generously spent their hard-earned dollars, much to the delight of local entrepreneurs.
We urge Mbada Diomonds executive to continue with their social responsibility as corporate citizens who have made their mark in the local football community.
Thank you Bosso and Mbada Diamonds. We salute you as we await the 2014 Mbada Diamond football fiesta.