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Fortunes turn for Highlanders


IT seems the goals have started coming for Bulawayo giants Highlanders as they have sprung to the apex of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) log standings after the demolition of Chiredzi FC at Chishamiso Stadium on Monday.

Fortune Mbele
Sports Reporter

This appears a good call for head coach Kelvin Kaindu’s men.

After playing a goalless draw at Ascot Stadium in the first PSL match, Highlanders were ruthless when they returned home to crash Shabanie Mine 4-1 at BF.

The goals came from a rare brace from the spot by goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya and two other by Knox Mutizwa and Milton Ncube.

On Monday the goals came from Ozias Zibande, Kuda Mahachi and substitute Charles Sibanda.

They have scored seven goals in two matches and if the trend continues, then the uproar over the dearth of a strike force could be a thing of the past.

Bosso now lead the pack with seven points from two wins and one draw and have conceded only one goal.

Their next assignment in the league will be against Hwange who dropped two points on Sunday with a 1-1 draw to Triangle at the Colliery after having emphatically won their first two matches — 5-1 against Buffaloes and coming back from 2-0 to beat FC Platinum 3-2 at Mandava.

Hwange have scored the highest number of goals registering nine in three matches with Rodwell Chinyengetere, who returned to the scene after 18 months due to injury, scoring three goals.

Bosso’s neighbours Chicken Inn started the season off on a good note with a 3-0 win over Harare City at Luveve before losing 0-2 to Buffaloes in Mutare and returned home to play a 2-2 draw with FC Platinum at Luveve on Monday.

Chicken Inn will be away to Triangle in their next league game.

Shabanie Mine returned to their winning ways at Maglas Stadium on Sunday when they beat Black Rhinos 2-0 after the fall to Highlanders at BF and the 3-1 win over Triangle at home in their first match.

The John Phiri-coached team’s two wins put them on position five on the log standings, one rung behind Dynamos who also have six ZPC Kariba, Hwange and Highlanders have garnered seven points each.

Caf Confederation Cup participants How Mine continue with their poor run in the league so far after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Chapungu in Gweru on Sunday following two defeats to Dynamos (0-1) at BF and 1-3 to Bantu Rovers at Luveve. How Mine next entertain Shabanie at Luveve.

Bantu Rovers have themselves to blame for the 1-3 defeat to champions Dynamos on Monday at BF after having led 1-0 in the first half before a morale-sapping gaffe by goalkeeper Brighton Chipula which gave DeMbare the equaliser in the 61st minute.

DeMbare went on a rampage scoring three goals in six minutes to collect maximum points.

But the team to watch going forward is definitely the new boys ZPC Kariba who last week beat champions Dynamos 1-0 in Harare followed by another 1-0 win against Harare City on Monday.

The Mashonaland West team travel to Mutare for Buffaloes in their next assignment.

Things are not looking good for Bigboy Mawiwi, who has lost all the three first matches and faces Dynamos in round four of the league.

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