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King Nadolo celebrates scoring Highlanders’ second goal against Hwange

King Nadolo celebrates scoring Highlanders’ second goal against Hwange

Dumisani Nsingo, Senior Sports Reporter
Highlanders 3 – 0 Hwange

THESE were the bold words uttered by head coach Erol Akbay after his side put up a splendid second half performance to dispatch struggling Hwange in a Castle Lager Premier League match played at Barbourfields yesterday.

The Bulawayo giants put up a near flawless performance in the second half to dust themselves up from the midweek loss they suffered at the hands of Black Rhinos.

However, it is still to be seen if the play they exhibited yesterday heralds their resurgence or it was aided by an injury inspired substitution made by the coal-miners on the brink of halftime.

Hwange played the last 22 minutes with 10 men after Collen Muleya got a second booking and left for an early shower in the 68th minute. By then, Highlanders were leading 1-0 courtesy of a 12th minute goal by Brian Banda.

In the build up to Highlanders’ opener, midfielder King Nadolo, who produced a man-of-the match performance, broke loose on the left flank weaving past two Hwange defenders and set a through pass to Godfrey Makaruse.

In turn, Makaruse picked up Banda inside the 18 yard box and the young lad’s shot beat a diving Hwange goalkeeper Taimon Mvula.

The miss of the day fell to Shepherd Gahadzikwa of Hwange who came face-to-face with Highlanders’ goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda after catching the home team’s defence napping but the former took a shot that the goalie easily dealt with.

In the 36th minute, the visitors were forced to make an injury inspired substitution when their attacking midfielder Nomore Chinyerere got off worse in a tussle for position with Bosso right back Bukhosi Ncube. Chinyerere made way for Nkosana Maseko.

Highlanders continued to pile on the pressure in search of a second goal before the break but Makaruse had his effort cleared on the goalline.

Hwange were the last to threaten in the second minute of added time of the first half but Melvin Mekiwa’s shot from the edge of the 18 yard box missed the upright.

In an effort to cushion his lead,  Akbay brought in his top marksman Prince Dube for a tired Makaruse at the resumption of the second half.

Thereafter Bosso took the game from their opponents but Dube, Matema and Nadolo were guilty of missing goal scoring opportunities.

The turning point of the game was to be in the 68th minute when Muleya was shown a red after being booked for a second time. Muleya struggled to contain Rahman Kutsanzira for the better part of the play, and earned himself a second yellow card when he pulled the Highlanders midfielder as he was charging towards goal.

Highlanders used their numerical advantage with Nadolo and Kutsanzira engineering most moves from the midfield as Hwange’s midfield which had veteran Andrew Chuma was left chasing  shadows.

Nadolo capped a fine afternoon with a 76th minute goal, tapping in a pin-point pass from Dube inside the visitors’ 12 yard box following an impressive exchange of passes between the two in a move initiated by Denzel Khumalo.

Dube scored his sixth goal of the season three minutes later to put the game to bed and this time Kutsanzira provided the assist.

“We needed the three points really hard. As you can see we are in the top eight, this is not good for Highlanders considering what we want this year. So it’s good that we won. I changed the team today because every time when we play a team at the bottom of the log we always experience problem that is why I changed the team. Highlanders is coming back don’t worry,” Akbay said.

Highlanders made several changes to their regular starting 11 which saw Rodreck Mutuma, Tendai Ngulube, Allen Gahadzikwa, Simon Munawa and Benson Dube dropped.

Hwange coach Nation Dube felt the red card affected his game plan.

“I was not happy with the awarding of the red card. We were in form in the first half and the start of the second half. But when we were shown the red card that is when we lost the game. Match officials changed the complexion of the game. In most games we have lost, referees have decided the outcome,” said Dube.

Highlanders: A Sibanda, B Ncube, K Nadolo, G Makaruse (P Dube), T Ndlovu, P Mudhuwa, B Banda (D Khumalo) H Moyo, E Mudzingwa, R Matema (K Tambwe)

Unused Substitutes: C Siamalonga, R Lunga, B Phiri, P Matutu

Hwange: Hwange T Mvula, C Phiri, G Phiri, M Mekiwa, N Chirenyere (N Maseko), A Chuma, A Banda, C Muleya, S Gadzikwa, M Mpofu (O Lunga), M Ncube (G Zulu)

Unused Substitutes: O Moyo, W Munorwa, S Chichero, T Ncube

Black Rhinos    13    8    3    2    16    4    12    27
Ngezi Platinum Stars    14    8    3    3    23    13    10    27
Chicken Inn    13    9    0    4    15    5    10    27
How Mine    13    7    3    3    11    9    2    24
Highlanders    14    7    3    4    16    13    3    24
*Dynamos    12    7    2    3    16    9    7    23
FC Platinum    13    5    8    0    11    5    6    23
ZPC Kariba    14    7    2    5    17    14    3    23
Bulawayo City    14    5    2    7    13    16    -3    17
Shabanie Mine    14    3    6    5    10    12    -2    15
*Chapungu    13    3    6    4    7    10    -3    15
Triangle United    14    3    6    5    11    15    -4    15
Harare City    14    3    5    6    6    7    -1    14
Caps United    8    3    4    1    14    7    7    13
Yadah FC    14    3    4    7    12    19    -7    13
Hwange    13    2    4    7    7    18    -11    10
Bantu Rovers    14    2    2    10    18    34    -16    8
Tsholotsho FC    14    0    5    9    6    19    -13    5
*match abandoned




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  • Wellington

    Team needs consistency,there is a lot of pressure at the top than has been seen over the years and dynamos revival makes things worse. String 5game winning streak then we can talk

    • Connie

      I support 100% inclusion of young players as they have denied game time at the expense of mostly rusty and non-committed so called senior players. Most the senior players do not show any justification why should they be in the line up. The midfield at least was better hence we scored more goals.

      • Wellington

        very true that the youngsters are hungry for success and want to prove a point, the old madalas they take everything for granted, l was dissappointed this other day when one of the seniors before a match against one of these lowly sides last year boasting that they already have 3points in the bag he was saying this with a brown bottle in one hand and Bosso went on to lose that match

  • JackAss

    all 7 games that wanki lost it was the ref ?

    • True Makepekepe

      Good question. If there is an area that the PSL needs to deal with, it’s to do with fining coaches that make comments with a potential to bring soccer into disrepute! The PSL should challenge Dube to prove how the referees have contributed to him losing all the matches he said he lost due to bad refereeing! You can’t say that in Barclay’s Premiership and expect not to be fined! Is this not the same Dube who was recently suspended on allegations of ‘trying to influence outcomes of national team matches’? Please Dube take defeat humbly and if you have no positive words to say just utter the tired and tested “….its back to the drawing board wa wa wa wa…..” rhetoric. Yes the TIRED and tested !!!!!!!

  • Vangodza

    Bosso was losing because of Rodrick Mtumwa. Now you see without him on the field, the strikeforce is flowing.

    • Zviregedze Nkazimulo Ntuli

      Really, so those metal horse shoes that are attached to a horse’s hooves have to be changed every 6 weeks.

      • Bolo

        Msathanyoko wena

        • Zviregedze Nkazimulo Ntuli

          Why are you insulting me??
          What have I done, Bosso4Life(the actual deal) how come you’re silent, yet you’re quick to criticize my comments ??
          Anyway can penguins survive in sunny hot places.

          • Bosso4Life(the actual deal)

            Yes they can and do survive in the Cape Magulas area of South Africa where temperatures can go as high as 35 degrees Celsius in high summer. There; I’ve broken my silence. Happy now Roddy boy?

          • Amature Jounalist

            Haha, thanks for the answer, though my question was “How come you’re quick to criticise my comments, but when someone uses vulgar to insult me you’re silent”. Are you by any means suggesting that you’re happy when I’m being attacked??

          • Bosso4Life(the actual deal)

            No Roddy boy; I don’t like people insulting anyone at all. But you actually seem to enjoy being punished. There’s a psychological description for such characters which just escapes me this moment. Bottom line Roddy dear; ….. you always ask for those insults by the way that you abuse readers’ rights concerning ease of going about their business.

          • Garayimosepanzvimbo Mupedzere

            Iwe Bosso iwe, tibvire apa. Ko iwe ndiwe spokesman wevanhu here pano!!

          • Bosso4Life (the actual deal)

            Do you mind interpreting that? I don’t understand or speak shona.

          • Garayimosepanzvimbo Mupedzere

            Iwe shamwari iwe akakuti iwe ndiwe wavakutaurira vanhu ndiyani, ndiye watinoda kuwona iyeye, pano??

          • Amature Jounalist

            Don’t worry I will get back at the guy, will summon a good friend of mine who speaks with a Criminal Slang, due to years spent in New York listening to Underground Gangster Rap Sheet.

  • Mark Silaigwana

    What’s happening to the loudmouthed lanky ex-Dynamos striker? He promised he would score regularly, even when he is blindfolded! Talk is cheap.Ship him out to Rhinos or back to Dynamos.

    • Bosso4Life(the actual deal)

      Always suspected that he is a plant sent in by interests who subscribe to the destruction of this vital Ndebele institution.

      • Zviregedze Nkazimulo Ntuli

        I see, drug smugglers are using military stealth technology to make ‘invisible’ high-speed boats.

    • Zviregedze Nkazimulo Ntuli

      very true, aluminium is fast being replaced by cheaper more durable composite materials in aircraft manufacturing.

  • Bosso4Life(the actual deal)

    Not so fast with your pronouncements Dumi. The erratic way our boys have been performing of late suggests that next game’s report could read, “Bosso go down to so and so.” You see; it been a roller-coaster ride for fans; and our patience is wearing thin. The previous problem of indiscipline seems to be resurfacing due to issues involving management’s financial impropriety together with its insensitivity towards player and tech-team concerns. Way froward must see management showing greatly improved commitment to fixing these sticking points. Only then perhaps, will we be able to face newspaper headlines, concerning our team, with a greater sense of confidence.

  • The Observer

    The problem with Bosso is lack of consistency, probably because of lack of creativity in the middle of the park where it matters most, when strikers are extinguished, the mid should take the chances as well as the back. Bosso should invest on the juniour policy if successes are to be realised, in the mould of Konjera, Makheyi, Nduna, Rambo, to name but a few. Also , incentives are of critical significance to retain promising talent!

  • Omo Gezani

    Some of us have been singing an almost tired tune for Bosso to groom juniors like before. Why should we believe in spent forces,junior policy has always been the backbone of Bosso.The team is very erratic at the moment. We need consistency. This year has seen Bosso having a big contigent of foreign players and also players from elsewhere. Again please let us have Peter Dube the chairman back at the helm, otherwise the team cannot be radarless for ever!

  • Afghan Reporter

    I hear you but I don’t see the need for people to stop having chocolate since studies have shown that chocolate consumers were healthier as they had less hypertension, less diabetes, and lower blood pressure.

  • Garayimosepanzvimbo Mupedzere

    Saka iwe ndiwe unogona kutuka??

  • Garayimosepanzvimbo Mupedzere

    Ndakazvitaura kuti team yedu Bosso uchadzoka chete hona yadzoka, Bosssssoo ngengani yeeh, ongafuniyo ngayekeree..