Derby draws huge crowd

According to officials, 10 477 people paid to watch the Bulawayo derby on Sunday, making it this season’s highest attended game so far

According to officials, 10 477 people paid to watch the Bulawayo derby on Sunday, making it this season’s highest attended game so far

Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter
MORE than 10 000 fans paid to watch the Bulawayo derby between 2015 champions Chicken Inn and resurgent giants Highlanders in Sunday’s Castle Lager Premiership at Barbourfields Stadium.

According to officials, 10 477 people paid to watch Sunday’s entertaining encounter, making it this season’s highest attended game so far.

Chicken Inn were the home team and the weekend’s figure beat the club’s previous record of 9 773 recorded when they beat South African side Mamelodi Sundowns in a Caf Champions League game in 2016.

“As Chicken Inn, we want to express our gratitude to the people of Bulawayo for coming in their numbers for the derby. We had 10 477 officially paying their way to watch some quality football exhibited by both teams. What further impressed us about the crowd is that not even a single peel of a groundnut was thrown onto the field, showing maturity by fans,” said Chicken Inn spokesperson Tawengwa Hara.

“Of course, we play such high profile matches once, but let me put it on record that this is the best attendance we have recorded for any Chicken Inn game. I know that the last big figure was that of Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016 when we were in the Champions League,” he said.

Numbers involving Highlanders matches continue to rise, with Bosso’s newfound flair under coach Madinda Ndlovu contributing to the return of fans to the stadium.

Attendance levels in Highlanders’ three home games against Black Rhinos, Triangle United and Nichrut have been improving.

Against Black Rhinos, 7 595 paid to watch the season’s opener, followed by 6 596 for the Triangle United encounter. Last week Highlanders had 8 850 paying to watch their win over Nichrut at Barbourfields.

Football lovers got real value for money at the derby, as both teams exhibited 90 minutes of entertaining football. They also got to watch three beautifully executed goals in the 2-2 draw.

Highlanders drew first blood with a beauty from midfielder Brian Banda in the 43rd minute. He got a pass from the left, controlled the ball with a tap-up before volleying into the top right, giving goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze no chance.

Chicken Inn equalised a minute into the second half with a brilliant goal by Innocent Mucheneka that left Highlanders’ supporters stunned.

Gabriel Nyoni briefly restored Bosso’s lead with another gem of a goal after springing to beat a poor offside trap to beat the advancing Chipezeze while in full flight in the 62nd minute.

The fourth goal and Chicken Inn equaliser was a gift from central defender Peter Muduhwa who struck his attempted clearance against advancing Chicken Inn forward Simon Munawa and the ball ricocheted into the net.

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  • Willy

    Wena Hara ungesabi ukuthi thanks to Bosso fans it won’t kill you kkkkk

    • Bosso4Life (the actual deal)

      We’ve always known that he has a passion for advancing the anti-Ndebele agenda.

      • Ex Bosso4Life Supporter

        Obesity everywhere is caused by what people CHOOSE to eat and their lifestyle CHOICES.

  • Bosso4Life (the actual deal)

    10,000 paying fans; and maybe another 10,000 non-payers who flood the stands when the gates are opened at halftime. Yeah that’s indeed a bumper crowd. Yet Chicken Inn cannot claim responsibility for drawing even 0. 20 percent of that crowd. The kudos must go to Highlander’s recent flush form. Good show to Madinda, his charges, the tech and management teams! By the way, did you know that since its refurbishment some years ago, Emagumeni has a greater holding capacity for spectators than Rufaro stadium in Harare? It’s absolutely true ….. just google it!

    • Joyce

      The abrupt end of my 18-year relationship left me traumatized.

  • Bth

    yes it is not people of BULAWAYO only it is Bosso fans, what kind of a lawyer are you

    • Sfiso Sibanda

      Regardless of how your separation goes down, it’s a waste to expand energy on your ex.

      • Bth

        kkk maybe i dont know English , how do EX come in here

        • Dolly Patton Fan

          whenever I hear country music I suddenly get the urge to drink..

  • John

    10 477 kuphela?????? Lingathola isikhathi lisihloniphe. What is the capacity of B. F? The Stadium was more than 75% full, le yi number yabantu ababehlezi eSoweto kuphela.