Bulawayo Chiefs…..(2) (2)
A breath taking second half display by Highlanders Football Club was enough to seal off a remarkable victory over spirited Bulawayo Chiefs at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Amakhosi Amahle were in charge of proceedings from the first whistle until the 45th minute, in the process scoring two goals and missing a glut of chances.
Garthly Chipuka coached outfit shot into the lead as early as the 7th minute , speed merchant Farawu Matare controlling a brilliant pass from Perfect Chikwende selling the outdrawn Ariel Sibanda a dummy and scooping a beauty into the back of the nets.
Mercurial former Bantu Rovers midfielder Lucky Ndlela increased Chief’s lead in the 34th minute. He neatly controlled a Matare cross from the left and cut inside the box before placing the ball beyond the reach of out stretched Sibanda in goals for Bosso.
Earlier on Sibanda had produced one of the best saves ever witnessed at Barbourfields stadium showing his flexes to deny Ndlela from point blank after his effort had reflected off a Bosso defender. Sibanda sprung mid air to keep out the effort with his feet, much to the relief of the Bosso faithful’s housed at the Soweto end.
Bosso gaffer Mandinda Ndlovu showed his tactical shrewdness making a double substitution that paid dividends at the end of the day. He bought in Brian Banda for a disappointing Nigel Makumbe and crowd favorite Denzel Khumalo for an out of sorts Tafadzwa Sibanda. It did not take long before the move came into fruition as Banda initiated a move from the middle of the park.
He played a one two with the lively Tinashe Makanda, before he came face to face with the goalkeeper David Bizabani and has the easiest tasks to bury it home. The goal rejuvenated Bosso who had a woeful first half which could go down the history of the club as one of the worst ever witnessed at Emagumeni.
Makanda then drew Bosso lebel in the 81st minute finishing off a MaClive Phiri cross that was poorly defended by the Chiefs rearguard which had been impregnable for the better part of the match. It had all started by Bizabani smothering a Khumalo freekick, Phiri then sent a first time cross from the spill and Makanda was at the right place at the right time to pick up the loose ball and score Bosso’s equalizer.
When a draw seemed the likeliest result, Khumalo won possession in the middle of the park deep into the referee’s optional time, charged towards goal and picked Newman Siachali’s timely run who made no mistake from twelve yards out. The goal stunned Bulawayo Chiefs whose efforts deserved at lease a point.
When referee Nkosana Nduna Ndlovu blew the final whistle, it signaled one of the greatest ever comebacks to be recorded by Bosso and their fans were all ecstatic.
Ndlovu was a happy man after the game after and alluded to the fact that his boys had a horrible first half. “It was a game in which one could have given up, the start was bad for us, we made a very late change to team”.
We wanted to use the same team that played against Harare City, so we had to make last minute changes to the team after we told that Andrew Mbeba was suspended.
“We then conceded soft goals but we revisited our tactics in the second half and made the changes to balance up midfield by bringing on experienced guys, which paid off.”
Thulani “Thuts” Sibanda was disappointed by the result but was impressed with the side’s performance in the match and throughout the season as a whole. “Experience is a process and we learnt a lot this season”.
“We used the same players that played in Division one last year, took some from lower divisions and we have gained experience as a group which is positive for us”
PSL Matchday 33 Results
-FC Platinum 1-0 Ngezi Platinum Stars
-Herentals 0-0 Chicken Inn
-Bulawayo City 4-1 Caps United
-Harare City 0-0 ZPC Kariba
-Bulawayo Chiefs 2-3 Highlanders
-Dynamos 2-2 Mutare City
-Triangle United 4-2 Nichrut
-Black Rhinos 1-0 Shabanie Mine
-Chapungu 0-0 Yadah