Highlanders’ redemption story continues as the Bulawayo giants beat their bogey side ZPC Kariba 2-0 in a Castle Larger Premier Soccer League match played at Barbourfields stadium on Sunday.
Ariel Sibanda scored from the spot in the 24th minute while Tinashe Makanda came from the bench to kill the match as a contest with a 86th minute strike.
Highlanders started the match purposefully, taking the game to the visitors who never threatened Bosso goalkeeper Sibanda for the entire first half.
Bosso could have scored as early as in the 10th minute when Andrew Mbeba and Ray Lunga combined well on the right channel, with Mbeba picking Cleopas Kapupurika inside the box before the drubbing wizard fired a week shot straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.
Highlanders continued probing, and they were rewarded in the 24th minute when a ZPCKariba defender used his hand to block Lunga’s goal bound effort resulting to the penalty which Sibanda stepped up and convereted beating Takabva Mawaya in goals for ZPC Kariba.
Bosso went to the breather leading by a goal, and continued with their dominance in the second half.
Makanda who came in for Lunga calmed the nerves of thousands of Highlanders faithful who braved a chilly weather cheering their team with a 86th minute strike.
He got the ball from Prince Dube before shielding the defenders, creating a space for himself and sending a powerful low shot past Mawaya.
Highlanders gaffer Madinda Ndlovu was impressed with the victory which he thinks might be a result of a motivational program which they have embarked on.
“We embarked on a certain certain way of doing things which is going through certain scriptures that speaks to our situation,” said Ndlovu.
He went on to dedicate the victory to the entire Highlanders family for standing with Bosso through difficult times.
“It’s not for me, it’s not for them (the players), it’s for the entire Highlanders family. When we got that win last week some believed some didn’t believe. There was a drastic change at training. The competition was high,” he said.
The win is Highlanders’ second consecutive victory after Bosso dismissed staborn league debutants TelOne FC 1-0 at the same venue last week.
Highlanders who moved to eleven points had a slow start to the season which saw Bosso going for the opening eight league matches without a win.
They are now eleven points behind log leaders Chicken Inn FC who registered an impressive 3-1 away win to CAPS United.