Match Summary Highlanders 1-1 Harare City
BOSSO face a huge Premier Soccer League fine after fans ran riot on Sunday following the team’s 1-1 draw against Harare City at Barbourfields Stadium.
The log leaders had taken the lead in the 12th minute when Mthulisi Maphosa converted from the penalty spot after Harare City had missed theirs in the third minute. Godfrey Nguwodzawo then headed home the equaliser in the 74th minute.
But seven minutes from time, substitute Beaven Chikaka scored but was adjudged to have done so from an offside position, but the fans will have nothing to with that.
Missiles rained on the pitch and the match was stopped for 10 minutes as fans, mainly from the Soweto end battled the riot police while Highlanders chairman Peter Dube called for peace. Eventually, order was restored but the scoreline did not change.
The draw sees Highlanders maintain a three point lead over second placed Shabanie Mine who drew 1-1 with Chicken Inn at Maglas on Sunday. Bosso have 25 points and Shabanie 22 while third placed FC Platinum are on 21.
It was Highlanders third draw in a row after being held by Chicken Inn (0-0 at home) and Motor Action (0-0) at Rufaro last week. They had also played a 1-1 draw against Buffaloes in Mutare.
This week, they head back to Harare to face Gunners in a mid-week fixture at Larfarge before hosting Dynamos in a re-arranged match at Barbourfields.
Shabanie scored first at Maglas through Pevington Zimunya in the 53rd minute before Thomas Chimenya drew level in the 69th minute.
Buffaloes moved into fourth place with 21 points after accounting for Quelaton 1-0 at Sakubva in Mutare, while Blue Rangers recorded their first win of the season after beating Hardbody 1-0 at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.
At the Colliery, Hwange ended their miserable run in the league with a comfortable 2-0 win over Motor Action via Malvern Longwe and Evans Rusike’s injury time strike.
Goalkeeper: Ariel Sibanda
Defenders: Innocent Mapuranga, Erick Mudzingwa; Bruce Kangwa; Atlast Musasa
Midfielders: Mthulisi Maphosa, Milton Ncube, Peter Moyo, Knox Mutizwa, Simon Munawa. Striker: Graham Ncube
Substitutes: Ashford Katsande, Lewis Ncube, Ozias Zibande, Beaven Chikaka, Mgcini Sibanda, Bruce Tshuma, Honest Moyo
Hwange 2-0 Motor Action, Hardbody 0-1 Blue Rangers, Buffaloes 1-0 Quelaton, Highlanders 1-1 Harare City, Shabanie Mine 1-1 Chicken Inn
Monomotapa 2-0 FC Platinum, Black Mambas 2-0 Gunners
Soweto stand thugs conspired to grab the headlines for all the wrong reasons when they ran amok and caused a 20minutes stoppage to an otherwise entertaining match. There was no justification to why fellow fans where beaten by these hooligans and why the fence was vandalised. These few misguided elements should be rooted out of our beautiful game. They are tarnishing the club name and costing the same club which they claim to support.
Whether the referee and assistant referee blundered or the Harare City goalkeeper was a nuisance it still does not justify ubudlwangudlwangu witnessed today. The whole fiasco demoralised the players and the multitudes who had brought their families.
The game started at a frenetic pace with City giving as much as they got. Their forwards were proving to be a handfull and the fifth minute Atlast brought down one of them in box and the referee rightly pointed to the spot. Ariel Sibanda dived low to his left to save the spot kick.
Graham Ncube was then brought down in the box in similar fashion to the first penalty offence. Mthulisi converted from the spot for his first Bosso goal. He nearly grabbed his second soon after but his shot sailed over. The pace eased somewhat towards half time and the break arrived with nomore talking points.
The second stanza was dominated by the visitors only kept at bay by the impressive Ariel. However their goal duly arrived when an inviting cross was firmly planted past an outstreched Ariel.
Mthulisi, Munawa, Knox all made way for Bruce Tshima, Beavan & Ozias as Bosso tried to wake up from their deep slumber. The big moment arrived six minutes from time when Kangwa sent in a well weighted cross and it was met by the well positioned Zibande to send a bullet header to the back of the net. The referee pointed to the centre spot. Bosso players wheeled away to celebrate. The fans jumped up and down and hugged. The Harare City players started trooping back, heads hanged to restart the game. Alas the assistant referee then decided to raise his flag to signal offside much to the shock of all inside BF.
The goalkeeper then decided to add fuel to the fire that was raging by the soweto stands. He chose that moment to untie and redo his boots laces. He was booked but continued to dilly dully right infront of soweto. That was the cue which the hooligans yearned for and so missiles rained unabated. After the police drove those elements out the game resumed and ended shortly after at 1-1.
Ariel – Our Man of the Match. Besides saving a penalty, he kept out the City marauding attack quite well. Atlast – was solid though he conceded a penalty he was outstanding. Kangwa – constant menace on the left wing. He was outstanding as usual.
Inno&Eric – the centre backs were kept busy by the City attackers but remainded solid.
Maphosa – was subbed despite the being the only shining light in the midfield. Scored his first bosso goal
Milton – was being wrestled off the ball way to easily. He fell to the ground way too easily in most occassions today Rio – was off color. He was too slow on the ball throughout. Munawa – upped his game today but was still subbued.
Knox – fully of energy but got worn out pretty badly
Graham – played well though he needs to position himself for teammates to set him up. BY SBUE SIBANDA ……!!