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Highlanders bounce back, thump How Mine

14/09/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Happy with the performance of the team ... Kelvin Kaindu
 
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How Mine 1-3 Highlanders

HIGHLANDERS recovered from a tumultuous week to thump How Mine 3-1 on Sunday at Hartsfield Stadium in Bulawayo to reach the last four of the Chibuku Super Cup.

Felix Chindungwe, Dumisani Ndlovu and Charles Sibanda hit the nets for Bosso with Kuda Musharu pulling one back How Mine.

They join FC Platinum and Harare City in the last four while Black Rhinos and Triangle battle for the last spot at Ascot on Monday afternoon where the draw for the semi-final will also be made.

After last week’s 4-1 loss to Dynamos in Harare, Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu made some changes.

Innocent Mapuranga, stripped of the captaincy last week, was dropped to be the bench with Eric Mudzingwa taking his place in central defence with Ndlovu. Webster Chingodza - a mid-season singing was pushed to the right wing back.

Sibanda and Ngodzo, both carrying warnings after last Saturday’s mayhem in Harare, started the match as well with Gabriel Nyoni and Rahman Kutsanzira.

Highlanders were full value for the lead in the 28th minute when Chindungwe’s thumping header from a Joel Ngodzo free kick found the bottom corner to beat a diving Notice Dube, in goal for How Mine.

But they failed to convert the chances that came their way in the first half until Dube saved a snap shot from Ndlovu from the inside the box. That resulted in a corner kick in the 55th minute that was delivered by Sibanda.

Ndlovu flew into the ball from the blind side to plant home. From then on the momentum was with Bosso and Sibanda cleared into the box in another raid but was tripped by Tendai Tachi. Sibanda dusted himself to score the resultant penalty for a 3-0 lead in the 76th minute.

Musharu brought back How Mine into the game with a free header in the 69th minute, but it was too little too late as Bosso held on.

Kaindu said after the match: “I am happy that we won and we scored three goals. It gives us some confidence coming from last week.

“We had a few chances and half chances, but we managed to score. I am happy for Felix, he has been our saviour in cup competitions and I hope to see him scoring in league matches as well.”

On Saturday, FC Platinum marched into the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup after dismissing Caps United in an entertaining match at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane to complete a double.



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An own goal by Caps United’s Malawian import George Nyirenda, his second in as many matches, made the difference in a match that lived up to its hype and top billing.

Nyirenda scored an own goal in the 6-0 hammering that Caps received at the hands of the same opponent in the ZNA Charity Shield final last Saturday.

Elsewhere, Harare City also booked their place into the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup with a spirited comeback to knock out Chiredzi FC.

Osborne Mukuradare and Martin Vengesai’s goals outweighed Sam Msimbu’s effort to ensure Masimba Dinyero’s charges’ progression into the semis.

Dinyero saluted his side for picking themselves up to victory.

“I am happy with the performance of the team and that we progressed,” he said.

“The attitude of the players was wrong earlier on as they were underrating the opponents but they later on played well.”





 
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