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Highlanders outshine Dynamos 2-0


Bosso heroes ... Highlanders players celebrate one of their goals

15/08/2017 00:00:00
by Nkosana Dlamini
 
 
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STRUGGLING Highlanders FC forgot their poor run in the current premiership race to beat rivals Dynamos 2-0 in the headline encounter of Monday’s Heroes Day commemorative matches played throughout the country.

The match was played at the Dynamos fortress of Rufaro Stadium in Harare.

But goals struck by Thabo Lunga and Thembalethu Mthunzi in either half of the exciting encounter ensured the Bulawayo giants claimed the bragging rights over their illustrious opponents who are currently enjoying good form in the 2017 season.

Bosso fielded a squad dominated by their Southern Region Division One project, known as Bosso 90, while DeMbare deployed a second-string side which comprised part of the 30 registered senior players for 2017.


Not impressed with his charges ... Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa

Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa admitted they were outplayed by their opponents.

“Every game we play, we play to win. But unfortunately, Highlanders were too good for us,” he said.

“It was a good match for us going forward. It was an opportunity to assess some of the youngsters and they showed what they have and we would be looking forward to seeing them as we go forward.”

Although reserving good comments for some of his charges, Mutasa felt let down by the more senior players such as Masimba Mambare and Valentine Ndaba whom he felt had failed to rise to the occasion when the pair's former club, Bosso ran rings around his team.


Watching from a distance ... Highlanders coach Erol Akby and his assistant

The mood was however, different in the opposite camp as Highlanders coach of the afternoon Melusi Sibanda was in all praise for a young side that had all the temerity to embarrass Dynamos in their own backyard.

“The boys played well, they are youngsters and the future for Highlanders,” said Sibanda.

“I am happy with the performance of the team considering that we came from Victoria Falls, where we had a match on Saturday and travelled to Harare and managed to win the game.”



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Bosso head coach Erol Akbay and his assistant Amini Soma watched the match from the terraces along with the rest of the senior players.


 
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