Highlanders 1-0 Triangle
THREE red cards, 16 whole minutes of added time and Highlanders storming back to the top of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League was the biggest news of the midweek fixtures.
Ozias Zibande headed home from a Bheki Ncube cross in the last minute of play to send the Highlanders fans into jubilation as former leaders Dynamos dropped into second place after being held to a 1-1 draw by Shabanie Mine in Harare.
Harare City, who had gone into the midweek games in second place, dropped to third after being held to a goal less draw by Motor Action at Gwanzura Stadium.
Highlanders now have 51 points with two matches to play while both Dynamos and Harare City are on 50.
FC Platinum are in fourth place with 48 points after thumping Black Mambas 3-1 at Mandava to remain with a mathematical chance of winning the league title.
But it was at Barbourfields where everything worth reading and writing about happened.
Backed by a band of Dynamos fans at the Mpilo End, Triangle had held on for a good 79 minutes when Limited Chikafa was shown the red card for a second bookable offence by no nonsense referee Bekezela Makeka.
Instead of Triangle coach Gishon Ntini encouraging his players to continue with the match, he instructed them off the pitch in a standoff that lasted 16 minutes.
After six minutes of added time, goalkeeper Brighton Chipula was shown the red card for time wasting leading to a further stoppage.
meanwhile, Ntini verbally abused the fourth official on the touchline and was also sent to the stands.
Immediately after that, Triangle defender Chastern Ngondonga was injured and could not be replaced as the visitors had exhausted their substitutes.
When they continued with the match, Zibande, possibly the shortest player on the field of play, drove the final nail on their coffin to seal an unforgettable trip to the City of Kings when he headed home a Bheki Ncube cross.
Highlanders will feel a sense of déjà vu after they were denied three points by referee Norman Matemera against Dynamos early in the season when they were leading 1-0 before the match official added seven minutes of optional time.
A decade ago, Dynamos got 12 minutes of added time against Hwange when the coal miners were leading 1-0 and they eventually equalised to share the spoils.Advertisement
So some might say what goes around comes around.
Ntini was fuming at the end of the match and will certainly be summoned by the PSL Disciplinary Committee to explain his outburst.
He charged: “We were given eight yellow cards and three red cards, what for? He also added 15 minutes when they had shown six that is being stupid.
“They should have just told us not to come than wasting our time. They should have just given Highlanders the three points.”
Wednesday: Dynamos 1-1 Shabanie Mine, Highlanders 1-0 Triangle, Harare City 0-0 Motor Action, Caps United 2-3 Black Rhinos, FC Platinum 3-1 Black Mambas, Hwange 2 -0 Buffaloes, Tripple B 1-4 Chicken Inn
Thursday: Monomotapa Utd v How Mine (Gwanzura)
Saturday: Motor Action FC v Caps United (Rufaro)
Sunday: Chicken Inn v Dynamos (Barbourfields), Black Mambas v Tripple B (Morris Deport), How Mine v FC Platinum (Luveve), Buffaloes v Monomotapa Utd (Sakubva), Black Rhinos v Hwange (Rimuka), Harare City v Highlanders (Rufaro), Shabanie Mine v Triangle United (Maglas).