MUTARE – Buffaloes scored twice but still ended up drawing 1-1 with title chasing Highlanders in an exciting Castle Premiership encounter at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.
The Mutare-based soldiers took the lead through a Steven Sibanda spot kick soon after the break following a foul on Jacob Muzokomba inside the box.
Unfortunately for the home side they would surrender that lead in the 86th minute when substitute Llyord Katongomara beat his own goalkeeper from close range to salvage a point for Highlanders.
After the draw, Highlanders moved into second place joint on 41 points with Harare City. Bosso and City are now just one point behind leaders Dynamos.
Yesterday’s match was a seesaw battle between the two sides who missed a number of glittering chances throughout the 90 minutes.
Buffaloes looked more comfortable with the bumpy Sakubva surface while Highlanders resorted to attacking on the break.
The home side should have taken the in the 17th minute when a Muzokomba long range shot hit the woodwork with Bosso keeper Munyaradzi Diya well beaten.
Moments later, Watungwa Watungwa captain Prosper Matambanadzo could have again put his team in the lead but his effort went wide.
Highlanders first real chance arrived in the 25th but Gabriel Nyoni’s shot was blocked after a goalmouth scramble.
With action swinging from one end to the other Muzokomba again threatened to score but his close range effort was also saved.
Wonder Sithole also came close when he had his header cleared off the line with the Bosso defence on the back foot.
With the pulsating match drawing towards the break, Sibanda’s menacing cross found no takers as Buffaloes continued to pile the pressure on Highlanders.
The second half continued with the same tempo as the first and it was no surprise when Muzokomba was hacked down inside the box.
Sibanda made no mistake from the spot but Buffaloes failed to maximise on their dominance.
Throughout the second half, Highlanders were looking dangerous every time they went forward and the equaliser finally arrived four minutes from time.
Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu praised his players for not giving up.
“When we conceded we thought all hope was lost but the boys kept fighting,” Kaindu said.
Buffaloes gaffer, Timothy Masachi blamed the draw on a defensive by his players that gifted Highlanders the draw.