KADOMA – Highlanders maintained their pole position on the Castle Premiership log by becoming the first team to beat Black Rhinos here at Rimuka Stadium with a 3-0 victory on Sunday.
Bosso now have 47 points, two ahead of second-placed Dynamos and third-placed Harare City, who all won against Tripple B and How Mine respectively yesterday.
Njabulo Ncube gave the Bulawayo giants a first half lead while Masimba Mambare scored a second half to make the points safe for Kelvin Kaindu’s men.
After the match, the Bosso coach Kaindu said the race is still on for the title and any of the top four sides can win the championship.
“There are still five games to go. We cannot talk about the championship now, what we need is to concentrate on our games and there is no room for complacency at this stage,” said Kaindu.
“For today, I’m happy with the performance of my boys. They managed to utilise the chances which came their way, however, authorities must do something about this ground. The pitch is not goad at all.”
Black Rhinos dominated the first minutes of the match and could have found the first goal of the match in the 18th minute when Phillip Marufu was left with only the keeper Munyaradzi Diya to beat, but he shot wide.
Five minutes later, Diya was called to make a save from Wonder Kapinda, who connected with a well-timed volley a cross from Marufu.
Bosso were clearly not in the game in the opening minutes but that all changed when Kaindu brought in Mthulisi Maphosa for Douglas Sibanda in the 38th minute.
After that change, the visitors started to dictate the pass of the game and deservedly took the lead in the 41th minute through Ncube.
The big forward headed home Milton Ncube’s cross from the left to beat Rhinos goalkeeper Hebert Rusawu.
In the second half, Bosso attacked with more intent and found their second goal in the 52nd minute when Mambare unleashed a cracking long range shot that beat Rusawu.
The goal knocked the stuffing out of the home side as they failed to lift up their game through the remainder of the second half.
Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani tried to breathe life into his side by introducing Gilbert Mushangazhike for Brian Muzondiwa.
The veteran striker, however, did not live up to his huge reputation and his coach’s expectations.
The visitors were duly rewarded their third goal in the 73rd minute when Mambare completed his brace.
Mambare received a cross from Simon Munawa inside the box before firing in a low shot past the Rhinos goalie.
After the goal, both teams failed to create any meaningful chances.
Black Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani said: “Highlanders is a strong team and for today we lost to a better side. We failed to utilise chances in the first half and our chances of surviving relegation are getting slimmer and slimmer. We now need to win all our remaining matches to survive relegation.”