BULAWAYO – Highlanders assistant coach Bekithemba “Super” Ndlovu believes the championship race is far from over despite their morale-sapping 1-0 home defeat to arch-rivals Dynamos in a volatile Castle Premiership match at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.
Bosso did not only surrender pole position to the Glamour Boys, but the weekend result means the Bulawayo giants have not beaten their counterparts since 2006.
In a hot-tempered match marred by the first-half expulsion of Highlanders striker Njabulo Ncube and Dynamos defender Partson Jaure, the home side fell to a late Ocean Mushure penalty after the fullback was fouled in the box by Mthulisi Maphosa.
A visibly disappointed Ndlovu told journalists after the match that God will intervene and Highlanders will eventually beat Dynamos.
“I think we played very well and we created a lot of chances that we failed to convert and on the other hand Dynamos did not create many chances but they went on to win after scoring from the penalty spot. Sometimes one has to learn the hard way.
“We will beat them one day by the grace of the Lord and in the meantime we have to go all out in our next game to get a good result.”
Highlanders play already relegated Motor Action in their next fixture without their head coach Kelvin Kaindu, who left for England to attend an eight month long coaching course.
And in his absence, Ndlovu is expected to lead the team alongside goalkeepers’ coach Tembo Chuma and juniors coach Dumaza Dube.
Chuma also has experience as an outfield coach as he was responsible for leading Masvingo United to promotion in Yuna Yuna’s most recent sojourn in the top flight.
“We did everything right against Dynamos except to put the ball in the net and going forward all we have to do is to convert the chances that we create and if we do that we will win,” Ndlovu said.
Highlanders will play the Mighty Bulls in their next game fully aware that the Eric Rosen-owned side handed them their first defeat of the season.
After the Mighty Bulls fixture, Highlanders will host Triangle at home and that will be another tricky fixture judging by how the two teams squared up in the Mbada Diamonds Cup tournament.
Gishon Ntini’s men are currently enjoying a purple patch and have climbed up to sixth position on the log table and may prove ta tough nut to crack for Highlanders.
Highlanders will then visit fellow championship contenders Harare City in Week 29 before wrapping up their campaign at home to Shabanie Mine. Dynamos will in their last four matches play against Triangle, Shabanie Mine, Chicken Inn and Black Mambas.
These are potential banana skins for the defending champions as Mambas and Shabanie Mine are in the relegation picture while the Gamecocks and Triangle will be out to secure top eight positions.
Second-placed Harare City will play Black Rhinos, Motor Action, Highlanders and CAPS United.