ZVISHAVANE – Harare City star midfielder Silas Songani says they will get their revenge against Highlanders when the two teams meet in a league encounter at the weekend.
City were dumped out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup by Highlanders in Saturday’s semifinal that took place at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.
CRUNCH: Highlanders defender Bruce Kangwa tackles Martin Vengesayi on Harare City during Saturday's Mbada Diamonds Cup semifinal at Mandava Satdium. Picture: Auntony Zinyange
The match ended 2-2 in regulation time but Bosso went on to book their final berth with a 5-3 penalty shootout victory.
City twice took the lead but allowed Highlanders to crawl back to take the match into the lottery of penalties.
Highlanders’ goalkeeper, Munyaradzi Diya emerged as the hero after he saved David Kutyauripo’s spot kick before dispatching the decisive kick to send Bosso into the final.
Songani, who played a blinder and was deservedly named man-of-the-match, said it was disheartening to lose on penalties.
"I am very much disappointed because the result at the end of the game was not a true reflection of what transpired on the field," Songani told the Daily News.
"We dominated them in the first half and for some time in the second half but we failed to convert our possession into goals. It’s very sad that we were within a chance to keep alive our hopes of winning two cups this season considering that we are also in the running for the league.
"We want to avenge for this loss by beating Highlanders when they come to Harare for the league game at the weekend. We will be prepared for them and most importantly we noted their weak points."
City are currently in second place on the log tied on 48 points with leaders Dynamos while Bosso are in third a further point behind.
That league meeting between the two teams at Rufaro Stadium will have a huge bearing on where the Castle premiership title is going to end up as there are only three games to go before the season ends.
On Saturday, City took the lead in the 12th minute after Songani unleashed a beautiful curling free kick from just outside the box that left Diya with no chance.
Bosso equalised five minutes later through Bheki Ncube, who scored after a goal mouth melee in the City box.
Bigboy Mawiwi’s men, however, reclaimed the lead midway in the first half courtesy of a Crybert Muvuti booming shot which again left Diya static.
Bosso once again were able fashion out an equaliser after Muvuti went from hero to villain when he hacked down Simon Munawa inside the box to give the Bulawayo giants a penalty.
Diya took the responsibility and beat his opposite number Maxwell Nyamupanedengu to level the scores for Bosso.
The penalty decision did not go down well with Mawiwi, who called it “daylight robbery” by the match officials.
"I want to give credit to my boys for a good show, they really played well. We matched them man for man and on some occasions we were dominant but the talking point will always the daylight robbery," said Mawiwi.
"That was not a penalty and to add on to that the person was fouled outside the box and its only that the referee wanted to give them a lifeline."