HARARE – Highlanders captain Innocent Mapuranga says the Bulawayo giants still have a chance of landing the Castle Premiership title despite suffering heavy defeat to Harare City on Sunday.
Bosso went into Sunday’s match on top of the log standings with 51 points but they were ruthlessly exposed by City, who ran out 4-0 winners at Rufaro Stadium.
As things stand now, City now lead the log with 53 points with only one game to go before the season ends.
Highlanders and defending champions Dynamos are tied on 51 points and both need the Sunshine Boys to drop points against CAPS United to have a chance of landing the title.
City have to deal with a Makepekepe side that is fighting for a top four finish while Bosso host Shabanie Mine and DeMbare take on relegation-threatened Black Rhinos.
Amid the gloom, Mapuranga still believes the Bulawayo giants have a good chance of landing their first title since 2006.
“We still have a chance. It is not over until it is over. We are playing Shabanie Mine and we have to win,” Mapuranga told reporters after Sunday’s game.
What gives the rest of the chasing pack hope is that CAPS are still fighting for a top four finish which is still in the range after FC Platinum went down to How Mine at Luveve Stadium on Sunday.
A win against Shabanie on Sunday will leave Bosso hoping that the City and Dynamos both drop points at the weekend.
On the other hand, Shabanie might not be an easy customer for Tshilamoya as they recently held Dynamos to a draw at Rufaro and beat Triangle at Maglas Stadium on Sunday.
Judging by their performance against City, Bosso still have a lot of work to do if they are to get maximum points against the Chinda Boys.
The Bulawayo giants failed to find a solution to the marauding City trio of Silas Songani, Martin Vengasai and Nathan Ziwini, who ran rings around the Bosso defenders all afternoon.
“We were not in the game. We fought so hard but we were just not up to it,” admitted Mapuranga.
“We were beaten on counter attacks and conceded silly goals in the first half and in the second half we were never in the game.”