BULAWAYO – Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu believes his team deserved to end the 2013 season by winning the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
Bosso were in top form when they dispatched How Mine 3-0 in Saturday’s final at Barbourfields Stadium which become their first major trophy since winning the league championship in 2006.
The Bulawayo giants got their goals from striker Njabulo Ncube while midfielders Peter Rio Moyo and Masimba Mambare chipped in with a goal each.
For their efforts, Highlanders walked away with a floating trophy and a cheque of $130 000.
After the match Highlanders head coach Kelvin Kaindu said: "I would like to thank God for this victory and I would like to thank my players for all the effort that they put in to ensure that we lifted the biggest cup competition in the country.
"A big team like Highlanders deserves to win something every season and I am glad that we managed to win some silverware for the club because this has been long overdue."
How Mine had proved to be a bogey team for Highlanders since they were promoted into the top flight this season.
The gold miners had completed a league double over Bosso and were expected to repeat those heroics in yesterday’s final.
Another factor that had most pundits tipping How Mine was that on the road to the final they had proved to be giants killers after knocking out Dynamos and CAPS United in the quarterfianls and semis respectively.
However, yesterday the gold miners were ever allowed any space by a determined Highlanders side that got out of the blocks quickest.
How Mine coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube admitted that his side played second fiddle to Highlanders as they struggled to get going.
"If you want to win football matches then you have to control the intensity of the game and unfortunately we failed to do that and lost the game after conceding two similar goals in the first half," Ncube said.
The How Mine coach confirmed to reporters after the match that his team will take part in the Caf Confederations Cup Tournament next year.
Highlanders were handed a cheque for $130 000 following their victory while How Mine will get $90 000 for finishing as runners up.
How Mine will also get a $110 000 subsidy from Mbada Diamonds to cover expenses during their inaugural African Confederations Cup campaign next season.
Despite winning the country’s premier knockout cup competition, Highlanders cannot compete in Caf interclub competitions as they are currently serving a three-year ban.