HARARE – A Knox Mutizwa second half penalty was all Highlanders needed to beat a 10-man Chapungu in a Castle Premiership match here yesterday.
Chapungu captain Collen Kwaramba deliberately handled a goal-bound effort by Highlanders defender Tendai Ndlovu on 54 minutes.
With his goalkeeper Roy Mazingi a beaten man, Kwaramba assumed his goalkeeper’s duties tipping the ball over the bar using both hands.
Referee of the day Bonamali Bwanali was left with no choice but to give Kwaramba his marching orders in the process awarding Bosso a penalty.
Mutizwa stepped to take the resultant kick sending the keeper the wrong way to settle the match.
With one man less, the visitors struggled to contain the marauding Bosso who continuously besieged their goal area but failed to turn their chances into goals. Bosso coach Erol Akbay was happy with the win.
“We needed three points and we got them, we played good football today and the mentality of the players was good,” Akbay said after the match.
His opposite number John Nyikadzino bemoaned the red card.
“A fair result was going to be a draw in terms of efforts and play — we did well. My captain made a mistake, he should have let in the goal and we could have equalised if we had the numbers,” said Nyikadzino.
The match started at a slow pace with both teams failing to show any hunger for goals in what made it appear more of a practice match than a competitive premier league game.
As a result, there was little goal mouth action in the first stanza with the game heavily concentrated in the middle of the park.
It however, took half time pep talks from both sides’ coaches to change the complexion of the game in the second half.
It was however, the tactical spins from Akbay that worked for Bosso as they returned a more purposeful side.
Highlanders strikers on numerous occasions were stopped by impressive Chapungu goal minder Mazingi.