HARARE – For 10 years Highlanders has suffered dearly at the hands of Dynamos in the league but yesterday an 18-year-old by the name of Prince Dube rewrote that history.
The teenager, who is in his debut season in the Castle Lager Premiership, scored the opening goal with a beautiful shot that beat Dynamos goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva at the near post in the 57th minute.
To put it into context; this was Dube’s fourth strike of the season and it was no ordinary finish.
The Bosso rookie received a through ball from forward partner Knox Mutizwa before racing into the box on the right side with DeMbare defender Sydney Linyama hot on his heels.
Dube showed great composure before unleashing a rising shot that hit the roof of the net with Mkuruva beaten by the vernom and accuracy of the strike.
Rarely do you see a teenage greenhorn producing such a finish from an acute angle in such a high profile match like yesterday’s encounter.
Dube was again instrumental in Bosso’s second goal scored by Bruce Kangwa 14 minutes before the end.
After a quick Highlanders counter, the Young Warriors forward was released on the right channel but this time the angle was too tight for him to take a shot at goal.
Instead, Dube toyed with DeMbare centre back Elisha Muroiwa before sending in a cross at the far post where Kangwa headed past Mkuruva.
When the ball hit the back of the net, hordes of DeMbare fans began to leave their seats while truckloads of Zimbabwe Republic Police Support Unit drove into the stadium.
And when referee Nomore Musundire blew the final whistle to end the match, the Bosso fans in the City End went into delirium.
The last time they had celebrated a league victory over Dynamos was in April 2006 and scenes that followed yesterday’s win are out of this world.
Highlanders coach Erol Akbay was pleased with the way his side did their business but special mention was reserved for Dube.
“He (Dube) is a young lad who is coming; he’s only 18 years old,” Akbay said after the match.
“He is turning into an important player for us. You can see that he is scoring every week. Today he has scored against Dynamos but he is only 18. I’m very happy for him.”
With yesterday’s win, Bosso returned to second place on the log with 17 points and now trail log-leaders FC Platinum by three points.
Akbay feels his side is heading in the right direction if they continue putting in similar performances like yesterday.
Interim DeMbare coach Lloyd Mutasa was disappointed with how his side wasted a number of good scoring opportunities.
DeMbare hit the woodwork on three occasions yesterday with Richard Kawondera, Brett Amidu and Kelvin Bulaji all denied by the plumbing.
“I think football is a game of taking your chances. Highlanders took their chances today and that made the difference,” Mutasa said.
“We just need to work on our weaknesses; you can see that our rate of conversion is not up there and that’s an area we should work on.”
With yesterday’s defeat, DeMbare remain in 12th place with a paltry eight points from eight matches.
The Glamour Boys will take some comfort that there are no matches next weekend as the league breaks for the international break.
This will give Mutasa and his technical team plenty of time to work on their shortcomings until the league action resumes.