BULAWAYO – Highlanders continued their fine form in Chibuku Super Cup group 3 with a victory over returnees Bulawayo City.
A penalty from goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda was the difference maker in this exciting contest played at Barbourfields stadium on Sunday.
Bosso wasted a lot of chances in a match were they dominated for the better part of the afternoon.
Washington Navaya was the menace for Highlanders throughout the match and his attempt at goal in the 85th minute resulted in the penalty for the former Chibuku Super Cup champions.
Highlanders coach Mandla Lulu Mpofu was happy with the victory despite the salary issues at his club which saw them missing training twice during the week as players downed tools.
“A game where as a coach you come in, you are not happy with the preparations. We did not prepare the way I wanted. Always as a coach you want to build up your preparation with the previous game were we played Chicken Inn and a lot of positives from that game. But we did not do any tactical work during the course of the week and you get such a performance from the boys, it’s just unbelievable.
“Of course, we played in phases were I thought in the first 15-20 minutes we were unbelievable in terms of ball retention and ball circulation.
“We got tired thereafter, the way we were losing those balls unnecessarily but I guess we came up a little bit stronger in the second half searching for a goal,” said the Bosso gaffer.
City coach Philani ‘Beefy’ Ncube was happy with the performance despite the loss.
“I am very happy with the performance regardless of the result. It is a project in course and it is unfortunate that the scoreline was decided by the spot but it’s one of those things you need to accept, you can’t change it.
“It is fate, we are not in this tournament to win it actually. When we started it was Bulawayo City, we never had any players, we started from the ground but i am getting more positive with the play and attitude,” said Ncube.