LOG leaders Highlanders produced a scintillating second half display to see off a challenge from CAPS United in an exciting Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro on Saturday.
Winger Masimba Mambare was the toast for Bosso as he netted twice in the 56th and 70th minute to render CAPS United their fifth loss on the trot.
Saturday’s win saw Highlanders extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches with their point tally rising to 39 points, underlining themselves as Championship contenders.
CAPS United were hoping for a change of fortunes after firing the entire technical department led by Irishman Sean Connor last week to bring in new brooms in Taurai Mangwiro and Mkhphali Masuku.
The new brooms however, failed to clean the dirt as Makepekepe were no match for the Highlanders juggernaut led by the impressive Peter “Rio” Moyo from the middle of the park.
Not even the unholy alliance between flag waving Dynamos fans and their CAPS United counterparts could stop Bosso from stretching their unbeaten run.
Highlanders goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda, however, proved to be the main difference in Bosso’s victory with some suicidal saves especially in the first half in which Highlanders, for all their sleek passes never troubled Edmored Sibanda in goals for CAPS United.
Highlanders coach Kevin Kaindu said they are not talking about the championship yet as they are building a team for the future.
“It is a good result for us as we managed to collect six points from a big team such as CAPS united. It is good that we have now gone for 17 mathes without losing,” Kaindu said.
CAPS United coach Mangwiro however remained defiant that results will come.
“I believe we can turn around the fortunes of the club. There are areas we need to work on and we will certainly do that. I think something positive will come up,” he said.
The match started off with the new CAPS United technical team greeting their fans who gave them a rousing applause as they anticipated a change of fortunes.
The fans were off their seats on the eighth minute but Sibanda was at his best as he parried Shingi Kawondera’s effort for a corner.
Three minutes later, Sibanda was again called into action, this time to deny former teammate Rahman Kutsanzira from a free kick.
CAPS United continued with their counter attacks but it was Highlanders’ second half show following the introduction of Simon Munawa that mesmerised them.
The first goal was to come in the 57th minute when Bhekimpilo Ncube’s defence splitting pass found Milton Ncube whose cross Mambare, unmarked in the box, did justice to.
Mambare sealed CAPS United’s fate in the 70th minute when his speculative shot from outside the box found the mark, and what a goal!
The loss left the CAPS United bosses wondering what they had to do to bring back the good old days at the club.