Zimbabwe soccer giants share spoils in edgy affair
HARARE-BILLED as the biggest match on the domestic Castle Lager
Premier Soccer League scene, the Dynamos-Highlanders affair ended in a
1-1 draw at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
Dynamos have failed to beat Highlanders since 2015 in a competitive
match, and this was the fourth meeting of the two giants of Zimbabwean
football, with Bosso having already won two of the games while picking
up four points from their adversaries in league matches.
Highlanders also stunned Dynamos 2-0 in the Independence Trophy final
on April 18 before the Harare side edged the Bosso 90 development side
1-0 in the so-called Anti-Sanctions Cup last month.
It was an edgy encounter, both sides cautious in attack early on but
the visitors buoyed by the presence of Dutchman coach Hendriek de
Jongh in the dugout, started carving some openings in the Dembare
But the absence of red hot Price Dube, who missed out through a red
card from the match against ZPC Kariba two weeks back, were toothless
in front of goal.
On the other hand, Dynamos, reeling from eight consecutive draws,
showed no hunger going forward and never troubled Highlanders skipper
and number one Arial Sibanda.
After a goalless opening stanza, marred by poor match officiating by
referee Munyaradzi Majoni, Bosso went into the lead through Tinashe
Makanda who finished off a good build up initiated by Adrian Silla.
But seven minutes from time, Evans Katema drew Dynamos level as the
home fans finally had something to cheer about.
In other matches, leaders Caps United came unstuck against relegation
threatened Tel One going down 2-0 at Ascot Stadium in Gweru on
Saturday while second placed FC Platinum did themselves no favours,
having lost 1-0 Bulawayo Chiefs the previous day.
Results MatchDay 29
Saturday: Bulawayo Chiefs 1-0 FC Platinum
Sunday: Dynamos 1-1 Highlanders, Tel One 2-0 Caps United, Hwange 1-0
Mushowani Stars, Yadah Stars 1-0 Chapungu, ZPC Kariba 1-0 Herentals