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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Highlanders outclassed by Manica

Story by Reynald Ngwarati, Sports Reporter

BULAWAYO-based outfits had an afternoon worth remembering in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League this Sunday as both Highlanders and Bulawayo Chiefs were on the receiving end of defeats.

It was a tough day in the office for Highlanders whose trip to the Lowveld yielded the worst results for the Bulawayo giants, who helplessly watched Manica Diamonds clinch the three points on offer.

With eyes on the race to finish in second place, Bosso proved that they only flattered to deceive for the majority of the season as they risk finishing outside the top four.

Highlanders, who went for 19 games unbeaten at the start of the season, seemed destined to be crowned champions, but poor performances thereafter saw Ngezi Platinum overtake Bosso on the championship race.

With the heartbreak of seeing Ngezi clinch the championship, Bosso could only set eyes on getting a second spot as consolation, a feat they have failed again.

A two-nil loss at the hands of Manica Diamonds at Gibbo Stadium this Sunday means that Bosso have missed out on a top three finish and risk finishing outside the top four.

The fortunes seemed to be out of touch for the Bulawayo-based sides as Bulawayo Chiefs had a trip to forget at the National Sports Stadium.

Amakhosi, as Chiefs are known, were made to miss the services of Obriel Chirinda who is on national duty as they failed to find an answer to Herentals’ eighth-minute goal.

Chiefs did find a fair number of chances but they found it tough to bury the goal, resulting in a one-nil loss to Herentals.

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