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Struggling Herentals hold log leaders Highlanders

Story by Lawrence Trusida

Log leaders Highlanders were held to a two-all draw by struggling Herentals in an exciting Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Rufaro Stadium this Wednesday.

The exciting match showed two sides of the Highlanders outfit, their great attacking play as well as their defensive weaknesses.

The Bulawayo giants took a two-nil first-half lead with goals from Brighton Ncube and youngster Mvelo Khoza.

During that great first-half display midfielder Devine Mhindirira showed exactly why he is one of the country’s best attacking midfielders, while youngster McKinnon Mushore always showed his class.

The second half saw the hosts regrouping and grabbing two quick goals to salvage a point from the tie.

“We played well in the first half, but we need to find solutions to our defensive challenges because we seem to be losing concentration,” said Highlanders coach, Kelvin Kaindu.

Herentals coach, Celestino Benza was impressed with his team’s fighting spirit.

“We showed great character coming from two down to force a draw.”

The draw leaves Highlanders still on top of the log by virtue of goal difference after Chicken Inn bested Hwange one – nil to move to 15 points.

Herentals remain second from bottom with six points from eight matches.

In other matches FC Platinum were shocked one – nil by ZPC Kariba at Mandava Stadium, while defending champions, Ngezi Platinum Stars were held to a two-all draw by Yadah at Baobab Stadium.

TelOne and Bulawayo Chiefs shared the spoils in a one-all draw, while Bikita Minerals continued with their good form after edging Simba Bhora one – nil.

The action continues this Thursday when Chegutu Pirates host Dynamos at Baobab Stadium, CAPS United welcome Green Fuel to Rufaro Stadium as Arenel host Manica Diamonds at Luveve Stadium.

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