By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Highlanders FC have began their journey to defend the much coveted Chibuku Super Cup tittle with a 1 nil victory over city rivarls, Bulawayo Chiefs at Babourfields Stadium (BF) Sunday.
The Bulawayo giants took the lead in the first half, courtesy of newly signed former Division one side, ZPC Munyati’s striker, Washington Navaya.
Navaya finished off Divine Mhindirira’s cross in the 42nd minute to hand Bosso maximum points in their Group B opening match.
Nonetheless, Chiefs could have got themselves an equaliser in the second but the Ninjas failed to finish off a number of chances and were not clinical infront of goal.
Warriors forward, Farau Matare failed to hand the Thulani Sibanda’s coached side a crucial point after missing a clear cut chance in the 57th minute, following a good cross from left back Gift Gumbo.
Another Chiefs chance came through in the 69th minute when defender Malvern Mokolo’s header missed the target by few inches before the post denied attacking midfielder Arthur ‘Diego’ Musiwa to register his name on the scoresheet.
Highlanders’ win comes at a time when the team is facing a massive blow as nine of their players are not eligable to play due to imposed transfere regulations.
Meanwhile, Harare giants Dynamos FC were held to a goalless draw by Innocent Benza’s side, Herentals FC in the second Pool A Chibuku Cup fixture that was played at National Sports Stadium.
Dembare were fortunate enough not to have conceded in the 50th minute when the Student’s (Herentals) striker, Brighton Majarira fired his shot way over the bar while inside the box with the keeper only left to beat.
The goalless draw between Dynamos and Herentals became the first Chibuku Cup match to end without goals.
Whilst elsewhere in other games that were played around the country.
Denver Mukamba grabbed a brace and provided an assist as Ngezi Platinum Stars came from behind to hand Triangle FC a 3-1 defeat in a Group 4 encounter that was played at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.
Harare City and ZPC Kariba ended in a 1-1 draw and newly promoted Cranborne Bullets FC walked away with 3 points after a narrow 1 nil win over Manica Diamonds at Sakubva Stadium