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03/07/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Saw red ... Highlanders coach, Elroy Akbay

HIGHLANDERS remained top of the league table despite being beaten 2-0 by Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Obadiah Tarumbwa thrust Rahman Gumbo's men into the lead after 27 minutes before Clemence Matawu scored the insurance goal at the stroke of full time to deny Bosso maximum points.

Coach, Elroy Akbay was sent off on 74 minutes after hitting Chicken Inn defender Passmore Bernard with the ball for his time wasting antics.

Bosso, however, still remained in control of proceedings at the top with 26 points from 12 matches the same as FC Platinum who are on second place because of an inferior goal difference. Norman Mapeza's men, however, have one game in hand.

FC Platinum overcame Mutare City Rovers 2-1 at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.

Rovers came into the match oozing with confidence after recording a morale 1-0 win against Hwange last week but were found wanting.

Elvis Moyo scored the opener for the visitors in the 29th minute before Rovers restored parity in the 35th minute though Steven Sibanda while Rodwell Chinyengetere bundled home the winner in the 72th minute.

Both teams failed to create real chances for the greater part of the match as they chose to be cautious.

“We came here looking for a positive result, it was not an easy game, Mutare City are coming up; I think they are coming up with a strong team, but l am happy for the boys for winning the match,” said said FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza.

“We reacted slowly when they scored their goal; our focus is now on Chicken Inn whom we play on Wednesday.”

Rovers assistant coach, Kennedy Kachara, said they were failing to get maximum points at home as they will be under pressure from their fans.

“We had good chances but we failed to score, we are going to work hard on our attackers, we are going to beef our team during this window period, especially midfielders, l also think we are failing to win at home as we will be under pressure from our home fans,” he said.



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