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Highlanders Soccer Cup Victory Celebrations Continue

  • Michael Kariati

Highlanders beat How Mine 3-0 in the lucrative Mbada Diamonds Cup final Saturday. (File Photo)

Highlanders beat How Mine 3-0 in the lucrative Mbada Diamonds Cup final Saturday. (File Photo)

Celebrations are still going on in the City of Bulawayo but for the How Mine community the atmosphere is somber.

Local people are happy about Highlanders’ 3-0 win over How Mine to claim the Mbada Diamonds Cup, the richest football tournament in the country.

Two days after the win, cars are still racing in the City of Kings and Queens with Highlanders flags flapping from windows while almost everyone is wearing the famous black and while stripped replica jersey of the popular Bulawayo giants.

Coach Kelvin Kaindu says this is the beginning of more things to come, adding that he believes he has the best players at hand and will not be going shopping as his club does not have the money to acquire new players.

Kaindu has opened up on his future at Highlanders saying he is there to stay unless the Highlanders executive decides that he has to leave.

While the Highlanders community is on cloud nine following their win through goals from Njabulo Ncube, Peter Moyo and Masimba Mambare, the same cannot be said of their neighbours How Mine who are in a state of disappointment.

The community wants to forget as quickly as possible the results of that gloomy Saturday afternoon, and team supporter Peter Masimbe sums up the mood in the community.

How Mine coach Philani Ncube concedes that his team needs some changes saying he will take the off season period to try and beef up his squad.

Although they have lost the Mbada Diamonds Cup, How Mine will represent Zimbabwe in the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup as Highlanders are barred from Pan African football after withdrawing from the CAF Confederation Cup.