Highlanders Football Club failed to consolidate their lead at the top of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table Wednesday when they lost 1-0 to a depleted Chicken Inn in a match at the Barbourfields Stadium.
Playing after after a two-week break due to international fixtures, Bosso was hoping to use the match against Chicken Inn to consolidate its position on the PSL log but left fans disappointed.
Their bitter rivals, Dynamos, failed to take advantage of the Bulawayo giants as they lost 3-2 to Buffaloes in a match played at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare.
Missing from Chicken Inn were key midfielder Thabani Goredema and dependable defender Moses Jackson through suspension. The duo has been key to Chicken Inn’s success this season but their absence failed to tip the match in Bosso’s favour.
Bosso needed to win the match to stay in the hunt for the league championship and bring the title to Bulawayo for the first time in seven years. Chicken Inn now have 26 points from 14 games and Bosso remain top of the league with 29.
In other premiership action, Caps United beat Hwange FC 2-0, Black Mambas disamiised Shabanie Mine 2-0, Black Rhinos drew 0-0 with Tripple B and Motor Action settled for another 0-0 draw with FC Platinum.
Dynamos fan Fabian Mahembe blames his team’s dismal performance on injuries. Mahembe is confident coach Callisto Pasuwa will rally the defending champions to do better.
"I know that our coach is doing a great job and if there were no injuries we would have played well. I am confident that the coach will make adequate changes after the team has had enough rest to ensure that we do well in our match on Sunday against How Mine," said Mahembe.
Mahembe said the club should buy new players if success is to be guaranteed.
"We welcome the defeat of Highlanders as it puts us in a better position on the premier league table. This means the gap between our two teams will not widen and we hope to pick up enough points in our Sunday match with How Mine at Rufaro Stadium to close the gap," Mahembe said.
Dynamos are the defending champions. Dembare fans hope their team will defend the title despite stiff competition from rivals Highlanders.