After agonisingly missing out on the Castle Premier Soccer League title to Dynamos last weekend on goal difference, Highlanders got their act together Saturday and won the coveted Mbada Diamonds Cup, pocketing over $130,000 dollars after beating neighbour How Mine at Barbourfields Stadium.
This was Bosso’s last attempt to end the season with a piece of silverware. Highlanders lost in the final of the Bob89 Super Cup final in February and went on to lose in the Independence Trophy final before failing to claim the US$120, 000 BancABC Sup8r Cup.
But Saturday Bosso wasted no time, beating How Mine, this season’s giant killers, 3-0 using their last chance for this season for redemption and atone for a season of near- misses as they bagged their first piece of silverware since the 2011 Independence Trophy.
So the Mbada Diamonds final brought the curtain down on an explosive and dramatic 2013 season where fans also were treated to tickets pegged at a $1 by organizers of the tournament.
“The atmosphere was electric in the stadium and we are happy that at last after season of near misses, Kelvin Kaindu and his boys have given us our biggest Christmas present in a number of years now,” an elated Peter Gumede said.
“Besides, we have won more money that we badly need as a team than Dynamos, our main rival, who won the league that has less money to go with it and will be needing more sponsorship in the next season.”
How Mine cemented their status as giant killers of the 2013 season by booting out Dynamos, the 2012 Mbada Diamond Cups champions, and Caps United in the quarter and semi-finals respectively.