bosso.jpgHighlanders ended years of dominance by Dynamos to lift the 2011 Independence Trophy when they beat their local rival 4-2 on penalties at the National Sports Stadium this Sunday afternoon.

Going into the match Highlanders were carrying the psychological burden of having played second fiddle to Dynamos for several seasons.

Bosso however summoned great mental strength in a resilient showing that saw the Bulawayo giants breaking free from the shackles of dominance by Dynamos.

Despite the match ending nil-all after regulation time, it was not a good day for the Harare giants as their penalty specialist, Guthrie Zhokinyu missed from the spot 15 minutes into the game.

Bosso coach, Mkhupali Masuku was over the moon: “We waited for this victory for a very long time. I’m very happy that we’ve finally won and I dedicate the win to the Highlanders fans.”

Buoyed by Dynamos misfortune Highlanders gradually began to take a firm grip on proceedings and created numerous scoring chances but found Arubi  a model of composure as he produced a string of fine saves to keep DeMbare  in the match.

 

The Highlanders players, among them the captain Gilbert Banda, Njabulo Ncube and Lovemore Makwavarara were excited by the reality of having beaten their nemesis.

“It feels good to win coz it took us long to beat Dynamos,” saied Banda.

 

Ncube had this to say: “It’s a sign of changing times between us and Dynamos. It’s a new Highlanders team and one that is hungry for success.”

 

Makwavarara dedicated Bosso’s win to his family: “I dedicate the win to the Highlanders executive, the fans and my family. It feels great to beat Dynamos.”

After a goalless draw in regulation time, the match had to be decided through a penalty shootout.

 

Innocent Mapuranga stepped up to take Bosso’s first penalty which was saved by Arubi before David Kutyauripo thrust Dynmaos into the lead.

Lawson Nkomo then kept Hohlanders in the hunt with a well taken penalty before Farai Vimisayi restored Dynamos advantage.

With DeMbare looking set to win their record 7th Independence Trophy, Guthrie Zhokinyi underline a bad day in office when he watched his spot kick going over the bar once again.

Njabulo Ncube then thrust Highlanders into the lead.

It was left to Dynamos skipper, Desmond Maringwa to keep his teams hopes alive but he missed the target to hand Bosso victory.

The post match celebrations summed up Highlanders memorable victory over Dynamos who had proven n to be their nemesis over the years.

In the third place playoff at Babourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, Gunners beat Motor Action 9-8 on penalties.