mkhupali masuku.jpgNew Highlanders rookie coach Mkhupali Masuku had a dream derby in his new role when he guided his team to an impressive 2-1 victory over reigning champions Gunners in a premier league encounter played at the National Sports Stadium.

It was a dream start for the new Bosso coach Mkhupali Masuku who at 30 is the youngest gaffer to take charge of the Bulawayo giants.


After a scrappy first half action, defender Zephaniah Ngodzo fired Highlanders in front in the 39th minute through a splendidly taken volley which beat Tafadzwa Dube all systems out.


Four minutes later Mernard Mupera almost extended Highlanders’ lead in the 44th minute but his shot was saved as the game went to half time with Bosso leading 1-0.

Starring defeat in the face  of the defending champions moved a gear up in the 2nd  half and were duly rewarded for some enterprising play when a pin point Tapiwa Mangezi cross found the head of predatory striker Norman Maroto in the 65th minute, to level matters.

Chando Kupisa’s joy was however short lived as Bosso regained their lead 4 minutes later courtesy of a magnificent Rahman Kutsanzira stinger taken from the edge of the box, which again beat a stranded Tafadzwa Dube.


 Attempts by Gunners to again come from behind this time proved fruitless with Elvis Meleka denied by the woodwork in the 90th minute.

After the match Mkhupali Masuku was a delighted man while his Gunners counterpart Darlington Dodo was disappointed by his team’s poor defensive showing.

For Gunners, the defeat was a big blow for their title hopes as they continue to lose ground on pacesetters Motor Action while for Highlanders, it was a good start to life without Egyptian coach Mohammed Fathy.