Can Bosso break jinx?

HIGHLANDERS will enter Rufaro Stadium tomorrow heavily weighed down by the hoodoo of their failure to beat Dynamos in the last 10 years.

The last time Bosso defeated DeMbare in the league was way back in 2006 when they went onto win the championship under Methembe Ndlovu. Since then, Highlanders have tried their best to get a win over the Harare giants but they have failed.

Now the longer their winless run against DeMbare drags on, the more the jinx seems to psychologically affect the Bosso.

It seems Highlanders players freeze or simply forget how to win a match when they play against DeMbare. Highlanders did come close though to beating DeMbare in April 2013 when they were just seconds away from a victory at Rufaro.

Njabulo Ncube had given Bosso the lead just after the halftime break and it looked like they would now finally get their win.

For the remainder of the match, Highlanders dominated the proceedings with DeMbare having an off day. Bosso went on to create a lot of chances and if they had utilised them; they could have won the match by a wide margin.

Highlanders were their own worst enemies that afternoon, with only a single goal lead, the Bosso players were unnecessarily showboating towards the end of the game.

Although fourth official Nomore Musundire indicated there would be three minutes of added time, referee Norman Matemera was forced to add another four minutes due to the delaying tactics employed by the Bosso players.

Former Dynamos defender Partson Jaure then broke the Highlanders hearts when he scored with virtually the last kick of the game. After the final whistle, Bosso players swarmed Matemera demanding to know where he had got the extra four minutes.

But in reality, it was not the match officials fault as he was simply applying the law of the game as Bosso had wasted a number of the extra minutes with their gamesmanship.

That afternoon had presented Highlanders with a perfect opportunity to end their DeMbare jinx but they blew it away.

Tomorrow, Highlanders have another good chance to finally get their long-waited win over DeMbare. The Bulawayo giants come into this encounter high on confidence after starting the 2016 season on a good note under new Dutch coach Erol Akbay.

Bosso currently have 14 points from seven matches which has kept them within touching distance with log leaders FC platinum. The only time Bosso have lost a match this season was when they were caught cold by Platinum in the second game of the new season.

Since then, they have drawn two and won three to make them one of the in-form teams at the moment. On the other hand, DeMbare limp into this fixture after an indifferent start to the season.

The Glamour Boys began the season under Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva but that union quickly ended after five matches. Silva was able to win only once and drew twice before losing to eternal rivals CAPS United and defending champions Chicken Inn.

In stepped Lloyd Mutasa, who has now taken charge of two matches thus far. In Mutasa’s first match, DeMbare lost to FC Platinum before they picked up their second win of the season in the 0-1 victory over Tsholotsho last weekend.

With DeMbare not at their best, this could be the good moment for Bosso to try their luck and end their 10-year jinx. However, football is a funny old game which usually does not go according to the script.

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