Battle for Zim: ‘Luck was on our side’- Madinda

It was a major upset for the country’s most popular club Dynamos when they suffered a narrow defeat to Bulawayo giants Highlanders at Barbourfields stadium on Sunday.

The two fading Zimbabwe soccer giants were fighting for the bragging rights in the second biggest derby in Southern Africa and according to Highlanders coach Madinda Ndlovu, it only took luck to separate a them.

“I think Tonde (Tonderai Ndiraya) did everything to contain us only to concede a soft goal, luck was on our side and this happens when luck is on your side,” said Ndlovu.

Dubbed the battle of Zimbabwe, the match did not live up to its billing as players from both teams were evidently out of form and made schoolboy mistakes in the field of play.

 Highlanders dominated the whole afternoon against a below average Dynamos.

“Our team is being driven by youngsters like Jalai, something we do not expect from Dynamos, thank God the break comes at the right time where we need to beef up our squad with at least five good players,” said Ndiraya

Ndiraya who took over from Lloyd Chigowe made it clear that his team was chasing shadows in the recent battle of Zimbabwe.

“We were chasing shadows the whole game and I had made tactics to get a point , I think Bulawayo has not been our good hunting ground this season out of twelve points we have only collected one,” added Ndiraya.

Dynamos and Highlanders are all struggling this season as they are sitting on the 12th and 13th position respectively as we go to the AFCON break


Highlanders: A Sibanda, A Mbeba, M Ndlovu, T Ndlovu, P Muduhwa, N Masuku, R Lunga (T Makanda, 73′), B Banda, P Dube, D Mhindirira (A Silla, 90′), C Kapupurika

Dynamos: S Chinani, E Jalai, T Muringai, J Tigere, M Mawadza, A Maliselo, T Macheke, T Chisi (S Mupamaonde, 88′), E Sadomba, V Tadzoka (C Ngahan, 62′), J Selemani (N Katawa, 88′)