Blessing Malinganiza in Bulawayo
NYASHA Chintuli’s 28th minute volley was enough for Triangle to secure maximum points against Highlanders here at Barbourfields yesterday.
Highlanders are yet to win in the Premiership after four matches.
Chintuli joined the Sugar Boys this season as replacement for Lameck Nhamo.
Coach Taurai Mangwiro was happy after breaking the jinx of not winning at Barboufields.
“I am very happy that we did something that l had tried in several games without succeeding, which is to win here.
“The best l could do were only draws.
“But l told myself and the boys that there is a time for everything and l am happy that we finally broke the jinx,” he said.
Mangwiro praised his new signing for the display.
“This is his first after three games. He is a replacement for Nhamo and had not been able to take off. But he scored a gem for us,” he said.
Mangwiro applauded his boys for their team work.
“In all our games with Highlanders we showed them a bit of respect but today l said to my boys, let’s get the game to them.
“l said let’s get our noses first. It was team spirit that the team exuded,” he said.
The hosts had some meaningful attacks in the second half but failed to execute in front of goal.
Mangwiro admitted that playing against Bosso was tough for them.
“It was a difficult match, we had to defend the goal we scored.
“I said to the boys try to cut them at the back. But at the end of day we managed to hang in and l am happy with the maximum points,” he said.
However, Highlanders technical manager Madinda Ndlovu lamented the 1-0 defeat on the lack of pre-season training.
“The team didn’t have pre-season training because of the continuous strikes they had over unpaid salaries and signing on fees.
“We didn’t have enough time to do pre-season and that’s what’s affecting us now. I’m not saying it’s anyone’s fault but you can’t put up with a team that had full pre-season training,” he said.
He added that the loss to Triangle could have been avoided but it just was not their day.
“If we were all watching the game you would see that we applied all principles of the game.
“But it was just not our day. First half was not really the best of stats we were expecting because we kept too long in our half without penetrating. And this is where we lost the game.
“Our concentration levels went down in the first half and there was no communication with the goalkeeper and his center backs that led to the goal,” he said.