HIGHLANDERS fans confessed after the Sunday game against ZPC Kariba that their team was beaten hands down.
It was a rare confession coming from die-hard fans, who believe nothing else matters in this world apart from the boys in black and white. They conceded defeat, and in some instances, admitted they wanted ZPC Kariba to score more goals, and when the visitorsa�� danger man Limited Chikafa was pulled off, some home fans at Hartsfields gave him a standing ovation, and after the final whistle, they resorted to some uncouth ways of dealing with their anger when they threw missiles at their own players and coaches, resulting in police firing teargas.
The build up to the match had been promising with home fans hoping Highlanders will beat the league debutants and keep their title chase alive, but the loss just blew up everything, thus the darkest afternoon in the league this season. The players endured a torrid afternoon against ZPC Kariba, and they had lost the previous week in Harare to Harare City, making failing to deliver at the grand stage their common denominator.
In big games, big clubs are expected to step up, and big name players are expected to step up too and lead from the front, just like what Ronald Chitiyo did for Dynamos on Sunday, scoring a beautiful individual goal to give his side maximum points against stubborn Shabanie Mine.
Highlanders are genuinely crying for a match winner, a player who is prepared to die on the pitch for that famous black and white stripe. Issues of indiscipline in camp have been reported now and again, and we hope the club is working on a long-term solution, but the call now, with the Chibuku Cup destiny still within their hands, and the Mbada Diamonds Cup slot still within reach, from fans is for real Bosso players to stand up and be counted.
To football fans, we reiterate that football stadia should be safe for players and officials. They should be safe for all fans, young and old, including the disabled and the sooner Highlanders fans who were involved in the skirmishes on Sunday realise that they used the wrong platform to deal with their players, the better for everyone.
We are of the notion that a true club fan would never raise their hand to break the bones of the same players they expect to turn up the next weekend and make their team proud again.
We applaud the police for their swift reaction as we shudder to think what could have happened had those marauding fans got hold of the players, or expatriate coach Kelvin Kaindu.